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Miners Needle LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking11.80 Miles 1,950 AEG
Hiking11.80 Miles   6 Hrs      2.53 mph
1,950 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break
 
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Arrived at Peralta Trailhead about 0730, vehicle temp reads 51°, sun was coming through a hazy sky, Peralta Road in excellent condition. Noticed on the way out water trucks were wetting it down on the section with nearby new housing. Decided to do an old go to hike, did it almost every weekend before I retired, first hike through Barkley Basin since the fire, the condition of the Sagauro’s in the basin is depressing but there is other green stuff emerging around. However before getting to that I decided to start on Bluff Springs and do this loop clockwise, no surprises here except the substantial amount of deer droppings even near the parking lot. Definitely dry now, saw one small pool of water along Barks Canyon otherwise only a few muddie areas. One unusual observation today was I met, passed and saw exactly zero other hikers :D Noted Bluff Springs Trail has more erosion than in the past climbing up from Barks Canyon toward the Terrapin junction may need to be dealt with soon. Grassy seas are obscuring Dutchman Trail past the junction with Bluff Spring which I took in order to check out Bluff Springs. Along the use path toward the spring only portions are visible the catclaw barriers are not too bad yet .Moved up past two of the broken pipe sections and was able to confirm at least for now some flow from the spring. The intact pipe at its distal end has a black hose attached with the end down in the erosion ditch created from the spring flow, I was able to pull it up and verify the water flow. The water looked pretty clear except when I raised and lowered the hose when a gush of muddy water flowed out. The Dutchman Trail continued to have some short sections obscured by grass on the way towards Miners Summit. On the descent the fire damage is notable even Saguaro deadfall on the trail, was glad there wasn’t a strong wind today as others look precarious. As I was descending and looking at the base of Miners Needle I recalled a triplog by @FlyingFliver describing a circle azimuth. I stumbled around for quite awhile unsuccessfully to spot it :( Now that some of the vegetation is cleared there are more artifacts visible or I should say vintage trash from old campsites. Approaching the Lower Barks outflow came upon two of the culprits fouling the trail only one was curious enough to pose for a picture. Spent more time than I meant to out here today but I thoroughly enjoyed it, already thinking about a return. Route Scout took a couple of breaks on me I’m guessing because I did the update to IOS 15 :? Decided to use Fitbit stats.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Bark at Dutchman Crossing Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

dry Barks Canyon Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Bluff Spring Dripping Dripping
Look for broken pipe then a hose from the intact pipe. About a pint in a couple of minutes.

dry Crystal Spring Dry Dry

dry Miners Canyon Dry Dry

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