|Hiking||14.83 Miles|| 7 Hrs 27 Mns ||2.32 mph|
|2,241 ft AEG|| 1 Hour 3 Mns Break|
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|A little overgrown with sights of the recent fires but still a great loop hike in the western Superstitions. We hiked in a counter clockwise direction.|
The drive to Peralta TH
Peralta Road aka FR77 is in great shape, they may be grading it weekly as there is a grader sitting along the road as you drive in. We arrived at the TH just before sunrise and there were only a couple vehicles parked but this was a Tuesday during a holiday week so conditions may vary.
Dutchman Trail to Whiskey Spring Trail
Trail conditions here are great but it will be were you'll notice the impact of the recent fires the most. Wide open views are nice along this stretch. It did seem like the trail is a little more "sandy" than I recall in the past, probably erosion due to the recent monsoon rains. Reached Miners Summit in good time.
Whiskey Spring Trail
Whiskey Spring Trail is the most overgrown and rough trail along the loop. Conditions are the worse as you drop into and hike through the canyon. We were in shorts so the legs took the brunt of the punishment, pants are recommended. Whiskey Spring was dry. Once you climb out of the canyon the conditions improve slightly as you hike over to the Red Tanks Trail junction.
Red Tanks Trail to Dutchman Trail
Red Tanks Trail is almost a overgrown as Whiskey Springs Trail but being able to hike the dry creek bed spared us the torture. Took our lunch break near the entrance of Trap Canyon on a small hill that allowed great views. The tree canopy at La Barge Spring was a welcomed sight. Nice flow of water at La Barge Spring as expected.
Dutchman and Bluff Springs Trails back to the TH
The hike back to the trailhead along Dutchman and Bluff Springs went by very quickly. This section of the Dutchman was is good condition, some rough spots but overall pretty nice. Bluff Springs Trail is in excellent condition and is were we ran into the only other hikers we saw during the entire loop. Was greeted at the trailhead by a FS volunteer, unloaded, and closed the chapter on another great hike in the Superstition Wilderness.