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Weaver's Crosscut Loop from First Water, AZ
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Weaver's Crosscut Loop from First Water, AZ 
Weaver's Crosscut Loop from First Water, AZ
Hiking19.38 Miles 2,953 AEG
Hiking19.38 Miles   8 Hrs   58 Mns   2.45 mph
2,953 ft AEG   1 Hour   3 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
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Joe put together this redo from a couple of years ago. This was the first time I'd been in the area since the Fire in 2020. The worst we saw was on the drive in to First Water TH. There were areas of burn along our hike, but never anything to make you say, "I'm not coming out here anymore". There's plenty of green and the geology is top notch.

The weather was brisk to start the day, but shorts and short sleeves worked out just fine on the day.

It appears nobody has planted this years gardens in Garden Valley. The northern 2/3rd of the Black Mesa Trail allow you to take in the views. Once you get next to Yellow Peak, all focus goes to your feet because of the rock and steepness.

Other than a small group we passed leaving the TH, We did not see anyone until 5 miles in camping. There appeared to be about 3 groups spread out with small fires going. Nobody rushed over to us with omelets.

The northern section of the Peralta Trail is my favorite section. I love the way the trail is cut and the views. East Bolder Canyon had gently flowing water with many clear pools. Some 4' deep. Prior to the Crosscut Trail, we started seeing hikers. We saw one young lady in a short flowing skirt meandering around the creek. When she turned around, it revealed her/his full length beard. Joe and I scrambled to put some space between us.

At the crosscut intersection we took a short break before roughly following our previous path up. There seems to be numerous paths. There might be one further to the north that would work out easier. Next time.

I like hiking the Terrapin from south to north. It's one long steep buggar of a climb the other direction and because you actually get to take in the expansive views. Another plus, there has been recent maintenance to get rid of all the bloodsucking foliage.

We picked up our cached water with about 6 miles to go and made the Dutchman slog back to the TH. We saw quite a few people hiking on the day, many out farther than what we usually see. Of course the closer you get to the TH, the more people you see wearing shoes that have never seen dirt before with a 16oz water bottle in hand.

A nice day in the Supes.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Saw my first Poppies of the year only in a small area on the Terrapin trail

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Light Flow and some deep pools

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Did not go down to the spring, but water pooled in the area

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