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Second Water Trail #236 - 88 members in 496 triplogs have rated this an average 3.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 28 2021
Daytripper
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 Gold Canyon
Garden Valley - Hackberry LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 28 2021
Daytripper
Hiking6.08 Miles 787 AEG
Hiking6.08 Miles   2 Hrs   42 Mns   2.40 mph
787 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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Decided not to drive far on the Friday before Memorial Day . Saw 1 other vehicle in the horse lot and 2 in first water trail head lot, no traffic on First Water road, met 2 other hikers on the trail. Already warm early today fortunately still some shade on this route early in the day , breeze was barely present but still not an uncomfortable day, 86° when I finished. Saw 2 deer on the way to the spring moving too quickly for a good picture. Saw my first Gila monster this year and then a second going up to Garden Valley they were slow enough to allow a picture :D . The pipe at Hackberry Spring had a trickle which was surprising. Surprised a few times also by rabbits jumping out next to the trail , saw about a dozen ,must be thriving on the new growth post burn in Garden Valley.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Hackberry Spring Dripping Dripping
Barely dripping, stagnant pool
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May 22 2021
John10s
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 Chandler, AZ
Yellow Peak Hackberry Loop, AZ 
Yellow Peak Hackberry Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 22 2021
John10s
Hiking12.53 Miles 2,009 AEG
Hiking12.53 Miles   9 Hrs   42 Mns   2.04 mph
2,009 ft AEG   3 Hrs   34 Mns Break
 
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We'd planned to hike up north this weekend, but with the rare gift of a late-May day with highs in the low/mid-80s around Phoenix, we changed plans and headed for the Superstitions. First Water Trailhead was surprisingly empty when we arrived...maybe a lot of people have already given up on hiking in the Superstitions until the fall. While we were getting ready to start, someone flew overhead on a powered paraglider, which I didn't expect. Our first destination was Yellow Peak, and we took Second Water to Black Mesa Trail, pausing briefly to look at the pot sherds along the way. It was sad to see all the fire damage along the route, but the saguaro blooms were incredible--flowers everywhere, and just about every saguaro arm we passed looked like it was wearing a crown of yellow and white.

We exited Black Mesa Trail and started up the southwest side of Yellow Peak. I didn't do enough reading to know if that was the best route...I'm assuming we could have found something easier if we'd spent more time looking, but it wasn't a bad climb despite a lot of talus near the summit, and the brush wasn't too thick. I came up over the ridge right next to the large cairn marking the summit. Based on recent trip logs, I wasn't sure if there would be a register up there, but someone named D.W. Cameron had placed a new ammo box and register on April 26 and increased the size of the summit cairn.

He'd done a nice job--he left a note with the old summit register, which he'd found and recovered earlier in April in a plastic jar with a hole in the lid. The old register had a lot of water damage but was still readable--lot's of familiar HAZ names in there from the past nine years. We had the honor of being the first to sign the new register after D.W. The 360° views from the top of Yellow Peak were fantastic--Battleship, La Barge, Geronimo Head, Four Peaks, Malapais, Weaver's Needle, 5057, Black Mesa, and much more...it's a great vantagepoint.

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We wanted to do some exploring on the north side of Yellow Peak, so we headed in that direction as we left the summit but ended up dropping down to the wash more on the northwest side of the peak to avoid crossing more talus. We spent some time exploring at the north side but didn't turn up anything particularly noteworthy, so we followed the wash back along the west side of Yellow Peak and reconnected with Black Mesa Trail, then hiked back to the Second Water intersection and continued on Hackberry Spring Trail.

We detoured off the trail to visit the arch and did a little more exploring in that area before circling back to the main trail. I hadn't hiked along Hackberry before and was pleasantly surprised--the area around the spring with the towering canyon walls and the greenery is beautiful. Hackberry Spring was barely dripping, and the pool at the base of the wall was full of algae, the pipe just seeping a hint of moisture.

We continued through the canyon and passed an old corral as we looped back onto the road to First Water Trailhead. There were still very few vehicles in the lot for such a nice day. We felt very lucky to have weather like this in late May, and it was an especially nice time to be out there with the blooming flowers. It could be a while before we have another day like this in the Superstitions...
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Hackberry Spring Dripping Dripping
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Lots of algae in the pool; just barely a trickle coming out of the pipe
Mar 17 2021
LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Black Top MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2021
LindaAnn
Hiking13.77 Miles 2,792 AEG
Hiking13.77 Miles   7 Hrs   7 Mns   1.98 mph
2,792 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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Got started around 0830 and headed out on Second Water trail since I couldn’t face Dutchman trail both ways—it’s just too boring for me. South on Black Mesa Trail, which has always been rocky, but seemed even more so today. Once at Dutchman, we headed up Bull Pass, then up to Black Top Mesa. Quick break, then back down. Once back on Dutchman, we headed over to Aylors Arch. The wash was marked with pink flags, then easy to follow cairns from the wash up to the top of Palomino Mtn. Made our way over to view the arch, then headed back down, stopping at the mines along the way. Helpful to have a pole considering how steep it is, but recent rain softened the ground a little too, which helped with traction. Finished up the last four or so miles on Dutchman, ugh, but at least it went by quickly. Dropped my phone, shattering the glass screen protector, but no damage to the actual phone. Managed to get glass stuck in my finger though; took a few minutes to dig that out. Warm by the time we finished, and hardly any breeze today. Overall, not a huge amount of fire damage along this route. Saw three cardinals, but not much else.
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Some Indian paintbrush along Dutchman and on Palomino. Not much else.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Little Boulder Canyon Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Some pools of filterable water
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Mar 02 2021
LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Second Water to La Barge Box, AZ 
Second Water to La Barge Box, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2021
LindaAnn
Hiking11.64 Miles 1,637 AEG
Hiking11.64 Miles   6 Hrs   37 Mns   1.89 mph
1,637 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
 
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Got to the First Water TH just before 0800 and headed out. Breezy, but not particularly cool. Some fire damage along the first couple miles of Second Water trail, but it didn't seem all that bad to me. The route up Boulder Canyon was well cairned and easy to follow. Headed over the saddle at the south end of Battleship and down to La Barge. Steep and rocky in a few places, but also not bad. Some pools of water in La Barge Box, where we stopped for a snack. After that, we continued north until reaching Boulder Canyon again. Mostly well cairned, but some route finding to avoid the worst of the boulders and vegetation. No real water to speak of, so at least that made travel easier. It was getting warm by the time we looped back around to Second Water, and the hike back out was toasty at times. Only saw a few people all day, plus three horses, and coyote. Heard a dog barking while we were snacking, but never saw it. Good day!
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Mar 02 2021
Daytripper
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 Gold Canyon
Second Water to LaBarge Box, AZ 
Second Water to LaBarge Box, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2021
Daytripper
Hiking11.63 Miles 1,740 AEG
Hiking11.63 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.86 mph
1,740 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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Delivered on my promise to @LindaAnn to not get lost and that she would get see her children again :D Started at First Water which still had plenty of parking at 0800, first time visiting Garden Valley since last year, not great but not as depressing as expected. Linda spotted a coyote coming toward us until it was aware of us and then rocketed away. Came across a headless batting helmet and jacket at the Black Mesa junction :-k . Second water trail still has it’s ankle rolling rocks as you descend , it went by quickly with entertaining conversation. Headed south on Boulder Creek easy to negotiate the crossings since dry. The route up toward the stern of Battleship now has plentiful cairns. Dropped down into LaBarge Box with some pools of water but obviously lower than the high tide mark. Took a break where it looked boulderly painful to continue on, as we snacked we were circled by a couple of hikers whom we couldn’t help with directions to rainbow falls? After exiting the box came the slow going part of figuring out the route through the maze of boulders and catclaw . Once down lower with the sheer cliffs above us it was easier going until finally being made aware of the approaching Boulder Canyon Trail by the presence of horse riders. Up to the paint mine where there were two others there ,only others we saw today until back at the trailhead, Linda pointed out a couple of prospects she had dropped into before “just because they were there “, fortunately skipped that today. Back up second water trail seemed like the breeze had disappeared and the sun intensity increased. Failed on a couple of sun block stop requests but managed to score a shoelace tightening break , one of us doesn’t use iron shoelaces :D From there uneventful return to the trailhead capping off another great day in the Superstitions.
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Feb 20 2021
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 Phoenix, AZ
Second Water Trail #236Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking5.00 Miles 485 AEG
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Feb 13 2021
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Second Water Trail #236Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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wallyfrack
Hiking13.20 Miles 1,408 AEG
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A hike out to La Barge Creek to search. The spot didn't look good so I visited some old haunts and hiked out. the weather was good but the trails were busy. I hiked in from the Needle Vista lot to avoid the crowds at First Water. I passed about 20 hikers on the way in and almost as many on the hike out. I run in to Lorne from Montana who I've see a few times on my summer hikes.
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Jan 24 2021
emilystardust
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39 female
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 Phoenix, AZ
Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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emilystardust
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,125 AEG
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Jan 23 2021
wallyfrack
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Second Water Trail #236Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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wallyfrack
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,602 AEG
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When they were passing coronas around at work I thought it was beer. ](*,) So, I missed a few weekends hiking but it was now time to test out the legs. I decided to hike in to La Barge Creek below Geronimo Head and see if I could locate the ruin mentioned in the book "West of Dawn". The hike in was nice. I started about 7:45 am and felt good. The gloomy clouds gave the burn area a strange feel. I passed a two hikers on Second Water trail beyond the Black Mesa trail junction and that was all on the way in. Someone pulled the bed springs out of the mine near the Indian Paint Mine and now they are out by the main shaft? I hiked across La Barge Creek and up to the cliff base of Geronimo Head. I danced around up there but saw no sign of any ruins. I could hear hikers and canines hiking down below as they were going up La Barge Creek. On the hike out I was feeling a little stiff but pressed on and made okay time. This is nice hiking weather as it wasn't cold at the start and didn't really warm up.
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Jan 10 2021
Harry
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 Chandler, AZ
Second Water Trail #236Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Harry
Hiking4.00 Miles 485 AEG
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Journaled because it was with Nancy and my first 2020 hike away from South Mountain Park. Starting from the car park at Second Water, we hiked out an hour on the First Water trail, had snacks, and then hiked back. The area was very burned until we were 30-45 minutes from TR, then natural. Enjoyed our hike and time together.
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Jan 04 2021
Mike_Fels
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 Chandler, AZ
Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Mike_Fels
Hiking14.01 Miles 1,480 AEG
Hiking14.01 Miles   7 Hrs   10 Mns   2.13 mph
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Good day to be out hiking. My neighbor wanted to see the Hackberry Spring. Added in the Black Mesa Loop to flesh out the hike.
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Dec 11 2020
Mike_Fels
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 Chandler, AZ
Hackberry Spring LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Mike_Fels
Hiking5.67 Miles 691 AEG
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 Phoenix, AZ
Hackberry Garden Arch Search, AZ 
Hackberry Garden Arch Search, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2020
tibber
Hiking6.96 Miles 914 AEG
Hiking6.96 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   1.93 mph
914 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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My former classmate, Deborah was in town again for a few days so she asked to go on another hike. Last year it was a small Spur Cross Loop, and a few years back we did the Fremont Saddle/Cave Trail combo. So this time I opted to do a hike from First Water. I am slowly trying to hike the 2020 fire areas. It's time to buck up and face the music out here in the Supes.

I met Deborah and her friend Clay, who helped her bring her RV down, at the Horse Lot around 9AM. The first time I hiked from the Horse Lot to Hackberry was with my brother Wayne 1-10-2009 [ photoset ] and we liked it so much we did it again on the 17th [ photoset ] ; both were adventurous. I really don't remember this part of the route very well after almost 12 years.

It's odd that I hadn't hiked that route from the Horse Lot since. The views are great though :) so was glad to try this way again. It's certainly well-signed. As we came up a hill I spotted another trail I had my eye on when checking out the satellite view; it would be an option for our return. We only saw one hiker until we got to Second Water Trail.

It's a little slick coming down that last hill to First Water Creek. I hadn't been up to the actual spring for quite some time so we went there. There was a pool of water where the spring was coming from and the pipe was barely dripping but it was dripping. We then headed down and along the creek as we made our way up Hackberry Trail. I hadn't gone this way in so long I was remembering it in the reverse (c-clockwise). I did see what looked like a tailing pile to the SE but I forgot to take a picture. I got the usual picture of Four Peaks and did some zooming to see if I could get a better view of the fire damage from here. There were a couple other landmarks that I don't remember what they are anymore.

As we got up to the first saddle before the final ascent, we got our first view of the fire damage in the valley to the south. I also spotted a two-pole gate in the far distance that I don't recall seeing. It's funny too, as we got to this flat section that I thot was a hill but it's only a slight incline until you turn south to get up the hill to the Valley. I remember someone saying the fire damage begins immediately at Garden Valley and they were right. It's like you stepped into a nightmare vs the beauty we had traversed until now.

It was slow-going here as we tried to absorb and understand what we were seeing. We made our way through Garden Valley or what's left of it. I did have to break out the cholla relief comb after I had just said, "jumping" is really a misnomer for the cactus. You just have to be careful around them, ha! And then when I got the one cholla piece off of Clay, it jumped over to Deborah's shoe :lol: . Also ended up using the comb to release a cholla from Duke the dog too.

I missed the first turn to get over to the arch area but I remember that Ambika and I had noticed a trail on the south end when we were out here in January. We took that back toward the rock area and it merged with the trail I had missed that headed west. Well the pathway was hard to follow even with me using RS. However, we just more or less contoured along the rocks but to no avail. I decided to call it and head back toward Second Water. I turned around and then I saw the Arch but it was just too far away to go back to especially since Duke the dog got cholla-ed a couple times :( walking thru this fired area; lots of loose cholla all over the ground.

Well we tried to pick the path of least resistance to get over to Second Water. After a bit we saw 3 hikers and thot we were near the trail but that turned out not to be the case. After a few false starts and retreats, I decided to fully trust the technology and once again, taking the clearer path, we finally reached Second Water and soon after that we saw the path that branches off north. I knew it was there but I didn't have it on RS and I think that's the one I took with Jack so many years ago but I couldn't find my trip report on that one.

Relieved, we continued on our way. As you take this valley between the mountains it's all nice and green so that was a nice change of scenery until we got down to the bottom of the drainage and could see the carnage. This time it was mostly to the SW side of the trail as the trail worked as a fire break but it didn't hold it all back. The fire did jump the trail through this section as you make your way up by what I call the Uplifted long rock bench. By this time we had also encountered three other couples, all remarking how sad they were about the devastation.

As you start heading west down toward the ranch it is just the worst. We couldn't help but stop and check out some of the scorched flora; especially the saguaros. By this time I was getting a little sick of seeing it, felt like I was at an enormous funeral :sk: , so I was glad we only had a half-mile or so to First Water TH. But then I knew the burn was pretty substantial going over to the Horse Lot and it was.

I saw two squirrels and a male cardinal. We finished off her visit with a late lunch at Mammoth Steak House and a walk around Goldfield Ghost Town.
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Nov 29 2020
ScaredyCat
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Second Water Trail #236Phoenix, AZ
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ScaredyCat
Hiking16.70 Miles 1,984 AEG
Hiking16.70 Miles   8 Hrs   48 Mns   2.10 mph
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This mega loop took all day. From 1st water-2nd water-boulder canyon-cavalry trail-dutchman. Finally turn left and wind around back to the TH. Was dark by that point.

Amazing part was a few other hikers were finishing at this time also. This after seeing just 2 runners and 1 group of 4 hikers through all those miles.

There are some rocky sections plus some route finding involved during this 1. Hike itself is of moderate difficulty but the length will wear many peeps down. Much amazing scenery along the way.
Nov 22 2020
Wolfnaz
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 Mesa, AZ
Boulder Canyon Loop from First Water THPhoenix, AZ
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Wolfnaz
Backpack11.30 Miles 1,560 AEG
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Hiked :y: the First Water-Second Water-Boulder Canyon-Dutchman loop as a two night backpack adventure. Camped late Friday in Garden Valley. That whole area was torched with almost nothing left right now. Found quite a few pools of water in Second Water Canyon suitable for filtering. Boulder Canyon is the same as always and camped again near Palomino Mountain. Hiked out on the Dutchman where fire damage is bad in some places and non-existent in others. Made for a good weekend.

dry Second Water Spring Dry Dry
Lots of pooled water in the creek. Didn’t visit the actual spring.

dry West Boulder - Dutchman Crossing Dry Dry
One pool of water suitable for filtering
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Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
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DixieFlyer
Hiking14.30 Miles 2,661 AEG
Hiking14.30 Miles   7 Hrs   26 Mns   2.33 mph
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This is one of my favorite Phoenix area hikes, so I decided to do this one again.

There were quite a few people at the First Water TH when I got there at 6:45, but most of them were part of a group doing some trail maintenance on the Black Mesa Trail.

This was the first time that I have been in this area since the fire this summer, and there was quite a bit of burn damage along the Second Water Trail. Hopefully some regrowth will begin once we get some rain.

Boulder Canyon was bone dry, which took the fun out of the creek crossings.

The climb up on Battleship is always fun, and today was no exception. On the way back we dropped down into LaBarge Box and hung around there for a while. It was a bit warmer than I like on the way back -- in the low 80's.
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Nov 09 2020
AugustWest
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47 male
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 Phoenix
Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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AugustWest
Hiking12.65 Miles 1,540 AEG
Hiking12.65 Miles   4 Hrs   6 Mns   3.15 mph
1,540 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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I used the cooler weather to finish out Boulder Canyon and revisit Black Mesa from a couple of years ago.

Boulder Canyon south from Second Water was really pretty in the late afternoon and early evening light. Turning on to Black Mesa was an entirely different story.

From the time I turned on to Black Mesa I could smell the acrid, charred odor of the burnt desert. As I headed up the canyon and traversed the mesa, the damage became evident. The dusk light was far kinder than what a sunlit perspective would be. Black Mesa is toast and it is kind of sad.

By the time I was 2/3 down Black Mesa I switched on my headlamp and made my way back to the trailhead.

I ran into 3 female backpackers in Boulder Canyon who had some weird whistle system to make each other aware of me(?).

I didn't see anyone else until Black Mesa ran into Second Water. At that juncture there was a woman walking pretty slowly and blasting what sounded like Pantera on her phone. I then passed a couple who I scared the crap out of. If they are reading this, I am sorry again for scaring you 😬
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A handful of Indian Paintbrush
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Oct 30 2020
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 Gilbert, AZ
Second Water Trail #236Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.20 Miles 485 AEG
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Second Water Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Didn’t hike to the spring, but found large deep-looking pool about 1/4m from where the trail begins to head down into the canyon. Easy to see from the trail, a tiny bit of off trail Boulder hopping to get to it, but definitely should be able to collect & filter!
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Black Mesa Trail #241Phoenix, AZ
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wallyfrack
Hiking10.70 Miles 1,230 AEG
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The USFS website has Second Water & Black Mesa trails listed as open so I wanted to hike down them for a look. Same old scorched earth but some saguaros look to be okay. I saw one riled up diamondback. He decided to strike at me but I was at least a foot out of range so that seemed odd. I don't know for sure but it seemed as thought it wanted me to back up so it could cross the trail which is what it did. The temps were nice and I didn't see anyone else. There were 3 other cars at the Needle Vista lot when I returned but a least 8 parked near the First Water road entrance.
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Mar 05 2020
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First Water TH to La Barge Canyon, AZ 
First Water TH to La Barge Canyon, AZ
 
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Hiking12.35 Miles 1,882 AEG
Hiking12.35 Miles   6 Hrs   59 Mns   1.85 mph
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4.23 miles - 8:42 am
Camp by stream Boulder Creek
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♥ Timing is Everything ♥
average hiking speed 2.13 mph
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

90+° 8am - 6pm kills
prehydrate & stay hydrated
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