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Aug 10 2019
adilling
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56 male
 Joined Dec 02 2014
 Mesa, AZ
Parker PassPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2019
adilling
Hiking6.20 Miles 791 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles
791 ft AEG
 
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I am slowly getting back on the trails. I needed an easy one to test my ankle strength and opted for the always wonderful Dutchman Trail up Parker Pass from First Water.

I torn a couple ligaments in my ankle in March and did not do anything to remedy that situation. In fact, I just kept on hiking in spite of my ankle telling me that was a bad idea. So, I ended up making this upper ankle sprain even worse than it was. Oh well, I did the 6 weeks of the boot and kept off it as much as possible. I am approaching the end of my 8 weeks of rehab. No more swelling and that dull pain I had for all those months is slowing going away. Now, I need to get some strength back.

I arrived at the trailhead about 530am. There were a few vehicles in the lot when I set off. I came across one group coming back up the trail right near the pass. And, on the way back, I passed a few parties heading down. Other than that, I had the place to myself.

I was considering going further and try and reach the area between Black Top Mesa and Palomino, but after 3 miles, I decided to turn back and call it a good day. I can tell my legs are out of shape as well. I averaged about 2mph on this trail, I usually fly on this part of the Dutchman. Oh well, I am out there and will only get stronger. I'll be back doing the harder ones in no time.

Not many critters out on this morning. I saw the usual speedy lizards, a few cardinals, some bunnies and some buzzards. I usually have good luck with the animals on this one. I was surprised I did not see any snakes.

The trail is looking good. A little overgrown in spots, but nothing crazy. I will come back to this one soon and do the Black Mesa Loop.
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Feb 01 2019
CannondaleKid
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
CCW Black Mesa Loop, AZ 
CCW Black Mesa Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,434 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs      2.48 mph
1,434 ft AEG      10 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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trixiec
Took our time getting started, leaving First Water TH at 9:17. (Surprised there was only 6 other vehicles in the lot)
Did the loop my favorite direction, CCW and added a bit of extra rambling along the way. We met/passed 22 other hikers in total. Back to First Water at exactly 1:17 pm.

Taking a look at the log book entries, Tracey noticed an entry by a Charles Miller leaving about 15 minutes before us with a group size of 45!? We wondered if it had been a misprint? After all, there were two FS uniformed volunteers at the TH, surely they would have said something.

Oh well, I'm just going to leave it as no further comment and hope others will do as well. :-$
Otherwise, head back over to the Wilderness Group Size Limit thread.
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Jan 05 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Aylor's Arch and Black Top Mesa, AZ 
Aylor's Arch and Black Top Mesa, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 05 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking13.80 Miles 2,770 AEG
Hiking13.80 Miles   6 Hrs   17 Mns   2.82 mph
2,770 ft AEG   1 Hour   23 Mns Break
 
This is a fun hike and is one of my favorites in the Superstitions.

A group of us went on the hike, which started and ended at the First Water TH. We went on the Dutchman Trail for a little over 4 miles, and then went south through Little Boulder Canyon for about 1/2 mile until we got below Palomino Mountain and Aylor's Arch. From there we took a pretty good use trail up to Aylor's Arch. Most of us went up to the top of Arch, which had some awesome views. If you have a fear of heights you may not want to go up on the walkway that takes you over to the top of the Arch, but the chance of falling was near zero.

After spending some time on the Arch, we retraced our route back to the Dutchman Trail, and took it over to Bull Pass and then took a use trail up to the top of Black Top Mesa. I enjoy the views on top of the Mesa, so we hung out there for a bit. The last time that I was up there I found a geocache container, but could not locate it this time.

There was still some snow on the north side of the Ridgeline.

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Nov 29 2018
Mike_Fels
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71 male
 Joined Jan 07 2010
 Chandler, AZ
Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 29 2018
Mike_Fels
Hiking14.01 Miles 1,480 AEG
Hiking14.01 Miles   5 Hrs   19 Mns   2.96 mph
1,480 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
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Added a few side treks off trail mostly around Palomino Mtn. Fell on trail once coming down the hill on Black mtn trail, stupid round rock. Lost a little skin but that's about it.
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Nov 03 2018
CannondaleKid
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
CCW Black Mesa Loop, AZ 
CCW Black Mesa Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2018
CannondaleKid
Hiking10.20 Miles 1,430 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   4 Hrs   18 Mns   2.68 mph
1,430 ft AEG      30 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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trixiec
With a few days off Tracey wanted to do an overnight backpack from First Water to Peralta but presently I'm unable to sleep on the ground so the plan was for me to do maybe an 8-mile out-and-back hike while she continued on and tomorrow I would do an out-and-back hike, meeting her at Fremont Saddle.

But I was feeling better than expected so we kept going a bit more before stopping for a break, after which I turned around and Tracey continued on. Before reaching the Dutchman's/Black Mesa Trails junction I decided to return via the Black Mesa and Second Water Trails.

Overall a wonderful cool day and all the trails were greener than in recent memory.
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Oct 13 2018
chumley
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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Red Hills Needle CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 13 2018
chumley
Hiking14.01 Miles 2,015 AEG
Hiking14.01 Miles   5 Hrs   47 Mns   2.50 mph
2,015 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
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1st trip
Not sure how this defaults to a canyoneering trip, but whatevs. (I mean, I guess it does go through a canyon :-k )

Despite the forecast we headed out for a day in the desert, with plenty of appropriate gear. The rain began shortly after we started, and lasted for a couple of hours before slowing. We managed to complete the hike just before the skies opened up again. Saw two other hikers who also have the same immunity to rain that apparently causes immediate death in the rest of the population. Basically a fantastic day out there!!

Best part of the day ... 9Ls Jeep drove on a dirt road. While it was raining!!! : rambo : :o
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Needle Canyon
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Rainbow

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max First Water Creek - Upper Turnoff Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Several good deep pools



water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Needle Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Plenty of big pools wherever there was bedrock.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max West Boulder - Dutchman Crossing Light flow Light flow
A pleasant stream here

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Oct 13 2018
Tough_Boots
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40 male
 Joined Mar 28 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Red Hills Needle CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 13 2018
Tough_Boots
Hiking14.01 Miles 2,015 AEG
Hiking14.01 Miles   5 Hrs   47 Mns   2.50 mph
2,015 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
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1st trip
Fun day in the rain.
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Oct 13 2018
John9L
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Red Hills Needle CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 13 2018
John9L
Hiking14.01 Miles 2,015 AEG
Hiking14.01 Miles
2,015 ft AEG
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I met up with Kyle & Chumley for a rainy & fun hike in the western Supes. We wanted to get out for a few hours and expected rain so we came up with Red Hills Needle Canyon. It seemed like a good option & Kyle and Chumley never hiked it before. We left First Water lot around 8am and headed in and cruised down the Dutchman Trail. There were around 15 cars at the TH but we saw very few people out. A light rain started falling a few miles in and would last for several hours as we connected to Red Hells and hiked up the canyon. The going was a little slow due to all the water and sections of heavy brush. We kept at it and stopped to eat lunch at the junction with Bull Pass. The rain let up at this point and we enjoyed the solitude.

After lunch, we climbed over Bull Pass and then connected onto the Black Mesa Trail. From there it was steady going as we passed Yellow Mountain and headed to the high point. The trail was very muddy & slowed us down for a bit. We eventually connected onto the Second Water Trail and arrived back to the jeep soon after. The rain held off the last few miles of this hike but the skies opened and it poured minutes after driving away. We timed this hike just right.
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Jan 12 2018
markthurman53
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66 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Marsh Valley Loop, AZ 
Marsh Valley Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2018
markthurman53
Hiking16.50 Miles 2,130 AEG
Hiking16.50 Miles   8 Hrs   18 Mns   2.61 mph
2,130 ft AEG   1 Hour   59 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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On my second day I decided to do a modified Marsh Valley Loop hike. Instead of going around Black Top Mesa I would go across Bull Pass. Once over Bull Pass and on the Dutchman Trail I would do a short Jaunt to the Peralta Trail Junction and then head back along the Dutchman Trail to complete the loop. I choose this for a couple reasons, I had not completed the Bull Pass Trail and I would do the Dutchman Trail north of Black Top Mesa on another hike but needed to do the Dutchman to Peralta on this hike. There is method to my madness (or so I'm told).
Another Beautiful day for hiking in Arizona. Started this hike out at 0730 at the First Water Trail head and went clock wise on the Second Water, Boulder, Cavalry, Bull Pass and Dutchman Trail. Fairly easy walking with an easy start on the Second Water. The trail was damp but not muddy from the rain a few days prior. The second water had some maintenance done on it as you enter Boulder Canyon. Meet one of the trail crew early on in this hike, he was headed back into town for more food supplies. He was one of about a dozen working currently on the Cavalry Trail. They were camped near the Second Water Boulder Trail junction. These were the only people I ran into until I got to the Dutchman Trail. Boulder Canyon was fairly easy walking other than the thousands of opportunities to twist an ankle on one of the many crossings of boulder creek. The trail is easy to follow and marked with cairns at the creek crossings. Not a lot of good views of Battleship Mountain, mainly because you are right under it. The Cavalry trail is marked and heads out of Boulder Canyon and eventually ends up in La Barge canyon. The trail crew was working on the trail at the crest of this trail. Once in La Barge Canyon the views of the massive walls of La Barge are every where. The trail is easy to follow and walk with the exception of a few rocky creek crossings. The Cavalry and Bull Pass Trails offer the only real uphill hiking and a workout on this loop but they are short in duration, maybe a 500 foot climb each. From Bull Pass it is a fairly nice but long walk down the Dutchman Trail to the Trail Head.
I liked this hike it has a bit of length, a few sections of uphill that will get your heart rate up and views galore. There was no running water along any of the trails but plenty of pooled water from the prior rains. Other than the maintenance crew only ran into one hiker and that was near the Peralta Dutchman Trail junction. Near the Trail head I saw a few hikers doing various shorter hikes.
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Jan 11 2018
DixieFlyer
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Aylor's Arch and Black Top Mesa, AZ 
Aylor's Arch and Black Top Mesa, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking16.20 Miles 3,330 AEG
Hiking16.20 Miles   8 Hrs   14 Mns   2.53 mph
3,330 ft AEG   1 Hour   50 Mns Break
 
This 16 mile, 3300' AEG hike has some diverse hiking trails that offer a bit of everything: some relatively flat trails that you can get a good workout hike on; off trail scrambling; boulder hopping; rock climbing; steep ascents/descents; and lots of nice views throughout.

Tracie, my intrepid hiking partner, and I started this hike from the First Water TH at the end of First Water Road. We proceeded along the Dutchman Trail #104, stopping to take side trips to Aylor's Arch and Black Top Mesa. Once we got back down Black Top Mesa, we proceeded to take a "Loop to Nowhere" that went on the Lost Black Top Mesa trail and the Bull Pass trail. After completing the loop, we retraced our steps back to the TH.

The hike up Aylor's Arch was cool, and views from atop Black Top Mesa were really nice -- there is a great view of Weaver's Needle from there. Whle on the Mesa, we came across the "sunburst" petroglyph on the SE corner of the mesa.

I'll probably do this hike again, but I think that I will pass on the "Loop to Nowhere" next time. It adds some distance and AEG to the hike, but unless it was wildflower blooming season, the loop doesn't really do much for me.
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Dec 26 2017
Mike_Fels
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71 male
 Joined Jan 07 2010
 Chandler, AZ
Willow Springs from First Water THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2017
Mike_Fels
Hiking13.08 Miles 1,958 AEG
Hiking13.08 Miles   5 Hrs   43 Mns   2.41 mph
1,958 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
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1st trip
I needed 12.5 miles to get to my goal for 2017. I had seen this trail on HAZ but in 43 years of hiking the Dutchman I had never noticed the trail branching off. Sure enough there it was. It's really kind of a neat little trail. Quite overgrown in many areas, but nothing ventured, nothing gained. Fritzski was totally correct beautiful views from several places on the trail and again at Tim's Saddle. But all that changed when you get to the bottom of the hill from Tim's Saddle. That is when the trail ends and you hit West Boulder "Creek" Other than 5 or 6 little puddles it was totally dry. And those puddles would have made a frog claustrophobic. I originally tried to find some sort of trail, but I think the only thing that lives there is cat claw, prickly pear and cholla. In 45 miutes the best I did was to get to the house sized boulder mentioned by Fritzski. At this point I decided to just turn around and live to do battle another day.

I then figured I'd use Black Mesa Loop to get the rest of the 12.5 miles I needed.

The sun was bright and very warm. Every once in a while a breeze would sneak through. Not many people on the trails most were probably there on Christmas day.
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Dec 23 2017
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Charlebois from First Water THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2017
John9L
Hiking18.05 Miles 2,176 AEG
Hiking18.05 Miles   6 Hrs   43 Mns   2.88 mph
2,176 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
 
Headed back into the western Supes for an enjoyable hike to Charlebois. Started from First Water TH around 8:20am and took the Second Water Trail to Boulder Canyon. Headed south from there and connected onto the Cavalry Trail. Saw a pair of Coati in Marsh Valley and then connected onto the Dutchman Trail. Took a quick detour over to Charlbois and then started my return. I took a lunch break near Bull Pass and completed the loop finishing around 3pm. Was a nice day on the trails!
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Dec 16 2017
joebartels
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Aylor Arch - Black Top and Black Mesa, AZ 
Aylor Arch - Black Top and Black Mesa, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2017
joebartels
Hiking15.65 Miles 3,486 AEG
Hiking15.65 Miles   9 Hrs   2 Mns   1.97 mph
3,486 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Not 1 hiker witnessed on trail the entire hike on the 3rd Sat of Dec... perfect weather in a world class wilderness.

Oldies but goodies. Still love the views atop Palomino. Slow coming down the loose trail down. With my balance a few notches below drunken sailor, Ray helped every step back down. Thx! This helped me get in tune for Denny's year end Safety First Hike.

BTM is always a great destination day or night. Ray played the role of Sir Wally and filled us in on the story of The End rock art.

Bruce had a little loop with Lost BTM Trail and Bull Pass that I could do without. Yet made up for it with a little off trail coming down Black Mesa which I noticed Tibber tackled once! Definitely worth a gander.

Another fab hike in one of my favorite areas.
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Dec 16 2017
rayhuston
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61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Aylor Arch - Black Top and Black Mesa, AZ 
Aylor Arch - Black Top and Black Mesa, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2017
rayhuston
Hiking15.65 Miles 3,498 AEG
Hiking15.65 Miles   9 Hrs   2 Mns   1.97 mph
3,498 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Any one of the longer hikes would have been good, but why do one when you can do three or four while you're in the area. Classic Bruce.

I haven't been to BTM or Aylor's Arch for some time. The trails for both were easier to follow than I remember. The top of Palomino Mtn is a beautiful area. My first trip up there must have been in the spring because I remember a lot of green grass near the top, almost like a park setting. The cliff on the east side overlooking the Dutchman trail makes your stomach drop.

Black Top Mesa has some of the best views in the area. Overcast skies dampened the views just a bit, but still awesome. We hit the main attractions. I hadn't seen the rock with "The End" etched in it, I think from the movie crew that filmed "Lust for Gold." I mentioned that as we approached the south end. Right on queue, Bruce popped up, "You mean that one?" How could I have missed it? We didn't stay long; brisk winds sent us back down the trail a bit where we found a spot out of the wind. Time for lunch.

Lost Black Top Mesa trail was new. It was a decent trail for something that I didn't know existed. It terminates at the Dutchman trail, which we used to loop back to the Bull Pass trail.

We finished the hike on the Black Mesa and Second Water trails with an off trail down a canyon connecting Black Mesa and Second Water trails. The shortcut probably took longer than if we had stayed on trails, but it had a couple of cool spots worth seeing.

This was a great hike with a nice breeze and cool temps under mostly cloudy skies. The sun finally appeared as we were finishing up on Second water. We didn't see a single person on the trails today. There were a few people in sleeping bags when we arrived and two guys getting ready to start a hike when we finished. Holiday shopping must be going very well this year.

Back to back outings with Bruce and Joe is making this a great holiday season for me. Thanks again for a fun day! I suppose I need to get out and do some shopping too.
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Dec 16 2017
The_Eagle
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Aylor Arch - Black Top and Black Mesa, AZ 
Aylor Arch - Black Top and Black Mesa, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2017
The_Eagle
Hiking16.03 Miles 3,555 AEG
Hiking16.03 Miles   9 Hrs   1 Min   1.98 mph
3,555 ft AEG      55 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
We arrived to the Trailhead in the predawn darkness with our headlights hitting 5 or so people in sleeping bags laid out right in the parking lot. Now that's campin'! There were also 2 hunters getting ready to go out.

We hit the trails in the upper 30's and never saw another sole all day. I was beginning to think they'd closed the wilderness and we did not get the memo.

On the Dutchman #104, over Sting Ray Pass, Parker Pass, and then Scorpion Pincher Rock for a photo Op.

The climb up to Palomino Mountain was more well defined than I remembered. Once up top I dropped down to the area of Aylors Arch to check it out. The area up top here is interesting to check out, and the views don't suck at all.

Black Top Mesa was up next up. We took the mandatory spin to the south end to look for the Sun, Gold and The End. Successful on all 3, plus a compass.

Ray had never seen and Joe wouldn't stop talking about it, so we had to sample the Lost Black Top Mesa Trail.

Now on our way back and taking the Black Mesa Trail #241. We took a short/long cut to the Second Water Trail #236. Joe pointed out that @tibber had done this canyon. I'm impressed, as there was one steep drop (with water) that was a little slippery/loose.

The Second Water Trail #236 is a super highway all the way back.

Musta been the perfect weather that scared everyone away from the trails...on a Saturday..

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Mike_Fels
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71 male
 Joined Jan 07 2010
 Chandler, AZ
Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2017
Mike_Fels
Hiking9.45 Miles 1,222 AEG
Hiking9.45 Miles   4 Hrs   8 Mns   2.47 mph
1,222 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
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Beautiful day for a hike. We weren't the only ones thinking that, by mid morning the number of people on the trails went up quickly. Just at the beginning of the season for wildflowers. A little bit of water flowing in Boulder and First Water creeks.
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Jan 27 2017
mazatzal
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61 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2017
mazatzal
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,125 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   6 Hrs   5 Mns   1.86 mph
1,125 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
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Headed out with long time hiking friend and did this nice loop. It was cold and windy but not too bad. We only saw 9 people and no wildlife except for birds.
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chumley
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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Black Top MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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chumley
Hiking12.31 Miles 2,299 AEG
Hiking12.31 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   2.76 mph
2,299 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
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Full moon!
The weather cooled to the point that I figured I could go to the Supes and survive. I was right! :y:

72 to start, and 64 at the end. Might have even felt a 50-something in a couple of the valleys. The high spots were the warmest. I never actually got cold, but I was almost regretting not bringing a long-sleeve shirt. I hope this means summer is almost over! :)

No snakes, which I don't mind, but had I known that I would have skipped the headlamp and hiked by moonlight alone. One large, healthy, and curious grey fox was the highlight encounter on the night.

I miss the Supes! :)
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Sep 16 2016
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Black Top MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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LindaAnn
Hiking12.31 Miles 2,299 AEG
Hiking12.31 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   2.76 mph
2,299 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
Nice night hike in the Western Supes. The temps were great, actually almost felt cool at times--Yay! Summer's over! Clear skies, with the full moon perfectly illuminating the landscape. Saw three tarantulas (not my favorite thing); and a fox, which hung around just long enough for us to get a good look at it, but no pics.
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AZLumberjack
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78 male
 Joined Feb 17 2010
 Apache Junction,
Parker PassPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2016
AZLumberjack
Hiking5.10 Miles 702 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   2 Hrs   29 Mns   2.23 mph
702 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
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1st trip
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Boy, is it great to be back in Arizona :y:


Got back home to Apache Junction Tuesday around Noon and decided that I Needed to get out in the Superstitions hiking again. It's been two months since I was last hiking in Arizona so I'm a bit overdue. Still got tons of work ahead of me so I just selected First Water TH to Parker Pass to get re-acquainted.

I was the only vehicle at the TH at 0600 so I hit the trails as the sun was trying to burn holes in the low hanging clouds. Lots of humidity hanging in the air but with the lower temps it felt kinda good. After I had gone a mile I spotted a Tarantula about to enter it's hole, must have been a "hard day's night" out there :) A short distance from there, I was alerted to the presence of a Diamondback :o Holy Crap, he must have had a bad night cause he was really pissed, never heard a rattler make so much noise... must have been the dry leaves by it's rattle that made so much noise.

Got to the Pass and took a short break to wipe off the sweaty brow, take a couple of shots of Weavers Needle with low hanging clouds behind it and make my turn around. No rattler or Tarantula on the return trip :D Only two other vehicles at the TH when I returned... #lovinthesolitude

dry First Water Creek - Upper Turnoff Dry Dry
Even the pools are dry.
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On every trip into the Superstitions, I find another Gold Mine. Today the mine was filled with Memories. I can not wait for the next trip.
average hiking speed 2.47 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.

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