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Garden Valley - Hackberry Loop - 4 members in 6 triplogs have rated this an average 3.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Apr 20 2019
Daytripper
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 Guides 6
 Routes 57
 Photos 1,155
 Triplogs 376

68 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Garden Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2019
Daytripper
Hiking9.98 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking9.98 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   2.30 mph
1,100 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Garden Valley Loop was the longest portion of today’s hike thus the guide selected. Decided to obtain some heat acclimatization rather than drive out of town on a holiday weekend. Initially planned to park at the Needle Vista lot to avoid First Water Road and trailhead and any holiday weekend crowd that could be there, the idea was to hike to to Hackberry Spring and possibly add on Garden Valley Loop. Had to improvise as the needle vista lot was full and overflowing onto Apache Trail :( a model car rally was going on. Backtracked to the “campground” a little west on Apache Trail and parked there. After slipping by the no rules campground guard dogs started down the trail heading east that follows along and or under the power lines. Upon reaching the first wash then headed to the right or south which was just before the paved walkway from the vista lot, goal was to stay on the least vegetated path rather than doing any bushwhacking today. Thanks to the horses for clearing the washes and the path I was following. Had the feeling I was too far west of Hackberry spring but continued on and sure enough ended up at the Horse lot on First Water road after all, definitely no crowd here today. Decided to do more acclimatizing, and continued on to Hackberry Spring and Garden Valley Loop . Glad I did as I was amazed at the amount of water remaining around the spring area ,the shaded area around the springs contained significant water pools, enough to serve as a kiddie pool, nice and clear looking. Sparsely populated trails today , a family leaving the horse lot for Hackberry Spring puzzling over the new signs,a couple of hammocks possibly occupied at a campsite near the spring and in Garden Valley a dog Duke and his companion. No crowd at the First Water trailhead after all ,too warm I suppose,only about 7 to 8 cars in the trailhead lot. Used a couple of liters of water from the camelback and used my thawing plastic water bottle for wetting my hat and neck scarf, a fairly strong breeze helped with evaporative cooling to make the day not unpleasant.
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dry First Water Creek at Second Water Trail #236 Dry Dry
Couple of stagnant pools

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Hackberry Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
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Feb 16 2019
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Routes 78
 Photos 7,201
 Triplogs 2,562

58 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Garden Valley - Hackberry LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2019
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking6.35 Miles 1,031 AEG
Hiking6.35 Miles   2 Hrs   58 Mns   2.14 mph
1,031 ft AEG
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1st trip
Started off with Joe almost getting ran over in the First Water parking lot :o . Enjoyed this loop with a little extra side excursion that was cool too. Joe's colorful commentary was entertaining as well. Scouts were camped all around the spring. Water looked pretty good to filter. Liked the overcast skies. Nice first hike for the day. Thanks gents!
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Feb 12 2019
markthurman53
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 Guides 83
 Routes 488
 Photos 5,777
 Triplogs 405

66 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Hackberry Spring from horse lot, AZ 
Hackberry Spring from horse lot, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2019
markthurman53
Hiking4.25 Miles 510 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles   2 Hrs   27 Mns   2.34 mph
510 ft AEG      38 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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rayhuston
Short day after hike. I call this the spectacle hike because the route looks like a pair of glasses after being driven over by a car. Met up with ray and did the Hackberry spring loop. Ray added a twist to this hike by adding some side canyons that I had never been on before. Was planning on hiking to the lake and back via First Water Canyon but with my knee being a little sore from yesterdays hike I'm glad I listened to ray when he suggested I tone today's hike down a bit. Glad I did turned out to be a very enjoyable hike with good conversation. Water in pools along First Water and there was a little flow in the narrows near Hackberry Spring.
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Jan 21 2019
rickcmarsh
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 Routes 8
 Triplogs 10

37 male
 Joined Jan 07 2014
 Gilbert, AZ
Garden Valley - Hackberry LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2019
rickcmarsh
Hiking5.94 Miles 866 AEG
Hiking5.94 Miles   3 Hrs   39 Mns   1.98 mph
866 ft AEG      39 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
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Took the family on a hike. It was a great day weather wise. Most exciting was my 4 year old walked nearly 5 miles on her own. It wasn't too busy, a couple horse groups on the trail. Kids were excited to see Blue Scrub Jay bird and a few deer tracks.
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Dec 31 2018
PJackalope
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 Routes 28
 Photos 68
 Triplogs 39

44 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Garden Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2018
PJackalope
Hiking5.41 Miles 582 AEG
Hiking5.41 Miles   2 Hrs   8 Mns   2.54 mph
582 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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A very nice, easy, jaunt through the Superstitions on the last day of 2018. Other than working up the river rocks up the canyon to Hackberry Spring, it was a quick easy going trail. Some really good campsite along the horse trail in Garden Valley before linking up with the second water trail. Very quiet out on the trail. My son and I only passed by 4 other persons out on the trail. Very pretty area. I really like the openness of Garden Valley. Enjoy!!

dry Cholla Tank Dry Dry
Nothing, not even a trickle

dry First Water Creek at Second Water Trail #236 Dry Dry
Nothing, not even a trickle

dry Hackberry Spring Dry Dry
Nothing, not even a trickle
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Dec 25 2018
Tough_Boots
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 Routes 67
 Photos 2,708
 Triplogs 755

40 male
 Joined Mar 28 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Garden Valley - Hackberry LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 25 2018
Tough_Boots
Hiking6.49 Miles 579 AEG
Hiking6.49 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.88 mph
579 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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John9L
Merry Christmas
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