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Mar 14 2020
Natbrokaw
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Ely-Anderson TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Natbrokaw
Hiking10.26 Miles 2,624 AEG
Hiking10.26 Miles   6 Hrs   23 Mns   1.84 mph
2,624 ft AEG      49 Mns Break
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Mar 07 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Miners Needle Loop - Bluff Spring Mtn, AZ 
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DixieFlyer
Hiking12.90 Miles 2,884 AEG
Hiking12.90 Miles   6 Hrs   29 Mns   2.47 mph
2,884 ft AEG   1 Hour   16 Mns Break
 
I was wanting to go check out the wildflowers in the Supes, and since I like the views atop Bluff Spring Mountain I decided to do this hike again.

The hike was basically the Miners Needle Loop in a CW direction, with a sidetrip up to Bluff Spring Mountain on the Ely-Anderson Trail.

There was a good wildflower display throughout the hike -- it was better at the lower elevations than higher up. The flower show will continue to improve in the coming days I think.

We got to the TH about 6:30, and there were plenty of parking spaces. We did not see anyone on the hike until we started back to the TH on the Dutchman Trail. The weather was about perfect, although it was getting a bit warm on the way back -- fortunately there was a nice breeze blowing.

We saw the Peralta Rock on the Bluff Springs Trail -- this was the first time that I had seen it.

This hike is a good one -- I enjoy the views atop Bluff Spring Mountain, particularly of Peak 5057 and Weavers Needle.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
There were quite a few wildflowers to be seen: brittlebush, lupine, blue dicks, globemallow, poppies, fairy dusters, and owl clover, among others.
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Apr 13 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Miners Needle Loop & Bluff Spring Mtn, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Apr 13 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.40 Miles 2,829 AEG
Hiking12.40 Miles   6 Hrs   2 Mns   2.54 mph
2,829 ft AEG   1 Hour   9 Mns Break
 
With the weather being relatively cool, I decided to do another hike in the Supes. This hike was basically the Miners Needle Loop with an out-and-back hike to the summit of Bluff Spring Mountain via the Ely-Anderson trail.

We started and ended the hike at the Peralta TH, which is at the end of Peralta Road in Gold Canyon. We did the loop clockwise by going out on the Bluff Springs Trail and coming back on the Dutchman Trail. Just before the Bluff Spring Trail ends at the Dutchman Trail, we made a left on the unsigned Ely-Anderson Trail and took it near the summit; the last 1/4 mile or so the summit was off-trail.

The vegetation on the summit had really grown a lot since I was up here last back in late January. There was lots of fairy duster ane owl clover in bloom up on the mountain. I thought that the views at the summit were awesome, and were better than I remembered them being from my prior trip.

There were lots of flowers still blooming along the hike. Water in the washes is just about gone now though.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
There were lots and lots of flowers blooming, including: Hedgehog cactus, brittlebush, ocotillo, globemallow, owl clover, fairy duster, lupine, dudleya, and others that I can't remember at the moment
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Apr 10 2019
wallyfrack
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Ely-Anderson TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 10 2019
wallyfrack
Hiking12.10 Miles 2,835 AEG
Hiking12.10 Miles   5 Hrs   28 Mns   2.21 mph
2,835 ft AEG
 
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I had the day off so decided to hike the western Supes while the weather was cool. Bluff Spring Mountain fit the bill and I decided to complete the Miners Needle Loop finsih up. I looked through the summit log on Bluff Spring Mountain and saw many recent HAZ entries by DixieFlyer, Daytripper, hikerdw, FoTG and BiFrost. The memorial photo tibber put in for johnr1 is still in great shape. On the hike out I had hopes of seeing a gila monster but my timing was off. I saw two ladies on horseback who had just seen a gila monster and then a mile later two guys said they saw a gila monster about a mile in. The trails were good the weather was great.
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DixieFlyer
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Bluff Spring Mountain SummitPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking16.00 Miles 3,750 AEG
Hiking16.00 Miles   8 Hrs   15 Mns   2.45 mph
3,750 ft AEG   1 Hour   43 Mns Break
 
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Bluff Spring Mountain Summit had been in my crosshairs for a while, so Tracie, my intrepid hiking partner, and I decided to do this one today. I had also been wanting to hike the Weaver's Needle Crosscut Trail, so I came up with a loop that would involve the X-Cut. We basically did a CW loop with an out-and-back sidetrip up to the summit via the Ely-Anderson Trail.

The loop we did was:
TH>Peralta Trail>Weaver's Needle Crosscut Trail>Terrapin Trail>Bluff Spring Trail>Dutchman Trail>TH

I enjoyed the loop hike, but it might have been better to do a continuous loop by coming either up or down on the west side of Bluff Spring Mountain, and going either to or from the Terrapin Trail, depending on whether you did the loop CW or CCW.

I enjoyed the Crosscut Trail, and the Ely-Anderson Trail was easier to follow than I might have guessed -- there were lots of cairns. Once the Ely-Anderson Trail ended, you could see the Bluff Spring Mtn summit ahead, and it was an easy off-trail jaunt to get to the summit. I also liked the trip around Miners Needle.

I noticed a few HAZer's in the summit logbook: hikerdw, Tibber, Trekkin Gecko, and Chumley
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Wildflowers Observation Light
poppy, brittlebush, globemallow, and ocotillo were sporadically in bloom
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Jan 12 2019
Daytripper
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 Gold Canyon
Miners Needle LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Daytripper
Hiking11.79 Miles 1,996 AEG
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1,996 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
 
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Repeated a hike I did 8 days ago, my son and daughter in law wanted to do this one so I went again.Late start, 1100, from Peralta Trailhead on a Saturday reminded me of Grand Central Station. Scored one of the last parking spots in the overflow lot, was almost parked at the Lost Goldmine Trailhead. Mostly sunny with a cool breeze , intermittent clouds made for pleasant hiking weather. Did this in the CCW direction as opposed to last weeks CW, included a trip to the top of Ely Anderson trail with my son while his wife napped next to Bluff Spring Trail. We called our excursion operation lamb chop as we checked out a bighorn sheep skeleton. This was their first hike since last spring so we were dragging along for the last half of Bluff Springs trail, during a snack break we were passed by a friendly 3 legged dog named Hops. Enjoyable day and company,noticed all the water was flowing more so than a week ago.

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Aug 11 2018
friendofThundergod
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Weaver's Needle SummitPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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friendofThundergod
Hike & Climb12.30 Miles 4,100 AEG
Hike & Climb12.30 Miles   8 Hrs   53 Mns   1.61 mph
4,100 ft AEG   1 Hour   16 Mns Break
 
I made a visit to my old stomping grounds with Karl today. The plan was Weavers Needle and Bluff Mountain. Initially, there were some high hopes for running water out there and we even wondered if it would be running across the road on the way in, as we both thought we saw some pretty decent rain coming down out there last night on radar and because Phoenix got hit so hard. But alas this quickly faded as we hit the dry dirt road on the drive in. But no worries we were there to bag some summits, not swim.

The early morning conditions were great out there to start, low humidity with a little breeze. There was trickling water in Barks Canyon and at the intersection with Terrapin. We also ran across some random puddles on the way to the Needle and a couple of very lightly flowing spots along Bluff Springs Trail later in the day. Karl was not feeling the climb when we got to the base of the needle and after a little mulling it over, he decided it would not be in the cards for him today, so I went ahead and bagged it on my own. However, I will admit that I nearly bowed as well, as I was a little shaky in my legs and a little more anxious than usual on the tricky part. I think some of it was dealing with a lot less strength than the last few times I had did it and worrying about my surgically repaired shoulder more than I should have been. Nevertheless, I was able to take a little breather, calm my nerves and it started to come back to me. I ended up taking more time than I should have and a few parts that seemed very easy last time, took more time and attention to detail this time around, but I eventually made the summit. There was a crazy gnat infestation on the summit, so I did not stay long, or even open any of the three summit registers, but I was still able to enjoy the nice moment on top of the symbol of the western Supes. I found the anchor I could not find on the way up and Karl contemplated another attempt with a handline in place, but it barely reached the tricky spot, so it was not going to be much use to him. But eventually we both agreed a return in winter with the right rope was probably the best option and after a little guiding from Karl I completed the down climb.

From Weavers it was on to another western Supes icon, Bluff Mountain. We took a cross country route from the base of the needed to almost the exact spot we would be leaving the Terrapin Trail for our climb up the backside of Bluff. The climb was a little warm at times, but the travel was pretty easy. There was another gnat infestation on the top of Bluff so our stay was short. However, we did have enough time to look over the register and reminisce about all the HAZers in it. That log book up there is seriously 75 percent HAZ users! From the summit it was on to the Ely Anderson Trail and our descent. The fire damage on Bluff from a few years back is almost non existent and it was nice and green up there. After we descended, we made a quick detour to Bluff Springs, as I was curious to if it was flowing and it was. It was a light flow, but steady enough to fill a one gallon bucket in a relatively quick amount of time. We shared our break spot with a nice polite rattler who agreed not to mess with us, if we did not mess with him. It was a bit of an oven at times on our way back to the trailhead, but we made decent time, with only a quick stop to filter some refreshing lukewarm water.

Overall a great day in the Supes! It was really nice to reconnect a little with that area after spending my summer on the road. Even with the slightly cooler day, it was probably a little warm out there for most mortals. Thank you for the cold beverages and driving Karl.





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Weavers Needle

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More pool than trickle, but a decent amount of water.

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Approximately one gallon per 8-10 minutes.

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Aug 11 2018
BiFrost
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 Phoenix, AZ
Weaver's Needle SummitPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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BiFrost
Hike & Climb11.85 Miles 3,713 AEG
Hike & Climb11.85 Miles   8 Hrs   53 Mns   1.60 mph
3,713 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
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Headed into the Supes with Lee with the hope of double summit starting with Weaver's and then Bluff Mountain. Starting about 6am from Peralta we hit Bluff Spring Trail to Terrapin and eventually off trail to the base of Weaver's Needle. Lee had already climbed it a few times and knew what to expect but it was my first attempt. From the previous triplogs it sounded like using a rope was 50/50 proposition. Lee went up right away and I made a few attempts on the rock getting about 1/2 way up just below the most difficult section. Going up seemed to be ok but I was concerned about coming back down. Ultimately I decided this was not my day for a summit and could always return with the proper rope for the downclimb. I waited at the base as Lee hit summit so at least had a nice break with a view!

After Weaver's we continuted off trail down the east side and then across Terapin Trail to the Bluff approach. Went up the west ridge of Bluff Mountain to the main ridgeline and at the summit relativley easily. Lots of gnats or flying ants as others have noted so we didn't stay long. Then down the Ely Anderson trail to Bluff Springs Trail and a quick stop by Bluff Spring. Nice little rattlesnake hanging out at the spring but it didn't seem to mind our presence. Took a short break and then continued back to the trailhead. Temps were a bit warm the last few miles but we had enough water to say well hydrated. Fun hike...just need to go back and get Weaver's!
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Mar 18 2018
Tough_Boots
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 Phoenix, AZ
Bluff Spring Mountain SummitPhoenix, AZ
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Tough_Boots
Hiking10.31 Miles 2,683 AEG
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Beautiful day to hit this summit. It was just me and the dog today. The Ely Anderson was a little rough on her feet coming down-- I should have put her boots on for that part. She'll live 😆
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Feb 11 2018
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 phoenix, az
Bluff Spring Mountain SummitPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2018
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Hiking10.59 Miles 2,791 AEG
Hiking10.59 Miles   7 Hrs   9 Mns   1.93 mph
2,791 ft AEG   1 Hour   39 Mns Break
 
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rescheduled a hike with tibber
weather seemed to favor the superstitions over sedona this weekend
kathy hadn't been up on bluff spring mountain, so that was angela's plan for today
got a parking spot at peralta and set out on bluff spring trail a little after 8:30
pretty good breeze from the east
a lot of people out on bluff spring trail - more than i've seen before
took a short snack break at the ely-anderson turnoff
headed up on this nicely cairned use trail
steep at times, but with good footing, much of it on bedrock
i've upgraded my rating
easy off trail and a final push to the summit
some of the best views in the superstitions of weaver's needle, the ridgeline, battleship, canyon lake, palomino
in the other direction, miner's needle, buzzard's roost and picketpost
had some lunch and took some pics for awhile
quite a few haz members in the summit log
took a peek into hidden valley on the way back
warmed up nicely on the return
just a perfect day to be out there
my second time on this hike
next time would like to drop back to terrapin
very nice day out with the girls :)
kinda fun to revisit some old favorites lately
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Bluff Spring Mountain SummitPhoenix, AZ
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slowandsteady
Hiking9.90 Miles 2,791 AEG
Hiking9.90 Miles   7 Hrs   9 Mns   1.80 mph
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Great little peak!
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Bluff Spring Mountain SummitPhoenix, AZ
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tibber
Hiking9.89 Miles 2,641 AEG
Hiking9.89 Miles   7 Hrs   14 Mns   1.73 mph
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Kelly and I were initially going to do a Sedona trek but since the temps looked a little cooler than we would prefer, we went to a Plan B. I texted Kathy, now that she passed her Series III, to see if she was up for a hike on a Sunday (now that there isn't any football) and she was game. When I took Kathy on the Miners Needle Loop in December and we passed by the Ely Anderson TH, I had mentioned to her about the Bluff Spring Mountain hike once I was in better shape. So with all of that, we three girls decided to do this hike since Kelly was fine with hiking the mountain again as well.

We got started around 9ish I think. It was a bit windy, and a chilly wind at that, as we started up Cardiac Hill. That one always is a doozie especially since you still have to go up for another 3/4 mile or so before you finally top out. At Lower Bark's Saddle we enjoyed our first view of Weaver's Needle and I reminisced about when johnr1 and I had done this hike in 2011 and I filmed the sun slowly lighting up the Needle.

We hiked our way over to the Ely Anderson TH meeting up with around 9 hikers including 2 that were sitting up a ways as we made our way to Upper Barks saddle. After a fuel break, it was time to go UP the trail. We lost the original trail for a bit but then joined up with the cairned path for our up and up with a couple easier sections in-between before more up and up. Finally I saw the stone wall and pointed it out to Kathy. It's nice to have goals to shoot for when you're going up and up. That view when you first peek over the rock outcropping is astonishing as Weavers Needle about hits you in the face :y: . Just WOW! so we stood there for a moment or two and took pictures.

And now to finish off the somewhat trail of the Ely Anderson. From there we veer slightly left and then stay slightly to the low side as you try to pick your way across the wide open prairie of Bluff Spring Mountain that's dotted with rocks and cactus and brush. I did spot a few cairns on my upper route which we also found for the way back as there are basically no trails through here. Kelly and Kathy decided to stay to the far left for their 175 foot in .2 mile climb up Bluff but that looked way too intimidating for me so I swung a little more to the center for my ascent. I spotted a few cairns on the ascent too. I was finally getting closer to the rocks of the summit when I saw the tip of Kathy's hat which meant it wasn't too much further.

Whoo hoo, I'm back here again; such a worthy summit with two of my favorite hiking companions. They both are so supportive of my eventually get 'er done pace. After a few quick pictures it was time for lunch. I also brot a couple pictures of johnr1 as the picture I took up here is the one they used on the Memorial program so I thot it fitting to add it to the summit box. johnr1 and I had the most beautiful hike to this summit in November 2011.

We found it hard to leave as the weather and the views couldn't have been more perfect. Canyon Lake was the deep blue of an ocean and we could see all the noticeable landmarks from our vista... such a wonderful feeling. But alas, we had to get down from this summit and go back across the grassy, rocky tundra of Bluff Spring Mountain. We managed to find the route I came across on and then from there a real nice flat and even, though slightly grassy, route almost all the way to the end/beginning of the Ely Anderson Trail.

This time I made sure the girls saw the stone fence as they kind of missed it on the way up even though they both crossed through it :lol: . And now it was time for the down and more down. It was a little warmer now. Glad it was sticky rock for most of this. Took a couple pics, Kelly stopped to talk to another hiker who had begun his ascent and then just before the bottom I landed on my tush. Once on level ground, I was a little tired so it took me a bit longer as the girls proceeded ahead. We took a break on Upper Barks saddle and then had shade for the hill climb up to Lower Barks saddle. It is a nice grade though as is the next hill that looks like it is steeper than it is. By now I'm in "hiking for beer" mode anyway so it's all good :) .

We hung at the TH for a bit watching all the activity; about as good as hangin' at the airport. A nice day, a great hike and even better, time with Kelly and Kathy.

Part 1 to top of Ely-Anderson TH from Peralta TH - [ youtube video ]
Part 2 to the Summit from Ely-Anderson Trail - [ youtube video ]
Part 3 Summit back to Peralta TH [ youtube video ]
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Feb 03 2018
syoung
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 Mesa, AZ
Bluff Spring Mountain SummitPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Feb 03 2018
syoung
Hiking10.04 Miles 2,789 AEG
Hiking10.04 Miles   3 Hrs   12 Mns   3.14 mph
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I wanted to tag a peak I have yet to today and this one caught my eye a few weeks ago.

Started up the trail around 7AM from an already bustling trailhead. That first climb up, which I am assuming is Cardiac Hill, is quite a start to the hike. The turnoff for the off trail adventure to the peak is easy enough to find. Following the cairns up wasn't too hard until the plateau. Making my way across the mesa I tagged the smaller, unnamed peak and then headed over to the actual peak. The views of Weaver's are pretty amazing from this vantage point.

I had a decision to make, to either go back the way I came or follow a track I had from JuanJaimeiii's adventure out here a few years ago. I decided to follow the track and make my way across the ridgeline and down the western flank of the mountain. While not overly difficult it was extremely time consuming and I had to cut off on a shortcut back on Terrapin.

Ran into a bunch of people on their way up the closer to the trailhead I got. Peralta was still full, the overflow was nearly but the Wave Cave, wow! It had more cars at it than the other two combined, or at least it seemed that way. The FS was there directly traffic on where to park. Pretty crazy how popular that area is now.
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Bluff Spring Mountain SummitPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking9.46 Miles 2,752 AEG
Hiking9.46 Miles   4 Hrs   57 Mns   2.12 mph
2,752 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
 
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Another Bluff Mountain summit today. However, this time I was able to cross the route down to Terrapin off my list after hitting the summit. I hit the trails with Carrie, John and a couple of other friends from the dreaded social media site Instagram. Kyle accompanied us to the turn off for Ely-Anderson and then headed back with his pup, who was already beat from a big hike the day before. Five total dogs took part in this hike: Blanco, Chief, Bella, Lilly and Chloe.

We ran into a bunch of Boy Scouts on the way in, but did not see anyone else until we neared the trailhead again, but the parking lot was near its usual winter form and nearly packed when we got back. It is so dry out there right now, as one would expect, not a drop of water anywhere the entire day and all the grasses brittle and brown. However, the summit was still a worthy destination and offered its usual nice views and different perspective on the Needle. The route down to Terrapin is a little more rugged than Ely, but it went by pretty nicely and we all escaped unscathed. It got a little warm towards the end of the day, but we kept the dogs well watered and were enjoying the air condition of our vehicles by one.

dry Barks Canyon Dry Dry
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Bluff Spring Mountain SummitPhoenix, AZ
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rayhuston
Hiking11.45 Miles 3,440 AEG
Hiking11.45 Miles   8 Hrs   11 Mns   1.53 mph
3,440 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
 
My 4th hike with Kevin from the Boston area. A chance meeting at the Pinon Pine overlook across from Weaver's Needle on his first hike in the Supes has led to some fun hikes together.

We took the Ely-Anderson route up. Once on top we worked our way over to peak 4041 for some views of the valley. Thunder crackled to the east as we savored the views from 4041. We then headed west to the summit where we took a break, snapped a few pics and signed the register.

We descended to the west because we wanted to add the Weaver's Needle Crosscut trail. Storms were supposed to hit around 2pm and it was about noon when we reached the Terrapin trail. The smart thing to do would have been to follow Terrapin back to Bluff Springs and return to the trailhead but we both brought rain gear so we stuck to the plan.

We stopped for lunch at the first rise on the crosscut trail. The weather was still on our side, but it was a short lunch; we needed to get to the Peralta trail before the rain hit. Timing is everything. About five minutes after we linked up with Peralta, a light rain started. We passed a trail maintenance crew, high fiving and thanking them as we walked by. Thunder crackled to the east, but much closer now. The rain picked up. We need to find shelter. Lightning, then a bang about three seconds later. The thunder crackled down through the canyon. Awesome, but way too close! We finally found a decent overhang and ducked in to wait out the storm.

The storm passed quickly and we continued our way to Fremont Saddle. By the time we arrived, the darkness from the storm had given way to partly cloudy. Sunshine and shadows from the clouds made for quite a show as we headed down Peralta to the trail head.

A great weather day in the Supes and another fun hike with Kevin.
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Nov 12 2016
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Bluff Spring Mountain SummitPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking10.30 Miles 3,110 AEG
Hiking10.30 Miles   6 Hrs   9 Mns   1.75 mph
3,110 ft AEG      15 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Nice weather for a hike. About 20 vehicles at TH when we arrived, a few less on the return, however there were at least 25 vehicles parked in the overflow so it must have been busy during the day.

Plenty of folks milling around the trail log including two FS volunteers. Thankfully the scouts and almost everyone else either took the Peralta or Dutchman trail so we didn't have to deal with that mess.

The hike out to the summit went without any drama... pretty much just following the trails. On the return we met 14 hikers and 2 backpackers. Three of the hiking groups (2, 2 & 4 hikers) had issues...
Couple #1: Thought they were going to Fremont Saddle (only 2.5 miles out on Bluff Springs Trail)

Couple #2: Took an iPhone photo of the map at TH of the 235/104 loop and thought the hike would only be 6 miles. (And by now, her iPhone was almost dead) Quite surprised when we told them that was just the Dutchman portion. The woman became anxious but the guy blew it off as no big deal.

4 Hikers: Met them just past Cardiac Hill around 3 pm. They planned the same 235/104 loop as couple #2 and also had the same incorrect distance information. The two guys didn't appear to have more than one 20 oz bottle each so we told them they could lap water from the pools here and there if they ran out. Ha! They thought we were joking... we weren't.
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When we got back to the TH we mentioned to the FS volunteer who was still there it's a good thing for a full moon as the rescue folks may have their work cut out for them if any of the 50% of the folks we met ran into any trouble. Hopefully they all made it out without incident.

I guess we'll be doing more off-trail hiking for the rest of snow-bird season.
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Sep 05 2016
wallyfrack
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Bluff Spring Mountain SummitPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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wallyfrack
Hiking8.50 Miles 2,455 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   4 Hrs   31 Mns   1.88 mph
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This was an early hair of the dog hike to relieve the Lemmon hangover. ;) I'm not sure why but it works. A trip back to the cave on the mountain side was first up. After climbing some not so stable rock up to the opening...it was a dud. The down climb wasn't going to happen so on to the summit. There was fire up on Bluff Spring Mountain since I was last up there and a lot of the brush/century plants burned but the Ocotillo and cactus were better off. The hike across the way to the Ely-Anderson trail was easy going. A quick stop at the pharaoh I saw one whited-tailed deer on top but no other fuana on the trip. It was warm by 10:30a at the finish but overall a nice hike.
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Bluff Spring Mountain SummitPhoenix, AZ
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Tough_Boots
Hiking10.80 Miles 2,678 AEG
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Really great hike with Lily and my friend Sarah. Temps cooled down so I figured I gotta spend some time in the Supes while its still enjoyable. Good breezes kept the temps nice and Lily had a few pools of water to cool off in. Lots of cars at Carney and Peralta TH's this morning-- we had to park at the overflow lot. Bluff Spring Mtn is always a nice spot for lunch.
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 Gilbert, AZ
Bluff Springs Mountain, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jan 16 2016
rayhuston
Hiking11.89 Miles 3,122 AEG
Hiking11.89 Miles   7 Hrs   4 Mns   1.87 mph
3,122 ft AEG      43 Mns Break
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Just before I left work on Friday, I told a coworker that I was going hiking in a valley on top of a mountain. He nodded, then did a "Wait, what?!" I hiked up here once before, but it was overcast and very windy that day. The weather was expected to be much more accommodating today. I had high hopes for a great all day adventure, until my wife told me were meeting friends for an early dinner. I shortened the hike to an out and back to the location of the old Al Reser camp. That turned out to be good enough.

Before going up the mountain on Ely-Anderson, I decided to go to Bluff Spring to check flows. Oddly enough, it was just a trickle when water was plentiful in every creek I passed today. Once on the mountain, I didn't look for routes. I pretty much knew where I was going based on landmarks, so I just picked my poison out and back. I went first to topo point 4041 for a view down into the valley, then continued north from there, angling towards the point where the canyon narrows, eventually arriving at the approximate location of Al Reser's camp.

I took a break there and contemplated a different route back, heading SW towards the summit following a route that other HAZers have taken. That was not the best choice for me. It was a long, uphill bushwhack that wore me out and used up more time than I had budgeted. At the point where I needed to take a steeper angle to reach the summit, I decided to stay on a line towards the saddle and make my way back to the Ely-Anderson trail. Time to end this hike.

The hike out to Reser's camp was enjoyable. The bushwhack out of the valley was difficult and made the rest of the hike somewhat less enjoyable. I do want to come back for more of Hidden Valley when I have time and the days are a little longer.
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Bluff Spring Mtn Miners Loop, AZ 
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Hiking12.13 Miles 2,882 AEG
Hiking12.13 Miles   6 Hrs   12 Mns   2.65 mph
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Headed out to Siphon Draw this morning, but the blue arrows I usually follow were gone and we quickly lost our way. Next thing I knew, we were huffing up cardiac hill, which was perfect for cutting the chill in the morning air, which had dropped into the 30s.

We made a planned rendezvous with fotg and the pups who are out on a multiday trip. We all made the trip up to the summit of BS mtn, where we met hikerdw and his son before they took off on a more adventurous route down.

We returned the way we came before parting ways with fotg and making the loop around Miners before heading back to the trailhead.

On the way home we stopped at wilderness and enjoyed cameos by other hazzers tortoise hiker, johnlp, outdoor lover, bradshaws, jonnybackpack, and apparently te-wa. Honorable menton to oregon hiker, who I saw there yesterday. Nobody could explain why BobP decided not skip it today :-k

Apparently people like that place or something. Great day start to finish! :)
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