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West Boulder Canyon - 10 members in 11 triplogs have rated this an average 3.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jan 22 2019
LindaAnn
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41 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking12.86 Miles 4,753 AEG
Hiking12.86 Miles   8 Hrs   41 Mns   1.79 mph
4,753 ft AEG   1 Hour   29 Mns Break
 
After setting up the shuttle, we got to the Crosscut trailhead just before 8:00, and started a few minutes later. Starting on Jacob's Trail was a nice way to warm up, and I shed the long sleeve shirt a little while later on Siphon. Siphon Draw was pretty much deserted. There are new black X's marking the way, grrr, but at least they managed to place them along the best route most of the way.

Most of us headed over to 5024, and told Mark we would meet him back on the ridgeline on the other side of the peak. Dropping off the east side of 5024 wasn't too bad. It was steep, and I nearly hugged a cholla at one point, but we all stayed upright and cactus-free. Views were great along the ridgeline. Somewhere around the middle, we took a slightly different route than I have historically used. I think the way I've gone before was a little easier, but it didn't matter, because after about 10 minutes, it all led to the same place. We found a spot with some good seating and views for lunch, and it was nice to rest the legs for a few minutes.

I felt like I dragged a little during some of the rougher parts in the half mile or so before the chute at the north end of 5057, but was happier once the terrain smoothed out. We ran into another group taking a break where we turned to head up to 5057. They had started about an hour before us, and probably finished about 30 minutes after we did. I never mind the last little uphill section up to West Boulder, but descending down to Carney is something I try not to do too often. The mile or so along Lost Goldmine went quickly, and was very well signed, but the Wave Cave crowd is still determined to get lost on their journeys for the perfect instagram photo. Nice to meet Alex, and to see Mark again-- I think our only hike together was about two years ago. Great day, and perfect weather for this hike.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Boulder Creek Origin - Ridgeline Route Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Large pools of water.
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Nov 19 2017
rayhuston
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64 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Willow Springs from First Water THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2017
rayhuston
Hiking11.94 Miles 1,842 AEG
Hiking11.94 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   1.76 mph
1,842 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
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If you want to hike out to Willow Spring, use the posted trail. Do not follow the route I took on the first half of my hike today. I did this hike for the workout (bouldering rocks!) plus a chance to see some new stuff.

The first part of the hike followed the FW Upper Creek Loop. When the creek trail bends back towards Dutchman, I continued south following a route I picked up from the SAR website. The route was what I expected for the most part, until I ran into a jungle, then it got nasty for a bit. I must have missed a turn, cause I can't imagine anyone wanting to go through that. After reviewing my route a week later and comparing it to the SAR route, I did miss a turn; I should have stayed above the fray and skirted around to the NE, where the brush ends, before bending back to the SE.

Merged onto WB canyon at the end of the SAR route, then bumpy smooth sailing to the spring. Good water at the spring, but nothing (or nothing good) anywhere else.

Snapped some pics at Willow Spring, then headed over to the stone corral to see if I could find some good shots there. I found the south anchorage and I could see the anchorage on the other side. I am assuming that the thick brush that's there now must have been there when Adolf Ruth cleared that out and built the wall. It's truly amazing what people were willing to do out here in this wilderness.

I followed the official Willow Spring route back to FW trailhead. Ignore the large cairn to your left as you head back. The cairn invites you to leave the creek into the bush to the west. It's part of the official route, but it's so overgrown in there that you'll quickly regret leaving the creek. I did.

I exited WB creek along a cairned route below Tim's Saddle and followed the path up and over Tim's and another saddle farther along. I hooked up with Dutchman again at Parker Pass. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed Dutchman after all of that boulder hopping.

Fun hike, but only if you like off trail and boulder hopping. Lot's of both today. The weather was perfect. I didn't see anyone (and didn't expect to) until the last couple of miles on the Dutchman trail. Then I saw a few families enjoying the outdoors on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Willow Spring Dripping Dripping
Pools in the reeds, trickling out and down the slick rock as you approach.
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Jan 06 2014
vanman
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55 male
 Joined Jan 07 2012
 Gilbert
Robbers Roost - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 06 2014
vanman
Hiking9.25 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking9.25 Miles   7 Hrs   21 Mns   1.78 mph
2,500 ft AEG   2 Hrs   9 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Another fun day out with Larry. I could wander around Dacite Mesa all day and not get bored and that's pretty much what we did. From the saddle we headed for the Gargoyle and then went around back and across the small valley to the area above Fremont. From there we meandered our way south on a different route, back down to the old, dead tree where you cross the drainage to head up to the Roost. We made it to the Roost for lunch and Larry enjoyed his first visit and the photo ops.

Coming up out of the Roost we headed east to the ridge above Peralta Canyon for some excellent views of the Cave Trail and Weavers. Then it was back on the trail to Fremont. Larry had the great idea of coming down through Bark's, which neither of us had done. We hiked out to the Overlook area and found the trail that lead down. No surprise, there's more cool stuff down there! We did a little off-trail work down a giant-boulder drainage which was fun and then made our way down to Bluff Spring's Trail and out.

Just another spectacular day in the awesome Superstitions!
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Jan 20 2013
nonot
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 Joined Nov 18 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Willow Springs from First Water THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Jan 20 2013
nonot
Backpack12.50 Miles 1,000 AEG
Backpack12.50 Miles2 Days   7 Hrs   15 Mns   
1,000 ft AEG      50 Mns Break38 LBS Pack
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Fritzki nailed it when describing this as long and grueling. I mean, it takes about 3-3.5 hours each way, the trail that leaves the Dutchman isn't even on recent maps, and there's no trail through portions of W Boulder Canyon itself, and not many people come here. And it's only got a nice creek with some neat slickrock and an old corral. The willow tree next to the spring isn't even there anymore, sheesh! Who would possibly visit this place, it's miserable! ;)

On a historical note, the trip description suggests that Ruth built the corral. I was always under the impression that Adolph was a bit of an academic in that he was neither an outdoorsman nor accustomed to hard labor. I thought I read that he showed up for this trip in a business suit, of all things. Barkley's team, I thought, recognized his general incompetence for the outdoors and packed him into this existing camp (suggesting the corral and workings had already been constructed by the cowboys) in order to keep him in an isolated spot where he could not possibly foul things up or get himself killed. But in the end he still managed, and the coroner actually pronounced the holes in his skull as natural causes, though many today agree they could have been bullet holes from a small caliber.
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West Boulder Canyon Willow Spring

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


water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Old West Boulder Canyon Light flow Light flow
Light flow in the canyon, it is intermittent and goes underground for up to half-mile stretches.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Willow Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
The creek was flowing above and below the spring, it is hard to tell how much the spring is actually adding to the flow.
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Mar 08 2011
Mike_Fels
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73 male
 Joined Jan 07 2010
 Chandler, AZ
Aylor's ArchPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2011
Mike_Fels
Hiking10.89 Miles 1,607 AEG
Hiking10.89 Miles   5 Hrs   5 Mns   2.14 mph
1,607 ft AEG
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After the safari I was finally able to begin hiking again. Had stopped anything but urban hikes to make sure I was in shape for the safari.

Took a couple side trips, the first yellow mesa (furthest west) had what has always looked like a wall with an opening behind it. Bushwhacked up to it. Turns out it's nothing except a few holes in the cliff. But a nice view from up there. Hiked about a mile up the west boulder creek canyon.
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Mar 14 2010
Tough_Boots
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64 male
 Joined Mar 28 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
West Boulder CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2010
Tough_Boots
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,280 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
2,280 ft AEG
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I planned on taking the Dutchman Trail and heading up to the top of Black Top Mesa, but when I hit West Boulder Canyon there was so much water that I had to explore upstream for a while. I eventually found a really nice little tributary and followed that a little while until it was a perfect spot for lunch and sat around a bit relaxing. It was just one of those days and absolutely beautiful outside.
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Dec 03 2009
jostream
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47 male
 Joined Jan 06 2007
 Mesa, AZ
W Boulder Cyn to Willow SpringsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 03 2009
jostream
Hiking7.40 Miles 1,370 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   6 Hrs   5 Mns   1.22 mph
1,370 ft AEG
 
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This hike was torture on my arms and legs, but it was very enjoyable. I took a sick day from work and I've got two giveaways of my little white lie. 1. My car is covered in dust, and 2, my arms look like I've been wrestling with a cat. But all in all, this was totally worth it.

For a birthday present, I was given Carlson's Hiker's Guide to the Superstition Wilderness. I read it cover to cover and it got me feeling like I needed to view the history of the Supes, not just use the mountains for enjoyment. It was a similar feeling to when I was able to read about the Battle of Gettysburg, and then get a chance the next day to tour the battlefield.

Adolph Ruth was mentioned several times through the book and he ended up being shot and killed back in the Supes. I figured it would be a good idea to check out his old camp. The route from West Boulder Canyon looked more interesting than the route from First Water. The First Water route is rated a 4 here and the West Boulder Canyon route a 5.

I got to Carney Springs about 7:30 and headed up the trail. It didn't take long for me to shed my coat and fully drench my T-Shirt with sweat. I got to W. Boulder Saddle and scoped out a place to head down. My intentions were to hike along the Ridgeline trail a while then descend down the second side canyon into the main, but I didn't. I saw the first cairn off to the side and down I went. Heading down was actually kind of fun. There are spots of severe bushwhacking, but over all it wasn't too bad. You get used to being clawed at and having stuff fall in between your backpack and your neck. It is all part of the enjoyment.

After a mile or so, you have to head to the high ground. There were parts that were overly cairned, spray painted, and ribbon marked for my taste. I really didn't see the point. There is only 1 canyon and there is no way to get through the stuff down there, so that leaves only 1 option. Head high and go around it. Getting lost would be impossible so using that many markers was overkill to say the least.

After heading around, you descend back into the canyon. This is where it gets fun. There are spots of smooth granite floors, spots with large boulders, spots where you have to scoot low under some trees, and spots that would present very cool water falls. For my trip, there was no water along the entire path. It was very fast going once I got down there.

I reached the Willow Springs around 11 which put my travel time from the car at roughly 3 and a half hours. I ate my leftover pizza and polished off a bottle of gatorade. I filtered water out of the spring to refill my bladder and headed off to find the corral.

The things to look for are the trees. They are too neat and too out of place. I didn't even realize I walked through the gate of the corral until I was already in it. I can imagine with a little attention, this would have been a decent place to hang out. There is plenty of shade, an ever running spring, and seclusion.

I headed back and made good time. I kept getting drawn into the canyon where I should have stayed high, but oh well. It made for some interesting tracks and track backs.

I got back to the car just before 3, which put my hike time back right around 3 hours.

I'm planning on a Battleship hike in January, but I hope to get another history lesson before then. Maybe something around Bluff Spring....
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Willow Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
There was flowing water with plenty in available pools.
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Jan 27 2007
kanode
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 Joined Jan 07 2004
 Tempe, AZ
West Boulder CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2007
kanode
Hiking10.00 Miles 2,180 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   11 Hrs      0.91 mph
2,180 ft AEG
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See my 1/27/07 triplog under: "W Boulder Cyn to Willow Springs" for an easier southern half of this route.
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Dec 06 2002
jmzblond
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 Joined Sep 08 2002
 Scottsdale, AZ
West Boulder CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 06 2002
jmzblond
Hiking9.75 Miles 2,180 AEG
Hiking9.75 Miles   9 Hrs   15 Mns   1.05 mph
2,180 ft AEG
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Did this hike w/ fellow HAZers Cactuscat, Ally, and Arizonaheat. We started at the turn-off from Peralta Road to the Carney Springs T/H in the dark. We went up to West Boulder Saddle, watched the sunrise then dropped down into the canyon. Bushwhacked and crawled through the canyon all the way to Adolph Ruths corral, took a lunch break at Willow Springs, and eventually intersected the Dutchman Trail. From there we hiked to our shuttle vehicle at the First Water T/H. Afterwards, we all celebrated over pizza and ice cold beers at Panhandlers Pizza off Hwy 60. All in all it was one of the most fun, and rewarding hiking days I've had. Now I just can't wait to see what stories and nicknames surface about me!! I only recommend this hike to the truly adventurous at heart with a down and dirty sense of fun... not for the weak-willed, or casual day-hikers.
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Dec 06 2002
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West Boulder CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 06 2002
cactuscat
Hiking9.75 Miles 2,180 AEG
Hiking9.75 Miles   9 Hrs   15 Mns   1.05 mph
2,180 ft AEG
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An excellent adventure Friday doing WBC with jmzblond, azheat, and Ally. Basically it was a boulder hopping, bushwacking, tarantula touching, rock petting good time! I can't remember the last hike I enjoyed this much - or when I've laughed as much as I did with those goofballs! Judging from some of our ideas and conversations, future hikes with them may prove to be even more crazy and fun. :lol: Even though it sounds like we all had a great time, I wouldn't recomend this hike to anyone; really - DON'T GO!! Okay, okay - I just don't want alot of people marching through there and messing the place up. If you do go remember your LNT basics - no more wads of t.p. in the creekbed, please! And for god's sake, no more fire rings! We saw at least 6-8 (although there won't be that many left after the next time I pass through, I promise you that). Last but not least, don't forget to wear a nice pair of underwear, because this hike may knock your PANTS off!! :wink:
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Dec 06 2002
arizonaheat
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 Joined Sep 12 2002
 Mesa, AZ
West Boulder CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 06 2002
arizonaheat
Hiking9.75 Miles 2,180 AEG
Hiking9.75 Miles
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