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Mar 25 2019
Mike90
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 Joined Mar 24 2019
 AZ
LaBarge Loop from Peralta TH, AZ 
LaBarge Loop from Peralta TH, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2019
Mike90
Hiking18.00 Miles
Hiking18.00 Miles   11 Hrs   30 Mns   1.57 mph
40 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
Labarge Loop from Peralta TH (CW)
18 Miles round trip
11-12 Hours total, with breaks

Water carried was 4L
Map used: National Geographic Map #851

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Route:
3/25/19
Day 1 (5.5 hours):
Weather: 85F
Peraltha TH> Peralta 102>Dutchman 104 (East)> Dutchman 104 (North)> Dutchman 104 (East)>Labarge (Camp)

Parked at Peralta TH and signed in to registry. Met Ranger Lou who gave me some tips and even let me borrow a trekking pole. Stepped off from Peralta TH 0945. Within 5 minutes I saw water. As Ranger Lou said, "Everywhere on a map that has a stream will have water". Being my first time in the Supes I don't know if this is normal for this month or due in part to the weather we've had Late 2018-Early 2019. Lots of vegetation and rocks. Definitely bring a trekking pole, if not two. Since I was backpacking solo I'm glad I did use a pole as it gave me added security knowing I was safer in my steps. For the early stages of Peralta trail it is an immediate climb. Lots of stepups, stepdowns, loose rocks, and some switchbacks. At the pace I was going I had burned through 2L of water before reaching Freemont Saddle But with all the water everywhere it was easy to refill. There were a few day hikers headed to the top (Freemont Saddle) all of which took breaks at different times and made comments about the heat. Keep this in mind because if you plan on going during a time when the water isn't flowing plentifully I imagine you would need to a)go when its cooler, b)change your pace, or c)pack more water, because that's just the beginning.

At this point I reached Freemont Saddle and finally saw Weaver's Needle along with a small crowd of day hikers. I made a mental note of this location for a later date to have a picnic or good PT session that isn't as packed as some other places. Great view also to see the expanse of the Superstition Wilderness. I took a quick swig of water and started my way down into Peralta Canyon. This part of the trail seemed to smooth out. More dirt, less rocks, and lots of vegetation. As you head down into the canyon there are some campsites to your right as well as paths to take you to the heavily flowing stream of water running along the trail. Of course you'll get closer to Weaver's Needle which will be on your right which I used as a sort of check point for how far along I was. Once you pass Weaver's Needle you'll begin a slight incline. I met a pack of horse riders that had come in from First Water TH, said hi and moved on. Once you clear the Peralta Trail you'll hit your first junction where you'll want to take Dutchman #104 East. Also at that junction was another flowing stream of water. I finished off my nalgene, refilled, and continued on.

Heading east on Dutchman #104 was short lived, nothing noted from that section.

You'll quickly hit the next junction where you'll want to take Dutchman #104 North. This is where it got interesting. I was quickly shaded by trees, larger boulders, more flowing water and a pond that had some shade next to it. I think I may have seen a camp site too. Either way, it would be a nice place to rehab. Keep heading north and you'll hit another junction where you'll take Dutchman #104 East.

On my map this area is marked as Marsh Valley, but just keep heading east until you hit another junction where again you'll take Dutchman #104 East, which will lead you to La Barge Canyon.

La Barge Canyon has plenty of campsites on the north side of the trail. Most of the campsites had trails that also led down to creek which was flowing heavily. Some campsites are shaded, some are not. I ended up linking up with another group of backpackers and we were the only ones camping out there.

3/26/19
Day 2 (5.5 hours):
Weather: 87F
Labarge (Camp)> Dutchman 104 (East)> Dutchman 104 (South)> Bluff Spring Trail 235 (West)> Bluff Spring Trail 235 (South) Peralta TH

Packed up camp and headed east around 0830. Before entirely leave Labarge you'll come across a stream of water which at the time was ankle deep and was flowing. You'll quickly come to a junction where you'll take Dutchman 104 South. I think within 15 minutes time there was a campsite which was shaded by some trees and along a flowing creek of water. Another good camp site. Once you leave that area you'll be back under the sun meandering up and down the hills. I don't remember much shade afterwards. Trail become rocky again, but nothing crazy. When you hit the next junction, keep riding Dutchman 104 (South). Along the way we passed 2 springs, both of which flowing water. The 1st spring had a big boulder which provided lots of shade. Another good area to rehab. At some point you'll hit a junction where this time you'll take Bluff Springs 235 (West). Same type of trail, dirt and rocks. Shortly after that junction you'll hit another junction where you'll take Bluff Spring 235 (South) which will be the home stretch. You should see weaver's needle, but of course this time you'll be on the SE side of it. Keep heading south as the trail leads you up and down. You'll soon see the Peralta TH parking lot, but what's more interesting is seeing the Peralta 102 trail from this perspective. Make it safely down the hill, sign out of the registry, and enjoy that great feeling of accomplishment.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Barks Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Bluff Spring Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Bluff Spring Mountain Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Charlebois Canyon Heavy flow Heavy flow
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Crystal Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max East Boulder - Weavers Viewpoint Medium flow Medium flow
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max East Boulder @ Pinon Camp Medium flow Medium flow
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Holmes Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Music Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Peralta Canyon Heavy flow Heavy flow
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Peralta Creek at #102 Crossing Medium flow Medium flow
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Piper Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
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average hiking speed 1.57 mph

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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