Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Bluff Spring Loop Day Hike
when Trip Report : April 28, 2018
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  Trip Report : February 23, 2013
  Trip Report : March 20, 2010
  Trip Report : January 26, 2002
  Trip Report : February 7, 1999
  Trip Report : December 14, 1996
where Superstition Wilderness
the hike     From Peralta Trailhead the Dutchman’s Trail passes through Barkley Basin, climbs north past Miners Needle and descends from Miners Summit to the Bluff Spring Trail.
    The Bluff Spring Trail goes up Bluff Spring Canyon, crossing the wash numerous times. Weaver’s Needle soon rises on the western horizon. Williams Camp is just north of the trail as it tops out by Bluff Spring Mountain. After leaving Bluff Spring Canyon, the trail turns south and intersects the Terrapin Trail which comes in from the west.
    The Bluff Spring Trail continues south to Barks Canyon. As the trail descends into the wash it sometimes seems to disappear, but it does continue across Barks Canyon and up the west side of the canyon. The unsigned Cave Trail enters from the north. Peralta Trailhead is another 20 minutes down the hill, where the hike ends.
    This hike is described by Jack Carlson and Elizabeth Stewart in Superstition Wilderness Trails West, Clear Creek Publishing, Tempe, AZ, 2012, pages 85-91.
distance 9.1 miles
EC +-1400' elevation change
elevations 2410' (Peralta Trailhead) to 3240' (Miners Summit)
time 5-6 hours
type loop
starting at
Peralta Trailhead 33° 23.836' N,  111° 20.841' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Dutchman’s and Bluff Spring Trails
rating "B"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Apache Junction
meet 5:30 AM, maybe earlier depending on weather forecast, at Home Depot in Mesa on the southeast corner of Power and US 60.
drive Take US 60 east to milepost 204, turn left following the signs for Peralta Trailhead. Continue 7 miles to the end of Peralta Road. The dirt road is O.K. for cars.
25 miles from Home Depot to Peralta Trailhead (50 round trip).

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