Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Dripping Spring Day Hike
when Trip Report : January 18, 2014
  Trip Report : January 20, 2007
where Superstition Wilderness
the hike     Dripping Spring lies at the junction of Randolph, Fraser, and Red Tanks Canyons. The spring drips year-around from a ledge above the canyon floor, forming a mini-oasis of lush green ferns. Hopefully we can locate it this time, but whether we do or not this is still a very scenic hike through the heart of the Superstition Wilderness.
    From Reed’s Water, continue on through Randolph Canyon until we reach our destination at Dripping Spring, about 5.5 miles from the Peralta Trailhead. This is where we will break for lunch, before returning along the same route.
    NOTE: This route will cross a number of normally dry washes that may have flowing water, depending on the amount of rainfall in the area during the past week or two. If the water is running too deep or flowing too fast through any of these washes, we may be forced to turn back and cut the hike short. If that’s the case and time permitting, we may do the Peralta Trail to Fremont Saddle instead.
Required:
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
Recommended:
•  Lunch/snacks
•  Camera
distance 13 1/2 miles round trip.
time 8 hours
EC +-1540' elevation change
elevations 2357' (Barks Canyon) to 2671' (above Coffee Flat)
type round trip
starting at
Peralta Trailhead 33° 23.836' N,  111° 20.841' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Dutchman’s Trail #104, Coffee Flat Trail #108
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 7:00 AM at Home Depot in east Mesa on the southeast corner of Power and US 60. Drive east on the Superstition Freeway (US 60) to Superstition Springs Blvd., exit 187. Take that exit, turn right and go 1/2 mile east, across Power Road. Then turn left, toward Home Depot, at the second driveway. Park in the southwest corner of the lot, behind Burger King. We will make carpooling arrangements there.
drive
•  Take US 60 approximately 20 miles east of Phoenix to Peralta Road.
Turn left on Peralta Rd. and drive east 6 miles the trailhead.
Peralta Road is a graded dirt road and is suitable for passenger cars.
Restrooms are available at the trailhead.

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