Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
First Water to Canyon Lake Day Hike
when Trip Report : January 5, 2020
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  Trip Report : November 17, 2012
  Trip Report : March 13, 2010
  Trip Report : March 14, 2009
  Trip Report : March 2, 2002
where Superstition Wilderness
the hike     Take a roundabout route by Hackberry Spring and an Indian ruin to connect with the Second Water and Boulder Canyon trails on the one-way journey. Wet feet are possible, as are stunning views of Battleship Mountain, Geronimo Head, Cholla Ridge, and Sonoran springtime splendor! Come prepared for miles of natural rock gardens – and some fancy footwork, if you want to stay dry at the stream crossings.
    This hike is described in Footloose from Phoenix, by Ted Tenny, pages 149-158.
distance 8.5 miles
time 6-7 hours
EC +1470'-2020' elevation change
elevations 1686' (Boulder Canyon Trailhead) to 2431' (Garden Valley)
type one way
starting at
First Water Horse Staging 33° 28.975' N,  111° 26.957' W  [NAD27]
ending at
Boulder Canyon Trailhead 33° 32.089' N,  111° 25.341' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Dutchman’s, Second Water, and Boulder Canyon Trails
dogs? no
rating "B"   Rate yourself as a hiker.
cost When car-pooling, pay your share the cost of gas.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Apache Junction
meet 7:00 AM at Home Depot in Mesa on the southeast corner of Power and US 60.
drive 25 miles from Home Depot to Canyon Lake (50 round trip).

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