Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Garden Valley Archaeology Day Hike
when Saturday, January 30, 2021
where Superstition Mountains
the hike     Garden Valley is full of archaeological sites. It was inhabited when Chaucer wrote his Canterbury Tales. We will explore some sites on this hike. Read more.
    Those who prefer a longer hike can complete the Garden Valley Loop (5.7 miles) or the Black Mesa Loop (9 miles).
distance 4, 5.7, or 9 miles
time 3-6 hours
EC +-500' (short), +-1600' (long)
elevations 2051' (near Hackberry Spring) to 2760' (Black Mesa)
type round trip or loop
starting at
First Water Horse Staging Area 33° 28.984' N,  111° 26.144' W  [NAD27]
on trail 95% — Dutchman’s, Second Water, Hackberry Spring, and Black Mesa Trails
rating "C" or "B"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost The club allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Apache Junction
leader    You must email the leader to confirm.
meet 8:00 AM at the First Water Horse Staging Area.
•  East on Brown Road or US 60 to the Apache Trail Highway (AZ 88).
North on the Apache Trail Highway through Apache Junction, past Goldfield Ghost Town and Lost Dutchman State Park, to First Water Road.
Turn right on First Water Road and drive east two miles to the Horse Staging Area. First Water Road is unpaved and not graded often enough, but I have driven it in a sedan. If you reach First Water Trailhead, you’ve gone too far.

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