|when||Saturday, December 10, 2022|
We take an access trail from the horse parking lot strolling through the Sonoran Desert
with spectacular views of the Superstitions to the northwest. After a mile, we intersect
the Hackberry Springs Trail. We travel north on the Hackberry Springs Trail a short distance
where we reach Hackberry Springs at the base of a basalt cliff. We will pause for a photo
op and some exploration, before continuing north along the Hackberry Springs Trail.
The trail circumvents the basalt outcrop and after about a mile we come to a junction and pause for another photo op.
We take the trail left (east) for about ¼ mile with a view of Hackberry Mesa to the north. The trail curves south through the Garden Valley to the Second Water trail (#236) junction.
We continue south then west on Second Water Trail about 2 miles to the junction with the Dutchman (#104) trail and travel ½ mile back to the First Water trailhead. We walk ½ mile back along a trail that parallels the road to the First Water Trailhead horse lot.
This hike is described in Footloose from Phoenix by Ted Tenny, pages 132-139.
|EC||+-570' elevation change|
|elevations||2,050' (First Water Creek) to 2,434' (Garden Valley)|
|on trail||100% — Access Trail 20%, Hackberry Springs Trail 45%, Second Water Trail #236 (25%). Dutchman’s Trail #104 (10%) (Hackberry is a creek bottom and can be wet).|
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|cost||When car-pooling, pay your share the cost of gas.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
|leader||Email the leader to confirm. Please provide your cell phone number when you sign up in case we need to contact you on the day of the hike.|
|meet||9:00 AM at First Water Trailhead Horse Lot.|
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