Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Garden Valley Loop Day Hike
when Saturday, September 4, 2021
where Superstition Mountains
the hike     This is just a little hike before Labor Day. We’ll start at First Water Trailhead and take the Second Water Trail up to the top of Garden Valley mesa. We will have a short stop at the Indian ruins.
    We will take a short detour off trail to see the Garden Valley Arch, before we exit the mesa. We will then take the military trail about half way down to what is left of First Water Ranch.
    The area offers some interesting contrast: We will start off in desert, walk across a mesa that the Indians used to grow food and then down into a riparian area. The exit from First Water Ranch is up the horse trail to the horse parking lot and then up the bridle trail to the first water parking lot. Wildflowers may be blooming from all the rains we have had.
    If you’ve never seen the Superstitions up close, join us for a fabulous view. We should exit the Superstitions before noon and the temperature should still be below 90.
    Bring: Camera, dry socks if it rains the previous day
distance 6 miles
time 4-5 hours
EC +-500' elevation change
elevations 2100' (First Water parking lot) to 2420' (Garden Valley)
type loop
ending at
First Water Trailhead 33° 28.806' N,  111° 26.590' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — First & Second Water, Garden Valley, military & horse Trails.
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Apache Junction
leader    No need to confirm. If you are at Home Depot before 6 AM on Saturday, you can go.
meet 6:00 AM east Mesa at the Home Depot on the southeast corner of Power Road and US 60. We’ll arrange car-pooling from there.
Directions from Phoenix: Go 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 Home Depot lot, behind Burger King.
•  Go northeast on the Apache Trail Highway (Arizona 88) past Goldfield Ghost Town and Lost Dutchman State Park, to First Water Road.
Turn right on First Water Road and drive to the end. Cars can drive this dirt road.

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