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LaBarge Springs Overnight Backpack (The Hard Way) - Superstition Wilderness

LaBarge Springs is a perennial spring located in the western Superstition Wilderness. It is an oasis in the desert with a huge canopy of cottonwood trees overhead. Fall is the best season to visit LaBarge Springs due to the cooler weather and the autumn leaves.

We'll do a slightly new twist on this popular Superstition Wilderness trip. The route will be a variation of the Dripping Springs Super Loop described on HAZ.

We'll begin this overnight backpacking trip at the Peralta trailhead on Saturday morning by hiking out on the Dutchman trail. Dutchman will take us to Coffee Flats and then Red Tanks all the way around to Upper LaBarge until we arrive at LaBarge Springs. The total mileage on Day One is 15 miles. We'll camp at LaBarge Saturday night where there is plenty of room for tents and hammocks. We'll have a campfire.

On Sunday morning, we'll connect with the Dutchman trail and hike out 7 miles to the Peralta trailhead.

This is not a beginners backpacking trip. The first day is 15 miles requiring you to be in good shape and able to carry a pack for a long distance.

Total Mileage for the two days is 22 miles.


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  • bonnie

    Mike - Since I will be riding out with Jason, I will be doing the shorter route as well. See you at the campsite!

    November 2, 2013

  • AZMike

    Meetup details changed. Se above new time and location.

    October 30, 2013

  • Nate

    When is the Organizer going to change this to La Barge the Easy Way?

    October 30, 2013

  • Lisa

    THis sucks, but work comes first and it's looking like I have to bail. I really wanted to hang with this group & get bloody catclaw marks to go with my cheese grated Beanfest knees...

    October 28, 2013

  • Lisa

    Dog okay to join this? She's tough, 15 mi. no problem.

    October 22, 2013

    • Nate

      Give Blood, Hike the Red Tanks

      I need that bumper sticker

      October 23, 2013

    • Nate

      There's a reason they're called the "red" tanks and not the brown or green tanks.

      October 23, 2013

  • David D.

    I would have joined but 17milesmand 2500ft gain. That's just too much for my ability level right now. Good luck guys

    October 5, 2013

  • Nate

    What Coulter left out is when we hit the seldom traveled tanks, I hope you enjoy catclaw. You will come out bloodied. If you are Drewboy, you will need a blood transfer at camp.

    October 2, 2013

    • Heather J.

      Luckily I now know someone I can borrow a suit of armor from to protect me from the cats claw. ; ). Thanks, other meetup club!

      October 2, 2013

    • Johnny C.

      Catclaw! It's what's for breakfast.

      October 2, 2013

  • AZMike

    Andy, bring your music. I can't fall asleep without hearing the crawdad song.

    September 30, 2013

    • drewboy

      Talk that talk, pinch that tail, sip your whiskey and set your sail ...

      October 1, 2013

    • Nate

      I heard that this is a dry group. I will bring capri suns

      October 2, 2013

  • Dave B

    Great to see Drewboy back in the saddle! Knock the dust off your gear and let the party get started!

    1 · October 1, 2013

  • Nate

    Is LeChef on this trip or is he still on his honeymoon?

    September 30, 2013

  • Nate

    Does the one girl on this trip know what she signed up for?

    September 30, 2013

    • Lucie

      I think she knows pretty well. She will kick your ass Belcher!

      1 · September 30, 2013

  • AZMike

    I have my doubts too Yummy. I'm not sure I'll recognize Drewboy. It's been way too long.

    1 · September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey DrewsBitch do u know this drewboy person? What kind of experience does he or she have? I'd like to talk with an AO about that Nate-guy or girl reliable? Do any of u know how to use a GPS? Or read a map? I'd like to sign up I just have my doubts.

    3 · September 30, 2013

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