November 17, 2012 · 8:00 AM
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This is a fun and relatively easy beginner's backpacking trip in the western Supersitions!
We'll start at the Peralta Trailhead on Saturday morning. The plan is to split into two groups. One group will head in clockwise, the other counter clockwise. Both groups will camp close to each other, but not together.
The day's hike will take us 7 miles to Charlebois spring and our evening camp. Along the way, we'll trek through beautiful Barkley Basin and up and around Miners Needle. There's about 1,000' of elevation gain as we climb up to Miners Summit. Charlebois has reliable water and camp fires are allowed.
On Sunday, we'll climb back up to the saddle before heading into fantastic Bark's Canyon and it's cool natural geology and hoodoos. The route also offers some great views of Weavers Needle. We should complete the 7 miles out by 2 pm and be home by 4 pm. Total of 14 miles and 2,000' of elevation gain. We will go at a moderate pace and provide assistance where needed. The focus will be on education and sharing of information. Contact the hike leader if you need any gear or food ideas, or any other help.