Superstitions Beginner's Backpack

  • 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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent weather, hiking companions and lots of fun scaring the youth group at LaBarge Springs!

    November 19, 2012

  • Dave B

    We had a great time with near perfect weather!

    November 19, 2012

  • Dave B

    I'll be at the Frys Electonics (park close to the Dennys) on the NW corner of Baseline and I-10 at 7:30 am if anyone wants to meet there to carpool.

    November 8, 2012

    • AlexofAz

      I'd like to carpool!

      November 8, 2012

    • AlexofAz

      My daughter and I are planning on meeting you at Fry's at 7:30. We'll be in a dark blue civic.

      1 · November 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cool, we're going to have the Leonid Meteor Shower to look at this weekend in the Sups!

    1 · November 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I built the trip in Backpacker Magazine's trip planner. Here is the link: http://bp2.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/1973530 You can either print out a topo map of the trip or install it on your phone if you are using either the Backpacker Trails app or Trimble Outdoor Navigator app.

    There are many good maps available out there and I always stress that everyone should have a map and compass on a back-country trip and know how to use it. If you don't know, that will be one of the things to work on during this trip. GPS is a fine tool, but I've never had a map run out of batteries on a trip...

    1 · November 11, 2012

    • Phil

      Is this a 14 mile trip or a 17 mile trip? Description says 14, map says 17. :)

      November 14, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      It's 17. But what's a few miles between friends?

      November 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    anyone have an extra tent I could borrow?

    November 8, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sure! Thank you Corwin!

      November 8, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Corwin, decided not to go. thanks for your generosity.

      November 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be meeting at the Home Depot. I've got room for 3+ gear.

    November 8, 2012

  • Al P.

    I can drive to the trailhead, but only can take 1 other person since I have a Toyota Tacoma. I live around 68th St. and McDowell if anyone wants to carpool

    November 8, 2012

  • AlexofAz

    Did First Water to Canyon Lake yesterday. 2nd Water and LaBarge looked pretty dry. Will we be counting on springs for this hike or toting our water?

    November 4, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Charlebois and Labarge springs are considered perennial and were both flowing at over a gallon a minute when we went through on the 26th. Was the basin low at Labarge Spring?

      November 4, 2012

    • Dave B

      We'll camp near LaBarge spring which has reliable water.

      November 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just got back from doing the bluff springs loop with some of my coworkers and I have to say, the cat-claw are running the trails right now.

    I'm going to ask the rangers if I can do some machete style trail maintenance on this trip to help but in the event I can't I recommend bringing sturdy gloves, durable close-knit long sleeve shirt and long pants. Also, expect your clothes to take some real wear and tear; one of my coworkers was rather put off by the amount of damage his wardrobe took from the bushwhacking.

    October 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this trip pet friendly, by chance?

    September 5, 2012

    • Dave B

      Michael - Sorry, no pets.

      September 6, 2012

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