This is a beautiful loop through a variety of vegetation and biotic communities. From the First Water Trail we will hike to and across Garden Valley and loop back past Hackberry Spring and finally pass by ruins of an old ranch.
The hike is longer than our usual trek (almost 6 miles), however there is only about 416 ft. elevation change… an initial climb of about 160 ft. and later a 255 ft. climb … nothing steep.
Our hikes are generally at a pace conducive to social banter of interest to heathens, and allowing for time for photography of the local geology and wildlife. Expect this hike to last 3-4 hours
See photos from our hike 4/8/12
See photos from our evaluation hike 2/28/12
For the asking, I will have trail maps and handouts discussing geology of the area, and plant and animals we’ll likely encounter. Also I bring reference books for after the hike.
Distance: 6 miles
Time: 3-4 hours
Difficulty: fairly easy but moderate due to length
Trail: packed dirt, rocky and sandy
Elevation: 2005 ft. – 2421 ft.
changes: 2260 to 2421 to 2005 to 2260 ft.
Parking: gravel lot with restroom
Entry fees: no
Dogs: OK on leash
Always carry and drink plenty of water!
Sunscreen and insect repellant is advised.
Supportive footwear is also advisable.
SAFETY FIRST… we have no medical provisions.
Hike at your own risk.
To get there:
1) Go east on US 60 to exit 196 (AZ 88/ Idaho Rd.). Turn left (north) onto S. Idaho Rd., travel 2.3 miles and take slight right onto AZ 88 E. (N. Apache Trail). At about 5.2 miles, turn right onto N. First Water Rd. and take it to the trailhead parking lot at the end (about 2.6 miles).
2) Go east on AZ 202 to exit 26 (Brown Rd.). Travel east 7.4 miles on E. Brown Rd./W. Lost Dutchman Blvd. to AZ 88 E. (N. Apache Trail). Turn left (north) onto AZ 88 E. (N. Apache Trail) and at about 3.3 miles, turn right onto N. First Water Rd. and take it to the trailhead parking lot at the end (about 2.6 miles).
Either way Google Maps tells me it should take about 1 hr. 15 min. from the intersection of the 101 and I-17. to get to the trailhead. From the 51 at the 202 interchange, allow about an hour.
MESSAGE FOR CARPOOLERS:
Carpooling can save gas but also enhance the social experience. If you’d like to carpool, you must contact others for arrangements. You could email members or post comments on this announcement page.
Following the hike: we will reconvene for rehydration at the Mammoth Steakhouse & Saloon at the nearby Goldfield Ghost Town
a more dog-friendly location.