HIKE - – Garden Valley / Hackberry Spring Loop (Superstitions)

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

http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=7325902

slide show:

http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/7325902/

See photos from our evaluation hike 2/28/12

http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=6348172

slide show:

http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/6348172/

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.

HIKE SUMMARY:

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

REMINDERS:

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).

OR

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

http://www.goldfieldghosttown.com/menu.html

OR

a more dog-friendly location.

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  • Rich C.

    Great time, heck of a hike. Thanks for organizing this event

    March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike! So glad I could come along. Sorry I missed lunch.

    March 17, 2013

  • Amanda C.

    Beautiful weather, great company, and no issues with following the trail!

    March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    No wrong turns or rescue crews this time!

    2 · March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone want to carpool and save gas? I'm in Tempe right next to 202 and Mill. Give me a call a text. [masked]

    March 16, 2013

    • Andy W.

      Hi Jesse-

      March 17, 2013

    • Andy W.

      Hi Jesse - I'm not very far from you, but I didn't see your email until I was ready to leave on Sunday morning. Give me a few days notice and I'll be happy to pick you up.

      March 17, 2013

  • Rich C.

    My wife and I would love to join. We'll try to get out early enough after the St. Pats festivities tonight. Sounds like a great time to finally meet up with like minds.

    March 16, 2013

  • David S

    Can't join you on this one. Enjoy though!

    March 16, 2013

  • Andy W.

    Mary will be joining me

    March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So glad to be able to make this hike with Penny the Tiny Dog!

    1 · March 13, 2013

  • Karen

    Maybe - if really in 90s then no.

    March 12, 2013

  • MAILE

    Art shows in Scottsdale

    March 11, 2013

  • Tammy

    There is an excellent chance since Mammoth doesn't allow dogs and has nothing a vegetarian/vegan can eat :)

    March 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      But then we'll miss the Old West gunfight! I really wanted to hear someone say something like, "this town ain't big enough for the two of us, varmint!" Kidding. I'm completely okay with missing the Old West gunfight. I lived in L.A. for 15 years and saw enough gunfights.

      1 · March 11, 2013

  • andrea

    :(((

    March 11, 2013

  • Jack S.

    Mike,
    I'm hoping the third time is the charm and we can make it without getting lost.

    1 · March 8, 2013

    • Tammy

      We are going to attach the two of you to a rope and not let you take any "shortcuts".

      1 · March 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Is that where we're going? I didn't realize it was the same place.

      March 11, 2013

  • Amanda C.

    I'm bringing Dan and maybe Phoenix (if it's not too hot).

    March 11, 2013

  • Jodi

    I already have a work appt scheduled

    March 8, 2013

    • Tyger G.

      We (I, in particular) will miss you.

      March 9, 2013

    • Al T.

      me too .. . maybe you can go 3/23 Saturday

      March 9, 2013

  • Annie M.

    Yeah, Tammy, I think there are quite a few of us veggies who would appreciate not going to a primarily meat locale.

    March 8, 2013

  • Annie M.

    What would be the chance of a different location for reconvention after the hike?

    1 · March 8, 2013

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