Garden Valley Day Hike; Superstition Wilderness, January 10, 2019 GPS Map

Thanks to my daughter Clara for hiking with me and taking great pictures!

It’s similar to the hike I did with Beatrix, Clara, my half sister Nancy and her son Luke on March 16, 2002. But this time we went clockwise around the loop, and took the Dutchman’s Trail from First Water Trailhead back to the horse staging area.

Instead of taking the Hackberry Spring Trail from the horse staging area down to First Water Creek, we hiked the road that goes over a hill and to the ranch. The windmill tower is still there, and some fences for cattle.

Then we hiked downstream along First Water Creek, trying to keep our feet dry while the trail took us first on one side then the other. There’s now a trail through most of the big boulders. We saw kids and grownups camped near Hackberry Spring and several groups of hikers on our way up to the pass and on up to Garden Valley.

Pearce Mine Wash is usually dry, but not today. All that water concerned me—is there going to be a problem crossing First Water Creek? So I decided to stay on the Second Water Trail for the easiest crossing. The creek turned out to be dry. We continued on the Dutchman’s Trail past First Water Trailhead and northwest to the horse staging area.

There were lots of people on all the trails, this fine day.


view
Four Peaks rise in the distance. [photo by Clara]
ranch
What’s left of First Water Ranch.
ranch
What’s left of First Water Ranch. [photo by Clara]
ranch
What’s left of First Water Ranch. [photo by Clara]
view
Apache Gap Mountain overlooks the approach to First Water Creek.
water
How are we going to get past this place? [photo by Clara]
scene
Made it.  Now what?  [photo by Clara]
Ted
Approaching the Hackberry Spring Trail. [photo by Clara]
Clara Ted
Cameras at ten paces.
Clara
Clara always gets the best pictures.
lichen lichen
lichen lichen
Each color of lichen is a different species.
rock
Big boulders we’re finding in the creek. [photo by Clara]
water
Yes, there was water today in First Water Creek.
trail
The trail leaves the creek for Hackberry Spring. [photo by Clara]
scene
Autumn color beside the Hackberry Spring Trail. [photo by Clara]
fall
Autumn color beside the Hackberry Spring Trail. [photo by Clara]
cliff
Rugged cliffs on the approach to Garden Valley. [photo by Clara]
trail
The trail we hiked up on. [photo by Clara]
yellow yellow
Eschscholzia californica ssp. mexicana - California Poppy [photos by Clara]
view
We have a distant view of Geronimo Head. [photo by Clara]
rock
Garden Valley is surrounded by colorful rock formations. [photo by Clara]
needle
Weaver’s Needle from Garden Valley. [photo by Clara]
arch
Garden Valley Arch from the Hackberry Spring Trail.
ruin
People lived here when Chaucer was writing his Canterbury Tales. [photo by Clara]
view
Farewell, Garden Valley. [photo by Clara]
horses
Ted greets the equestrians. [photo by Clara]
water
Waterfall by the Second Water Trail. [photo by Clara]
water
Pearce Mine Wash is usually dry. [photo by Clara]
trail
The Second Water Trail goes by a cactus-studded hillside. [photo by Clara]
view
Not a road, but a rock layer.
bird
This is my tree and I’m staying. [photo by Clara]
stick
Well hi, friend.  What are you doing?
site
The First Water Ranch was here. [photo by Clara]
caves
What critters live in these caves? [photo by Clara]
pink
Eriogonum fasciculatum - Mojave Buckwheat. [Clara]
orange
Sphaeralcea emoryi - Emory’s Globemallow. [Clara]
rock
Dog Face Rock. [photo by Clara]
saguaro
When you have an itch, scratch. [photo by Clara]
view
Home stretch, on the Dutchman’s Trail. [photo by Clara]

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