Phoenix: Hackberry Spring Loop

Hike saguaro-covered hillsides to a small desert spring on this 5.2-mile loop encircled by mesas and red sandstone cliffs.
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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.4



Location: 33.4802780151367, -111.442924499512

Go S on Dutchman Trail #104, an old dirt road to First Water Ranch


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L @ Y onto Second Water Trail #236


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Photo op: The long, prickly arms of saguaro cacti frame views to a distant mesa


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Cross First Water Creek (usually dry). Swing N on Second Water Trail; gentle climb up cactusy wash to Garden Valley


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Trail empties onto flat, sometimes-muddy plain where cholla and mesquite flourish and mesas encircle Garden Valley


Location: 33.4858207702637, -111.42749786377

Bear L, staying on Second Water Trail; in 100 ft., leave Forest Service trail and bear L again on well-defined path where horse hoofprints head off to the NW


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Stay on main trail across saddle


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More classic saguaro figures with mountain peaks in distance


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Vegetation provides shade @ First Water Creek


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Hackberry Spring provides a welcome respite; views of towering cliffs


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Bear R @ large cairn, leaving First Water Creek; head toward old corral, windmill, and obvious saddle to the SW


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R @ cairn toward saddle to the SW


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Turn L onto road back to the trailhead to complete loop

Starting off on the loop

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Pickly pear, palo verde and saguaro cover hillsides

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A distant mesa

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Second Water Trail near the entrance to Garden Valley

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View to the SE across Garden Valley

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Classic saguaro

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Saguaro with snow-stippled mountain peaks in the distance

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Hackberry Spring

Location: 33.4951934814453, -111.441513061523

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