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Hackberry Springs Trail and Second Water Loop
Superstition Wilderness
February 5, 2022
by Rodney Baba

20 hikers met early Saturday morning at the First Water Trailhead Horse Lot.

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Trailblazers at First Water Trailhead Horse Lot. [photo by Rodney]
Back: Sally, Joyce, Martha, Karen, Jerry, Jennifer, Jan, Tish, Allan, Dave
Middle: Billie, Jeanne, Jacki, Laurie
Front: Lin, Heather, Lisa, Neil
Shadow: Rod
Not in Picture:  Cecelia
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Trailblazers gather. [photo by Lin]

We split into 3 groups initially and hiked a short distance along the road to a horse gate. We traveled down a well-defined trail through the Sonoran Desert with spectacular views of the Superstitions from the Northwest.

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Hikers on the trail. [photos by Lin]
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Hikers on the trail. [photo by Lin]

After about ½ mile, we pass a horse corral and continue north on the Hackberry Trail, with First Water Creek on our right. For the next ¼ mile the path was rocky and the stream bed full of water. We moved slowly and carefully, picking our way through the boulders lining the streambed.

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Trailblazers by First Water Creek. [photos by Lin]
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Trailblazers by First Water Creek. [photo by Lin]
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Trailblazers by First Water Creek. [photo by Lin]
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Trailblazers by First Water Creek. [photos by Lin]

We climbed out of the streambed onto a smooth trail reaching the springs ¼ mile down the path.

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Now we’re in the valley near Hackberry Springs. [photo by Lin]

We stopped briefly and climbed to the springs at the base of a basalt cliff. We took photos before continuing north along the Hackberry Springs Trail.

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Trailblazers climb out of the valley. [photos by Jennifer Tull-Gauger]

The trail circumvents the basalt outcrop through a patch of mesquite trees with large patches of green grass visible underneath the trees.

We emerged from the trees and after a short climb came to a junction. We took a snack break, enjoying the view and sunshine.

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Trailblazers at the junction. [photos by Lin]

We took the trail left (east) for about ¼ mile with a view of Hackberry Mesa to the north.

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What a view! [photos by Lin]
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Hikers on the trail. [photos by Lin]

The trail curves south and after a short climb we cross a broad mesa to the Second Water (#236) Trail. We could see Weaver’s Needle in the distance.

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Weaver’s Needle. [photo by Lin]

We continue south on the Second Water Trail (#236), dropping down to Second Water Creek. We followed the creek for about ¼ mile then turned west.

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Hikers on the trail. [photo by Lin]

We follow the contour for about a mile before reaching the junction with the Dutchman’s (#104) Trail.

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Hikers on the trail. [photos by Lin]

We travel about ½ mile back to the First Water trailhead. We walk ½ mile back along a trail next to the First Water Road (FR 78) that leads to the First Water Trailhead horse lot.

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On the home stretch. [photo by Lin]
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updated February 23, 2022