Saturday, November 13, 2010

Boulder Canyon 11/13/10

Boulder Canyon Trail #103
Superstition Wilderness
Apache Junction, AZ
Mileage 12
AEG 2356ft

Without any real agenda on Saturday, other than hiking 10-plus miles, Matt and I got in the car heading eastbound. I was literally paging through the Hiker's Guide to the Superstition Wilderness on our way out of town, trying to decide where to go. We eventually chose to hike from the marina at Canyon Lake, up Boulder Canyon and over to the Second Water trail.

The weather today was incredible, sunny yet chilly at times. It's nice to get back on the trails in the Superstition Mountains, after a 5 month absence due to scorching summer temps. As the sun passed through the southern sky, the canyon began to come alive with color, and completely changed the view on our return trip. There were quite a few people on the Boulder Canyon trail, including a few guys from our hiking group, several boy scouts, and my good buddy Ken, who was taking a newbie backpacking.

The highlight of the day had to be the giant Sonoran Desert Tortoise we stumbled upon during the final mile of our hike. This truly was a rare sighting as these tortoises spend 95 percent of their lives in burrows, and typically enter hibernation before this time of year.

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