Second Water Spring & Hackberry Arch (UI)

Date:Destination:Second Water Spring & Hackberry Arch
Level:Upper Intermediate (UI)Area:Superstitions
Approx hike distance in miles:8.5Hike leader:
Low to high elevation gain:N/AHike leader phone:
Accum elevation gain in feet:1150Hike leader email:
Departure time - Union Center parking lot:Please arrive 10 minutes early to check in
Recommended gas donation:$10
Unpaved miles:3Park entry fee per vehicle:No
Road conditions:FairWebsite for reference info:
High clearance vehicle req'd:SuggestedTrailhead GPS coordinates:33.480802


Maintained Trail:SomeUneven Footing:Yes
Steep Side Drop-offs:NoSteep Trail:
Off Trail (scratchy):SomeSlippery Trail Surfaces:Possible
Use of Hands Required:NoBoulder Hopping:Yes
Hike Arizona Difficulty:ModerateWater Crossings:Maybe
Restrooms at Trailhead:YesGloves Required:No
This hike takes Second Water Trail to Hackberry Trail that leads to great views and photo ops at Hackberry Arch. We will stop here for a snack. Then we return to Second Water Trail and hike to a little known trail to the head of Second Water Spring. We visit an old mining camp and explore the rock formations of Second Water Spring. We will have lunch here before we hike the 3.8 miles back to the trailhead. Bring water, a snack and lunch. Parts of the trail are very rocky, so good boots are a must.
If you think you might be driving, please print and bring these directions with you.
  • Take Felix to Arizona Farms Road, turn right.
  • Turn left (north) on AZ79. Turn left on Hwy 60 west towards Phoenix.
  • Exit at South Mountain View Road and turn right. Turn right on SR 88.
  • Just past Lost Dutchman State Park, turn right on First Water Road, follow to the end of the road and park.
  • Allow about one hour to drive to the trailhead.