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Upper First Water Loop (A)


Date:Destination:Upper First Water Loop
Level:Advanced (A)Area:Superstition Mountains
Approx hike distance in miles:8Hike leader:
Low to high elevation gain:N/AHike leader phone:
Accum elevation gain in feet:1200Hike 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:GoodWebsite for reference info:
High clearance vehicle req'd:NoTrailhead GPS coordinates:33.480273
Maintained Trail:NoUneven Footing:Yes
Steep Side Drop-offs:NoSteep Trail:
Off Trail (scratchy):YesSlippery Trail Surfaces:Yes
Use of Hands Required:SomeBoulder Hopping:Yes
Hike Arizona Difficulty:3Water Crossings:No
Restrooms at Trailhead:YesGloves Required:Advised


Special Instructions:

This is a really neat day hike starting at the Dutchman Trail, through the First Water Creek bed, out into the wide West Boulder Canyon, down into O’Grady Canyon, and then back on the Dutchman. There is considerable boulder hopping and scrambling, and, depending on the season and weather, several water crossings.


Felix Rd north, right on Arizona Farms Rd. Left on AZ 79 and left on Hwy 60 West to Exit 199, Old West Hwy. Stay right on Goldfield Rd for 3 miles. Left on Lost Dutchman Blvd. Right on Apache Trail (route 88) for 3.3 miles. Right on First Water Trailhead Rd to the end of the road.