Arizona Hiking Gallery
Garden Valley Hike
Superstition Wilderness, AZ
January 24, 2010
Gallery contains 22 photos
Gallery last updated: 3/17/2010

This hike is about a 7 mile out-and-back hike in the Superstition Wilderness from the First Water Trailhead along the Second Water Trail (Trail #236) through Garden Valley and down to Boulder Creek and then back. We wanted to go check out the water in Boulder Creek after several days of heavy rain. See photos from this same hike I took in April of 2009.

Garden Valley Hike: Image 1
Teddy Bear Cholla (Opuntia bigelovii) line the hillside below cliffs along the Second Water Trail.

Garden Valley Hike: Image 2
A glimpse of snow covered Four Peaks above the slopes of Hackberry Mesa at the northeast end of Garden Valley.

Garden Valley Hike: Image 3
Morning light on rock formations at the edge of Garden Valley.

Garden Valley Hike: Image 4
A recent storm has left a rare coating of snow on Four Peaks and the surrounding hillsides.

Garden Valley Hike: Image 5
A wider angle view of the snow on Four Peaks.

Garden Valley Hike: Image 6
A typical Sonoran Desert Saguaro Cactus (Cereus giganteus) stands in contrast against the backdrop of snow covered Four Peaks.

Garden Valley Hike: Image 7
The new green leaves of an Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) back lit by sun.

Garden Valley Hike: Image 8
A light layer of mist rises off the waters of Boulder Creek.

Garden Valley Hike: Image 9
After several days of heavy rains a desert river runs.

Garden Valley Hike: Image 10
The waters off Boulder Creek wash over the boulders in Boulder Canyon.

Garden Valley Hike: Image 11
The morning sun begins to enter the canyon and warm the rocks and grasses along Boulder Creek.

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Boulder Creek.

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Boulder Creek.

Garden Valley Hike: Image 14
Morning light on boulders and grasses in Boulder Creek against a backdrop of typical Superstition Wilderness cliffs.

Garden Valley Hike: Image 15
Saguaros, Prickly Pears, and Chollas stand before a wonderful cliff formation at the intersection of Second Water and Boulder Canyon Trails.

Garden Valley Hike: Image 16
Another contrasting photo of snow covered Four Peaks rising above a desert landscape.

Garden Valley Hike: Image 17
Snow covered Four Peaks.

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A veil of wispy clouds begin to envelop Four Peaks seen from the saddle between the slopes of Hackberry and Black Mesas.

Garden Valley Hike: Image 19
A small pools forms in the rocks along side the Second Water Trail.

Garden Valley Hike: Image 20
On the other side of the pool a small waterfall flows down to a larger pool.

Garden Valley Hike: Image 21
Boulders line this branch of First Water Creek.

Garden Valley Hike: Image 22
A view into the Superstition Mountains.

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