Second Water > Boulder Canyon > Dutchman
ElevationAscent: 987' 301 m
Descent: -993' -303 m
High: 2,652' 808 m
Low: 1,928' 588 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“A scenic run that is easily accessible in the western end of the Superstition Wilderness.”— Robert Organ
I was here in August and the water was flowing well, so there is probably at least a little water most of the time. This section of the trail is extremely overgrown as well with lots of things that don't feel good when you touch them, like thorns and cacti. Being overgrown and close to water, I would guess that snakes would be here more often than many other places, but I didn't see any. At two spots, there were cacti completely across the trail. You've been warned.
So, after several water crossings (maybe 20?), you'll eventually find your way to the Dutchman Trail #104. This trail is almost like a highway for the Superstitions. If you'd like to go longer or explore more, take a left. If you'd like to get back to the trailhead, take a right.
From here, it's about 4 miles with a moderate climb and a fun descent. I encountered a few spots with serious mud (I did this about 3 days after a heavy rainstorm), but it was easy to go around/over/through. This was super scenic. If you're not pressed for time, turn around and take a good look at Weavers Needle. After a few cool climbs (that are actually one continuous climb), you'll have a very long descent before you arrive back at the split that you encountered at the start of this run, Second Water Trail #236 and Dutchman Trail #104. Take a left and knock out the final short climb before you arrive back at the trailhead.
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