Superstition Wilderness, Day Two
We spent a leisurely morning at our campsite, admiring the early light of day on the mountains around us. Leaving our big packs at the site - such a nice treat - we headed east for a short hike through Upper La Barge Box on Red Tanks Trail, back to our site grab our things, and then west on Red Tanks Trail through La Barge Canyon. We wove our way through all types of cacti and past several refreshing streams (which were "flowing" according to the park ranger we'd met at the trail head, some of which we might have called a trickle and which will completely dry up in the following month of two) where we cooled our feet. Gorgeous mountain views surrounded us. The hiking was fun and relatively easy without much elevation gain, but the sighting of the rattle snake the day before had us both on high alert. We were using out hiking poles to tap the growth ahead of us along the narrow trail to alert any critters living within that we were coming. Toward the end of the day when we were feeling ready to set up camp for the night, we got to a trail intersection near Charlebois Spring where there was plenty of available water and a few open, flat spots to set up a tent. But the number of mountain lion and badger paw prints in the sandy soil was warning enough not to spend the night there. We hiked on only to find that the water sources fizzled out. We had to backtrack a bit to fill up on water for the night, and then had to push on to find a suitable spot for our tent. We were tired and a bit sore, but so relieved to find the coziest spot for a campsite with a little cacti garden next to the tent and stunning rocky peaks all around us - Black Top Mesa to the west and Weavers Needle to the south. It was good to rest our feet and heads that night.