Photos of Dutchman, Whiskey Spring, Red Tanks and Bluff Spring Loop

Distance: 13.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,076 feet Route Type: Loop

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4 months ago

The Forest Service lifted the restriction closure from the Woodbury fire 9-6-19. I hiked the 15+ mile loop trail 9-14-19 and appeared to be one of the first here since the closure. This was once an 5 star amazing hike. Now the trail is in desperate shape, blocked with Catclaw growth and fire debris. The trail is missing and is impassible in a few areas and simply hard to track. Expect to take longer and travel farther distance due to rerouting of normal trail. It is tragically sad and the main losses are the huge trees burned that lived in the center of the canyons. Whiskey Springs Trail #238 and Trap Canyon along the Red Tanks Trail #107 have fire damage all the way to Bluff Springs. The Grand Enchantment trail along La Barge Creek is now burned to the upper La Barge Box near Herman’s Cave by Picacho Butte. The signs at the trail crossing have been burned as well. I do not recommend anyone visit the trail until clearing crews can deal with the damage and Catclaw thickets. Overall a depressing hike through the burned areas. Dutchman Trail is fine to past Miner’s Saddle and Bluff Spring is beautiful as e