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Tip of the day

Understand and protect your sleeping bag's temperature rating! 
Remember, these are low-end, assisted ratings. 

1) You will need an insulated sleeping pad and some clothing layers to keep comfortable down to your bag's temperature rating.

2) Learn how to properly close and cinch your bag around your body to retain heat.

3) Store your bag by hanging it  - not crammed in the stuff sack. This keeps the fill from getting compressed and losing its insulating power.



Featured Trail

Boulder - LaBarge Canyon Loop - Arizona

Rating: Difficult

Starting at the Canyon Lake trailhead, the Boulder Canyon trail climbs steadily to a ridge with wonderful views of the Superstitions, including great photo opportunities to capture one of the best known landmarks in the wilderness - Weavers Needle.  The trail then gradually drops into the LaBarge Creek drainage, which can be followed - to the right - back to Canyon Lake, just below the Boulder Canyon trailhead.

Hiking LaBarge creek is strenuous with lots of bush-whacking and boulder hopping for almost three miles. Count on solitude in this section.  If the creek, is flowing you may have to make the creek your turn around point, going back the way you came on the Boulder Canyon trail.

If you do hike back to the lake via the creek bed, depending on the water level of the lake, you will need to look for beaten foot paths up the ridge on your right, as you come out of the box canyon area and the creek bed opens up as it meets the lake.  It is typically not possible to follow the creek bed all the way back to the bridge and the trailhead.

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