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Two night hike in superstitions

Postby Waddellwalker » Dec 05 2015 9:13 pm

I would like to spend two nights in the superstitions this Thursday and Friday. This will be My first trip to the Sups. Was thinking about Marsh valley loop or Reavis ranch. Any thoughts about water and weather?

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Re: Two night hike in superstitions

Postby SuperstitionGuy » Dec 06 2015 4:10 pm

What is your level of experience? At 58 years of age do you really want to sleep on the ground in December temperatures? It gets pretty cold in the upper elevations of Reavis Ranch and I once saw 11 degrees between Christmas and New Years up there. How far do you want to carry that pack and do you really expect to use everything that is in it? Yes there will be water but you may need to filter it or at least boil it. If a weather front moves in before you depart execute a plan B for another part of Arizona where you will have clear and sunny skies. Just sayin...
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Re: Two night hike in superstitions

Postby big_load » Dec 06 2015 4:40 pm

SuperstitionGuy wrote:At 58 years of age do you really want to sleep on the ground in December temperatures?

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Re: Two night hike in superstitions

Postby Waddellwalker » Dec 06 2015 4:41 pm

That's why I was thinking of Marsh valley loop. I'm not concerned about filtering water or carrying my pack. What should I expect the daytime temps to be? Do most people what until spring to overnight in the sups? What would a alternative be? Thank you for Your response.

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Re: Two night hike in superstitions

Postby big_load » Dec 06 2015 4:54 pm

I'd have no qualms about the temps, provided you have the right gear. My biggest concern would be making sure my water filter didn't freeze. I haven't checked averages and records for this week, but I'd prepare for lows around 20F or a tad less. I've been out on days that didn't break 25F higher up.

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Re: Two night hike in superstitions

Postby trekkin_gecko » Dec 06 2015 5:08 pm

elevation range on marsh valley loop approx. 2300-3100
elevation range on reavis ranch via south aprox. 4800-5300
tipping the scale in favor of marsh valley
but then, I don't care for the cold

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Re: Two night hike in superstitions

Postby big_load » Dec 06 2015 5:13 pm

I agree that Marsh Valley is likely to be more meteorologically pleasant, and it's a nice first trip in the Supes.

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Re: Two night hike in superstitions

Postby trekkin_gecko » Dec 06 2015 5:15 pm

if you go to either description page, you can check trailhead forecast and historical weather
top right hand corner

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Re: Two night hike in superstitions

Postby nonot » Dec 06 2015 7:19 pm

Marsh Valley would be more pleasant, though it will still get down to about freezing at night or perhaps a few degrees colder. Water is easily found at Charlesbois Spring, which is close enough to the Marsh Valley Loop to be useful for backpackers in the event the creeks are dry.
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Re: Two night hike in superstitions

Postby surfer349 » Dec 17 2015 11:18 am

Hey,

I did Marsh Valley loop last month and it was great. About 10 miles from parking lot to Charlebois Spring water source.
viewtopic.php?f=18&t=9102
This forum topic has some discussion of other hikes around the area too.

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Re: Two night hike in superstitions

Postby ALMAL » Dec 17 2015 11:50 am

[ photo ]
This is a good campsite along that loop, and there are others in the area.
If you make your way back to Boulder Canyon for night two, you will likely find some pools of water suitable for filtering.
[ photo ] This one is in Needle Canyon but there were a few others within a 1/4 mile of the Dutchmans turnoff, which could be on your way in or way out. Plenty of water in 2nd water spring area which is close to the campsites near the Boulder Canyon / 2nd Water junction.

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Re: Two night hike in superstitions

Postby JasonCleghorn » Dec 17 2015 1:22 pm

ALMAL, can you more closely pinpoint where that campsite in photo 1 is? Looks killer...
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Re: Two night hike in superstitions

Postby ALMAL » Dec 17 2015 2:26 pm

@Jason Cleghorn
Yes, maybe a little.

If you're doing the MV loop counter-clockwise, you go about 1 mile north on Cavalry trail after turning off Dutchman's. It is on the left side of the creek. There are 3 or 4 good spots in that area. I doubt there will be any water in that part of the creek right now. Here is a photo looking due east, the creek is about 50 yards ahead. [ photo ]

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Re: Two night hike in superstitions

Postby Waddellwalker » Dec 18 2015 1:34 pm

Thanks for all of the replies, I didn't hit the trail until 11:00 am and found great campite near White rock spring where I got water for the evening. Charlebois spring was fun and a nice place to filter water. My pack was heavy so the rocky trail at Black Mesa made my feet sore, but what great scenery the entire trip. I can't wait to do the ranch thi spring.

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Re: Two night hike in superstitions

Postby ALMAL » Dec 18 2015 4:38 pm

@Tool crazy
you should post photos and triplog with water report.


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