It was an incredible drive, in more ways than one, to the Rogers Canyon TH from the Hilton at Byous Butte. The vistas were stunning; especially on the way back.
I'd seen a lot of pics of this hike but didn't fully understand that this was an amazingly un-Supes-like hike. I remember as we were walking along the trail I asked, when are we going down the hill? Kat explained it is down hill all the way but it just didn't really feel like that. The sound of the water along the way with occasional trips to the creek's edge and criss-crossing the creek was just wonderful. We also stopped enroute at one section to do some trimming for about 20 minutes and then did a little trimming here and there for about 10 minutes. And thx to those who have also done the same as it seems this wonderful trail could quickly envelop itself.
It was nice to enjoy the varied vegetation at this higher altitude. I felt like we were hiking outside of Sedona rather than the Superstition Wilderness. And before you knew it, we were at the ruins but not before stopping to hike down to a waterfall and stopping at a wide waterfall with an offshoot to the side for a little photo-taking. It was a wonderful journey down the canyon.
After a quick lunch and because we wanted to get back to the Hilton at a reasonable time, we headed back up the canyon. The temp was starting to warm a little. I thot it would be quite a trudge up the canyon so I paced myself at some of the hills not realizing they were short-lived so that I was able to catch my breath rather quickly. Now that I know this, I think I could get up and out of that canyon a little faster. It was nice to have the shade of the trees from time to time and if needed, you could pour some of the creek water on yourself to cool off.
There were probably only a couple dozen hikers/backpackers we encountered along the way. There were great vistas coming and going so you're constantly entertained and of course, with the water nearby, that always puts a smile on a desert hikers face. I look forward to going back to Rogers Canyon. It was a real treat. Thanks Kat for taking me on another fabulous adventure in the Supes. You always keep me smiling!
FYI 6:52 total time - down 4:16 (2 hr moving, 2:13 stopped), up 2:47 (2 hr moving, :34 stopped)