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Superstition Ridgeline, AZ
2007-01-2016 by
 
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Phoenix, AZ
 
Hiking12.00 Miles   9 Hrs       1.33 mph
2,820 ft AEG   
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What a sweet, unique experience we had in this unusual Superstition weather. We decided to proceed with this ridgeline hike even though the mountain was shrouded in clouds. The rain was letting up a bit and we hoped the clouds would burn off before noon. Hiking up Siphon Draw and further up to Flatiron was interesting with all the wet, slick rock. We got snowed on a bit as we were reaching the top of the flatiron saddle. Once on top, the snow stopped but the whole upper shelf was moderately covered in snow and we were still up in the clouds. With no point in hiking over to Flatiron, we proceeded east on the ridgeline with the snow not be too much of a hassle. The usually scenic ridgeline, while covered in snow, was still very much socked in with clouds with only an occasional view into West Boulder Canyon. While on the saddle between west and east peak, the snow disappeared and the visibility increased a bit. But once we approached Superstition Peak, the snow reappeared and the temperature dropped. We sporadically were dropping/adding layers and changing base layers and socks. We unfortunately couldn't see Sup Peak, until we were right below it. Once we started to descend from the peak, the wind was blocked from the ridgeline/mountain and the temps and visibility increased which made for a relatively comfortable hike back to the car. The hike down Carney Springs was a tad rough on some of our knees, but much better than descending down the wet Flatiron trail. The new TH/parking area off of Peralta Rd adds another 1/2 mile to the hike. We'll have to come back and hike this on a clear day so that we can enjoy the views. :D
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Yea, canyoneering is an extreme sport... EXTREMELY dramatic!!! =p
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