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Lost Goldmine Trail #60, AZ

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Distance One Way 10.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,297 feet
Elevation Gain 420 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,280 feet
Avg Time One Way 5 hours
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Robbers Roost - Superstitions
23  2018-12-16
Superstition Peak 5057 from Lost Goldmine TH
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    Most recent of 24 deeper Triplog Reviews
    Lost Goldmine Trail #60
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    It was steep at times.

    Had the all stars with me today for this trek into the Superstitions. Jan, Carey, Maria, and Yolanda. My second time up Carney Springs to Robbers Roost then over to Cave trail for my first (and successful) attempt. We made good time up Carney and was passed by a large group from the Arizona Mountaineering Club doing Ridgeline. Meet one lone hiking at Robbers Roost who came up Peralta. Cautiously made our way down Cave trail thanks to first hand knowledge of my teammates and route info from HAZ. Definitely made good use of the GPS tracks for this one! Fantastic day in the Sups!
    Lost Goldmine Trail #60
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    Waves Caves and a Roost
    I started at Lost Goldmine TH. This is a variation of the Dacite Super Loop, but instead of taking the first leg up to West Boulder Saddle, I took the Wave Cave trail and then followed the draw to the top. The weather was cool at the start, a bit humid under overcast skies. I had extra layers on for the bushwhack up the draw, so I was happy to have clouds and cool temps.

    My conditioning stinks after a long layoff, so I didn't know how this would go. While I had a great time taking in several of the Peralta classics, this hike kicked my pumpkin every which way but loose. I had several bailouts along the way, the first just turning around at the Wave Cave (I was tempted), but I chose to grind it out and take in all of the sights. Glad I did.

    With the big crowds that visit the Wave Cave, I expected to see some trash up there, but it was spotless. The bushwhack up the draw wasn't bad if you don't mind rock hopping and pushing through some brush.

    Once on top I picked up the ridgeline trail and headed to the WB Saddle where I stopped to eat and soak in the views before heading to Robbers Roost. The Roost is always an interesting adventure. The enormous rock formations in that area are a sight to behold. The leg to Fremont Saddle always seems to be more up than down. Gets me every time.

    Fremont Saddle was dotted with the usual crowds. I didn't stop, opting to head to the Weavers overlook and a lunch break. It was nearly as crowded there. I found a rocky perch away from the crowd and ate my lunch. The overcast skies had given way to partly cloudy. The hoodoos above Peralta Canyon were bathed in bright sunshine one moment, than in shadows the next, providing stunning views as sun and shadows alternated down the canyon.

    When I finished lunch, getting up was not so easy. I sat too long and was stiff as a board. Time to get moving. The Cave Trail was a delight, as always. The alcove with the numerous cairns had been tossed the last time I was here. It was nice to see that it had been restored. I call it the trinket room because of the way the teeny cairns are displayed along the ledges in the alcove.

    As I made my final leg down Bluff Springs, I could see the Peralta TH and was thankful to be done. Then I realized I had another half mile walk to the Lost Goldmine lot. Ugh. Rather than do the road walk, I headed into the brush behind the restrooms and worked my way to the Don's Camp. Seems like a great place. I wonder why it isn't used anymore.

    Great hike. I brought 3 liters of fluids and drank all of it, running out just as I arrived at the parking lot. Perfect.
    Lost Goldmine Trail #60
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    Cave Weavers Robbers Loop
    Enjoyed the route, the weather I could do without. Bruce covered our day top to bottom.

    Putting this route together I was looking to extend Robbers as much as possible. Rain hampered the mega loop so we stuck with a respectable loop. The key to the loop was getting down from Weaver's Overlook to Terrapin. Low and behold I stumbled upon a route by @juliachaos that helped bridge the gap!

    Heading north on Weaver's Overlook Route Scout showed the turn coming up soon. My waypoint rattled off turn into the abyss. Surprisingly the turn was cairned and looked well traveled. Tensions eased a touch. With all the recent rain everything was very green. The route is fairly well cairned with a hiccup or two. We wanted to follow it out but needed to get over to Terrapin in the Crosscut vicinity.

    After a busy week I stumbled upon the rest of the story... backwards. @Nonot has a great description for Barks Canyon - Complete Route. Soon that led me to @Fritzski on his Barks Upper Canyon Loop. Which in turn he put together from the Grand Poobah Jack Carlson.

    Based on the above two mentioned descriptions the route off Weaver's Overlook down to Barks used to be a bloodbath. I faired well in shorts. Abandoning the route directly over to Terrapin there was one nasty section. Bruce led since he wore pants. I followed step by step without issue. The route down was more fun than a concern. Hope to explore the area more someday.

    Paint brush, blue dicks, fairy duster among others. Saw a bunch underway that could bust a move in a week and change the horizon.
    Lost Goldmine Trail #60
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    Cave Weavers Robbers Loop
    We did this loop starting from the Lost Goldmine Trailhead. The first car in the lot, shared only with 20+ porta-potties for Sunday's marathon.

    We opted for a CCW loop, starting on Bluff Springs #235. This is always a good way to get the heart started first thing in the morning, climbing cardiac hill.

    I'd never been on the Cave Trail #235 going this direction. I think I like it better. Lots of interesting rock formations, the Devils Bathtub and then climbing up the Devils Slide. The cairn collection seems to have been slimmed down at "The Cave".

    Joe found us a well cairned and used track down the east side into Barks Canyon. We tried to play out the well used path, but it started taking us in the wrong direction. We reversed our direction and bushwhacked over to Bluff Saddle.

    Now on Terrapin #234, the off and on rain, was on for a while now. This trail has seen a very recent and welcomed trimming.

    On the Dutchman #104, we were looking for some shelter from the rain and wind to have some lunch. No luck.

    It finally let up a bit on Peralta #234 enough to have a brief bite.

    Also the first time climbing to the Robbers Roost from Peralta, a nice change up. We had the Roost to ourselves.

    The sky was starting to get noticeably darker. Starting down my least favorite trail in the Supes, West Boulder Saddle, the deluge hit. Nothing like hiking down a steep, loose, rocky path, while holding an umbrella with glasses that are fogged up.

    Another fun day in the Supes....
    Lost Goldmine Trail #60
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    Peak 5057 & Dacite Super Loop
    5057 has been on my hit list for a while now, today felt like a good day to check this one off the list.

    The morning started off promising, with a great sunrise as I headed east on US60.

    I met up with Linda just before 8AM at the Lost Goldmine TH. Our out and back quickly turned into a loop hike, which was fine by me, I got to pick up a few more uniques, I prefer loops anyway, and I wanted to do some recon on the area between West Boulder and Fremont Saddle.

    The climb up to West Boulder Saddle was steep, but we took it at a very manageable pace. The views you get after you gain the ridgeline are incredible. I can't wait to see everything between 5057 and Flatiron. The peak did not disappoint, offering great 360 degree views as advertised. The small but steep scramble near the top where you really have to use your hands is fun.

    I also enjoyed the route connecting West Boulder Saddle to Fremont Saddle, and Robbers Roost. I've always been curious where you might find the closest naturally occurring pine trees to the valley. I guess this depends on where you put the center of "the valley", I'm thinking more along the lines of the east valley, because that's where I live. Although I believe the ones near the top of Flatiron are closer, the few found in this area are quite hardy. I love finding places like this. I saw a couple of spots in the sand along this drainage that looked like they might be good for some cowboy camping, but not much room to set up a tent.

    I will refer you to Linda's triplog for the our good deeds of the day, including the SAR story... But I would like to add that in addition to her listed deeds, we also picked up multiple pieces of trash, a headlamp, and a jacket some pumpkin decided to abandon on Cave Trail. I think we've built up enough good karma on this trip to last us well into the next few years. Rest assured, I am ready to ride this wave of good fortune that is about to come my way.

    Good hike, great company, and a nice warm day in December. I now know if I need to re-up on some karma, hike with Linda! :lol:

    Small pools in the drainage just after West Boulder Saddle but before the climb onto the ridgeline.

    Small pools and a couple medium sized pools in drainage between West Boulder Saddle and Robbers Roost.

    Small pools and a the bigger pool that would require a repel (or maybe there is a way around that I don't know about) to get to.

    No flow anywhere. Looking pretty sparse out there, though my expectation going in was to see no water at all.
    Lost Goldmine Trail #60
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    For quite awhile I had been planning on doing this hike. Each year it seemed to be getting further away from me. So last night I decided it was time to try it. Not knowing what a Robber's Roost was supposed to look like, I had no idea what I would find.

    I also figured it was a good time to get a couple other hikes out of the way that fit in with this. So I parked at the Carney Springs TH and proceeded up the longest 2 miles in the Supes.

    Does anyone remember when this wasn't a trail? Getting to the saddle required a lot of trail blazing and about 10 cairns to follow. Now that there is a trail there are probably 60 cairns marking a trail that is pretty hard to miss. Not sure if the trail was a good idea or not. Anyway I digress.

    When I had huffed and puffed my way to the saddle I headed right in search of the Robber's Roost. Found it fairly easy. Interesting. Then headed in the direction of Peralta Canyon in search of the trail that would take me down to the Fremont Saddle. That was actually a pretty good trail. Nice views. Across Fremont saddle to the Cave trail to the Bluff Springs trail. I then used the Lost Goldmine trail to get back to the Carney Springs.

    Had a big soaring vulture pass about 10' above my head, checking to see if I was alive or not I presume. Fooled him, I still was.

    Never saw another person until Fremont Saddle. I saw no sign of water, but several wildflowers are showing nicely now.

    Great day for a great set of hikes.
    Lost Goldmine Trail #60
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    Took my hiking buddies Tricia and Christina out for a Superstitions loop, and it was Super! Parked at Lost Goldmine Trailhead were there was one car already waiting. We hiked clockwise starting on Lost Goldmine, up Carney, did the horseshoe on Dacite Mesa and dealt with the masses returning on Peralta. Saw a couple of groups on the way up, no one on Dacite Mesa, and plenty on Peralta. Trail on Dacite Mesa was easy enough to follow and the rock formations were amazing!
    Lost Goldmine Trail #60
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    Wave and the Robber
    My oldest son Rob and his GF are in town for the holidays. I wanted to give them a Superstition Sampler and decided on a loop that included a few of the sights. The Wave Cave, Robbers Roost, the Dactite Wave, the Gun site, and Weavers Needle.

    I finally got to meet Kat (Snakemarks) at the TH, all decked out in her uniform, making sure all the hikers needs were taken care of.

    Twas a chilly morning, but we warmed up snaking along the Lost Gold Mine Trail. We passed up 3 groups coming down from the Wave Cave. I was impressed by the last group, with their Christmas garb and Old Geezers shirts. This trail does get a bit steep and loose. This left us with the Cave to ourselves.
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    Next the climb to Old Bolder Saddle. We stopped and had some lunch there. We ran into 2 day hikers and two backpackers up there.

    Next off to the Robbers Roost. I'd been there twice before, but had a bit of a problem finding the Southwest route in. If you miss it by even 8 feet, you are not getting down and there are a lot of useless cairns in the area.

    We stopped for some photos at the surfboard and made our way down to the Peralta trail to complete the loop.

    A fun day with Rob and Linsdy...
    Lost Goldmine Trail #60
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    With the intent of burning off some of Thanksgiving's calories, I decided to hit the Lost Goldmine Trail to enjoy a bit of sun and the lower temps. I parked at the Carney Spring TH along Peralta Road and found it almost packed, don't know where every one's going from here, but they must have the same idea as mine. I met one couple along the trail and they said they got lost and pointed to the wash alongside the Wave Cave as their route :o Another couple, with two dogs, wanted to go to the Wave Cave but missed the turnoff and went up Carney until the dogs wouldn't go any further :D

    I got to the Wilderness gate and made a hard left heading towards Turks Head and was happy to see no one else on the trails. I continued on until almost to Turks Head then headed North into no-trails land. I stumbled along on the boulder strewn landscape until I reached a high spot where I turned around and had awesome views of the Saguaro forest in the foothills below me.

    I had a late start this morning and wanted to be home to watch the Cards, so I slowly worked my way back down to the trail and back to the parking lot which was beginning to thin out by now. After all the hot weather this summer, it's great to get out in long sleeve shirts and crisp air.

    Hope everyone's Thanksgiving day was a great as mine..... :y:

    Not much happening on this trail.
    Lost Goldmine Trail #60
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    In celebration of my 75th birthday, I was going to ascend the Flat Iron one more time and then toss it out of my bucket. Randy (rwstorm) was going to accompany me as he had the first time I went up, but I got a call from him the night before, saying that he was going to cancel because it looked too much like it would rain on our attempt. Well, I was wakened this morning to the sounds of rain drops on the roof so I conceded, there would be no Flat Iron today. ](*,)

    Once the early rains let up, I drove out along the Peralta Road and went for a walk in the desert. It was a nice day with cool temps, light winds and overcast sky's.... it would have been perfect for the Flat Iron. I kept my eye on the sky and the dark clouds building up to the South and sure enough, buy the time I got home it began raining again....hard. Looking at the time, I'm sure we would have been still descending the the mountain and would have been caught in the cold driving rain. Guess that means that I'm just going to put it off until things clear up, but I'm going to do it :D

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    To Lost Goldmine Trailhead
    7.6 miles east of the junction Idaho Rd / US-60. Turn Left on to FS77 which is Peralta Road. Follow FS77 5.6 miles to a left and up turnoff. Continue 1.4 miles to the Goldmine Trailhead, turn in left. There's enough parking for a small army. Restrooms are 0.5 miles up the road at Peralta Trailhead.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 47.1 mi - about 1 hour 10 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 96.6 mi - about 2 hours 15 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 191 mi - about 3 hours 13 mins
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