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Crest Trail - Silly Mtn, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance One Way 0.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,826 feet
Elevation Gain 338 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 1.83
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10  2015-12-29
Silly Mountain Trail System
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7  2015-10-17
Silly 9L
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7  2013-10-17
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11  2013-02-20
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15  2011-12-08
Silly Mountain Trail System
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6  2008-11-07 AZLOT69
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author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
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Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
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Overview: This is part of the Silly Mountain Trail system. It goes right down the middle riding the crest.

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2008-11-07
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Crest Trail - Silly Mtn
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Did a Loop on the Way back from a Scouting Trip to Queen Valley. Haven't done Silly Mountain before and I decided that I really needed to go ahead and get some kind of Hike in... ;)

Used HAZ Tracks for only the 2nd Time. After 20 Minutes of dinking around with it in the Parking Lot, I finally got it to stay ON and away I went. Seems like it worked fine after that. :sweat:

Nice quick little Hike with a Sweet View of the Supes...Hope to start getting out there regularly starting with the New Year...We'll see what the Doc and the X-Rays say next Week... ;) It's been a long 3 Months... :? I could certainly feel that I haven't done much. That's going to change in a big way on Friday... :lol: :D
Crest Trail - Silly Mtn
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Silly 9L
I decided to get BobP off the disabled list or out of retirement or wherever he's been by enticing him with a pair of peaks he hasn't previously climbed! Claire and Kyle decided to join us. :y:

Storms made for dramatic views from the Silly summit, and there are enough trails to link here that I'm surprised that Mazatzal and The Eagle haven't been out here yet. :roll:

Once we finished a quick summit loop Claire really wanted to do 9L so we headed over that way. We spent some time playing around the base, but it started to spit and we decided it wasn't worth trying to finish. Things got a little wet and we had to abort. We may be the first to attempt 9L and not make it. ](*,)

We cleaned up and headed for BRI. Nice day out there. Good to see Bob back in the game! :)
Crest Trail - Silly Mtn
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On my way to lunch I saw that the Supes were totally white. By the time lunch was over and I ran home to get the camera and made it to Apache Junction a lot of the snow was gone. Most of the remaining snow looked to be on the southern face. So I headed to Silly Mountain. In more than 40 years of hiking in the Supes I have never hiked Silly Mountain before. So while taking pictures I think I hiked just about every trail on the hill: Palo Verde, Superstition View, Huff & Puff, Crest, Old Mine, Brittle Bush, High Point and others. Still didn't get much over 3 miles.

I'll attach some pictures a little later.
Crest Trail - Silly Mtn
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Decided to take the day off so I could make a quick run out to Boyce Thompson Arboretum (BTA). I used to go there multiple times a year; the last time I was there was April 2010. The nice thing about this day is I was able to get up at 7, have a nice breakfast of pumpkin cobbler with coffee :DANCE: and fry up the bacon for my broccoli salad I was making for the weekend event with ABC.

I've only stopped at Silly Mountain once before in the spring as it was covered in the blooms of intensely golden brittle brush; took my breath away at the extreme beauty http://hikearizona.com/photoset.php?ID=4974 (hope Suzaz doesn't mind that I'm using her photos). Today I wanted to get a few miles and a little elevation before my walk around BTA.

There were a few vehicles at the TH but the traffic on the trails wasn't too bad. I decided I wanted to do the circumference first to see if I could get the lay of the land. Well that didn't quite come to be as I was only on the Brittle Bush Trail for a little bit at the beginning and at the end.
I went up the Old Mine Trail and once at the top, you had two choices, though I didn't realize it at the time. I headed east on the Crest Trail and joined up with a choice of the Jackrabbit Trail or the Coyote Loop. Looking at the map I went with Jackrabbit as it looked like it would come back to where I was standing.

After going east and down around the mountain the Jackrabbit trail does an immediate u-turn and heads back up. For some reason, I tripped 3 times on this part of the trail :-k . Funny how that happens sometimes. Anyway, I get to the starting intersection but really don't want to go down to the bottom yet so I head back the way I came on the Crest Trail. Meanwhile, of course, your views of the Superstitions are just wonderful! :y: I get to another intersection with the Huff and Puff Trail and see people on top of the mountain. I wonder, are these the folks that think "Stay on the Trail" doesn't apply to them? But I decide to investigate so I head back up the way I came from the Old Mine Trail intersection.

There is indeed a sign that says "High Point" trail. I see that there is a sign on top of what is evidently Silly Mtn so I decide to make my way up there. The views are expansive. I met a few Canadians and pointed out some of the landmarks and other hiking areas they could consider. After shooting some pics for a couple pano shots, I decide to descend off the north side of Silly Mtn, head back down the Crest to the Superstition View Trail and back around the west side of the mountain to the Palo Verde Trail. I go up another little hill but decide I want to come down the Brittle bush Trail instead as I want to check out the rocky area presuming that's remnants from the Old Mine.

A nice little hike to continue on with my great day so far. I saw the Canadians at the bottom and offered them passes for Boyce Thompson, as they know where that is, but they declined as the father had offered to do yard work for a neighbor.

I shot a lot of video on this so you can almost virtual hike it with me:
Video 1 - http://youtu.be/eFultjzaz1M
Video 2 from the High Point and back to the TH - http://youtu.be/Bp5F-v9LisQ

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From Gold Canyon take Superstition Mountain Drive one mile north of Highway 60. Turn left on Hacienda Las Gavia Drive. One half mile to third street on the left, Turn left on Barragan. Take it to the end turn left on Tigre Del Mar Dr. and park on street at corner, which is the trailhead. Go up stairs and take the middle trail. At the next unmarked intersection bear right.
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