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Superstition View - Silly Mtn, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 0.69 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,828 feet
Elevation Gain -151 feet
Accumulated Gain 80 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 0.96
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10  2015-12-29
Silly Mountain Trail System
7  2015-10-17
Silly 9L
7  2013-10-17
Silly Mountain Trail System
8  2013-08-29 AZLumberjack
8  2013-02-20 AZLumberjack
11  2013-02-20
Silly Mountain Trail System
19  2013-02-08
Hole in the Wall Arch-Superstition Mnts
15  2011-12-08
Silly Mountain Trail System
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Overview: Great view of the U.S. 60 and the golf course at gold canyon. Great for beginners. Also is connected to jack rabbit trail. Jack rabbit trail is part of the silly mountain park.

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Superstition View - Silly Mtn
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Out enjoying the cool start to the last day of 2015 and burn some more calories in preparation for tonight's activities :D Happy New Year to all.... be safe, have fun and be Silly :y:
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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
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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! :)
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With all the storm driven clouds passing over the Superstitions these last couple of days, I just had to get out and get some shots of the visual effects they were producing. Although the storm clouds were impressive, there was nary a drop of rain to be had in Apache Junction :(

I began by hiking up Weeks Wash off the First Water Road, got a few shots then traveled to Hieroglyphic Trail where I found the Ridgeline alternately bathed in sun then hidden under the dark clouds. An occasional sprinkle was all I could wring out of the sky's :?
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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.
Superstition View - Silly Mtn
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As the morning wore on and the rain/snow clouds finally parted, I was presented with my first views of the snow carnage on Superstition Peak. All the TV media were reporting that this was a very rare snow occasion for this area (since I'm from Minnesota, I was happier with the sun). So I grabbed my trusty camera and tripod and headed out, only to find out that there were hundreds of others with the same plans :o

I drove to the East end of Broadway in Apache Junction where there's a trailhead for the Crosscut and Lost Goldmine trails and hit the muddied trails at full tilt (for a 72 year-old, that ain't too fast), splashing through the mud, running water and tripping over rocks and other photo nuts. I eventually found some spots where there weren't others in front of me and began shooting to my hearts content :D

Now consider, we drove 1,600 miles from a frozen Minnesota to enjoy the Arizona sun, but I gotta admit that this was a beautiful scene in front of me with the Superstitions coated in a light coating of fresh white snow. It was still kinda chilly out but I could almost watch the snow melting as I snapped away with the camera. I would have liked to move to Siphon Draw, but I could draw pictures in my mind of all the people gathered around with their trusty i-phone cameras shooting up the place, so I picked my way back through a muddy desert to my parked truck and headed home :(

It should be noted here that I'm prone to photographic cheating, but just a little bit, to enhance the detail and bring out the hidden colors of the scene. This photo set is done in HDR (High Dynamic Range) and consists of three shots taken consecutively while only changing the f-stop between shots (Bracketing) hence, the need for the tripod. The photos are then post-processed in Photomatix and then a final touch-up in Photoshop Elements 10. So after all that work, that's why the photos are a day late. Hope you enjoy them as much as my wife did after cleaning the mud off my shoes (since it was her idea to send me out there in the first place) :sweat:
Superstition View - 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 (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:
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Video 2 from the High Point and back to the TH -

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