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Hog Ridge - Siphon Draw Loop, AZ

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Difficulty 4.5 of 5
Route Finding 4 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 15.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,879 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,946 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 10 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 34.93
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking
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Age 70 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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High on the Hog
by Hansenaz

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A few weeks ago, while thrashing around in the bottom of upper Hog Canyon in the Superstitions, it occurred to me that the central ridge (located between the two main branches of Hog Canyon) would make a better route. Ordinarily, I wouldn't go out of my way to test that idea. But I noticed something else about that time: the Broadway trailhead provides access to both Hog Canyon and Siphon Draw. Putting these together, I realized I could try out "Hog Ridge" and maybe make a nice loop.

Broadway Trailhead seems to be a little bit obscure but is easily reached: From Hwy60, turn north on Mountain View to Broadway and turn right. Proceed to the end and park at the entrance to the subdivision. The trail soon reaches a junction: stay straight/right on the Lost Goldmine trail and cross the Hog drainage at 2 miles. Head up the drainage (either go through the fence or cross through the wash and head left to a small parking area and through a gate). It's rock hopping and sticker avoidance for the next 2 miles until you reach the nice waterfall area in a left spur of Hog Canyon (1hr 40min).

The goal is to gain the ridge (heading north and east of the waterfall) and ride it up to the ridgeline. I did it by climbing some steep scree near the waterfall, angling right around a corner, then left with a bit of scrambling. After this, the ridge opens up a lot and is pretty good going. I mainly stayed on or near the crest except for one big rock step I passed on the left. The ridge is particularly nice near the top, and I hit the ridgeline 4hrs after my start.

The Ridgeline is the nicest place in the greater PHX area and was a little crowded this day: I counted at least seven groups. Two more hours to the top of Siphon Draw, which was extremely crowded. The combination of my worn soles and dirt/rock dust kicked up on every surface made me feel like I was descending in roller skates. Anyway, it was a slow descent. As the trail starts to level out on the flat, there is a prominent intersection. There are no signposts, but to get back to the Broadway Trailhead, turn left: this is apparently Jacob's Crosscut. It's about 4 miles further to the trailhead through some lovely desert with amazing views of the Superstition Massif.

This is a pretty nice loop. I wasn't moving very fast, so I don't think it would be hard to get it done a little quicker. The GPS had it at 3946' AEG: that must include all the ups and downs along the way.

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This is a more difficult hike. It would be unwise to attempt this without prior experience hiking.

Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2009-03-08 Hansenaz
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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To Broadway Trailhead
The Broadway trailhead is located by taking Highway 60 east of Mesa to Apache Junction where the expressway ends but Highway 60 continues. Shortly after the expressway ends is the first stoplight marked as Mountain View Road. The stoplight only applies if you are turning left. Turn left here and proceed 1.5 miles to Broadway. Turn right and go one mile. At the entrance to Superstition Highlands Subdivision there is a fence and parking on the left for 5-6 cars. Park here, Jacobs Crosscut trail starts behind the fence and takes you to the Monument Canyon trail, and on to the Broadway Cave Trail.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 39.4 mi - about 48 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 132 mi - about 2 hours 5 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 183 mi - about 2 hours 53 mins
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