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Warning Wildfires have damaged large portions of the Superstition Wilderness.
Check out the Superstition Ridgeline for details on this hike.
If you're convinced the Flatiron is the most challenging out-n-back hike in the valley, this one might change your mind.
The Flatiron is more equivalent to 2 Squaw Peak or Camelback ascents. This bad boy is closer to 3 or a Humphries ascent.
The original survey done on Peak 5057 is one of Arizona's oldest surveys (1899). Those original surveyors hiked up there with pack mules. I can't even imagine doing that hike with pack mules, especially going up Carney Springs. Obviously, we can only assume there was basically no trail for them to follow in 1899. They left the mules below the peak while they did their survey work.
In subsequent years (1910, 1936, 1938, and 1946), other surveyors put the various present 3 survey disks up there (& one carving in a boulder). The main disk is the one with the triangle on it, and the other 2 disks (Reference Marks) have arrows on them, pointing to the triangulation disk. The surveyors also carved that rudimentary "arrow" in a nearby boulder, pointing to the main disk. That carving was done in 1910 and also acted as a Reference Mark.
Next time you are up there, see if you can locate all 3 disks (easy) and the tiny arrow carving in the boulder. (not so easy)
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
This is a difficult hike. Arrive fit and prepared or this could get ugly.