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Dacite Mesa, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,036 feet
Elevation Gain 2,000 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,500 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 7 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 19.5
Interest Off-Trail Hiking
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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West Boulder-Cave Trail loop
10  2021-03-26
Dacite Super Loop
11  2021-02-05
Robbers Roost - Superstitions
12  2020-12-28
Dacite Super Loop
30  2020-02-07
Dacite with Thieves
6  2019-03-23
Robbers Roost - Superstitions
15  2018-03-04
Dacite Roost Cave
8  2018-03-04
Dacite Roost Cave
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Author kanode
author avatar Guides 7
Routes 57
Photos 1,107
Trips 64 map ( 519 miles )
Age 73 Male Gender
Location Tempe, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Nov, Mar, Jan → Early
Seasons   Autumn
Sun  5:35am - 7:28pm
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Warning the 2019 Woodbury Fire & 2020 Sawtooth Fire damaged a majority of the Superstition Wilderness.
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by kanode

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The intended purpose of this page is for logging adventure hikes exploring the mesa south-southeast past Robber's Roost. My original hike took off after the false saddle. Instead of continuing up to West Boulder Saddle I went off trail and followed the ravine around to the main deck of Dacite Mesa. I headed back towards the cliffs overlooking Don's Camp. Then worked back through the roost and down to Peralta. Below Kanode explains how to attain the mesa in an easier fashion and cross it quickly. You can come down to the south-southeast or explore the West Boulder-Peralta Ridge. Either are fun and can be a dangerous route finding adventure. Be care and go prepared.
03/09/2008 - joe

West Boulder Saddle to Fremont Saddle
Many hikers pass through this area while hiking from Carney Spring up to the West Boulder Saddle and then down to Fremont Saddle. However it's a worthwhile destination on its own.

From the unsigned Carney Spring parking area along Peralta road, hike 0.6 miles to a pass-through in the fence at the wilderness boundary. The trail goes up the mountain to West Boulder Saddle--it's an unofficial trail but is very well defined. . The hardest section is from the balancing "T" rock up to a false saddle. The hike from the false saddle to the top looks steep but is a surprising easy hike. Two thirds of your time and effort is in getting to the false saddle. Once on top, the hiking is easy if you follow cairned routes or can be difficult if you climb over rocks to take the shortest route. (Some of the cairned routes involve short sections of bushwacking and travel through tall grass. It's not a good place to be during snake season.)

At West Boulder Saddle, there are well cairned paths to both the east and west. The path going west is the Superstition Ridgeline trail. The path going NE on the south bank of the creek starts you on the path to Dacite Mesa.

About 0.1 mile NE of West Boulder Saddle the cairned route crosses from the south side of the creek to the north. Note that one set of cairns heads due north and up from the crossing while another set of cairns heads east following the creek. Either route can take you to several overlooks of Fremont Saddle and Weaver's Needle.

The route that heads up and north to the western edge of the yellow streaked spire ledge is the most scenic and involves the least bushwhacking. This is the route described for the "Dacite Super Loop". It takes you to an overlook of Weaver's Needle but you'll have to head a short way back south for the overlooks of Fremont Saddle.

The route that heads east along the creek offers you three more chances to head north to the overlooks of Fremont Saddle and Weaver's and also takes you towards "Robbers Roost".

Note: There is a maze of cairned routes up here. If you don't know where you're headed they can lead you in interesting loops through the maze of interesting rock formations and hoodoos.

See "Dacite Super Loop" and "Robbers Roost" for more info and GPS tracks.

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2008-01-01 kanode
    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.

    Permit $$
    AZ State Recreational Land Permits
    For hiking, driving & sightseeing purposes, you seek the recreational permit.
    Under "Recreational Land Use" in the link above.
    2020 - $15.00 individual
    2020 - $20.00 family limited to two adults and children under the age of 18
    Plus $1 processing fee
    The permitting process quick, you will be emailed your permit instantly.

    Land Parcel Map

    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To Carney Spring 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 0.6 miles to Carney Spring Trailhead.

    This trailhead and the first 0.5 miles is periodically enforced as being on State Land, see permit for info.
    2 easy ways to avoid the small lot and fee.
    - Lost Goldmine TH / +0.9 miles GPS Route
    - Peralta TH w/restrooms / +1.3 miles GPS Route

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 46.3 mi - about 1 hour 6 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 95.8 mi - about 2 hours 12 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 191 mi - about 3 hours 10 mins
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