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Thanks for the info. I will be carrying a GPS along with topo maps, so no problem there. That interactive map is pretty awesome, I used it, along with Garmin Basecamp and the GPX file I referenced in my first post to plan most of this trip.joe bartels wrote:welcome to HAZ
although not required I'd probably notify the Forest Service and/or Canyon Lake Marina for being parked there so long
(perhaps snakemarks or mtnlumberjack know better...)
water shouldn't be a problem for months as the Superstitions just received several days of good rain
of course it'll be better if we get some rain between now and then too
others should know more about Black Top Mesa
I don't have an eye for camp spaces, just know it's pretty rocky from my visits
in case you haven't come across it, here is a dynamic mapped area for the Superstition Wilderness
as for problematic areas in the route
shouldn't be any really if you carry a gps
if not, please upload your route into Route MGR, save it, set is as public, then share the link here for easier review
looks like a friggen awesome hike
Awesome, I think that'd be a sweet campsite. Yeah you're right on that climb, I just looked at the route in Basecamp... 1200' in a mile. That'll get my blood pumping early in the morning!Tough_Boots wrote:there is definitely a campsite on Black Top Mesa. Also, your day 4 is going to be a beast-- coming out of Reavis Falls is no joke (especially with a pack on). That is seriously steep but there should be a nice flow this year so I imagine it will be worth it. If you're not feelin' it, you could always skip it and stay at Reavis Ranch where the livin' is easy
Thanks for sharing that, looks like an amazing campsite. I just hope it's available!te-wa wrote:http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=53292 might allow you to see the area of the camp-spot. ignore the dude in the ugly orange shirt.
Yup, I plan to hit up Charlebois Spring and use Trap as my backup. But from the sounds of it, Charlebois is pretty reliable, so I'm sure I'll be fine there.SuperstitionGuy wrote:No problem camping on top of the south end of Black Top Mesa.
Trap Spring is up canyon a little ways and if there is water along your route before Trap Spring you can skip it.
I did not study your route as carefully as I will after I post this but you MUST hike thru Rogers Canyon and visit the ruin upstream of Angel Basin. - OK I see that you will be passing by the ruin.
If possible maybe I or another HAZ'er can check your progress along some of the points at or near trailheads that you will be passing near. Keep us posted as to when you actually will be starting your trip and when and where you will be.
Cool, I bet that was an awesome view. I'm really looking forward to this campsite now! Glad you mentioned the fuel being scarce, didn't even think of that. Oh well, the views will be worth it.azpride wrote:I've camped on top of black top mesa, right at the edge overlooking weavers needle. Looking back on my triplog from January 2011, I can confirm there is a great little campsite with a fire ring, though fuel is obviously sparse.
The ruins are on your left as you follow the trail upstream. As long as you pay attention to the left side of the canyon you will not miss the main ruin.MetalBackpacker wrote:You're talking about the Cliff Dwellings, right? How far upstream from Angel Basin are they, and are they visible from the trail? I love stuff like that.
Hmmm, I'd say there was quite a bit more than that.... I don't think you're going to have any trouble finding water right now. The Supes still have snow... http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=319291 All of the major drainages are still flowing....Boulder Canyon will definitely have water. And Roger's Canyon was reported running well before we got this latest wave of moisture, so I certainly wouldn't be worried there either. http://hikearizona.com/photoset=23522MetalBackpacker wrote:there's only been .41 inches this February.
You will have no problem finding water. It will be in every drainage. There has been plenty of rain and snow still remains at the higher elevations. The ground is saturated. Every drainage you cross will either have running water or pools of water for at least another couple of weeks.hippiepunkpirate wrote:The Supes have received multiple storms this month and water should not be a concern at all given your itinerary.