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5th Annual New Year's Day Topper!

Posted: Nov 21 2015 5:25 pm
by outdoor_lover
Seriously! Has it really been 5 Years? :D Who will Join me this Year and help Ring in the New Year with some Views??? :y: We are going back to the SE and this one looks Great! Roblas Butte in Queen Valley, just South of the Superstition Wilderness! And for those Super Hikers, there are 2 more "Peaks" to hit while you're there! :D The Road will be good for all Vehicles and I will drive out and check it out for Parking Arrangements... Once again, the Hike will be Short, Sweet and maybe a little Steep....And once again, it will be Off-Trail, so keep that in Mind... :y: Hope to see you there! Cheers! :D

Update: Start Time will be 9:00 A.M.

Directions: From Mesa, Superstition Freeway/SR 60 East to Queen Valley Road (Turnoff is just past the RR Tracks) Go 1.8 Miles to Hewitt Station Road. You will bear Right, cross a Cattle Guard and then the Road turns to Dirt. Go 3.0 Miles and turn Left onto Hewitt Canyon Road/FR 357/FR 172 (This is the same Road that takes you to Woodbury and Roger's Trough THs) Go 2.8 Miles to a small Pullout and a small Road taking off on the Left. This is our Parking Area. Roblas Butte can be seen from quite a ways out and will be on your Right on FR 172. You will actually just be Past it when you see the Parking Spot.

Hewitt Station Road is a little Rough for the first 1/2 Mile, but after that, it's really good. Hewitt Canyon Road/FR 357/172 is Rough, but nothing a Car can't handle as long as you're not a Low Rider. You'll probably just have to take it a little slower than an SUV or Truck would. It took me 1 Hour 10 Minutes from South Scottsdale to get to the Parking Spot, in an SUV that Rides fairly Smooth....

If anyone needs or wants to Carpool from the East Valley, let me know...Kingsnake has also offered Room in his Vehicle.... :)

If you're really careful, you might be able to get away with wearing Shorts on this, but....You're going to get a little Scratched up, it will be a Bushwack, although it doesn't look Terrible. The Weather looks to be Great with a High between 58 and 65, a Light Wind and no Clouds....

Re: 5th Annual New Year's Day Topper!

Posted: Dec 21 2015 12:07 pm
by fan3992
drive self or carpool together to the TH?

Re: 5th Annual New Year's Day Topper!

Posted: Dec 21 2015 9:27 pm
by outdoor_lover
@fan3992
Lots of People Carpool Fan...Depends on where everyone is coming from...I'm sure it can be worked out, it always has in the Past... :)

Re: 5th Annual New Year's Day Topper!

Posted: Dec 24 2015 9:27 pm
by kingsnake
Outdoor Lover wrote:@azbackpackr
Staying Local Liz...SE of the Valley...Don't think anyone wants to make that kind of a Drive for a Day Hike on a Holiday....
... with a hangover. :whistle:

Re: 5th Annual New Year's Day Topper!

Posted: Dec 24 2015 9:28 pm
by kingsnake
fan3992 wrote:drive self or carpool together to the TH?
I'm in Sunnyslope, and can take two extra folks with me ...

Re: 5th Annual New Year's Day Topper!

Posted: Dec 27 2015 8:13 pm
by joebartels
This looks like a good hike. It would be cool to see more jump on this opportunity!

Re: 5th Annual New Year's Day Topper!

Posted: Dec 28 2015 8:25 am
by ssk44
joe bartels wrote:This looks like a good hike. It would be cool to see more jump on this opportunity!
I highly recommend following my posted GPS route. It's the best way up in my opinion.. It's fun, it's safe, and it offers the best summit payoff experience. Have fun guys!

Re: 5th Annual New Year's Day Topper!

Posted: Dec 28 2015 11:08 am
by outdoor_lover
@ssk44
Thanks Eric... I'll be going out Scouting this Afternoon....

Re: 5th Annual New Year's Day Topper!

Posted: Dec 28 2015 11:11 am
by outdoor_lover
For those of you that are on the Fence and for those of you who've been thinking about it, but aren't even on the Fence yet, if you think you can Commit in the next Day or Two, it would be extremely helpful for my Head Count... I have Shopping to do... :D I will be Posting an Update on Time and Parking tomorrow....

I can also take an additional 3 People. I will be coming from SE Chandler around Cooper/Chandler Boulevard Area. I can arrange to meet People at I-60 and Signal Butte, if anyone wants a Ride. Depending on how I feel, I may do the additional 2 Peaks after we do the Butte, but even if I don't, I will wait, if someone else wants to... :)

Re: 5th Annual New Year's Day Topper!

Posted: Dec 28 2015 3:03 pm
by rayhuston
@Outdoor Lover
I'll help with the hauling, Pam.

Re: 5th Annual New Year's Day Topper!

Posted: Dec 28 2015 5:15 pm
by JasonCleghorn
Pam, I just wanted to say what a nice person you are!

Re: 5th Annual New Year's Day Topper!

Posted: Dec 28 2015 5:23 pm
by outdoor_lover
@Jason Cleghorn
:lol: What brought that on? :lol: And why aren't you coming with??? :D

Re: 5th Annual New Year's Day Topper!

Posted: Dec 28 2015 9:23 pm
by JasonCleghorn
Outdoor Lover wrote:@Jason Cleghorn
:lol: What brought that on? :lol: And why aren't you coming with??? :D
I watch New Years' Day football galore... :D

Re: 5th Annual New Year's Day Topper!

Posted: Dec 29 2015 11:19 am
by SpiderLegs
I'm in plus one.

Re: 5th Annual New Year's Day Topper!

Posted: Dec 29 2015 7:59 pm
by outdoor_lover
I've Updated the Original Post with a Start Time and Directions... :)

Re: 5th Annual New Year's Day Topper!

Posted: Dec 31 2015 10:51 am
by outdoor_lover
Bumping this Up today since the Event is tomorrow morning. Still Time to Get in on the Party! I was out there and took a look at our Hike...I pretty much called it before I saw it...Short, Sweet and a little Steep! I can't wait to see the Views from up there, it looks like it's going to be Amazing.... :y:

Re: 5th Annual New Year's Day Topper!

Posted: Dec 31 2015 2:59 pm
by kingsnake
Send me a PM before 7pm if you need a ride.

Re: 5th Annual New Year's Day Topper!

Posted: Dec 31 2015 4:18 pm
by RowdyandMe
Happy New Years everyone have fun and safe hike. I wish I could have joined you but I have to work today and tomorrow.
Maybe I can squeeze in a hike at Apache Wash before work on New Years.

Re: 5th Annual New Year's Day Topper!

Posted: Dec 31 2015 7:05 pm
by kingsnake
Guess I am driving down solo. See ya'll tomorrow! :)

Re: 5th Annual New Year's Day Topper!

Posted: Dec 31 2015 7:36 pm
by tibber
I don't know what I'm doing after Roblas, may hike some more or not. I do know there is a peanut brittle ale :) in my future at AZ Wilderness Brewery some time tomorrow. See you at Roblas.

Re: 5th Annual New Year's Day Topper!

Posted: Jan 01 2016 6:27 pm
by kingsnake
Thanx again, Pam, that was a blast!

Btw, I'd appreciate it if you could PM me your strawberry recipe. (Assuming you don't mind. :))