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Challenging Hike Suggestions

Post by arizonanova » Feb 15 2018 3:48 pm

Hey there!

I am looking for some good challenging hikes. I have done Battleship, Capitol Butte, Flatiron, Picketpost, and other similar hikes. I will also attempt the Motherlode this year.

What other hikes are similar to these awesome scrambles? I absolutely loved Capitol Butte and would love more hikes like that.

Also always down to meet new people so if anyone wants to go on a challenging hike that I have been on I am more than happy to lead the way! Or if you care to show me some hikes that’d be amazing, too!

Thanks :D
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Re: Challenging Hike Suggestions

Post by Al_HikesAZ » Feb 15 2018 4:06 pm

Look at Superstition Peak 5057 from Carney Springs. [ Superstition Peak 5057 - Carney ] . This is the eastern end of the Superstition Ridgeline. Flatironr/Siphon Draw is the western end of the Superstition Ridgeline. The Ridgeline is a challenging hike but I would strongly recommend hiking it the first time with someone who has hiked it before.

Start looking at some of the hikes in the Grand Canyon. Start with the Corridor Trails (Bright Angel or South Kaibab) to get familiar with the Canyon and water management. Then build up to Thunder River, Nankoweap, Royal Arch/Elves Chasm.

Humphreys Summit is a challenging hike. But it gets very crowded.
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Post by BobP » Feb 15 2018 4:07 pm

weavers needle
morning glory spire
babo
Those are a few fun ones.
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Post by RowdyandMe » Feb 15 2018 5:34 pm

Peak 3465-Hieroglyphic Mountains this is just west of Lake Pleasant. A nice 12 mile hike and odds are you well not see another person on this hike. And you never know what you will see out there. But the views from the top are breathtaking.
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Re: Challenging Hike Suggestions

Post by te_wa » Feb 15 2018 5:39 pm

mazatzal peak and malapais are the tough ones that come to mind for me.
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Post by prisegem » Feb 15 2018 7:58 pm

@arizonanova Have always wanted to do battleship, have hiked by the base several times. Love that area. Is it doable with a dog?

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Post by wallyfrack » Feb 15 2018 8:45 pm

Some others in the Superstitions are Tortilla Peak, White Mountain and Picacho Butte(on Coffee Flat Mountain)

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Post by outdoor_lover » Feb 15 2018 9:10 pm

prisegem wrote:
Feb 15 2018 7:58 pm
@arizonanova Have always wanted to do battleship, have hiked by the base several times. Love that area. Is it doable with a dog?
I wouldn't...But there may be differing Opinions of that....
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Post by mazatzal » Feb 15 2018 9:55 pm

Estrella Peak 4512, Mazzies: Davenport Peak, Saddle Mtn, Sheep, Bobp's 7xxx.

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Post by SpiderLegs » Feb 16 2018 5:01 am

Big Horn Peak and while not in Arizona it's only about three hours away - Cactus to Clouds.

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Post by azbackpackr » Feb 16 2018 5:03 am

Finger Rock Canyon to Kimble Peak and hike down via Pima Canyon, or across to the Window, and hike down via Ventana Canyon. Or the other way around. In Tucson.
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Re: Challenging Hike Suggestions

Post by Nighthiker » Feb 16 2018 7:07 am

A challenging hike does not have to be a physically demanding one. Route finding skills on some hikes and hiking at night ( Superstition Ridgeline). Hiking different times of the year on the same trail offers a different perspective. Desert trees fluoresce and wild flowers appear, a month later the cacti bloom. When the monsoons arrive (I am hopeful) the backcountry takes on a different perspective in the desert or in the forest. A hike should not only be physically challenging but challenge the senses as well.
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Post by The_Eagle » Feb 16 2018 7:07 am

Any hike trying to keep up with @JuanJaimeiii
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Post by hikeaz » Feb 16 2018 10:30 am

Elephant Mountain and the GC Battleship.
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Post by jacobemerick » Feb 16 2018 12:25 pm

Buzzard's Roost would be a good one - it's relatively close (Peralta TH is a common start) and has a bit of mean-ness to it. Plus it's been on my todo list for a while, so... hint hint nudge nudge.

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Post by JuanJaimeiii » Feb 16 2018 1:02 pm

Quartz Peak in the Estrellas and add in Butterfly Peak.

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Re: Challenging Hike Suggestions

Post by arizonanova » Feb 16 2018 8:09 pm

@jacobemerick
Hahaha well hey I am not the one who is super busy all the time now... Beside South Fork supersedes all of these. Although maybe I'll just check that out and report back to you on its condition :lol:
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Post by arizonanova » Feb 16 2018 8:16 pm

@te_wa
I have been eyeing Mazatzal Peak for a bit now. Have you done it? How is it?

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Re: Challenging Hike Suggestions

Post by arizonanova » Feb 16 2018 8:17 pm

@Al_HikesAZ
How long is the Ridgeline? This is one I definitely want to do but the stories make it seem a bit nerve-racking.

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Re: Challenging Hike Suggestions

Post by arizonanova » Feb 16 2018 8:18 pm

@BobP
How is Weaver's Needle? Been eyeing this. Can you climb to the top? Do you need a rope?
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