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Turks Head - Peak 2822Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 20 2011
AZLumberjack
Hiking5.25 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking5.25 Miles   2 Hrs   19 Mns   2.89 mph
1,000 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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On Saturday, I hiked with Angela, Ambika and John from the Lost Goldmine TH to Turks Head and then on to the Hieroglyphic TH. As we were approaching Turks Head, we paused to look at the cliffs to our North and the Lichen covered rocks above and below the cliffs, when one of the rock formations stood out from the rest. This unusual formation (aren't they all unusual in the Superstitions?) had a cylindrical base and a large boulder sitting on top of it.

Exploring a new formation wasn't in our plans for the day so I made plans to return and get up close and personal with this "Toadstool Rock" to see more of it. I made that trip on Tuesday, hiking with my brother for company.

We left the Lost Goldmine Trail close to Turks Head and proceeded North up the fairly steep approach to the cliffs. The hike was too much for my brother and he decided to sit it out about half way to the base of the cliff. I continued on through patches of thick brush, catsclaw and an endless array of boulders strewn along the hillside. :o

As I got closer to the Toadstool, I was amazed at the size of it. On Saturday, as I looked through my binoculars, I estimated the height of the base (not including the rock on top) to be 10 to 12 feet high and the diameter at 8 to 10 feet. I also estimated the rock on top to be the size of Grasshopper's Jeep. [-X

Boy, was I wrong. The height of the stem is closer to 50 feet high and about 30 feet in diameter and the rock on top is larger than a motorhome. This is really a unique rock formation and I'm surprised that I haven't seen anything about it in HAZ trips or photos. :wrt:

The elevation of the LGM trail is about 2,200 feet and the rock formation is at 2,875 feet at coordinates 33deg 23.980 111deg 23.309. The approach is a continuous uphill bushwhacking adventure that's sure to bring out some beads of sweat. As you head up, keep angling towards a large expanse of lichen covered rock that's directly below the Toadstool Rock.

Take a break at this really cool rock and explore the small openings around its edges. The entire top and most of the sides are covered with lichen and if it has rained recently, they take on some extraordinary hues of green on a gold/yellow base. A couple of potholes dot the surface where Cholla cactus have taken root. :FG:

The Toadstool is just a short distance up from there where you can investigate its base and wonder, as I did, just how that boulder ended up on top of it. There are a couple of small caves along the base of the cliff and a bolder strewn gap in the cliff that may be an access to the upper areas above the face of the cliffs. :)

If you go to Bing Maps and zoom in on this area in "birdseye" mode, you can see that the top of the cliff is covered with lichen, has some deep holes with desert plants growing within and has lots of streams and pools leading the way to the edge of the cliff. :FG:

I did find cairns along the way, but no defined trail. As usual, if you're going up, you're going in the right direction. This could be one of those hikes where you're wondering what should I do today, Aw heck, go find the Toadstool Rock. :y:
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