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Superstition Peak 5057 - CarneyPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2012
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking9.10 Miles 3,210 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles   6 Hrs   50 Mns   1.79 mph
3,210 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break30 LBS Pack
 
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Great day for a hike. Mike & I started off from Carney at about 8:20 AM and started up to the Ridgeline. I had been up to the Ridgeline many times, but this time, I wanted to log the NGS (National Geodetic Survey) Triangulation Survey Mark on Peak 5057.

The original survey done on Peak 5057 is one of oldest surveys done in Arizona (1899). Those original surveyors hiked up there with pack mules. I can't even imagine doing that hike with pack mules, especially going up Carney Springs. Obviously, we can only assume there was basically no trail for them to follow in 1899. They left the mules below the peak while they did their survey work.

In subsequent years, (1910, 1936, 1938, and 1946) other surveyors put the various present 3 survey disks up there (& one carving in a boulder). The main disk is the one with the triangle on it, and the other 2 disks (Reference Marks) have arrows on them, pointing to the triangulation disk. The surveyors also carved that rudimentary "arrow" in a nearby boulder, pointing to the main disk. That carving was done in 1910, and also acted as a Reference Mark.

Next time you are up there, see if you can locate all 3 disks (easy) and the tiny arrow carving in the boulder. (not so easy)

On the way back to Carney, I hiked out to the end of Three Sisters (the one furthest northwest), so I could take a photo of Peak 5057 from that unique vantage point.
Again, a great day and a great hike.
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