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Superstition Peak 5057 Loop via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 12 2012
vanman
Hiking8.60 Miles 3,500 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   11 Hrs   30 Mns   1.01 mph
3,500 ft AEG   3 Hrs    Break15 LBS Pack
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I had done Hiero up to the Ridgeline before but turned left and hiked to the highest of the three "bumps" there. So when Pam said she wanted to do Hiero to 5057 and loop down Carney, I was in since I hadn't done the Ridgeline along there to 5057.

We got an early start and enjoyed having Hiero to ourselves. In fact, we only saw one other person on the trails all day!! Hiero is a beautiful canyon and the trail is actually pretty well defined/cairned until you get way up into the scree area and even then it isn't too bad.

After reaching the Ridgeline the hike over to 5057 is really cool with all the rocks around the lower peaks. I would like to go back up and try to climb the "flat-top" west of 5057 (if that's even possible?). We didn't trust our instincts to climb up "the chute" so we wasted lots of time on the sucker trail and 80ft. over-hanging chute on the north side.

Once we got up the real chute we were set. I did a little exploring around the hoodoos, then up to the summit and time to go. We knew time was tight but it took us longer than expected to get all the way back to Boulder Saddle.

Hiking down Carney in the dark isn't something I would choose to do, but having to do it is a different story! Luckily we both had our headlamps and since I am so familiar with the trail it actually became a fun, challenging mental exercise for me. I'm sure Pam didn't think it was fun, this being her first time on the trail! I was surprised that we only lost the trail once, although I had my doubts a few times along the way when shining my light further ahead than my feet and only seeing bushes and trees in the darkness!

Seeing Jack flash his headlights from the parking lot a few times was a welcomed sight as we descended from the lower saddle. Thanks again Jack for hanging in there! Glad you got to see the group base jump off the Dacite Cliffs! But sorry you had to wait so long for us!

Pam, it was fun! Really!! I enjoyed the day and look forward to hiking with you again when you decide to do some uphill hikes!! ;) ;) :lol: :D
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