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Superstition Peak 5057 Loop via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 12 2012
outdoor_lover
Hiking8.60 Miles 3,500 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   11 Hrs   30 Mns   1.01 mph
3,500 ft AEG   3 Hrs    Break18 LBS Pack
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What in the :pk: was I thinking??? I must have been high.... :sl:

Van has been "encouraging" me to do a Hike up Carney or do something with Peak 5057 for a bit now, so when he said he was thinking about possible Hikes for either, I started looking at options. Since I would rather do a "Loop" than an "Out and Back" and the thought of going up Carney was still really intimidating me, I chose this one.... :sweat: What was I :pk: thinking??? Well, I kinda knew what I was thinking, as I have plans for the future, but GEEZ... :sweat: So take someone totally intimidated by going "up" Carney, and then, go "down" Carney by Headlamp.... :o [-( :sl:

Amazing how much time it can take to do a little over 8 Miles. It was a friggin' huffer though and not an "easy" Trail, with the exception of "parts" of the Ridgeline and the beginning of Hieroglyphic....The Weather was gorgeous too, but it was one of those weird days. It started out pretty chilly, but I shed the gloves and earband once we got to the Petroglyphs. It stayed pretty chilly in the Shade, but once you hit the Sun and you were moving, you got warm pretty quick. But the Wind started kicking up a bit, so if you stopped, even in the Sun, it got chilly again. Seemed like we were either "donning" or "shedding" clothes all day. Almost to the point of absurd... :? I wore Jeans on this one, not knowing conditions on the "Trails". It probably did save me some doing that, as we were dodging Cactus quite a bit and I brushed a couple that didn't make it to my skin.... :)

All I can say is...Thank God for a Minnesota Trail Angel and a very patient Hiking Partner...Lucky for me too, is the fact that Van knew the Route from 5057 down to Carney. It made things much easier...

If one of us had known more about one particular section of the Ridgeline, or one of us had had a GPS, we would have been slightly better off, as we lost an hour finding the Route around 5057. Such is Life and Hiking...We figured it out eventually.... :doh:

I knew we were getting in trouble time wise, at the Peak, and judging from the way I felt by then, I knew I would really be in trouble by the time we got down Carney and still had 4 1/2 miles to go...So I called Jack about 3:00 from the base of 5057 and stupid me, not knowing exactly what lay ahead, [-X I told Jack that we would be down around 5:00...I called him back an hour later and told him that it would be closer to 6:00, but he was already at the TH, messing around... :o We didn't hit the West Boulder Saddle until Dusk, so we ended up doing 3/4 of Carney by headlamp which slowed us even further... :cry: We finally made it down to the immense welcoming lights of Jack's Vehicle....YOU ROCK JACK!!! :worthy: :worthy: Jack was soooo good, patiently waiting, until I gave him a huge Hug at 7:00.... :pray: : app : I was one hurting pumpkin by the time we reached him...He saved us from doing a literal "Death March" back to the Car. I was in such poor shape that I was even contemplating spending the Night at Carney... :o

I was so concerned about time, that after we descended 5057, I didn't take any more pictures. Too bad, as the Lighting, Clouds, and Air Quality provided some awesome views... ;) I still have to figure out some bugs on how to carry that new Camera in a case. I'm not comfortable so far with how that's going and it literally slowed me down even more on this Hike. Even at the side, it's in my way when I'm scrambling or doing a steep downhill. Van finally was able to "rig" it to where it was no longer swinging forward at all, but even with that, it limited my mobility with my right arm, and was in the way in narrow spots on the Trail, so I'm back to the drawing board on this issue... :roll:

Van, thanks for Hiking with me and being incredibly patient on this Hike. Jack, thanks for not only being incredibly patient, but for also providing a Bail Out option for us on such short notice. You guys Rule!!! : app : : app : : app :

Would I do this Hike again? Yes, I would, but with more Ibuprofen and Daylight Hours... :sl:
It is a very Cool Hike.... :D
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