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Superstition Ridgeline 1, AZ
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Superstition Ridgeline 1, AZ 
Superstition Ridgeline 1, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2004
rwstorm
Hiking11.00 Miles 4,800 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   1.16 mph
4,800 ft AEG
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This was the first of two hikes along the ridgeline I guided for the group that winter season. I had heard from a hiker in Tucson that he went up to Superstition Peak once by way of Hieroglyphic Canyon. He said when you get to the petroglyphs, instead of continuing on up the drainage head up the ridge to the east toward balanced rock. Once up there you have a pretty straight ridge walk up to Superstition Peak 5057. I thought this would be an interesting alternative ridgeline hike. Turns out it was! :) So after we dropped off some cars at Lost Dutchman SP, we rejoined the group back at Hieroglyphic TH and headed out. There was a little excitement as this was exploratory for me past the petroglyphs. :sweat:

We found some cairns as we made our way up past balanced rock. Once we got up above balanced rock we were on the main ridge that headed basically straight for 5057. In places it was real easy going with an evident path. Gets a little gnarly as you near the peak and there is some easy scrambling to do before the peak pops into view. After our break on the peak, we took the standard ridgeline route northwest to the saddle between Flatiron and 5024. Took the side trip up to 5024 for another break, then back down Siphon Draw to the park and cars. So my first time on the ridgeline (other than a trip to 5057 via Carney and previous visits to Flatiron & 5024) was a success! :D It's always a long, tough, but rewarding day up there.
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