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Nightmare on Superstition Peak, AZ
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Nightmare on Superstition Peak, AZ 
Nightmare on Superstition Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2012
The_Eagle
Hiking14.40 Miles 4,820 AEG
Hiking14.40 Miles   9 Hrs   57 Mns   1.61 mph
4,820 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
What the Heck were we thinking?

The plan was to find a place, taking advantage of the recent rains and check out some running water.

I put together a track, starting at the 1st Water TH, including a Reverse Flatiron via Massacre Falls, up to 5024, and then returning on Old West Boulder Canyon to the Dutchman. Joe Joe and Denny Boo Boo both agreed.... Even after I warned them of the impending Saturday weather. Not a single one of us was smart enough to say... Er , ah (Insert Name Here), Don't you think we should try something a bit easier based on the current forecast?

So off we went. We were planning on doing this loop Counter Clockwise, hitting Massacre Falls first....but we missed our turn, and this became a clockwise hike.

Birds are chirping, washes were flowing, and cameras were clicking..... everyone is in a great mood. We started the off trail steep climb up to Old West Boulder Canyon Ridge. Between 3,500' and 4,000', we hit the Cloud Cover/Fog. The next 4 1/2 hours were spent in this cloud.

We missed some of the best views of the hike in this portion of the hike. All of Old West Bolder Canyon Ridge views, Ridge line Views, The Flatiron Views, and 5024 Views.

Buy this time we were all soaked. 25' views, Rain, 45 Mph gusts, steep..wet..slippery rocks...Fog blowing by.

We tried to get down off 5024 towards Massacre Grounds, but with the conditions and the look on Denny's face, we climbed back up and took the safe route down Siphon Draw, Jacob's Crosscut, and a road walk back to 1st Water TH.

Glad that one's over......................
Most miserable-er-est Hike ever.
Just getting warm now.
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