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Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2013
SibeMtnMomma
Hiking11.50 Miles 4,480 AEG
Hiking11.50 Miles
4,480 ft AEG
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:y: This was by far the most rewarding day hike that I've done in Arizona thus far. Surpasses both the Grand Canyon and Mt. Humphrey's by far for a sense of accomplishment. Yee Haa - we finally did it!!

OK- down to the nitty gritty. We previously hiked Superstition Peak via the Carney Springs trailhead (Nov 2011) & also I have hiked the Flat Iron/Supe Mtn many a time & everyone in our party has hiked this as well. Decided to hike Carney to Siphons and also to reserve a camp site spot for (check in is not till 2PM & check out is @ 2PM)) so 2 nights was necessary. This saved an extra 20-30 minutes at the end when we were ready to be done. Everyone was thankful that we did! We left Ahwatukee @ 5:25am and dropped the car at the Lost Dutchman and headed over to Carney Springs TH -- started the hike @ sunrise - 7:05am. Finished a few minutes after 5PM.
To the hike. Fantastic, gorgeous, the best the desert has to offer. Even spotted some wildflowers - paintbrush, trumpets, etc...

Trail was VERY well marked with cairns and easy to follow the proper route. ?A good portion of the middle section of the hike beyond Supe Peak was very time consuming with all the scree/sideways trail, rock hopping and one tricky spot to descend with a pretty big drop off and small foot and hand holds :o . This spot put us back about 20-30 minutes because it was harder for some to overcome the fear of falling.

We each brought 4 Liters of Water and electrolytes. Only one person went through all of theirs, but not till the very end. I drank 3.5 liters of water and a Vitamin Water. Would not recommend doing this hike with any less liquid if it is 70 degrees or cooler. If it is much warmer, I wouldn't personally do it. However, if one were to decide to go, bring more than 4 Liters.
We did not run into a single soul until we got to the plane crash site & down Flat Iron/Siphons. The solitude added all that much more to our great experience. It took us 10 hours to complete this hike, with just over 2 hours of break time. So, the GPS on my wrist showed that I was on the move for 7 hours 58min. We stopped for 2 snacks and lunch in between -- 4 women drinking lots of water -- several short stops : ))

Of course, we had to celebrate our accomplishment after picking up the starting car. Headed to our favorite spot De La Cruz Restaurant on 60 by Bashas. AWESOME food, very crowded, filled with birds : ) LOL

This is a must do - but make sure you are with someone who can route find, has a great map/compass and sense of direction and is familiar with the area. A GPS is a plus too.
DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT underestimate the difficulty or time required for this hike. We were very prepared - even had gear in case we got stuck overnight - though confident that we would not!

We all give this hike an A+++++ :wlift:
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