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Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2013
muskybankr
Hiking11.50 Miles 4,480 AEG
Hiking11.50 Miles   8 Hrs   10 Mns   1.64 mph
4,480 ft AEG   1 Hour   8 Mns Break
 
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The triplogs for this hike encouraged us to try this out, thinking that once we shot up the Flatiron, the hike would be practically over. It was not. We figured two hours to the top of Flatiron, then we should average 2 mph across the Ridgeline and be done in seven hours. It took a bit over eight. The one smart thing we did was park at the Miner's Camp Restaurant, taking a half-mile and 55' feet of vertical off the trip. One of the dumb things I did was to bring 120 ounces of water and electrolytes and then lug it halfway across the Superstitions without really drinking enough of it, then thinking I could make up for it by gulping a bunch of it coming down from Superstition Peak. That didn't work either. The trails are really well-cairned although we all got a laugh from the lonely cairn on edge of a rock ridge coming off Peak 5057, which suggested we take the down escalator 15' or so to the rest of the trail. But considering we'd taken the escalator 15' mostly straight up through some rocks on the way up Peak 5057, we should have anticipated this. I will say that given the three or four choices at trail forks coming across the Ridgeline, going uphill to the right was consistently the better choice. Monument Canyon is a spectacular sight, as are its two companions, whatever they're called, and the awe factor can't quite be captured with my tiny camera. Coming down Carney Springs trail, with its loose gravel, is a real test for dehydrated legs but far preferable, I think, than taking a fall coming back down Flatiron or Siphon Draw. I don't understand the Kokopelli calculation so I keep my own trail model and of the 120 day hike trails we've done, this one tops the list, which seems about right.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
The best part of coming down Carney Springs was the abundance of Brittlebush in magnificent bloom.
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