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Superstition Peak 5057 Loop via Hiero
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14 by photographer avatartrekkin_gecko
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Superstition Peak 5057 Loop via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2013
trekkin_gecko
Hiking12.92 Miles 4,200 AEG
Hiking12.92 Miles   6 Hrs   18 Mns   2.31 mph
4,200 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
1st trip
had two choices for today, this loop and bluff springs mountain summit
loaded a bunch of tracks for both and decided to do this one on the drive
first time on hierglyphics trail
the rock with water flowing part looks worthy of further exploration, but today i found the trail next to the canyon and just kept moving
didn't see the hieroglyphics or the balanced rock so a return trip is in order
the trail above the canyon is well-cairned, perhaps overly so
a nice helping of AEG with a bit of bushwhacking through overgrowth and some scrambling
there is a point where two canyons come together, and the trail first goes to the right, then up the section between, then finishes the climb on the left
at the top, i ran into three backpackers doing the ridgeline
took a right on ridgeline heading for 5057
you're not done ascending yet :?
great views on both sides of the ridgeline where the canyon meets the trail
found the turnoff for 5057 and met two guys on the way down from the summit - think one of them was haz hikerguy, doing ridgline
those would be the only people i saw until back at the trailhead
spent a few minutes on 5057 admiring the views, taking pictures and signing the register (hikerguy was the only other signature today)
this is the third time i've been on 5057 and i've seen the spur trail leading to three sisters before
seemed like a good day to go that way
not really a trail up higher, but not difficult to walk on rock or avoid the cactus
i went out on two of them, and will have to look more closely at my track to see where i was
one has a killer dropoff
good views, and just cool to be up there
made my way back down to boulder saddle, then down carney
an unbelievable amount of globemallow on the trail, which contrasted nicely with brittlebush, and made the descent tolerable
took lost goldmine trail back to the trailhead
this got a little tedious, and i wouldn't do this exact hike again
thought about doing devils mountain's loop, but with three sisters tossed in, didn't really want to go back the same way
unfinished business in this area, as i considered turks head and the wave cave too late
hiero deserves a little more attention, too
nice day, as some high clouds and a good breeze kept it cool enough
i think i like scrambling ;)
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
going with moderate as an average, but areas of abundant brittlebush
predominately brittlebush, globemallow and hedgehog flowers
substantial globemallow on carney
light amounts of lupine and other things i don't know the names of

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Hieroglyphic Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
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