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Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2013
hikerguy
Hiking11.60 Miles 5,462 AEG
Hiking11.60 Miles   9 Hrs   15 Mns   1.50 mph
5,462 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Six days prior to this hike I had tried to reach the summit of Peak 5057 from the Carney Springs trailhead, but had walked past the summit without finding the route up. I was a little bummed about that so I convinced my friend, Dave, to hike the Superstition Ridgeline with me so I could accomplish three goals - reaching that summit, introducing him to Superstition hiking, and hiking the ridgeline.

We started at 7:00am from the Carney Springs trailhead on Peralta Road and followed the usual route to the ridgeline. This time, with the help of Dave's GPS app on his cell phone and a somewhat better topo map, we found and conquered the summit of Peak 5057 with no difficulty in about 2 hours 45 minutes. It didn't seem possible to leave the summit on the north side (too steep) so we backtracked to below the hoodoos and picked up the ridgeline trail from there. By the way, it's about time to put another notepad in the ammo box at the summit. Not much room to add new entries on the existing pads!

The ridgeline trail is certainly a challenge from an endurance standpoint due to all the elevation changes, especially after the effort of getting up there from either end. However, route-finding is not really an issue because rock cairns do a decent job of keeping you on course. The views in all directions are outstanding. One can only imagine how beautiful they were before Valley pollution existed.

It took exactly four hours for us to trek from the summit of Peak 5057 to the end of Flatiron and that included a half hour break for lunch and a few other breaks along the way.

After making the descent down Siphon Draw trail, Dave said if we had started from that end, he would never have continued with the ridgeline trail! By the way, we finished our hike at the Siphon Draw trailhead in Lost Dutchman State Park at 4:15pm.

The AEG given for the official description of this hike (4480 feet) is very different from what Dave's GPS route indicated for our hike. Our hike shows a total elevation gain of 5462 feet. I don't know why there is such a discrepancy. Climbing Peak 5057 shouldn't make that much difference. Also, our hike shows a total elevation loss of 5582 feet, which makes sense because Lost Dutchman State Park is about 120 feet lower elevation than the Carney Springs trailhead.

Other than the pain of all that climbing and the sore toes (from being crushed into the ends of our shoes on the Siphon Draw descent), it was a good experience. However, Dave says he prefers the forest trails in the White Mountains to the desert trails in the Superstitions. I think we're still friends.

The temperature was probably in the 60s and 70s for most of the hike. Along the ridgeline there was a very nice breeze that felt SOOOO GOOD! As we descended Siphon Draw the temperature got into the low 80s. We each started with about 5 quarts of water. There wasn't much of that left by the time we finished the hike.
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