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Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 16 2013
The_Dude
Hiking13.10 Miles 5,300 AEG
Hiking13.10 Miles   8 Hrs   45 Mns   1.94 mph
5,300 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break18 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
This was quite possibly the best hike I have done to date. First off, thanks to the weather controllers for dialing up just about a perfect day, even if it was a bit windy. My friend Michael and I dropped a car off at Peralta and started hiking from the free TH by the Mining Camp restaurant about 8:30. Rain certainly threatened, but never materialized the whole day. Flatiron section was remarkably busy, had to have seen over 100 people in this stretch. I will add my disappointment and anger over the day-glo orange arrows, if you can't find your way up this trail without them, find another trail. I thought it was kind of funny that they stopped about 3/4 of the way up, either they ran out of steam or spray paint ;) . From the top of the Flatiron on we had the trail to ourselves. I loved finding the small braces of Pines up here, I counted a total of 8 that we saw along the Ridgeline. I am pretty sure these are Pinus monophylla, a Pine species that is native over in the Pinal Mountains and into New Mexico, but obviously there is a little isolated population up here too! Sweeping views the whole way, especially off to the north and east. Definitely a strange sight to be looking down on Weaver's Needle for most of the way. We stopped for lunch just before climbing the drainage on the way by Superstition Peak, fuel was running low. Made it up to the top and signed the register, really fun climb from the east end. The stretch from the peak to West Boulder Saddle seemed to take forever, might have just been the tired legs too. We did see a young white-tail doe towards the end of the hike, could not get the camera up in time. She regarded us casually, then sauntered her way quite easily down a 60-70 degree slope to get away. I left the house at 5:45 and did not get home until 7:00 after picking up my truck, but all in all a fantastic hike!
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