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Superstition Peak 5057 - Carney
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Superstition Peak 5057 - CarneyPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2013
tibber
Hiking8.40 Miles 3,600 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns   1.16 mph
3,600 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
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Me and my bright ideas... sometimes I think I can hike harder stuff than I probably should but I've wanted to get to this Peak since we missed it on our Ridgeline tour. It's so beautiful and looming whenever I see it. So this is one of the suggestions I offered up to Ambika for the now Sunday hike. She wanted to do vertical so 5057 it would be. We had hiked below it the weekend before so it seemed fitting. Karl and Kathy had expressed an interest in doing more Supes hikes so I threw it out to them and they joined us. Well Karl led us ;) which is always just fine with me if he doesn't mind waiting for me from time to time. And in my continued confused thot as to my hiking abilities I suggested we come back via Robbers Roost and the Peralta. WHAT was I thinking?! So we left a vehicle at Peralta and at Carney

It was a blustery morning as we donned all the warm stuff we brot with us. Our main concern was the rain as if we thot we were cold now... So we quickly got on our way hoping a good pace would warm us up. Once we were past the gate a ways, we all took off one layer. That was barely doable as the breeze would chill us until we started the big climb past SnoopyShroom Rock. Off to our right though I thot I spotted a waterfall and by gosh, there it was in all its tall glory coming down the mountain. How :y: is that?! We got pictures in a couple spots.

And then it was the climb and climb and climb :sweat: . I had forgotten not only how steep this section is but how rough it is. And there are a couple spots where there really isn't a trail and a couple spots where the trail seems to offer up a different choice. When I did this climb to the false saddle in 2011 it took 70 minutes. Put it this way, I didn't climb it any faster this time. Karl was up way ahead of us. I will be using his route to geocode my photos but many will be off as he was always in the lead by more than a few minutes.

However, in 2011, the TortoiseHiker and johnr1 let me get a 15 minute break at this false saddle so that the next section didn't seem nearly as hard. Karl on the other hand, "are you ready to go Angela?". "What, uh ok," and off we went to tackle this next part : rambo : that takes about 30 minutes. I was grateful to once again be at Carney Saddle. I wondered out loud how on earth we ever made it down Carney Trail in the dark in 2012 when we were finishing up the Ridgeline a little late. Sometimes it was hard to find the route and at nite... how on earth :o ?

We had a break here and as we looked across the desert, the rain was coming down. We were able to get some great pictures of the sun rays thru the rain and we hoped the sun would win over the rain as it neared us. I hoped this mountain would be too big for that rain storm. I don't think we spent more than 10 minutes at the saddle as it just got too cold so off we went. I had hiked this section of course but it was very near dark so I didn't remember a lot of it which really surprises me. But then again, Wendy had 1/2 a body full of cactus as dusk time really doesn't provide much light so you're basically looking down at where your feet are going, not your surroundings.

This section above the drainage to West Boulder creek is really quite scenic and hearing the water below was very nice. The route is over, up and down rocks and some trail from time to time so not much gawking could be done on the run. However, over to the North we did notice the light on the Goldfields :) . It really was quite something so the zoom was busy.

And then we came around the last corner of this section where you could look down into another drainage that had a bit of water in it. Plus this is a cool area anyway with all the rock formations and golden grasses and that great sound of softly running water. We dawdled a bit here before moving up and on.

As we made our way along this section, the group got ahead of me. My legs were growing a bit weary so I decided to get the poles out. It is amazing how much they can give your legs a reprieve. The trail leveled out from time to time and you could slowly see more and more of Weavers Needle; that was pretty cool. We could even see snow on the Four Peaks that were somewhat shrouded in clouds and the sun would light up Black Top Mesa. Occasionally I would look back toward the Eastern Supes (I originally thot it was the Pinals but in retrospect...) and could see the rain coming down as well as the snow on the mountain tops. I :pray: the rain would not come this way. I snapped a few pics.

And then you come to the fork in the trail both of which lead to the same spot but I should have known Karl would go for the high road so why not add more elevation to an already elevation heavy hike :sweat: ;) . I so dub that hill "Karl's Hill" but he assured me we could take the low road back, nice fella :) !

Of course from this ridge you get to see it all including deep to the other side of Peralta Ridgeline and north to the Battleship which is starting to look quite small at this point. After coming down Karl's Hill you have another rather steep hill to climb before you get to the side of the Ridgeline where the trail levels off a bit.

And finally, one more :pk: hill and scramble (with Karl's guidance) to reach our goal at last. But it was so worth it, just like I anticipated. The views and the moment were :y: plus it wasn't windy, just a little cold. Atop the western Superstitions, WOW! We ate a quick lunch and may have stayed longer but in order to keep the old bones from stiffening up, it was time to move on.

It was a fun scramble down and then heading back the way we came with the occasional pause to relish this area of the hike. It's definitely not as spectacular coming down but so much easier on the lungs. We kept moving at a steady pace until we reached the drainage area we had explored ever so quickly. The sun came out and let us enjoy our short respite as well as the music of the water :D as it danced by our feet. We discussed if we would have time to make the Roost but it wasn't looking good. Plus a person wants to fiddle around when you get over there.

And then with a lot of little ups and downs and over and around rocks, we finally arrived at the Saddle realizing we would be coming down at dark if we followed thru with the Roost so we had a snack, some butterscotch schnapps and headed down Carney. It's a little tricky that one; and it was wet and straight down in several areas so you had to be extra careful. Many times I found myself leading Kathy and I slightly astray but I would recognize that very quickly. I pointed out to Kathy that we were almost done with the steep down as there was the mushroom rock which sometimes looks like Snoopy so we dubbed it the SnoopyShroom. We were delighted to see that the waterfall was still flowing too.

Alas we met up with Ambika and Karl as they were resting their laurels waiting for us. From there of course, it was less than 1/2 mile and we were done! Other than a few cactus needles stuck in me and a minor fall I was no worse for wear and a very happy hiker :DANCE: . The last couple days my quads were tolerably a tad sore.

I knew I wanted to take a lot of video in case I never got up here again so here you are. My favorite is # 4 of course since that's up and around 5057.
Video 1 from Carney TH to above W Boulder Drainage: http://youtu.be/b2-pfAWEREQ
Video 2 hiking above W Boulder Drainage to another Drainage: http://youtu.be/CKLPFxrjhKQ
Video 3 continue hiking up toward the Ridgeline: http://youtu.be/KitPT_GDzss
Video 4 to 5057 and coming back down: http://youtu.be/iB2xYv8w-RU
Video 5 hiking off Ridgeline: http://youtu.be/CYJNdG_MJlA
Video 6 along W Boulder Drainages and down Carney: http://youtu.be/qtAUmZYXgI4
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