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Superstition Peak 5057 - CarneyPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2013
Hiking10.60 Miles 3,758 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   8 Hrs   35 Mns   1.80 mph
3,758 ft AEG   2 Hrs   41 Mns Break
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Friday the 13th, what better day to do this hike! We left the TH about 7:00am. It was quite cool until we got our internal heaters stoked up. The upper portions of the trail to West Boulder Saddle are really killers. They killed my notions that I'm not getting old. Had to stop a few places to rest, it wasn't my legs rather it was my lungs. Merlin wasn't having this problem and was patient enough to wait while I caught my breath.

We used Weaver's Needle to gauge our progress. It's always fun to get to the point when it looks like we have passed the height of the needle. After which one can look down on it rather than the usual up. Going up nothing special happened, other than the beautiful views. We had lunch just below the top on the west side, soaking up the rays and enjoying the views. Luckily the wind was almost nonexistent as the temperature was pretty cool. We had brought windbreakers just to be prepared for the winds at the top but never needed them.

Coming back down is harder than going up on everything except the lungs. At one point I got too close to the cliff edge of the trail. Trying to get back centered on the trail my speed kept getting faster and faster as I balanced on the edge. Then suddenly there was a six foot cholla right in front of me. Just missed that sucker (or should I say sticker). Then a little later Merlin caught a foot and went down. Then when we got almost back to the West Boulder we somehow got off the trail. Spent the better part of an hour bushwhacking on the back side of a boulder ridge when we were supposed to be on the front. Finally got back on the trail. At least we saw sights very few other people have ever seen. Then climbing down the steep part my feet hit a spot and slipped out from under me causing me to plop down on my butt in the trail, no serious damage.

I was surprised when coming down that the GPS suddenly was a good 250 to 300 feet off for what ended up being about 2/3 of a mile. I have never run into such a massive error. It didn't have the problem on the ascent of the same trail. But on the descent it did cause me to make a wrong turn at one point. It was showing we should be on top of the cliff rather than at the bottom of it. Merlin found the correct trail and we just disregarded the GPS.

We didn't see another person until we were just about back to the parking lot. Didn't see any wildlife either other than a hawk. Got back to the car about 3:30pm. We were both quite ready to quit the hike.

Yes sir we could have found a much worse way to spend Friday the 13th.

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