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Superior Peaks n Tunnel Loop, AZ
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Superior Peaks n Tunnel Loop, AZ 
Superior Peaks n Tunnel Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2014
The_Eagle
Hiking10.65 Miles 3,600 AEG
Hiking10.65 Miles   10 Hrs   16 Mns   1.21 mph
3,600 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Joe dialed up an adventure.

** Disclaimer 1- I posted way more photos than I normally do. Joe forgot his camera, so I was taking pictures for him. ** Feel free to bypass the photos

** Disclaimer 2 - I posted a video that is longer than normal. Playing with a new toy and not totally happy with the results yet. I have some more studying to do.

The weather was perfect, the views were stellar in all directions, plenty of mining history to check out.

We parked off of 177 across from Sunset in anticipation of our loop finish coming off Apache Leap. The finish coming down the Leap, would not happen on this day.

We headed straight up to the ridge right after we crossed over the bridge on the Queen Trail. We were able to check out the mine that we always wanted visit. Making the trip back from the Globe area, it's very noticeable. The mine has a metal grate over it and when viewed from Rt 60, appears to take out the top of the mountain.

Next was an unplanned stop to check out the large scale mine equipment in an abandoned building and the fenced off pit mine a couple hundred yards away.

The ridge climb was not all that bad and afforded some great views. We hit peaks 4928, 4944, 4971 and then took lunch on 4504. Did I mention the views?

The trip was slow going because of terrain and lots-o-cool stuff to see. The climb down to and over the Queen Creek Tunnel did nothing to speed things up. So the original loop was cut short. No problems here, as I enjoyed the heck out of myself.

We finished by hitting up the Queen trail, checking out some more mine equipment, and watching 3 guys rappel 153' off the Queen Creek bridge with a 150' rope.

Watch only if you have 9 minutes to waste
https://www.youtube.com/embed/5wv-anw6QU4
Geology
Geology
Horn Coral Malachite
Culture
Culture
Airplane Wreckage
Named place
Named place
Apache Leap Mount Lemmon Superior
Meteorology
Meteorology
Sunset

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Horse Pasture Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
had plenty of Green water in it

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Queen Creek Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Some Pools in spots

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Superior Water Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
No way to get water from the "American Water" tank. There were pools in Queen Creek next to the tank.
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