|4,480 ft AEG|
|Siphon to Carney, starting at Mining Camp just before day break.
I did this hike with my ‘January-only’ hike-partner, Mike. (He’s only here in Jan). I’ve been on the Ridgeline from both directions before, but this was Mike’s first time starting at Siphon Draw.
I started off hiking up to the Flatiron - far right of the normal ’up’ route in the drainage, so I could view (and take photos of) the T-38 crash site, that is to the left of the drainage. (You can’t see any wreckage from the drainage).
This T-38 crashed during a night, solo student pilot mission out of Williams AFB, and the Air Force student pilot was killed on impact. The aircraft type (T-38) is still used as the Air Force’s supersonic, advanced training aircraft.
My interest in this crash site is heightened by the fact that I too was flying that night out of Williams, instructing a different T-38 student in night landings. It was a grim, sad night in the squadron building later that night. I check on the crash site every time I go up to Flatiron.
Once on the actual Ridgeline Trail, we noticed how hazy it was in the Phoenix valley. Not too ‘photo worthy’ toward the valley. As noted in previous triplogs, the trail is in good shape, except for some prickly pears and agaves that are encroaching. Plant life is very healthy up there.
Our hike-plan did not include Pk 5057, as we did the Pk two years ago.
I am however, adding a Pk 5057 photo from that hike.
The photo is a challenge (incentive ?), for anyone going up to the peak. A sort of ‘PixelTrivia’, or ‘Find Waldo’.
Here’s the deal.
If you’ve been up there, you know there are 3 survey disks up there, obviously very close together and very easy to locate. One is the Superstition Triangulation Station (with the triangle on it) and the other two disks are Reference Mark disks (arrows on them pointing to the Station).
Well, there is a third, very official reference mark up there and it’s NOT a disk.
It’s documented on the datasheet as “A cross, chiseled in outcropping bed rock“. The cross was chiseled in the bedrock by surveyors in 1910, and one of its cross-ends points to the station.
Look around and you’ll find it - - maybe.
Check out my photo of this ‘chiseled cross’ as a hint.
Your reward is the smile on your face, (and mine, if you post a photo of the ‘chiseled cross’ Reference Mark). Good luck !
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