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Robbers Roost - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2006
kanode
Hiking7.25 Miles 2,285 AEG
Hiking7.25 Miles
2,285 ft AEG
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Here's the no-rope route to Robber's Roost. My prior trip report has the route to just above the Roost but I haven't found an easy way down from there.

- Head up from Carney Spring to the saddle.
With all the rain in the last few months, the vegetation it taking back this trail. I got a bad case of poison oak on top of a lot of bloody scratches.
- Follow the well traveled, well cairned route east (right)
- You'll come to a large dead tree in the creekbed. There are cairns to the NE and SE
-- The cairns to the NE mark the trail to Fremont Saddle
-- The cairns to the SE mark the trail to the Chiminaya (see photos) and to the "Roost"
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- When you top out, you will be looking at the side of the Chiminaya. The opening will be visible once you head southeast across the flat spot and then look back to the north.
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- If you head south on the cairned route in this first drainage, you'll end up above the Roost.

Instead, head East from the Chiminaya on any easy route to a lone tree. (I didn't see any cairns.)
- Go past the tree a couple of hundred feet over a small ridge and into the second drainage.
- If you look North at the cliff face, you'll see toad stool like rock formations similar to the Chiminaya.
- If you look south, you'll see a large cairn and the drainage gradually sloping down to the south.
- Follow the cairns south or any easy route down to the lower area.
- Once in the lower area, a couple of cairns lead slightly up and to the left.
- Keep left and find an easy route up about 10 feet and then down about 20 feet.
These are both easy climbs. If you see the Roost but it's a steep slide down--you're in the wrong spot. Try a little farther southeast (10-20 feet).

The Roost is well worth the trip. (Three trips actually before I found this route.)
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Irv
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