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Superstition Peak 5057 via Hiero, AZ
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Superstition Peak 5057 via Hiero, AZ 
Superstition Peak 5057 via Hiero, AZ
 
Hike & Climb avatar Apr 03 2014
oldmans
Hike & Climb7.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hike & Climb7.00 Miles   6 Hrs   40 Mns   1.17 mph
3,000 ft AEG      40 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Made it to the Superstition Ridgeline via Hieroglyphics canyon. Found the trail just past the petroglyphs. I found the trail to be fairly well maintained. The final thrust to the ridgeline is very steep but doable. I then took the ridgeline between Hogs/Hiero canyons back. I do not recommend this as a hiking route but as a possible canyoneering route.
The views are fantastic though with Hogs canyon and Flat Iron off to the west and Superstition Mountain and its outcrops to the east. I decided to come back down a wash that is just past the petroglyphs (I was trying to take advantage of some scree shale runs to ski down the mountain (about 300' worth)) and managed to miss it along with every possible good route going down (if there is one) all the while in shorts. I've done it in the past and its like a escalator going down. Going up it will drain you of all your energy.
There is a point hiking in the Superstitions when my FUN meter is at negative zero and it's always when I'm bushwhacking. By the time I would've turned around I was way past the point of no return as daylight was becoming an issue.
There probably is a much better route staying on Hog/Hiero ridgeline but making it to the supes ridgeline still requires some canyoneering.
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