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Superstition Peak 5057 - Carney
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Superstition Peak 5057 - CarneyPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 05 2014
bkraay
Hiking9.60 Miles 3,408 AEG
Hiking9.60 Miles   7 Hrs   45 Mns   1.67 mph
3,408 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
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Long time, no post! The tail end of February saw me spending 4 days hiking the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in Peru, and if anybody is interested in doing a trek to Machu Picchu at some point, I'd be happy to chat with you and explain the three-hundred forty-seven reasons why Salkantay is far superior to the Inca Trail. I digress...

I did this hike on New Years Day, and it confirmed my love for the Superstitions. It features many of my favorite hike features: isolation and a sense of being alone in nature, strenuous elevation gains, changing vegetation, abundance of wildlife, and of course those awesome hoodoos! Two major differences: first, the weather was absolutely perfect from the trailhead at 6:32, and second, I wasn't solo. In fact, when my assistant director in the office asked me if he could join me for a hike and I suggested this (yesterday this came up), I didn't think for a minute we would actually reach the summit. He is mildly (okay, a bit more than mildly) overweight, but he is an avid outdoorsman. Spoiler alert: we DID summit today.

The pace was easy, and I took far more breaks than normal, and this contributed to my legs feeling great--almost as if I'd done something easy like Flatiron and not 5057 :sweat: . The desert's spring colors were starting to make their presence felt, with flowers blooming all over. The lizards were as easily seen as always, and my friend was able to catch one and got it to bite (and hold on) to his ear like an earring. Overall, the scenery was exactly what I would have expected prior to setting out.

While I feel very fresh for just having done this beast of a hike, I want to confirm that this IS a beast of a hike, and is not for the weak. I reminded my friend of a speech Arnold Schwarzenegger once made in terms of identifying which bodybuilders would be great, and he said: "The muscles are important, the mind is more important." It's similar on this great hike (my favorite in the Phoenix area), there are plenty of spots where it'd be easy to quit and go home and thus miss out on the incredible summit atop the hoodoos. There are plenty of spots where you turn a corner and the summit comes into view and appears to be 60 miles away. Unless you're very fit or supremely committed, an early exit wouldn't surprise me. Believe me, though, you CAN and you SHOULD do this hike. The rewards at the summit aren't easily described in words.

...once you make it up, however, you must make it down ;)
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