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Massacre Falls Loop from Weeks Wash, AZ
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Massacre Falls Loop from Weeks Wash, AZ 
Massacre Falls Loop from Weeks Wash, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2014
rayhuston
Hiking7.74 Miles 2,210 AEG
Hiking7.74 Miles   5 Hrs   18 Mns   1.46 mph
2,210 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
 
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I didn't have a hike planned for today because it was supposed to rain heavily. At around 10am, I saw sunny skies and decided I needed to get out. I went out to Weeks Wash (the parking area just off of the Apache Trail after turning onto the First Water Rd turnoff) for a meander out towards Massacre Falls. I walked across the road, through the gate and followed the trail SW from Weeks Wash in the general direction of Superstition Mountain.

After .9 miles you'll come to a short climb to a flat area. Continue across the flat area in the direction of the mountain, curling around to the left when you reach the west edge. At about 1.1 miles, you will reach an unsigned trail. Turn right onto this trail and continue in a SW direction towards the fins. Cairns will guide you.

I followed this trail up to the fins, taking a short detour to the massacre boulder along the way. Just before the second fin, I turned left and took a detour cross country to the massacre trail. There is an easier route to your left just before you start uphill to the first fin, but I wanted to explore some other areas on my way to the Massacre Falls trail.

Once I reached the falls trail, I continued on until the trail descends down to the left to the area beneath the falls. At this point, I decided to drop down into the drainage on the right and go to the area above the falls and explore up there.

I met Joe and the Eagle up on the Superstition Ridgeline trail back in February. Part of their hike that day was to drop down from peak 5024 to Massacre Falls on their way back to the FW trailhead. I've been intrigued by the idea of hiking up to the peak using that route. The weather was nice (at that time), so after scrambling up to the area above the falls, I took off up the mountain in search of a route to Peak 5024.

After traipsing about in all directions for 30 minutes or so looking for a route up, I came to the conclusion that there isn't one, so I followed the path of least resistance as I made my way up. Just as I was finally getting a rhythm going, it started getting dark. I figured it was time to get off the mountain; I'll have to continue this journey another day.

Glad I turned around when I did. After scrambling back down from above the falls, I followed a different cairned route along the base of the mountain, heading in the general direction of the Praying Hand above Lost Dutchman State Park. As I was making my way along the route, a storm rolled in from the north and drenched me. A few minutes later, pea sized hail pelted me. No matter, I felt like a kid and was having a great time.

I eventually reached the Praying Hand, dropped down into Dutchman, followed the Treasure Loop trail to the shortcut to Jacob's Crosscut, then followed the Crosscut trail back to the cutoff to Week's Wash. This turned out to be a fun day for not having anything planned.
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