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Hieroglyphics Trail #101Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2014
DennisWilliams
Hiking8.00 Miles 3,020 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   6 Hrs   40 Mns   1.37 mph
3,020 ft AEG      50 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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An ascent of Superstition Mountain 5057 from Hieroglyphic Creek.

In brief:

TH: 10:46
Petroglyphs: 11:25
Ridgeline: 13:15
Summit 5057: 14:10
Depart summit: 14:50
TH: 17:26

Was this not the most humid September ever? I checked the monthly dew point chart on Wunderground: consistently over 60F for almost the entire month. Exceeded 70F on several occasions. Think Honduras. Tried to wait it out but just could not stay away from the western Supers any longer. Slept late but figured I would head over to Hieroglyphic and just stroll on up until the humidity made it too miserable to continue. Took it slow (very slow) and just kept on going. Warm, still, and humid at the bottom. It became more tolerable higher up with slightly lower temps and some breeze. Took 5.5l of water and drank at least a liter of iced tea at the TH before starting. Felt like my stomach was sloshing the entire way. A sweaty hike. Felt good the whole time in spite of the humidity. Came back with 1l to spare.

The summer rain has generated a lot of new growth. Very green and brushy in there. Lots of water in Hiero Creek. A nice string of pools and water falls. As usual, there were some hikers at the TH and up to the lower pools, but I had the place to myself above the petros all the way to the summit. Glassed the ridgeline from the top. Nobody up there but me. Deluxe! I would guess that Siphon Draw at that same time was a conga line of hikers up to the Flat Iron, with the usual knuckleheads bouncing boulders down the slick rock area and whooping it up. Don't get me wrong, I like the hike up Siphon, but in my opinion the Carney, Hiero, Peralta side is far nicer. Have yet to do Hog Canyon but it looks good from above.
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