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Carney Springs Robbers Roost Cave Trail, AZ
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Carney Springs Robbers Roost Cave Trail, AZ 
Carney Springs Robbers Roost Cave Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2015
OdinWiski
Hiking10.00 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   7 Hrs      1.82 mph
2,900 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
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This was a great hike! We only took one vehicle so we parked at Peralta TH and hiked to the Carney Springs TH through Goldmine.

From Carney Springs TH, we hiked up to the West Boulder Saddle. The climbing was not as bad as some of the trip reports had suggested. Yes you will go through a false saddle and need to keep going up to the real saddle.

From the West Boulder Saddle, we headed toward Dacite Mesa to Robbers Roost. As many trip reports suggested, a lot of route finding was required. We met a group of hikers who had been down in the Roost before, so that helped :) Just keep to your right while you get into the drainage. On the way, you will pass the Chimnea. Don't forget to climb into the mouth :)

The entrance to the Roost wasn't quite obvious, but when you see the huge piles of hoodoos toward your right and down, that's where you want to go. Once you get down there, it's quite easy to find the entrance. Inside the Roost was definitely very cool! Be sure to spend some time.

Once we were out of the Roost, we had to take the obligatory pictures of desert surfing. You could see the Miner's Needles and Castle Rocks from the outlook. Then it was time to head to the Fremont Saddle. Just keep going toward Weaver's Needle. The rock formations were pretty awesome. Right before you get to the Fremont Saddle, you will come across Gunsight. Those are some cool rocks! There were quite a lot of people at the Fremont Saddle taking their break and having a great view of the Weaver's Needle. They probably came up from Peralta Trail.

From Fremont Saddle, we opted to hook up to the Cave Trail, which is sort of parallel and above the Peralta Trail. Someone had dubbed Peralta Trail as the busiest trail in the US wilderness system :) We did not want to fight the crowds.

Certain sections of the Cave Trail required some route finding as well. But it had many interesting sites such as the Devil's Slide, Bald Man's Head, cairn tomb, Devil's Bathtub, etc. We hooked up to Bluff Springs trail from Cave Trail back to the Peralta TH parking lot.

It was definitely a very unique hike in the Supes.
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