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Chuparosa Canyon - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2015
Grasshopper
Hiking3.90 Miles 1,075 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   1.41 mph
1,075 ft AEG   1 Hour   54 Mns Break
 
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A lesser known and less traveled "off trail" canyon hike in the Superstition Wilderness - West ?? :o

On December 16, 2014, HAZ Van posted a pic set and triplog of his fairly strenuous 5 mile loop with 2k AEG into, up, and over the top of this canyon which included an exit down and out the Hieroglyphic Canyon Trail. From viewing his pic set, I knew I was not up to trying a similar loop, but what an interesting, rugged, and scenic canyon this is.. surely worth a shorter out and back :)

It took me three months to make a decision to give this one a try, but with all Van's help regarding a preferred "off trail" route, I was feeling more confident.

Jack was available to join me on this beautiful Spring day so all was a go. After .52mls in on the Lost Goldmine Trail from the Hieroglyphic Park/TH Start, you need to cross the Superstition Wilderness Boundary fence to begin the more rugged, route finding off trail section of this hike. Crossing this barbwire fence with my full 25lb day pack, I lost my balance and fell backwards on my pumpkin still straddling the fence :sk:

Once within the inner canyon I had a plan for us to venture further Northeast and UP in elevation to view one of the more prominent cliff alcove areas, but we had to abort this plan due to my poor execution of not being in the right inner canyon location to begin with.. better luck next time!

The Spring Chuparosa wildflower displays in this topo map unnamed canyon but now appropriately HAZ named "Chuparosa Canyon" were just awesome and made up for the more difficult bushwhacking sections we needed to get through to view the inner sections of this most interesting new Superstition Wilderness-West hiking area.

Thanks Van for all your help and thank you Jack for joining me, for driving, and for sharing some of Pat's delicious homemade chocolate chip/oatmeal cookies..she should market these! :)
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