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Superstition Peak 5057 - CarneyPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 17 2015
The_Dude
Hiking10.90 Miles 4,261 AEG
Hiking10.90 Miles   6 Hrs   20 Mns   2.18 mph
4,261 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Work was mighty slow this week, and I have some personal days to burn before the end of the year....sounds like a hiking day to me. Dropped off the kids for their last day of school and then fought rush hour all the way out to the Carney TH. Started out a bit after 9 and made a brisk way up. I passed a hiker about a half mile in, last person I would see until I made the fence on the way out. I haven't hiked up this way for three years, it seems like the trail is a bit more manicured now, certainly there are many more cairns than my last trip. Made good time to the West Boulder Saddle and started heading west. Had to put my jacket back on shortly, all of the north side slopes were in shade and there was frost all around. Once I got up to about 3800', patches of actual snow left over from the Monday storm started appearing, and there was even some ice on a few boulders forcing me to slow down to avoid any mayhem. Big patches of snow above 4500', a few inches thick in spots. Few things quite as nice as getting to put those first footprints on virgin snow...Took a nice break up top enjoying the views and thumbing through the register. I had not realized quite how many people climb this every year, there are three new registers in here form when I made it up last. Once again, many Hazzers well represented. Made my way own, slowly at points, and eventually back to Carney and out to the truck. Met up with Mr. AZ for a second peak, I swung up to the Usery mountains and we got in Lone 2809. Fun little hike, great views of the Salt River, Four Peaks, and Goldfield mountains. Planned a few future reconnaissance trips...We scrambled out to the east end of the ridge after hitting the peak, nice little bench and shade tree up top.
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