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Superstition Ridgeline, AZ
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Superstition Ridgeline, AZ 
Superstition Ridgeline, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2016
Hiking11.95 Miles 4,930 AEG
Hiking11.95 Miles   8 Hrs   36 Mns   1.71 mph
4,930 ft AEG   1 Hour   37 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
I've been wanting to do this hike for a while and with the forecast showing a relatively cool day with temperatures increasing significantly the next couple of days, I figured I better get it out of my system. I'm glad I did. I can't imagine doing this trip when the temps are in the 80s.
I had packed a little on the heavy side (20lbs pack). I was ready to spend the night up there if need be ;) I brought 5 liters of water and used 3.5.
Started from Carney a little later than desired - 7:36AM. Trip up the to 5057 went fairly uneventful except for a wrong turn before I even hit the upslope :) I have done Siphon draw up to Flat Iron twice and I personally think the trip from Carney was a little more exhausting, just in a different way. Had a pretty good pace going though and passed two other groups.
In the process of climbing 5057 I met a couple from Ohio, Terry and Janet who wanted to do the ridgeline, but were a little concerned about route finding and making the trip before sunset. I have previously done the majority of the ridgeline from the Flat Iron side, so I suggested that we join up.
The trip from 5057 to Flatiron went really uneventful and we didn't really take any wrong turns. Seems like it is a bit easier to find the route from this side than from the Flat Iron side. When I did that we ended up on side paths that we had to backtrack a couple of times. I believe somebody wrote "if in doubt, seek higher grounds" in one of the trip reports on this hike. This is very true. When we were in doubt about the route we would go for the ridge itself and it worked out most of the time.
There is a crevice not far from 5057 on the way to Flat Iron that looks intimidating, especially when coming from the Flat Iron side. This passage is actually pretty easy since the "steps" are placed in perfect position. Just go deep first and come back out if you are coming from the Flat Iron side. From the Carney side it's much more intuitive to see how you need to get down.
An awesome hike. Bring plenty of water and start early.
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