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Three SistersPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 21 2016
Hiking8.24 Miles 2,700 AEG
Hiking8.24 Miles   6 Hrs   49 Mns   1.50 mph
2,700 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break
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I have been by the Three Sisters before, but I have never ventured out to see them. So, I decided to remedy that.

The weather was awesome, a little humid, but the clouds kept Mr Sun at bay most of the morning.

I started out of the Carney Springs Trailhead just before dawn. The usual steepness ensued. I always like stopping at the false saddle and taking in the views. The sun was just starting to paint the valley below.

I made my way to the Ridgeline Trail and started heading towards the Three Sisters. I always forget what an up and down jaunt that trail is. I also forgot about the rules. The first rule of the Ridgeline Club is you don't talk about the Ridgeline. Of course, that is BS, everyone who goes up there talks and talks about it....ha ha So, the second rule of the Ridgeline Club is wear long pants! You'd think that after going up to this trail so many times I would eventually remember to zip on the pants to the cool hiker shorts I usually wear. But, no, I forget, again....and, I got the usual cat claw and cactus fest along the trail. Oh well, I heal fast ;)

I made it to the Three Sisters exit off the Ridgeline Expressway and starting heading up. I was able to venture out to two of the three sisters. I went out as far as I dared to each one. Seeing as I still have the will to live, I did not climb out to the edge on either one.

I was amazed by the geology of the formation. I have not encountered the "stacked" rocks that were all over the place. Very unique from what I have seen on other parts of this massif. The views were incredible in every direction - The valley below, Weavers Needle, Peak 5057.

After spending a good while exploring the sisters, I contemplated going to the top of 5057, I even started heading that way, but I decided I had hiked enough up there for one day and got back on the Ridgeline Trail and headed to the trailhead.

When I got to the Boulder Saddle and started going down Carney Springs, a buzzard started circling me. He followed me all the way past the false saddle. I guess I looked like I was going to drop from exhaustion from the air and he was planning on a tasty old-hiker meal. Sorry Mr Buzzard, I made it down and lived to hike another day.

I will go back to this area again once the heat subsides a little more. An excellent hike to an excellent area.
“Wilderness is not a luxury but necessity of the human spirit.” –Edward Abbey

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