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LOST - Canyon SegmentGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2016
SunDevil3
Hiking4.55 Miles 720 AEG
Hiking4.55 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.60 mph
720 ft AEG      45 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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With the weather finally cooling off, I decided to take my girls (3 and 5 years) out to Superior to experience this one with me for the first time. I was a bit leery leaving as large banks of cumulus had overtaken the sky above my home in the west valley but skies to the east looked fairly clear so off we went.

It was still cloudy at the trailhead 90 min later but nothing too ominous so we decided to chance it. The girls did an excellent job on the ascent, both in good spirits and enjoying the canyon, the bridges, the water tank... and i would estimate i only had to carry the 3-year old about 30% of the way up-- her little legs pumped her the rest of the way on her own. Frequent snack and water breaks helped them a lot with the ascent.

Both girls were getting tired and I was starting to hear some rumblings of "let's head home" from the older one just before reaching the first "tunnel" (the one impassable with boulders.) Thanks to some good pre-hike research on HAZ, I knew we had to be close to our destination though so i hoisted the 3-year old back up and asked the kids to humor me by hiking to the next bend to see if we could spot the main tunnel-- thankfully, we could.

It was about that time that everything went wrong. The 3-year old was slowly realizing that, although we had reached the tunnel, her mom was not waiting for us inside (but was rather having a beer and awaiting our arrival at San Tan Flat.) Spurred on by my explanation to her little sister, it then dawned on the 5-year old (not knowing her mother to be one to hang out in strange tunnels-- not anymore, at least) that this was not a loop-trail and that our path back to our car meant retracing every step back down the canyon wall. This did not go over well...

... then i felt the first drops of rain.

Thankfully, the storm never broke. We only ever felt those first few drops and no more. We rested and explored the tunnel for a few minutes and my younger girl actually wanted to explore beyond the tunnel but, knowing there was not much more to see (and noting the imposing clouds above my head) I made the executive decision to cut bait and head back to the car. There was a good deal of complaining and child-carrying on the trip back down but we mainly ate our snacks and drank our water on the go this time and finished our descent in about 45 min (as opposed to over 2 hours going up.)

The final meltdown came as we spied the old bridge on the trail near the parking area. The 3-year old determined that this bridge was not the one we had crossed on the hike in but rather that we had somehow made a wrong turn and were now on the modern US-60 bridge that had been towering above our heads. It took her sister and I a few hundred yards of hiking distance to convince her out of her "No, no, no-- daddy! We went wrong way!" mantra but eventually i could point to our car in the distance and all was forgiven.

This was a fun hike. Only saw one other hiker the whole time and it had a surprisingly secluded feel for a hike where the highway and other human development surrounds you almost constantly. Fun, energizing hike and a great chance to see some AZ history.
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