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Superstition Peak 5057 - Carney
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Superstition Peak 5057 - CarneyPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2017
Thoreau
Hiking9.10 Miles 3,408 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles
3,408 ft AEG
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So I made the mistake of sending a friend a message suggesting we bag 5057 this year instead of the annual Flatiron ritual. I say mistake because that friend said yes... So despite the weather, off we went.

Saw maybe 6 people total throughout the day (I'm sure despite the weather that the Flatiron side was still fairly busy in comparison) and the weather made things interesting to say the least. Not nearly as grueling as I expected it to be though. The description equates it to a single Humphrey's ascent, and I think that may be giving it too much credit. While my one time on Humphrey's was during a time of less-than-stellar fitness, the extreme elevation really made that one much more difficult for me. The only real challenge here was dealing with some of the steep inclines and rock crawling combined with rain. (Amazingly grippy rock surfaces despite the rain though.)

We made our way to the peak through the last bit with some pretty strong wind and rain hitting us, got a few selfies up top, and then headed back a bit to a small downclimb area that made for a half decent shelter for lunch. About 2/3rds of the way back down the sunset and clouds made for one of the most spectacular sights I've seen in all my years hiking around AZ. For most of the trip I was very glad I left my DSLR at home as the clouds and landscape didn't make for a photogenic combination. (Not to mention the risk to the equipment in the rain.) But that sunset had me kicking myself for not bringing it. That scene really made the entire hike worthwhile.
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