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Superstition Peak 5057 - Balanced Rock Loop
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Superstition Peak 5057 - Balanced Rock LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2017
KBKB
Hiking7.83 Miles 3,297 AEG
Hiking7.83 Miles   9 Hrs   52 Mns   0.88 mph
3,297 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break22 LBS Pack
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On Sunday, my friend Bob and I (mostly) followed the official GPS track for this hike. It's a good track, though several times, we got off-track by following a good trail. This led to us hiking slightly longer distance and accumulating more elevation gain than that listed for this hike. My advice to anyone else doing this route is to pay close attention to your GPS device because what appears to be the best defined trail isn't always the right way to go.

We encountered two spots where we needed to do some slightly more technical scrambling than suggested by the description. I'll admit, however, that we didn't spend a lot of time looking for an alternate path. Even so, the majority of the hike does not require use of the hands to make progress. My hiking poles were in my hands for most of the day. Speaking of which - there are some loose steep sections (mainly on the descent to Hieroglyphic Canyon) which are much easier to negotiate with the hiking poles.

We were on the move pretty much all day long except for two stops to address minor injuries (pulling out thorns) as well as numerous shorter pauses to appreciate the views.

I took a spill (despite having shoes soled with 5.10 C4 rubber) while walking on water polished rock in Hieroglyphic Canyon. I landed on my back; luckily though, my backpack absorbed most of the shock. I think Bob took a spill of his own earlier in the hike, but he, too, was okay.

I drank 4.5 liters of the 6 liters I brought with me.

It was a great day with excellent views. I definitely want to do it again and am curious about where some of the other trails lead.
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