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Hog CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Mar 03 2017
KBKB
Canyoneering10.53 Miles 3,156 AEG
Canyoneering10.53 Miles   12 Hrs   56 Mns   0.81 mph
3,156 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
II - Normally requires a half day
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1st trip
I led a group of six (counting me) on a loop which started at the west end of Cloudview Ave. We hiked north on Lost Goldmine Trail and then hiked Hog Canyon above the waterfalls and petroglyphs. We continued a short ways up the drainage north of Hog Canyon - this is the same drainage that feeds the waterfalls by the petroglyphs. From there, we made our way up to the ridge that forms a part of the Hog Ridge route. We then took the ridge east (and a little north) to the Superstition Ridgeline Trail. The Ridgeline trail brought us over to the path leading down Hieroglyphic Canyon. We hiked back to the east end of Cloudview and then took the road back to where we parked.

One of the hikers in our group suffered a severe headache w/ dizziness which caused progress up Hog Ridge to be slower than expected.

The GPS track provided by Hansenaz was most reassuring as we went up the ridge. For the most part, we followed his route, only deviating from it a few times. If possible, it's best to stay on the ridge. For those times when it makes sense to leave the ridge, we found it best (as did Hansenaz) to descend (only very) slightly to the left (north) and then return to the ridge at the earliest opportunity. There is significantly less vegetation on the top of the ridge and the footing is mostly better there too.

We also took our time descending Hieroglyphic Canyon. We were all fatigued at that point and the the terrain after leaving the Ridgeline Trail is fairly steep and loose. It's best to make sure of your footing so that you can descend safely.

I had a lot of fun on this hike, more so I think than if I had done an out-and-back using Lost Goldmine and Hog Canyon. Be warned though; this route is a lot harder than doing Hog Canyon alone.

Bring a lot of water for this hike. I drank almost all of the six liters that I brought with me.
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