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Robbers Roost - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 29 2017
ddgrunning
Hiking8.65 Miles 2,655 AEG
Hiking8.65 Miles   6 Hrs   1 Min   1.44 mph
2,655 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
I really wanted to head to Flagstaff and hike on the Peaks today, but with the forecast of rain and monsoon season in full swing, we decided to stay close to home. Even though end of July is not ideal time to hike in the Supes, the forecast was for under 100, cloudy, and a chance of rain, so we packed a bunch of liquids and headed out.

We were the only car at the Lost Goldmine TH (both at the start and at the end of our hike). Only saw one other couple at Fremont Saddle. Otherwise, solitude was the word of the day.

We headed west on Lost Goldmine trail and took a side trip up to the Dacite Mine. Someone has taken a crow bar to the grate covering the mine opening. We did not venture in, but returned to the LG trail and on over to its intersection with the de-comissioned road up from Carney TH. From there, the work began. Despite our 6:30 start time, it was warm and the sun was already high enough that we didn't get any shade climbing up the west side of the draw towards Boulder Saddle. Add in a lot of humidity, and we were bathing in our own sweat.

I was beginning to think about pulling the plug on the hike, but once we reached the saddle, I knew the hardest work was behind us. We took a break; refueled and then headed over towards Robbers Roost. I had never been that direction before.

There were still scattered ponds/puddles in the drainage, and even the the "waterfalls" into the Roost were still moist.

We relaxed and explored around the Roost. No one told me that you could explore a few more places around the Roost if you brought a little rope or webbing. :doh: Oh well. Next time.

After a refreshing break, we headed over the hump to where Weaver's Needle comes into view. With the clouds in the sky, the views of Weavers and the Eastern Supes were spectacular.

The cloud cover and an occasional breeze kept the temps tolerable.

At Fremont Saddle, we crossed paths with the only other humans we saw on the day--a couple that was just leaving the saddle as we arrived.

We took the Peralta Trail down, rather than the Cave Trail. Saw one car at the Peralta TH as we passed through towards the LG Trailhead and end of our loop.

A stop at QT on the way home for everyone's favorite cold drink was a must.

Glad to be home after another enjoyable visit to the Supes!
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