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Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 15 2017
survivordude
Hiking12.31 Miles 4,763 AEG
Hiking12.31 Miles   8 Hrs   58 Mns   1.51 mph
4,763 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
 
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I haven't been out since I lost my best friend a month and a half ago. I told myself I never wanted to go hiking again but the itch started and it turned out this was perfect therapy for me. I started at Carney Springs and made it up to the saddle in 1.5 hours. I was feeling that AEG pretty good there on the ascent. After the saddle, the trail is very overgrown but you can still make out the path on the ground and there are a few cairns here and there. Made it to 5057 in 3 hours and I knew it was going to be a long day so I decided to skip the peak as I have already bagged it. Now it was on to new territory for me! There was a brief scramble/down climb through some rocks right after 5057 and then its right on top of the ridgeline the whole way. Needless to say, the views were spectacular that far up. The trail was very easy to follow the whole way. Its a real roller coaster as the trail loses and gains 300 ft at a time. My calves were killing me. The coolest section, I thought, was when there was an actual ridgeline. You could see it snake its way down to flatiron and see all the hoodoos poking up from the top. The trail stays right on top here for the most part, though some sections do drop below a bit to the east. There were wasps everywhere up there. At first I kinda freaked but realized I had nowhere to run to, so just hoped they let me be, which they did. About 5 hours in I really started to feel the heat and the AEG catch up with me. When you start having thoughts about helicopters, you know you might have gotten in a little over your head. As I started seeing 5057 get further and further away and 5054 coming closer, my confidence grew and I made my way for the last few miles to the Flat Iron area. Kinda eerie that there was no one up there.. I mean this is Saturday, people!! I didnt see my first human until almost reaching the chute in Siphon Draw. At that point my knees were absolutely killing me on that decent.. I was so happy to be on the flat ground after this hike!! Made it over to the Mining camp where my Uber picked me up and begrudgingly took me back down the smoothest 5 miles of dirt road there is in Arizona, and back to my Jeep. I would have tipped her but she was really complaining the whole way.

Huge check mark for me! Really needed to get back out and I feel a lot better because I was able to accomplish something by myself that I have really been wanting to do for a long time. Time heals all wounds, and nature is the prefect catalyst.
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