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Robbers Roost - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 20 2017
Hiking7.50 Miles 2,514 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   5 Hrs   5 Mns   1.51 mph
2,514 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
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What an adventure! We had a fun day on the trail today. Having never done the Robbers Roost Loop, we decided to set out for some new fun! We had beautiful weather for it, and good friends! :)

After some discussion of whether to go up Carney Springs to West Boulder Saddle or to go up the Cave Trail, we decided to go up Carney Springs, figuring that the trail would be easiest to follow to the Roost. And I think this is true. It was very easy to find, well cairned. Sadly, we didn't have a lot of time to explore the area, as we had to always mind the time to be back in time to pick up kiddos from school. So, while we saw both chutes from above, we didn't find an easy way to get down in the roost in the short amount of time we were there. That's okay, it just means we will go back soon to explore! :D

We headed onward over the moonscape towards Fremont Saddle. I really enjoyed this area with the hoo doos and amazing views. I loved that there was not a soul in sight! :D We had passed a couple of guys on our way up Carney Springs, but the one guy didn't look like he was going to make it much farther up that steep slope, but still they were both in good spirits. We did finally see a couple coming from Fremont saddle towards the Roost. I asked where they were headed (since they were the only people we saw between West Boulder Saddle and Fremont Saddle, woo hoo!), and they said they were headed to robbers roost! :) We told them our troubles in finding a way down in the short amount of time we had. The lady mentioned we needed to climb under some giant boulders... Next time!!!

We had an uneventful, well-cairned route down to Fremont saddle, where we proceeded directly past and onto the Cave Trail. Everything thing was uneventful on the Cave Trail until we were almost to junction with Bluff Springs. Sadly, we lost the trail somewhere and were not able to find it adequately despite doubling back. Instead, seeing as we could see the Bluff Springs Highway trail down below and that we were pressed for time, we just headed down a short ridge and joined up with Bluff Springs before we should have. Oh, well. The irony is that last time we were on the Cave Trail there were SO MANY cairns that it was ridiculous. I guess someone came by and knocked them all down, because now on that section of the trail there is almost nothing. Or, even worse, cairns leading the wrong way. C'est la vie. We had a short bushwhack and all was well. There was a fair number of cairns in the cave, which we enjoyed. :)

We made our way quickly down Bluff Springs, Dutchman, and over to our car at the Lost Goldmine Trailhead. Another wonderful day in the Superstitions!!! :D

As a side note, one thing we noticed on this trip is that for some reason my mileage on Route Scout is different from my hiking buddies. We were surmising that maybe this is because I have T-Mobile and they have Verizon, and that is where the difference comes from? It is very odd. I expected this trail to be 7.5 miles. This is roughly what my hiking buddies logged. My route logged 8.75! I decided to change it to match what I expected and what the others logged. It's strange that my mile markers on the trail always come 0.2 to 0.3 miles before theirs. Weirdness!!!!
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