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Massacre Falls Praying Hands Loop, AZ
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Massacre Falls Praying Hands Loop, AZ 
Massacre Falls Praying Hands Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2017
markthurman53
Hiking7.30 Miles 1,813 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles   4 Hrs   43 Mns   2.16 mph
1,813 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Arrived in the Superstitions about 10:30 in the morning for my first hikes in the western Superstitions. I hooked up with Ray at the Crosscut Trail Head after talking about getting together for almost 6 months. I wanted to do a fairly short hike since I arrived so late and the Massacre Falls, Praying Hands loop seamed like a good choice. It was nice to have someone who is familiar with the area as a guide rather than by myself where I just Ohh and Ahh at all the different views knowing very little about them. Also is nice to have someone familiar with the unnamed routes that in this case connected the Massacre trail to the Praying Hands Trail. A lot more people along the trail than I am use to on my hikes and I was told it wasn't very crowded this day. fairly easy steady climb to Massacre ramp and Falls with great views from the ramp. I was more impressed with the ramp than the falls, the views from the ramp are spectacular.
On the return trip we headed on a fairly well marked route toward the Praying Hands and the Fins. It was nice to have someone familiar with the area because my idea on how to cut over would of ended up on me backtracking because what looked like a good route just suddenly ends in rocky cliffs (not very high but enough to impede progress). So much for using google earth as a means of picking routes. Took a portion of the Praying Hands loop through the fins and then over to Praying Hand and returned on the Treasure Loop and Crosscut Trail. Very interesting trail with lots of interesting Hoodoos.
This area is covered in a lot of short trails that can be hiked when you don't have a lot of time or that can be done after a longer hike and you just haven't quite had enough. Great place for a late afternoon sunset hike. Wasn't sure how my recently injured knee would do but it didn't seen to bother me. Great intro to the Supes but I'm ready for a little more beef tomorrow (not the whole cow though).
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