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Dacite Super LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2018
Hiking9.21 Miles 2,828 AEG
Hiking9.21 Miles   7 Hrs   45 Mns   1.81 mph
2,828 ft AEG   2 Hrs   39 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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Ben, Marilyn, Marilyn, and I hiked the Dacite Super Loop on Sunday.

As we were hiking Lost Goldmine, we encountered another group coming back toward us who had overshot the turnoff for the Wave Cave. Checking the track on my GPS watch, I found out that we had overshot it too. Our groups hiked together for a time. We found the Carney Spring Trail and, a short while later, I showed them where the fork for the Wave Cave was.

The trip up Carney Spring Trail was uneventful, though both Ben and I had forgotten that there was a false summit part way up.

After turning off of Carney Spring Trail, we got off track - twice. In both instances, I noticed fairly quickly that we were off track and, for the second one, we also returned to the correct trail fairly quickly. But on that first occurrence, we decided follow the cairns for a ways to see where they led. We ended up in a drainage that was north (and on the other side of a ridge) from the drainage that we should have been in. The cairns seemed to be leading up to a shallow saddle which, I think, would have joined up with the the trail down to Fremont Saddle. However, in one of my other hikes of the area, I had taken a look at (what I believe to be) the descent for this diversion. It was steeper than I felt that the group I was with would be comfortable. So, instead, I hiked up to the ridge to see if we could get back on track without totally backtracking. While on the ridge contemplating the steepness down, I noticed a cool double arch to my left - I took a photo. Deciding that the way down might be too steep, we ended up backtracking to get back on track.

Back on track... we made our way down to Fremont Saddle, skipping the side trip to Robber's Roost.

We then got onto the Cave Trail and made the side trip to the pine tree to view Weaver's Needle. Continuing on, we took a look at the caves and then had fun descending the Devil's Slide. We got slightly off track for a third time - again following some decent looking cairns - but soon got back on track again.

Our descent of the Bluff Springs Trail was uneventful, though it did seem rockier than I remembered.

It was a really fun loop hike - getting off track a few times made it all the more fun!
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