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Peak 3845 - Superstition MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2018
Steph_and_Blake
Hiking5.60 Miles 2,013 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   5 Hrs      1.12 mph
2,013 ft AEG
 
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It was a beautiful day to take our granddaughter, Natalie, on a hike. I knew she likes to do some scrambling and boulder-hopping and had done an 8 mile hike in the not-too-distant past. So, we thought she'd be up for this one. Between me and Natalie, I was the one that was a little nervous. There were a few spots where falling could be a disaster and she's not accustomed to hiking in close proximity to all those pointy, nasty things we have in the Superstitions. After making her aware of what plants could hurt and which ones are "tame", she deftly avoided getting stabbed. And she was 100% up for the scrambling, even when I had her lead the way.

The other thing that got me worried along the way was the continual elevation gain. Blake and I are used to hikes that just go up, and up, and up. So, I didn't remember this hike as having a healthy AEG. I found myself telling Natalie "this is the last push, from here on out it's a breeze" - only to see another scramble up ahead. Truthfully, I don't know why I was worried, she didn't tire out and never complained.

We made it to the top, enjoyed lunch, she found the summit log (thanks syoung!), and we hiked closer to the edge to find our home (with the help of binos). Natalie survived her first bee sting and a skinned knee. And despite her fatigue (due to the heat) during the last mile, she still told her mom and dad that the hike was a 9.5 out of 10! :y:
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Three puny chuparosa
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