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Massacre FallsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2018
adilling
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,187 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles
1,187 ft AEG
 
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Supes Math: Sustained rain = waterfalls! That's my kind of equation. All of this lovely rain this month has yielded some amazing scenes in the otherwise dry Superstitions. I was set for a Flatiron ascent, but the rain the night before convinced me to head up to Massacre Falls to see if the water was flowing.

It started out promising as the the trail was a mud-bog in many spots. I did not see any water running at the start. This trail is well worn and easy to follow. When I started just before sunrise, there were already other hikers ahead of me.

The hike up was the usual climb. I was still a little discouraged as the little creek that you follow up to the first plateau was a trickle in some spots and dry in others. The clouds were low on the horizon, so no color burst sunrise. As I climbed past the first level, I could hear a faint sound of running water. Once I made it up to the visible range of the cliff, I could see the fall was flowing.

The flow was nothing impressive, but still very beautiful and a definite treat. The first hiker up there was leaving as I was arriving. I had the place to myself for about 10 minutes. But, I could see the conga-line of hikers coming up the trail. The place got popular really fast. Oh well, I don't blame them for coming up, it's awesome!

On the way down, I explored a little across the massacre grounds, especially the plateau area facing to the east. Four Peaks was looking pretty cool with a blanket of clouds.

An excellent day for an excellent hike! This is a good one, with or without the waterfall


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