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Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking12.86 Miles 4,753 AEG
Hiking12.86 Miles   8 Hrs   41 Mns   1.79 mph
4,753 ft AEG   1 Hour   29 Mns Break
 
After setting up the shuttle, we got to the Crosscut trailhead just before 8:00, and started a few minutes later. Starting on Jacob's Trail was a nice way to warm up, and I shed the long sleeve shirt a little while later on Siphon. Siphon Draw was pretty much deserted. There are new black X's marking the way, grrr, but at least they managed to place them along the best route most of the way.

Most of us headed over to 5024, and told Mark we would meet him back on the ridgeline on the other side of the peak. Dropping off the east side of 5024 wasn't too bad. It was steep, and I nearly hugged a cholla at one point, but we all stayed upright and cactus-free. Views were great along the ridgeline. Somewhere around the middle, we took a slightly different route than I have historically used. I think the way I've gone before was a little easier, but it didn't matter, because after about 10 minutes, it all led to the same place. We found a spot with some good seating and views for lunch, and it was nice to rest the legs for a few minutes.

I felt like I dragged a little during some of the rougher parts in the half mile or so before the chute at the north end of 5057, but was happier once the terrain smoothed out. We ran into another group taking a break where we turned to head up to 5057. They had started about an hour before us, and probably finished about 30 minutes after we did. I never mind the last little uphill section up to West Boulder, but descending down to Carney is something I try not to do too often. The mile or so along Lost Goldmine went quickly, and was very well signed, but the Wave Cave crowd is still determined to get lost on their journeys for the perfect instagram photo. Nice to meet Alex, and to see Mark again-- I think our only hike together was about two years ago. Great day, and perfect weather for this hike.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Boulder Creek Origin - Ridgeline Route Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Large pools of water.
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