Trip #41 of the Hikers Guide to the Superstition Wilderness. I walked SR213 to Tortilla Ranch, as most do given the nearly impassable start to that road. Once on the JF trail, I followed their instructions as much as possible. I also brought a track left by @hikerdw just to make sure I had a way out if I needed it. This area is all new to me; safety first. The hike is described as difficult. There are a few stretches where I would agree with that.
I had overcast skies and a nice breeze for most of the day. The sun came out during the last half mile of Peter's trail and for most of the walk back on SR213. I saw a father and son at the start of the loop and another couple in the exact same location four hours later. Though not warm, it was humid. I brought 3 quarts of water and drank 2.
The open terrain on the Hoolie Bacon trail provides great views of the distant mountains. The views from Horse Ridge pass are excellent. The bushwhack to Peter's trail is way more than tedious. Long pants and long sleeves are required or there will be blood. Once on Peter's trail it was like being on a freeway. Let's get moving!
I stopped at the high pass on Peter's trail for lunch before starting down the steep and loose descent to the canyon below. Aside from the steep and loose, I found this section to be the best part of the loop. Lots of water in Tortilla Creek at the bottom. With the forecasted rain this week, it should be amazing next weekend.