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Superstition Peak 5057 via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2019
ddgrunning
Hiking3.90 Miles 3,022 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles
3,022 ft AEG
 
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Our original plan was to hike Picketpost, but when all of the snow came in, I knew that there were epic views and that there would be water everywhere! :y:

The forecast was for a sunny day on Saturday, and I wanted to give the sun a little time to melt more snow, so we didn't hit the trail at the crack of dawn, but instead arrived at the trailhead around 11:30 a.m. As expected, the parking lot was packed with many who also anticipated a good flow at the Hieroglyphics. We lucked out with our timing, pulling into a spot just vacated by one of the early arrivers finishing their hike.

The initial part of the trip to the Hieroglyphics was busy but not too bad, and the end of the trail at the hiero panels was a worthy destination on the day, with a solid flow. But the most interesting sights and experiences lay beyond ....

Once past the panels, the crowds thinned and we were soon tromping through snow. The route goes by two prominent waterfalls--one is a single, large pour over of about 15 feet or so. The other is a three-strand pour over of about 8-10 feet. Just below the latter, a drainage to the north joins in with some impressive cascades, as well.

Beyond the triple-falls, the trail gets more steep and sketchy, with a shale-covered ascent, made particularly slippery and challenging with the now mid-calf deep snow. We were lucky to take advantage of a handful of others who had blazed a path through the snow (and exposed most of the "poky" stuff that lay beneath, so we could avoid gouging ourselves).

The final push to the ridgeline and initial views over to the east--to Weaver's Needle and a completely blanketed Four Peaks--was breathtaking! :y: :y: And we had the views all to ourselves. :y: :y: The sun was on full display, and with no breeze, we were quite comfortable in shorts.

We celebrated our "summit" on the day by building a good snowman.

Although we had originally entertained the possibility of heading over to Peak 5057, no one had blazed that trail, and we were not interested in doing so (and no doubt, setting off a lot of cactus "mines" beneath the tranquil snow, along the way). In particular, as I recall, that last drainage crossing on the Ridgeline before the climb up to 5057 spiders off into a variety of paths, making it particularly treacherous with 15 inches of snow covering it.

In any event, we were more than happy to call our day a success having reached the Ridgeline.

The return trip was even more treacherous, and despite Yak Trax and hiking poles, we did a little slipping and sliding along the way down. The snow was melting fast, making for even more impressive flows on the way down.

By the time we reached the Hieroglyphics in the late afternoon, the crowds had thinned (though, ironically, that was probably the best time to be there).

All in all, a great trip and a perfect choice on the day, given the conditions. I consider it a once-in-a-decade experience. I won't soon forget!
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