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Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking11.75 Miles 4,563 AEG
Hiking11.75 Miles   9 Hrs   41 Mns   1.38 mph
4,563 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
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We left the house at 5a to drop one car off at the carney springs TH, and then headed over to the lost Dutchman. We got started hiking just before 7a. As expected, there were a lot of people going up siphon draw. Luckily, for the most part, we left them all when we headed over the ridge. Yippee! Solitude!

Our favorite area was the couple of miles from just after our ascent. What a beautiful area with spectacular views! I think it was even more amazing given an the recent snow and rain! It is very green up there, and all the flowing water is magical!! :D

We met one backpacker coming from the east who told us that there was 2 feet of snow on the north ridge prior to 5057 and that he had to turn around after originally starting the day at flat iron... :/ we were concerned, but decided to press on and see for ourselves. We did see where he was in the snow, but the official route takes you around the south side not the north. Sure enough that was the easier way to go. I'm glad we decided to not take the snowy northern route!

Just after that, we met the one and only group we saw coming from the east. A group of 5 guys and a solo backpacker from Minnesota. After a quick break, we headed on and were near hieroglyphics springs. Just before that, we met two groups coming our same direction that had taken the snowy route on the north side. Both groups had done the Ridgeline before and said you could do either side. They said it was pretty slippery.

From then on, it was quite a bit of up and down, including my all time favorite, the lone cairn 20ish feet up marking a little bit nasty climb. It wasn't bad, but I guess it's not for the faint of heart! I will say that I'm glad to be tall!! It makes life easier sometimes! :D

We saw the way to 5057, but we weren't moving fast and decided against adding on an extra trip. One of the groups of 3 guys that we saw went up. We were glad to have our solitude once again. :D. We looked down onto the campsite sheltered fire ring and we thought it was a throne constructed of rocks! Alas, we were somewhat disappointed to see the reality, lol, but the two pillar gatekeeper cairns were pretty cool.

Trekking along, we saw a good flowing waterfall. And before you know it, the valley (also with lots of water in deep pools) and then west Boulder saddle. Down, down, down to the TH and our car. :)

A glorious day for our first experience with the Ridgeline! :D. It was more arduous than we thought, but no less enjoyable! :D
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Not a lot of wildflowers. Some scattered about.
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