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Chuparosa Canyon - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 14 2020
outdoor_lover
Hiking5.25 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking5.25 Miles
1,275 ft AEG
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Van and I did quite a few Hikes together in 2012. And then we lost touch as Life tends to pull in different directions. He was getting ready to pay another visit to Chuparosa Canyon and invited me to join him. I'm always up for new hikes in the Supes and I know this is one of his favorites.

I've tried to get to my Hikes by Sunrise, just because I really like the early mornings and in the event that there's some color. On this morning, I overslept about an hour. To date, there hasn't been a super colorful Sunrise, but of course, there was now, so I had to enjoy it while driving instead of capturing it with a landscape. :lol:

It was a nice little Reunion to finally see Van again. And we headed off to the Canyon, leaving the hordes of people doing Hieroglyphics behind. It was a nice day albiet a bit warm. We took our time and just enjoyed the day and caught up on what's been happening in both our lives. The Canyon was very cool, with lichen covered slabs and hints of past waterfalls. A few pools remained. The Wildflowers are coming in, but have a week or more to go before they are a showstopper. Hummingbirds buzzed past our ears and a Canyon Wren sang us a wonderful Canyon Aria. Two Prairie Falcons provided some overhead entertainment as well. We climbed up above the falls and just enjoyed the solitude for awhile. Talked about some future Hiking and some possibilities for off-trail loops. And then it was time to head back. We took our time heading back, hoping for more Hummingbird sightings and enjoying the clouds that were forming in the otherwise brilliant blue skies. We parted ways, promising not to wait another 7 years before we hiked together again. :) It was a great little Canyon and I have more ideas for this area in the future!

The Clouds intrigued and I was wondering about Sunset, but it was too early, so I decided to grab some food in Gold Canyon and then if it looked promising, I would go back out. It looked promising, so I returned and headed about 1/2 mile or so up the Hieroglyphics Trail, to catch the light and hopefully some color. It was worth going back for, but I think the Sunrise would have been much more spectacular. I need to make sure I'm out of bed sooner. The Days are getting longer and the Sunrises are getting earlier. :lol:

It was another good day in the Supes. Unlike last week, this was all about chill time and catching up with an old friend. :) Thanks for the invite Van! Looking forward to hitting some more Trails with you in the Future!
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Blue Dicks coming in strong. A few patches of Poppies. Chuparosa is starting, needs another week or so to be glorious. A couple of weak Lupines. A few Fiddlenecks were out too.

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