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Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2020
DennisWilliams
Hiking11.50 Miles 4,480 AEG
Hiking11.50 Miles   8 Hrs   10 Mns   1.57 mph
4,480 ft AEG      50 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
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My 10th Ridgeline and first time back since December of 2018.

Wacky weather for late March. Forecast for Globe indicated 10% chance of rain, and for Payson 10% rain/snow. I threw an extra thermal layer and my shell into the pack just in case, which turned out to have been wise. It was sprinkling at the Carney Springs TH but I thought I saw the occasional white lump. It got lumpier at West Boulder Saddle and snowed on us for maybe 30 minutes, leaving a dusting on the higher elevations. Cold and windy pretty much the entire route, except the very bottom of Siphon Draw on the way out.

Traded leads with a party of 7 women and 1 man as we went along. They were celebrating a birthday, an admirable adventure for such an occasion. Lots of folks in Siphon, naturally. Some of them asked if we had been to the Peralta TH. They had called ahead and been told the the TH was closed but that the trail was open (?). When we got down and went to retrieve our vehicle over at Carney we drove up to Peralta and sure enough, the road was closed just above the Lost Goldmine TH, adding 0.5 mile to any hike there on both ends. Seems like some federal notion of distancing to be imposed on we recalcitrant Arizonans though I can find no evidence on the internet, as in the TNF Alerts and Notices section of their website. Maybe they are just fixing the road at some wash-outs just below the TH. Looked at First Water also but no indication of closure. Is it open? At least Lost Dutchman STATE Park was open, as of yesterday, for the enjoyment and satisfaction of our residents and visitors to our beautiful state. It was easy enough to pass hikers and keep reasonable distance so that the "nattering nabobs of negativism" in Washington can rest easy. No need to kiss as we passed on the trail.

An added bit of trivia for the so-inclined: I offer a photo of the highest elevation saguaro that I know of, and challenge anyone to provide evidence and location of one higher. This one is found on the south facing (of course) slope of the little divide just south of peak 5024, above the trail over to the Flatiron. According to my topo the noble plant sits right on the 4800 foot contour. I know of none higher. There are a few others in the area but all are below it though I did not do an exhaustive search. Something to occupy the mind during our collective semi-confinement.
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