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Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking11.50 Miles 4,480 AEG
Hiking11.50 Miles   8 Hrs   1 Min   1.67 mph
4,480 ft AEG   1 Hour   9 Mns Break
 
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It’s been several years since I last tackled the full ridgeline. Took my son and brother along, and decided to tackle in the opposite direction from last time—starting at Carney Springs and heading west, finishing off down the Flatiron route. I think this direction is slightly easier from a navigational standpoint.

We dropped our shuttle off on the Flatiron side and made it to Carney by 7 am. Enjoyed the initial climb up to the saddle by watching the sun rise on Three Sisters, with a backdrop of the moon still high in the sky.

From the saddle, 5057 comes into view, looking much farther away than it really is. Crossing Boulder canyon, the burn area comes into view and is an unwelcome companion for much of the rest of the ridgeline hike. Although much of the area got toasted, I was encouraged to see that at the base of many of the scorched trees, there were sprouts and other new growth, indicating that roots were still in tact and alive.

We took a side trip to tag 5057 on the east end, and up to 5024 on the west end. It was a refreshingly clear day, so views were nice.

Saw a handful of folks heading to 5057 from the Hiero route, and another handful coming the opposite direction from Flatiron.

Heading down Siphon Draw, there was a fair amount of traffic—but to be expected this time of year.

All in all a beautiful day to be on top of the Supes.
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