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Massacre Grounds Praying Hands, AZ
mini location map2021-01-15
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Massacre Grounds Praying Hands, AZ 
Massacre Grounds Praying Hands, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 15 2021
markthurman53
Hiking7.07 Miles 1,485 AEG
Hiking7.07 Miles   4 Hrs   52 Mns   1.57 mph
1,485 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
 
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On our last day at Apache Junction we headed to the Superstitions to First Water Road and the Crosscut Trail Head. We took the Massacre Grounds Trail then headed cross country to the Praying Hands area. This was actually the very first hike I did in the supes when Ray introduced me to the Superstitions three years ago. The weather was perfect for hiking and the skies clear for good views.

I had forgotten how much elevation gain was on this hike. After yesterdays hike I told Ginny we would do a fairly easy hike today. Guess I stretched the truth again. We saw more people along this hike than we saw the last two days, lots more. The Massacre Trail is well maintained making the continuous uphill climb a lot easier. There are great views overlooking the inner portion of the supes from along the ramp at the end of the trail. Saw another bald eagle on this hike and managed to get some photos. Massacre Falls was dry as expected.

On the return trip we headed cross country over to the Praying Hands. This was much easier than the last time I did this as the fire cleared away the brush. I didn’t notice them at first but about halfway into this section there are rock cairns marking the way. These cairns will take you directly to the Praying Hands area though they get a bit confusing toward the end with all the different routes. There were lots of people on the trail along the Praying Hands, from a distance they looked like a bunch of ants. Very scenic area. We returned to the Crosscut Trail Head via the Treasure Loop and Jacobs Crosscut Trail.
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