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Sunset Arch, AZ
mini location map2021-11-24
6 by photographer avatarAZLumberjack
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Sunset Arch, AZ 
Sunset Arch, AZ
 
Hiking1.00 Miles 376 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles   1 Hour      1.00 mph
376 ft AEG
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I rolled out of bed at 05:00 this morning, my usual rise & shine time, and had a desire to get in a hike before the long Thanksgiving weekend. I was following the reports about a nearby arch called Sunset Arch and I had never been there before, so let’s get going.

I parked my truck in a wide spot along the Apache Trail, got my gear on and hit the trail. It was still dark so I’m glad I had the foresight to grab a flashlight on my way out of the house. The narrow trail is well marked with rock piles (cairn’s) and was easy to follow, but some very steep portions were hard to negotiate with loose footing on the rocks and dirt. The destination is only a half mile from where I parked, but because of the darkness, it took me a long time to get to the saddle below the arch.

I was familiar enough with the general area and hoped that I would have some good sunrise views of Weavers Needle back in the Superstitions and wasn’t disappointed. The sun took its sweet time rising which added a lot of color to yesterday’s left-over clouds, while off behind me, the Goldfield Mountains were just coming alive with golden hues from the rising sun.

I stayed in the saddle area, taking several shots of the pre-dawn scenery until the sun had risen enough to provide good lighting for my return. On my way home, I had to make a stop at the Superstition Mountain Museum and get a shot of the Elvis Chapel, soaking up the morning sun.

Hope everyone's having an enjoyable Thanksgiving Day and weekend.
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On every trip into the Superstitions, I find another Gold Mine. Today the mine was filled with Memories. I can not wait for the next trip.
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