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Bluff - Picacho - Coffee Loop, AZ
mini location map2021-12-22
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Bluff - Picacho - Coffee Loop, AZ 
Bluff - Picacho - Coffee Loop, AZ
 
Hiking25.19 Miles 5,623 AEG
Hiking25.19 Miles   11 Hrs   6 Mns   2.56 mph
5,623 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Headed to the Supes for a handful of summits I'd stared at in the beginning of the year. Wanted to loop Bluff Spring Mountain with Coffee Flat Mountain. I included Picacho Butte because it's right there, along with Miners Summit since it's on the way. Got started from Peralta an hour before sunrise and headed to Bluff Spring Mountain.

Bluff Spring to Terrapin to SW ridge. Got through the cliffs with minimal scrambling and only a little brush to contend with. It was very steep, but sunrise views over Weaver's Needle distracted and slowed me down. Preferred that ridge to the Ely Anderson Trail. The ascent was a fun climb and ridge walk, the other was a rough descent down a drainage and around the mountain. The route is well cairned but the grade is only good lower down, up high it's lost to the grass.

Dutchman trail passed the only folks of the day. Walked around the grassy backside of Miners Summit and decided to go up. It's steep but short-lived. Down to the trail junction and up Whiskey Springs to the saddle. Then I started the part of the day I was most looking forward to, the Coffee Flat Mountain ridgeline. Started with peak 3748. The views up there were some best of the day. The ridgeline started open and grassy but there was some maneuvering around the rocky ridgetop at times. A little bushwhacking and slow travel. There are three big ascents once on the ridge. Two are on the way to 4562. They are steep but there's really no bushwhacking.

Skirted around 4562 and went for Picacho. Surprisingly awesome summit, despite the added climb. It was cool to look over all the places I had been on the trails that wind through the bottoms of the canyons and over the passes in the labyrinth of rock we call the supes. Got back up on the high ridgeline which was tough. Went back for the sections I skipped and carried on for Coffee Flat Mountain.

There is a little peak on the ridgeline I had to climb and bushwhack around, but otherwise it's pretty straightforward. The final push to the summit is open and doesn't take long. The top is wide and flat and without going to the sides pales in comparison to the ridgeline. Went down the north ridge which is steep and a bit of a climb but there's breaks in the cliffs , so there's nothing too crazy. Down the first drainage and to Red Tanks divide. Circled back on Red Tanks, Coffee Flat, and Dutchman. One of my favorite hikes I've done in the Superstitions but a lot for one day. The Coffee Flat ridge on its own is an undertaking.
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