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Superstition Peak 5057 - Carney
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Superstition Peak 5057 - CarneyPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2008
Hiking7.80 Miles 3,408 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles
3,408 ft AEG
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Rain was in the forecast, but they said it would clear in the afternoon before coming back in the evening....the weatherman got it right this time.

I headed out of Carney Springs trailhead (which is nothing more than a small pull out) around 10a with overcast skies. Heading up West Boulder Canyon was a solid work out. Getting to West Boulder Saddle was a good feeling, but looking towards the peak put things back into perspective. There was still a long way to go and a lot more climbing ahead of me.

The trail went up and down and each time I headed down an incline, I got a little more upset. I hate losing altitude when my goal is to go up. I finally got to the base of the hoodoos and continued along the ridgeline. I Circled the mass looking for some cairns to lead me the way to the top.

After about 3 or 4 failed attempts from the side, I sat down and ate a dejected lunch at the base of the summit. I knew the rain was coming back and I was losing daylight. I figured I'd have to come back another day to make the summit. As I headed back down the trail, I gave one last look back (and to give a certain finger) and lo and behold, a cairn. I say "what the h*** is that," think about tired I am, then make the decision to go for it.

If I had kept on the trail and headed straight up the ridge of the Hoodoos, I would have made it to the top an hour earlier. So I raced up the ridge of the hoodoos. A couple of minutes later after some decent scrambling, I sat down on the top. I signed the register with the worst pencil on earth, took some pictures of the USGS markers and headed down victorious.

On a difficulty scale, this one is the hardest I've encountered in the Supes. It is definitely a difficult hike.
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