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Feb 27 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
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58 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Supes - Ridgeline Plus, AZ 
Supes - Ridgeline Plus, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking12.74 Miles 5,443 AEG
Hiking12.74 Miles   8 Hrs   43 Mns   1.46 mph
5,443 ft AEG
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1st trip
Bruce let me join him on this classic hike. Thanks my friend, good times! He even set us up a ride back to the car. Thank You Ray for the ride and cold drink. Like HAZ, you rock! We started early to beat the heat and the crowds but neither one was a factor. We hit Flatiron,5024,5057 and got our money's worth.The route off the back of 5024 was a good one. Bruce even spotted a Gila Monster for a cool bonus. Ray let people know to watch out for us and they all let us know our ride was waiting. It was like we were all ridgeline friends :lol: . we even got to meet the Hiking Fool 8) . This is a great hike but you do earn it. Thanks Bruce for another great hike! :y:
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Feb 18 2016
JuanJaimeiii
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52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon DrawPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2016
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking6.28 Miles 3,197 AEG
Hiking6.28 Miles   2 Hrs   31 Mns   2.51 mph
3,197 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
Partners none no partners
A very windy afternoon hike. I was amazed by how many people were out hiking the Flatiron today. On top of 5024 was an Army of Amish folks. Must have been 20 of them. Pretty cool actually. I can't really imagine hiking up there in Jeans, a button up shirt and those hard shoes. :o And the ladies did it in full on dresses. :o

The trip down was smooth and uneventful. Love this hike!
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Feb 07 2016
JuanJaimeiii
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52 male
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 Chandler, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking6.50 Miles 3,019 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   48 Mns   2.32 mph
3,019 ft AEG
 
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Still coming off the flu but am on the road to recovery. Saw Syoung (Sam)out on the trail and then he was perched up on top of the Gatekeeper. Go Broncos!
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Feb 06 2016
RickVincent
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50 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Reverse FlatironPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2016
RickVincent
Hiking6.10 Miles 3,376 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.74 mph
3,376 ft AEG
 
Got a late start around 12:30pm. Wouldn't want to do that in June. Found some ice on a shaded pool on the back side of the mountain. Just a few traces of snow near the top. It was like rush hour going down Siphon Draw. I bypassed the vertical wall and went around the secret side access to pass the line of people trying to figure out if they wanted to go down the left or the right.
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Jan 31 2016
afrankie
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31 male
 Joined Sep 30 2015
 Carrboro, NC
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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afrankie
Backpack6.25 Miles 3,000 AEG
Backpack6.25 Miles
3,000 ft AEG45 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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Finally...this one's been on my bucket list since I moved here. Seriously, within a couple days of arriving in the state I tried this hike with wife and buddy of mine. While I knew both of our legs were jello from driving 3000 miles, I didn't know that heights weren't his thing, until they weren't his thing and we turned around. This time two missions -1 - reach the top - 2- stay at the top.

We took off in the afternoon and were the only ones going up. Gotta admit with a pack my legs were feelin it! (We passed countless tired souls on the return, many carrying their four legged friends who were forced onto the endeavor.) Once up top we had some time before the sunset and had some fun with the camera and made camp closer to the trail. Sunset was surreal, but watching the lights of the east valley turn on combined with the glow of dusk was the best part. I'm usually not wild about camping on ridgelines for obvious reasons, and last night proved that point. The wind was light at sundown and then blustered throughout the night. Not a great sleep when the tent was shaking from the gusts coming from over top. Still, very very cool.

Departed back down at sunrise, which was still blustery, but at least not as brisk. Detoured to check out 5024 and the plane crash site. And again, were traveling against stream, with a steady flow of traffic heading up in the 8/9 o clock hours. Great hike, glad I finally did it, and magnificent sunset up top.
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Jan 30 2016
syoung
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40 male
 Joined May 23 2012
 Mesa, AZ
Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon DrawPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2016
syoung
Hiking5.90 Miles 3,938 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   2 Hrs   23 Mns   2.48 mph
3,938 ft AEG14 LBS Pack
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The plan for today was to hit 5057 from LD and head back. A late, late night with a Luche Libre show made that not very likely. I have to say, however, that the wrestling was beyond entertaining. I haven't been to a wrestling event since a WWF (when it was still called that) when I was in 4th grade and managed to catch the Ultimate Warrior. That said, these guys were even more impressive as they were inflicting that kind of abuse on themselves for a fraction of the pay. Both the fiance and myself left with a ton of good memories that made it well worth it.

In the morning I couldn't pull myself out of bed and wanted to essentially stay put. When I finally made my way to the mountain I was greeted by a packed Mining Camp restaurant. I talked with a homeowner in the area a bit before heading out. He was commenting on always seeing my car here - go figure.

The hike up was nondescript. I went exploring around the numerous boulders for awhile upon reaching 5024 and just soaked in the views. I am debating whether to do Battleship tomorrow or maybe head out to Weaver's and maybe up it or something else with a tad more mileage. We shall see.
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Jan 30 2016
AZHiker456
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38 female
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Monument Canyon - Tonto NFPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2016
AZHiker456
Hiking10.81 Miles 4,434 AEG
Hiking10.81 Miles   10 Hrs   8 Mns   1.33 mph
4,434 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
 
1st trip
Mentally and physically, this was yet another f*@#$g epic bushwhack adventure; but the fun factor on this one was in a class of its own! This was a Peter Medal led TLC hike [bushwhack] that he cross-posted on HAZ. Given the difficulty factor, the turnout was very decent, with 10 of us in all. In addition to organizing some pretty amazing off-trail adventures, Peter does a superb job at leading them. The no handing-holding, no drama, and no B.S. on his hikes really make for a pleasant time. I actually enjoyed myself more in the company of other people vs. bushwhacking solo which is not often the case!

We kicked things off from the Mining Camp Restaurant. The plan was to head over to Monument Canyon, hit up the wreckage site, and then get up to the Ridgeline Trail via one of a few options that Peter had lined up. From there we’d pay a visit to Flat Iron and then head down Siphon Draw back over to Mining Camp.

With a 6 AM start time, the first 45 minutes or so were almost pitch dark. Even my pricy headlamp wasn’t enough to compensate for my inability to safely go at a decent pace in the dark. After several minor trips early on, [and one major one where over an inch of my hiking pole sparked up as I threw almost all my body weight into it to prevent from tumbling heard over heels], I managed to yell to the group NOT to wait for me while they were still in earshot. I guess it was time to pull my classic ‘hypotenuse vs. sides’ / ‘as the crow flies’ kind of deal. While the group had gravitated closer to the road, I stayed closer to the base of the mountain, heading at a diagonally toward Monument Canyon. It worked out perfectly; I had just enough time to pause for a few pics and peak into a mine before rejoining with them toward the beginning of the canyon.

We then headed up the rightmost drainage, [since that’s the one with most of the wreckage according to previous HAZ reports], en route to the impact site. Aside from some cat claw in the beginning, the going very easy and fun and the surrounding area was beautiful. This would definitely make my top 10 list of awesome drainages! As for the wreckage, it was really amazing to see just how much was still left. It seemed like there were pieces almost every step of the way once we reached a certain point. The impact site was awesome and definitely the focal point of the wreckage.

Next I opted for the more scenic option en route to the Ridgeline: heading to the saddle-like area between the nub (4102’) and 4648’. We noticed a ‘shelf’ that appeared to lead around 4648’ and over to the drainage that MtnBart01 used in Aug 2012 to reach the Ridgeline Trail from Monument Canyon. It was good to know the drainage had been ‘HAZ’ed’… our shelf to drainage route would put a fun twist on things, if successful. Reaching the shelf proved to be a fun, 30-60 second scramble; and once on it, we noticed a definite route that seemed too well beaten in to have been from animals alone.

The shelf was awesome, and I wish more in the group could have experienced it; but trust me when I say, it’s not for the faint of heart. Even with a fear of heights, it’s not often that Peter turns back, and he did just that due to a short section in the beginning. I thought this section was fun… but even Michael and Mike [the only others who opted for the shelf route and who can boulder hop as good if not better than me] hesitated at this section. The worst part for me was negotiating a drop toward the end, right around where the shelf joins the drainage that leads to the Ridgeline Trail. Let’s just say, even after handing Mike my hiking poles AND pack, this one drop took the best of my bouldering skills to overcome… and even then, it was super dicey. The last time I felt this challenged while bouldering was in Dec. 2014 while coming off a ledge on the brutal bushwhack to Devil’s Cashbox. Enough said!

When we connected with the drainage, it didn’t take much longer to reach the Ridgeline trail. There were many good gripping rocks in this drainage but several varieties of cactus to work around, making the going a bit slower; nothing terrible though. Upon reaching the Ridgeline Trail, we took a well deserved 20-30 minute break to rest our legs and soak in the scenery and then headed to Flat Iron. Mike pointed out another wreckage site on the Siphon Draw side, and after that we took another good rest on the side that overlooks Monument Canyon. It was pretty awesome to look down on the terrain we had bushwhacked earlier that day.

Kind of beat by that point, I was ready to head back, but Michael and Mike wanted to bag 5024’ first. Of course, I was not going to object; and I’m really glad we did it! Bagging this peak was like a fun little cool-down: tons of well-beaten in routes and tons of fun boulder hopping. To top things off, the views were some of the best of the entire adventure. Upon reaching the summit, I noticed two small dog collar tags, each in it’s own little bag that someone had left. The backs were engraved with, “I Conquered Peak 5024”. After Peak 5024’, we stopped by the two plane crash memorial sites on the Siphon Draw side before heading back down to the Mining Camp Restaurant. A few others including Peter had arrived back right around the same time. It was pretty fun exchanging stories and comparing GPS routes over dinner.
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Jan 20 2016
JuanJaimeiii
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52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2016
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking6.50 Miles 3,019 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   2.35 mph
3,019 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Wow what a beautiful day. Weather was just perfect out there today. Lot's of out of state visitors entering the park as I arrived.
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Jan 19 2016
AZLumberjack
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79 male
 Joined Feb 17 2010
 Apache Junction,
Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon DrawPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2016
AZLumberjack
Hiking5.84 Miles 3,145 AEG
Hiking5.84 Miles   7 Hrs      1.37 mph
3,145 ft AEG   2 Hrs   45 Mns Break
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1st trip
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rayhuston
One More Time.... Siphon Draw to Flariron and on to 5024


Prior to my 75th Birthday last October, I set a goal of ascending to the Flatiron, one more time. My arthritic knees have been getting worse so I knew this was going to be the trip where I would remove the Flatiron from my "bucket" and concentrate on the less strenuous hikes. My initial plan was to do the hike/climb on my birthday, but, as it turned out, it rained most of that day so I kept waiting for the right time and partner to accompany me....just-in-case (and satisfy the demands of my wife). Ray Huston (rayhuston) agreed to be my hiking partner so we set a date for the event.

Ray took a day off from work and we met at the Mining Camp at 0800 with a noticeable chill to the air. We were the only hikers on the trail and the pace was unhurried, but we made good time up to the Slickrock Basin, where I removed a layer before continuing on. We solved many of the worlds problems on the trail that morning and slowly we met and overcame each of the obstacles that the mountain had so carefully placed to protect itself from the intrusion of humankind. There are several small white "dots" along the way and occasionally the dots were interconnected to form a larger arrow (sure wish this idiot would stick that marker someplace where it would do more good). There is also, a new rockslide entering the trail from the right that has been interpreted (incorrectly) as the trail and hikers are beginning to assume this is the way to the top :o

We finally arrived at the "Wall" and, of coarse, we had to check it out to see which side would be the best to climb and the tree side won out again. With the last obstacle behind us, we headed to the Flatiron for a needed pause/snack and I phoned my wife to assure her that I had made it safely to the Flatiron and now I was contemplating my first shot at the summit, 5024.

We began working our way to the Hoodoo's as hikers began filtering up and over the ridge at the saddle, but, following Ray's lead, we successfully worked our way through the maze of amazing rock formations until we broke out onto 5024 :y: and the awesome 360 degree views that spread out before us... and we were still all alone.

As we worked our way back through the Hoodoos we now were meeting more and more groups of hikers determined to find the hidden trails leading them to the summit. Then it was on to the descent... My knees were feeling pretty good up until now but the impact of the downclimb was soon evident, but thanks to Advil, and the occasional break, manageable :-s We even met an older gentleman (who said that?) of 77 years and doing this for the last 10 years.... hang in there guy :app:

We finished off our day's workout by stopping at the Bluebird for Burgers, Fries and a cold beer. Thanks Ray, your patience was greatly appreciated and this makes a perfect (belated) 75th Birthday wish-come-true :y:
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A pool exists at the bottom of the waterfall and only a small trickle leading down the wash.
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Jan 19 2016
rayhuston
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61 male
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 Gilbert, AZ
Flatiron and Peak 5024, AZ 
Flatiron and Peak 5024, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2016
rayhuston
Hiking6.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   6 Hrs   54 Mns   1.24 mph
3,000 ft AEG   2 Hrs   3 Mns Break
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On our last hike together, Jack and I resolved to hike the Flatiron to celebrate (belatedly) his 75th birthday. Today was the day. And a great day it was. We were first out of the gate this morning, so we had the trail to ourselves, the Flatiron to ourselves and, after a nano second or two of convincing Jack, Peak 5024 to ourselves. Mother Nature tossed in some great weather to make this day about as good as it gets.

We finished the day with a burger and beer at the Bluebird. Happy Birthday Jack! And thanks for inviting me along. I had a great time!
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Dec 31 2015
JuanJaimeiii
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52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2015
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking6.50 Miles 3,019 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   33 Mns   2.60 mph
3,019 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
Partners none no partners
Just couldn't resist hitting my local favorite one last time before the year comes to a close. On the way up I saw the Gatekeeper King and he hiked with me to the saddle. We talked about doing some AZT sections in 2016. Personally I am ready to tackle the whole thing another time. I just haven't decided it I want go North to South or South to North.

Saw lot's of folks on the trail today enjoying themselves. After the Flatiron it was a quick trip up to 5024 and then back down to LDSP.

Happy New Year to Everyone Here on HikeArizona! Cheers!
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Dec 28 2015
Jim_H
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40 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2015
Jim_H
Hiking6.00 Miles 3,180 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.53 mph
3,180 ft AEG      35 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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If it isn't my last hike of the year, it will be the last bigger one, or one with some good AEG, which was a big part of why I did this. With the clouds, I might have canceled, but I wanted the exercise as I am concerned I may be out of shape for Humphrey next month. It is hard to get hikes in the high 2000s to low 3000s around here, so I did this and I decided to check the workout box, as aside from a few spots I wasn't enjoying it. It is the end of December, so.... Cloudy the entire time I hiked, which was a huge disappointment. I would really much rather be out in the western desert, or up on the Peaks, than in the crowded Superstitions.
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Dec 26 2015
rayhuston
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 Gilbert, AZ
Reverse Flatiron, AZ 
Reverse Flatiron, AZ
 
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rayhuston
Hiking7.42 Miles 3,382 AEG
Hiking7.42 Miles   5 Hrs   58 Mns   1.58 mph
3,382 ft AEG   1 Hour   17 Mns Break
 
I had another hike planned with friends from work, but the others were not able to go today. I went back to sleep, hoping to avoid some of the chill on this fine morning. I hit the trail at 9:10. I attempted this hike a few weeks ago but didn't have the legs for it that day. I felt much better on the hike today, but as I write this trip log, I am stiff all over. This is a tough hike!

When I reached the top, I turned south and followed the hoodoos for a short distance before heading west and connecting with the ridgeline trail. I wanted to take in some views of the canyons along the bend in the ridgeline trail. I then hit peak 5024 for some more views before dropping down to the Flatiron.

The sky was clear and beautiful. A couple of days of brisk winds made for great visibility. Gusting winds on top of the mountain brought the temps down quite a bit. I saw a few purple faces on the Flatiron. The usual gaggle of people sitting around enjoying the views was replaced with a steady stream of people hurrying to the edge for a quick peak before scurrying back down. I didn't stay long either, just enough time for a snack before heading down.

Prior to arriving at the Flatiron, I didn't see anyone on this hike. The chilling winds didn't stop anyone from hitting the Siphon Draw trail, though. It was thick as usual.

I arrived home with about an hour to spare before heading to the Phoenix Zoo to see the lights with my wife and some friends. Talk about cold and windy. Brrr! But it was fun. Rhonda and I ended the night with a ride on the Merry Go Round while our friends giggled on the sidelines. They were just jealous!
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Dec 20 2015
VolcanoCLMBR
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 Phoenix
Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon DrawPhoenix, AZ
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VolcanoCLMBR
Hiking5.84 Miles 2,898 AEG
Hiking5.84 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   1.63 mph
2,898 ft AEG
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Dec 13 2015
syoung
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40 male
 Joined May 23 2012
 Mesa, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2015
syoung
Hiking8.60 Miles 4,751 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   3 Hrs   39 Mns   2.36 mph
4,751 ft AEG18 LBS Pack
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Bounced my way up to Flatiron, back down to the saddle, and then up again. After relaxing for a bit, I headed over to 5024 to enjoy the clouds lingering over the snow covered mountains along the horizon. On the way down I scampered up The Gatekeeper quickly.
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Nov 29 2015
JuanJaimeiii
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52 male
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 Chandler, AZ
Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking11.84 Miles 5,106 AEG
Hiking11.84 Miles   6 Hrs   40 Mns   1.99 mph
5,106 ft AEG      43 Mns Break
 
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Linda threw this one out a few weeks ago. I said I was a "strong maybe". It's hard to turn down the Ridgeline however I have had a couple real estates deals in the works. Luckily the stars lined up and I was able to go.

First we hit 5024 and then 5057.

Weather was great if not a tad chilly. There were a couple spots about halfway across that we saw frost on the ridgeline. :o

Linda kept it in high gear the whole way across and earned a pizza in the process. :y:

Great hike with good company. Thanks for the invite.
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Nov 29 2015
LindaAnn
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39 female
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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LindaAnn
Hiking11.64 Miles 5,006 AEG
Hiking11.64 Miles   6 Hrs   40 Mns   1.87 mph
5,006 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
 
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JuanJaimeiii
I'd been wanting to try the Ridgeline for a while, and luckily JJ's schedule worked out for today. It was a lot of fun, and definitely one of the tougher hikes I've done this year. The weather was really nice--cool, sunny, and not too breezy; although right as I was complaining that I was too warm in just a tanktop, it was pointed out to me that there was frost all alongside the trail. I kept up a decent pace (for me) and I'm sure I worked off the last of the Thanksgiving calories, which we promptly made up for with a post-hike pizza. I'll surely be remembering this hike for the next few days as I continue to pick the cactus needles out of my legs, obviously I wasn't paying close enough attention to where I was walking. But it was worth it as I had a lot of fun!
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Nov 27 2015
syoung
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 Mesa, AZ
Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon DrawPhoenix, AZ
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syoung
Hiking6.90 Miles 3,911 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   2 Hrs   52 Mns   2.41 mph
3,911 ft AEG17 LBS Pack
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Decided to do my #optoutside civic duty and get out there. After taking 5 days of rest the knee did feel magnitudes better. It did have an occasion twinge as a reminder that it wasn't 100%; but overall, I am happy with the results thus far.

I hit the Gatekeeper up on the way up again, then proceeded to Flatiron, then the peak, then back down to the Gatekeeper and home.

I didn't get off to an early start but, without a doubt, the most people I have ever seen out there today. Everyone seemed in good spirits! It was nice running into you again Linda!
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Nov 25 2015
JuanJaimeiii
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 Chandler, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking6.55 Miles 3,019 AEG
Hiking6.55 Miles   2 Hrs   54 Mns   2.40 mph
3,019 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
Partners none no partners
I went up mid-afternoon. Boy were there a lot of people on the trail today. I don't recall ever seeing so many people hiking in jeans. :o

I had a chance to chat with a nice family that was here visiting from Iowa. They all made it to the top which was cool.

On a side note the trail has been hit again with paint. This time with white trail guiding dots. They are about the size of a quarter. While I don't agree with this at all it is about as minimalistic as it can be. Personally I don't see myself going out to remove them as I think they will just get replaced eventually with something much worse like what we saw in the past.
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Nov 21 2015
adilling
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 Mesa, AZ
Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon DrawPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Nov 21 2015
adilling
Hiking5.83 Miles 2,898 AEG
Hiking5.83 Miles   5 Hrs   31 Mns   1.16 mph
2,898 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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Not my first trip up the Siphon Draw up to the top, but my first time heading over to check out 5024. This will now be part of the visit whilst I am up top.

Thanks to Mike Genovese for leading the way, my son and I really enjoyed the hike.

Not much to add to the description department for this hike. We started at dawn out of the Mining Camp parking lot and beat most of the crowds, but met them on the way back down. You can tell by the look in the eyes if they have done this hike before or if they are realizing, too late, that his is a hard hike. Oh well, it’s good to see people doing this hike, it’s an accomplishment to get on the Flatiron and look down upon the lesser beings below. It was great seeing so many youngsters as well. Good for them and their parents! Start them young! We ran into a party of hikers planning on hitting the Ridgeline up on 5024 about 10-ish and guessed they would be hiking in the dark at the end. We were apparently right.

It looks like most of the white/blue paint is gone, but now bingo markers have taken their place. Cairns and other markers are sometimes necessary, when a trail is not clear. For this hike, it’s UP with very little mystery or uncertainty….some venture off the beaten path and learn the hard way they are off the main trail up, but for the most part, it’s fairly clear where to go. So, why do some feel compelled to leave paint or other markings?? Who knows? THEY obviously know the way up, as I did not see one lost hiker holding a can of Krylon or shouting “BINGO”.

The next time up, I believe I will just keep going and try to get the elusive Ridgeline Hike notched on my trekking stick.
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average hiking speed 1.91 mph
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