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Nov 23 2013
zukerrach
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 Delafield, WI
Wave CavePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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zukerrach
Hiking5.50 Miles 2,220 AEG
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 phoenix, az
Superstition Peak 5057 Loop via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2013
trekkin_gecko
Hiking12.92 Miles 4,200 AEG
Hiking12.92 Miles   6 Hrs   18 Mns   2.31 mph
4,200 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
1st trip
had two choices for today, this loop and bluff springs mountain summit
loaded a bunch of tracks for both and decided to do this one on the drive
first time on hierglyphics trail
the rock with water flowing part looks worthy of further exploration, but today i found the trail next to the canyon and just kept moving
didn't see the hieroglyphics or the balanced rock so a return trip is in order
the trail above the canyon is well-cairned, perhaps overly so
a nice helping of AEG with a bit of bushwhacking through overgrowth and some scrambling
there is a point where two canyons come together, and the trail first goes to the right, then up the section between, then finishes the climb on the left
at the top, i ran into three backpackers doing the ridgeline
took a right on ridgeline heading for 5057
you're not done ascending yet :?
great views on both sides of the ridgeline where the canyon meets the trail
found the turnoff for 5057 and met two guys on the way down from the summit - think one of them was haz hikerguy, doing ridgline
those would be the only people i saw until back at the trailhead
spent a few minutes on 5057 admiring the views, taking pictures and signing the register (hikerguy was the only other signature today)
this is the third time i've been on 5057 and i've seen the spur trail leading to three sisters before
seemed like a good day to go that way
not really a trail up higher, but not difficult to walk on rock or avoid the cactus
i went out on two of them, and will have to look more closely at my track to see where i was
one has a killer dropoff
good views, and just cool to be up there
made my way back down to boulder saddle, then down carney
an unbelievable amount of globemallow on the trail, which contrasted nicely with brittlebush, and made the descent tolerable
took lost goldmine trail back to the trailhead
this got a little tedious, and i wouldn't do this exact hike again
thought about doing devils mountain's loop, but with three sisters tossed in, didn't really want to go back the same way
unfinished business in this area, as i considered turks head and the wave cave too late
hiero deserves a little more attention, too
nice day, as some high clouds and a good breeze kept it cool enough
i think i like scrambling ;)
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going with moderate as an average, but areas of abundant brittlebush
predominately brittlebush, globemallow and hedgehog flowers
substantial globemallow on carney
light amounts of lupine and other things i don't know the names of

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Hieroglyphic Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
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Feb 23 2013
AZLOT69
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
Three SistersPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2013
AZLOT69
Hiking7.70 Miles 2,700 AEG
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Great choice as we only saw two others all day. Thru the dust layer we could see the onslaught of cars headed for Peralta. Brittle Brush, Lupine, and Golden Mexican Poppies were a common sight. How fast the desert has responded to a spring like sun and a little moisture.
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Feb 08 2013
Hippy
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35 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Three SistersPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hippy
Hiking7.70 Miles 2,700 AEG
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Ladies and gentlemen...I did it, it was fun, I did this in a sort of loop, started at Carney TH bounced out to ye ol' Wave Cave then scrambled happily above the cave and north along the ravine toward the Ridgeline trail :y:

First off, awesome area! Great views! Beautiful surroundings! I was in absolute Hippy heaven!

Somewhere above the cave, maybe a mile or so after, I was singing "we built this city..." As I crossed this little ledge, shelf thing, apparently something on the shelf above me didn't appreciate my singing, whatever it was darted away and handfuls of scree came raining down on my head! Naturally I ducked down into a crouch...and forgot my ledge had a slight dip in it, my feet went out from under and I slid over the side of the ledge down a little cliff at least 6 feet, probably close to ten because I wasn't able to climb back up. I looked around and realized I lost my "trail" in the fall...Ah crap...

Then I felt something warm and wet on my left leg...I glanced down expecting the worst but I didn't expect to see my left leg thrust knee deep in the putrid, skattered carcass of a bighorn sheep!
I was up in an instant, snapped a few photos, lifted half of the skull, damn that's heavy! Then I saw the teeth marks...oh god! And now I smell like lion food!!
All alone, well off trail, covered in death juices...tarzan swinging' AWESOME!!

I wanted adventure! The Supes never disappoint.

Anyhow, I was too far to turn back to the Wave Cave trail so I sucked up my fear of being a tiny chunk of kitty food and proceeded up the side of the three sisters. I did find a little spring along the way and I did the best I could to wash the guts off my leg. I armed myself with a sturdy agave "sword" and plowed on.
About half an hour later I spotted Weavers Needle I knew I'd hit the ridgeline trail within minutes.
My adrenaline still had me imagining lions behind every rock so I shouted and howled and sang bad 80s songs at the top of my lungs, nothing would mess with that!
Found the trail, raced to carney spring, washed up again and made it almost to the trailhead when I ran into a guy from Portland, I must have looked as scared as I felt because he kept offering food and water, I was glad to not be alone anymore!!

Made it to the suby, stopped for a pizza then swung by Chumley's to scrub the dead carcass juices off in his shower. :whistle:

Awesome adventure, scared myself with good reason, real nice area to bushwhack through! I'll go back someday...just not alone! SITS (solo in the supes)t
can be creepy! :D
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Jan 05 2013
joebartels
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Wave Sisters 5057 Roost View Cave Loop, AZ 
Wave Sisters 5057 Roost View Cave Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 05 2013
joebartels
Hiking12.40 Miles 4,960 AEG
Hiking12.40 Miles   10 Hrs   50 Mns   1.33 mph
4,960 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Typical...
Bruce suggest a loop. I look it over lightly. Give the okay. Wake up days later to go to the hike with very limited time. "Oh this is what I agreed on" after really looking at it. Um, I don't know it there is enough time in a day for this but let's go...

Wave Cave
This was better than I remember, unique.

Love Thy Sister
Glad I went. Spectacular vertical drop from the middle sister. We spied a route up. It looks doable. A better route noted from above. Checked it on topo and looks a tad easier or equal to the ravine approach we took.

Peak 5057
Good one, never flipped out about it, probably will return.

The Roost is on Fire
Excellent. I've been close many times and never tried to find it. Highly recommended.

Dacite Tide is Rockin'
Still kickin'

Peralta Saddle
As with many parts of this loop... things I remember being difficult passed virtually unnoticed. The down ascent to the saddle was nothing. Apparently I went straight down in the past. Easing down on the side took maybe five minutes.

Cave Trail
Kinna tired and wanted it over. An old favorite so I file the displeasure under circumstances. Near the Bluff Springs junction we witnessed a remarkable display of nature. Two bighorns flying across the desert landscape. The spectacular part was watching them jump a twelve foot vertical section bouncing off a wall straight up. Luckily Bruce saw it or it was sure to go into the "sure whatever joe" file.

Wildflowers
Some yellows out and one purple daisy, didn't expect anything.

Water
Trickles/pools here and there. Unexpected snow pack for a quarter mile on ridgeline.

Started just before sunrise and just after sunset. Mighty fine loop Bruce assembled maximizing the available daylight, to within minutes... thank you

cool idea, terrible execution
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Jan 05 2013
The_Eagle
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Wave Sisters 5057 Roost View Cave Loop, AZ 
Wave Sisters 5057 Roost View Cave Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 05 2013
The_Eagle
Hiking13.17 Miles 5,030 AEG
Hiking13.17 Miles   10 Hrs   50 Mns   1.41 mph
5,030 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
I always get a kick out of Joe's acceptance of the hikes I propose to him.
He never truly looks at them usually until that morning, if at all. You'd think he'd have learned by now.

We left the Peralta TH just before first light, and within 15 minutes, Joe finds a Metate and Mano. After quietly saying hi to Don, we continued up the Lost Goldmine Trail en route to catch a wave at the cave.

The Wave Cave was cooler than I thought it'd be. It actually quite large inside.

Now it was time for the fun. We chose scrambling up to get to the Sisters as opposed to following the established trail down 600' in elevation, back up, and 2 miles RT. It was slow going through the thick stuff, but rewarding once we started catching the views.

Almost to the first Sister, we jumped a large Buck Whitetail. At the Sister, Joe showed off his Boom Camera skills. From here on out, we were on trails or cairned routes for the most part, the rest of the day.

Over to the top of Peak 5057 for lunch, we saw the first of two groups on the Ridgeline, for the day.

Next the jaunt to Robbers Roost. I was by here once before, but never found the actual Roost. We found it this time. What a sweet little area. Last time I walked within 20' of the turn to the entrance. You need to find this area to explore.

From here we stopped a bit for some surfing and then down past the gun-site to the Peralta Saddle. Joe wanted to take a break Weavers Needle Viewpoint bench. So we went out to the end. He was so mad that the Bench was gone, he threw his Camera.

The Cave trail was our return trip. I saw the alcove with Bob's collection of trinkets and then went up to the real Cave.

We were treated, for the second week in a row, to a Big Horn Sheep encounter. They were too quick for pictures this time. The Ram vanished first, and the Ewe showed us her jumping ability by going close to 10' vertically, while twisting, to catch the top of a boulder.

I really enjoyed this loop.
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AZLumberjack
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 Joined Feb 17 2010
 Apache Junction,
Three SistersPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 12 2012
AZLumberjack
Hiking1.00 Miles 100 AEG
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No, I didn't hike this, but it's close enough for talking points. Around 3:00 in the afternoon, I received a call from Pam (Outdoor Lover) asking if I could meet her and Van (Vancar) at the Carney Spring Trailhead around 5:00. They were having route problems along the ridgeline and wouldn't have enough daylight to hike the Lost Goldmine Trail to their car parked at Hieroglyphic Trailhead. I wasn't doing anything important, so I agreed to be their shuttle.

I just took my camera along since I expected it to be a fairly short wait, parked the Explorer and hiked the trail to the Wilderness fenceline. Soon my cell phone rang again, and Pam told me that they were going to be later than expected due to finding the way up to 5057. I wandered around as the sun got lower, presenting me with some interesting shots of the Three Sisters rock formations and the desert scenery. All the while, I could hear voices coming from the direction of the Dacite Cliffs.

Before long, the sun was setting and the coyotes were sounding off so I trekked back towards the parking lot. Along the way, I caught some movement along the cliffs and saw hang gliders floating down. The lighting was too far gone and the distance too great so I was unable to get a shot of them, but it was quite a sight. They must have landed close to the Don's Camp.

Back at the parking lot, now dark, I spotted a figure walking down the trail heading my way. I asked him if he had seen a couple up on the ridge, and he said he had met them close to the 5057 peak and they were perhaps an hour behind him. Then I spotted the lights way up on the mountain coming down Carney.

The coyotes were howling again from back by the Quarter Circle U ranch site and the temp was dropping and I was still watching the lights slowly progressing down the mountain. It can be deceiving how close those lights can appear, but finally I could see them on the trail in front of me. Then finally two figures materialized out of the wilderness, Pam and Van had made it down and out (down and out is a good description of their condition too) :o

After a bit of chit-chat about the experience they had been through, I drove them to the Hieroglyphic parking lot where they kinda limped into Van's SUV and we parted. Glad everyone's OK after that one. I made it back home around 8:00, too late for dinner, so I just had a beer then called it a nite :)
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Dec 02 2012
AZLumberjack
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 Apache Junction,
Three SistersPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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AZLumberjack
Hiking2.95 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking2.95 Miles   2 Hrs   33 Mns   2.13 mph
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One morning last week, I was driving down Peralta Road on my way to the Peralta Trailhead. It was early and the sun was yet to rise above the ridges to my east but the large full moon hung only slightly above the Superstition ridgeline. The sight was like a magical moment, but I wanted to get on the Peralta Trail and get some pre-dawn shots, so I filed this one away for another opportunity.

That opportunity presented itself this morning, so I got another early start and parked my truck at the Carney Spring Trailhead. I was a bit too early, so I passed some time experimenting with shots of the bright moon. As it turned out, the moon was too far away from the Superstition Ridgeline and, although it was bright, it wasn't in the same place I had witnessed only a couple of days earlier (DUUUH :? )

Not one to waste a series of early sunrise shots, I headed along the Lost Goldmine Trail until I was close to the Three Sisters Rock formation. There I set up the camera and tripod and waited until the lighting was more to my liking and began shooting the area.

I wish there had been some clouds in the sky to break up the sunrise, but it was an almost perfectly cloudless Arizona sky. I took several shots of the rocks and the ridgeline, but too soon the sun was high enough to make it hard to find the trail as I retraced my route back to the parking lot. I guess I gotta wait for the next full moon and see where it's path takes it.
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Jan 25 2012
FLYING_FLIVER
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 Fountain Hills,
Superstition Peak 5057 - CarneyPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2012
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking9.10 Miles 3,210 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles   6 Hrs   50 Mns   1.79 mph
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Great day for a hike. Mike & I started off from Carney at about 8:20 AM and started up to the Ridgeline. I had been up to the Ridgeline many times, but this time, I wanted to log the NGS (National Geodetic Survey) Triangulation Survey Mark on Peak 5057.

The original survey done on Peak 5057 is one of oldest surveys done in Arizona (1899). Those original surveyors hiked up there with pack mules. I can't even imagine doing that hike with pack mules, especially going up Carney Springs. Obviously, we can only assume there was basically no trail for them to follow in 1899. They left the mules below the peak while they did their survey work.

In subsequent years, (1910, 1936, 1938, and 1946) other surveyors put the various present 3 survey disks up there (& one carving in a boulder). The main disk is the one with the triangle on it, and the other 2 disks (Reference Marks) have arrows on them, pointing to the triangulation disk. The surveyors also carved that rudimentary "arrow" in a nearby boulder, pointing to the main disk. That carving was done in 1910, and also acted as a Reference Mark.

Next time you are up there, see if you can locate all 3 disks (easy) and the tiny arrow carving in the boulder. (not so easy)

On the way back to Carney, I hiked out to the end of Three Sisters (the one furthest northwest), so I could take a photo of Peak 5057 from that unique vantage point.
Again, a great day and a great hike.
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Mar 13 2011
sheideman
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 Joined Jan 18 2011
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2011
sheideman
Hiking11.50 Miles 4,480 AEG
Hiking11.50 Miles   10 Hrs      1.15 mph
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After staring at the mountain from my front yard for so many years, we FINALLY did the ridgeline hike! :DANCE: I have had it on my list for a looong time. We decided to go up Carney and down the Siphon trail because we have hiked both many times and figured that it would be easier to go down the Siphon trail with sore legs--Carney is just so slick. I think that was a good call, but I have read and heard that going the opposite direction is easier. Who knows? We made it to the top of WBS in less than an hour and then headed towards 5057. We summited 5057, spent a little time up there and signed our names to the log in the red coffee can. We then went back down the way we came, the whole 5057 trip probably only added 1/2 mile at most and it was well worth it. We met a large group on the way down from the summit who had missed the ridgeline trail and were heading up the summit trail. We pointed them in the right direction and then headed on our way. After 3 sisters, we decided to take the back side trail to get out of the way to have some lunch. After lunch we proceeded down the trail. My quads started to cramp a bit before the coconut water kicked in so it was pretty slow going there for a while. Finally, I started to get my legs back and we proceeded to the Siphon draw trail. Going down Siphon was pretty slow going--it took us 2 hours! My knees were pretty sore going down, but with the slow pace, we made it down.

All in all it was a great hike--but it was pretty difficult. I am glad to have crossed this one off the list. We proceeded home, showered and then headed out to dinner for my bro-in-law's birthday. I had a nice big steak which definitely "eased the pain" :y:
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vanman
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 Gilbert
Three SistersPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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vanman
Hiking7.70 Miles 2,700 AEG
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 chandler,az
Three SistersPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking9.70 Miles 3,450 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   1.71 mph
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Overshot the turn off for the Three Sisters, so I went to peak 5057 first. Once up above I could see where I needed to go to get over to the Three Sisters. The hike description says to go 2 miles past West Boulder Saddle then go east. It's actually only about 1.4 miles. Two miles takes you almost to 5057. Depart the ridgeline trail 1.4 miles past West Boulder saddle at N33 24.385 W111 23.316 and go east about a third of a mile. That will get you to your destination. The cliffs are impressive! Very windy on the ridgeline at first, but calmed down considerably before leaving.
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 Chandler, AZ
Three SistersPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2006
bails
Hiking3.40 Miles 2,700 AEG
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We tried climbing The Three Sisters but fell short by about a mile. This hike is a great workout if you want to gain elevation quickly and don't mind the pain in your knees the next day. :D

Carney Springs Road is very rough and I wouldn't recommend bringing a car unless you want to loose your oil pan. You need a high clearance vehicle to negotiate all the rocks strewn all over the road.

The first 1 1/4 miles to West Boulder Saddle gains about 900 feet in elevation over loose rock and dirt. This was a workout for my lungs on the way up and my knees on the way down. West Boulder Saddle give you a great view looking back towards Carney Springs Road and FS 77.

From West Boulder Saddle I felt like turning back when I saw the next climb. It looks very imposing from the Saddle, but I found the climb easier than the first 1 1/4 miles. You gain another 600 feet in elevation that mostly comes near the top. Once at the top, it's an easy walk along the Ridgeline Trail.

We bushwhacked our way to what we thought was the top of Three Sisters only to find ourselves on the smaller set of peaks next to Three Sisters. It was getting late, so we heading back down.

If you are looking for great views, I wouldn't recommend this climb over a Flatiron or Picacho climb. If you are looking for a workout without a crowd (we saw only 2 other hikers), this is a decent climb.
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