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46 male
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Camelback Summit - Cholla THPhoenix, AZ
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27:24 12/8 - After 4 weeks of rowing 3-4 times per week - PB is 26:22. I raced the sunset. late start after work.

Starting Week 5 12/11

33:51 - 11/4
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Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
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Great day for a hike. #11 summit for me. I saw no one all day except at the trailhead. As I was crossing Boulder Canyon, I stepped on a wobbly rock, stepped back onto the shore to find a different route. Right as i put my foot into the sand I damn near stepped on a rattlesnake. I didn't see him as I approached but I sure heard him afterward. Way too close for comfort. He slithered away under a rock and I cursed myself for the next 5 minutes for being so stupid and blind. I didn't see any others for the rest of the day.

I found a wallet on my way up to the summit and am mailing it back to the owner. He and his group were out there on the 2nd or 3rd.

For anyone planning on doing this hike in the next few days, bring a new summit log notebook. The one up there is full. And...what happened to the American Flag? I liked being able to fly the flag while on the summit. I felt like a pioneer :)

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Boulder Creek at #103 / #236 Jct Light flow Light flow
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Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
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It's crazy it's been over 3 years since I've been up here. I've wandered all over the rest of the Supes, but haven't made it back here. It is every bit of as excellent as I remember. I've always said the best day to hike is the day after a rain storm. This trip didn't disappoint. I set out with my Nikon and my nifty-fifty (50mm 1.8) and saw some things I've never seen out there. Not so much water in Boulder Canyon, but droplets covered everything along the trail.

The clouds stayed away most of the day but rolled over the ridge and onto the top right as I was settling in to eat lunch at the summit. Worried about slick rock on my way down, I hustled off the top shortly after arriving. The rain quickly subsided and I made it down without issue. I ate lunch in solitude at the junction of Boulder Canyon and 2nd Water and headed back up and out.
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After watching the weather reports for a week or so leading up to this, I knew Friday was the day. Rain was in the forecast for Thursday and my favorite day for hiking is the day after it rains. Friday didn't disappoint. Unseasonably cool (70's) with great sun and clouds.

As I was coming across Garden Valley I ran into D1ck (profanity filter) Walt heading my way. He was an old-timer with a ton of old Superstition tales. He was headed down to Aylor's Camp and looping through La-barge box and over the saddle of battleship before heading back to the TH. I was heading to Battleship with no plans of heading into the box, but I changed my plans after talking to D1ck.

He spoke of his time living with Chuck and when he subsequently threw him out of his house and told him of this abandoned camp down in boulder canyon. He talked about the time he and Chuck had harnessed up a couple of mules and carried down a gas powered refrigerator but had to carry it by hand down 2nd Water because the tail wasn't wide enough. He talked about exploring up a slot canyon and finding old cavalry jacket buttons, arrowheads, and even a nugget of gold. He said his wife told him to stop telling that story because he had no proof. He thinks Chuck lost the nugget.

He talked about the 3 morons who were found dead in the canyon this year (Around Yellow peak). He called it Utah or Dead Man's canyon.

He pointed out petroglyphs I've never seen before, locations of old mines, and was just a treasure trove of information.

We departed at Boulder Canyon and met up just below the stern of Battleship. I was heading down, he was on his way up and over. We chatted some more and bid farewell. I headed down into Labarge for exploring and in search of Aylor's camp.

There were plenty of pools of water still there and the area was quite cool. I hiked back through La-Barge canyon and up and over the bow of the battleship. I explored around the old Indian Paint Mine and met back up with the 2nd Water junction and headed up.

At the junction of Black Top Mesa, D1ck was sitting down chilling at the trail marker. I said goodbye and headed back to the car.

I had a very good day and my 6th Battleship summit did not disappoint one bit.
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Charlebois Loop IIPhoenix, AZ
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I needed a good Superstition fix. The Charlebois Loop II did just that. I knew 16 miles was a good distance and I didn't really know what to expect. I kind of like it that way. When I set out on a big hike, whether it be out here or in Yosemite, I try not to do too much research. In some ways it sucks that I'm not prepared to notice a detail of the area, but the enjoyment in seeing something for the first time with no real previous knowledge is cool. The coolness usually trumps the disappointment. I can always go back to check out what I missed.

This trip was the same. I knew I was going to pass some springs along the way, but I had no real idea how cool those springs would be, nor how attractive those spots would be for an overnight backpack trip. I can totally see completing this loop again spending the night at either La Barge or Whiskey Springs. Plenty of shade and plenty of water. The great thing about the springs this time of year was the yellow of the Cottonwoods. So beautiful to see in such a harsh desert landscape.

The parts I missed though was first the specimen saguaro and then Peralta's Master Map. In my haste to hit the grove of trees past Charlebois, I missed not only the map, but the entire spring. I doubled back along the creek bed a half mile or so back to the spring and started looking for "south facing cliffs at creek level" trying to find the map. I got to explore around the spring which was pretty cool, but I couldn't track down the map. I gave myself an extra hour at Charlebois, but at 1PM, I had to call it quits and start the hike back.

There was a little bushwhacking around the junction of Upper Black Top Mesa Pass and the Terrapin Trail, but it wasn't too bad. Following the canyon up led me back to the trail. Climbing up Terrapin Pass was the first point of the day where I started to sweat. It was a nice late day push and I could definitely feel the burn.

The rest of the trail was pretty uneventful. The sun dipping below the tops of the mountains brought the chill back into my body and I was eager to get back home to a couple of cool beverages and the hot tub. I didn't see anyone on the trail, saw a couple of birds, a cardinal, but not much else the entire day. It was a great trip and I can't wait to head back this spring.
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Camelback Summit - Cholla THPhoenix, AZ
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Just got back from a 60 mile hike in Yosemite and ran a 10K last weekend. I must be doing something right. I got to the top in 26:22. I bettered my previous best by over a minute.

Saw a moron lady with a dog on a leash in one hand, and her 3-4 year old on her shoulders coming down one of the steepest sections near the top. She had decent hiking shoes and appeared to be in shape, but still..how do you put your kid in danger like that? I told her she should let the kid walk. My wife would have my ass if I tried a stunt like that.
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Sometimes the mountain gets you, sometimes you get the mountain.
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31:30 - Hot, slow, low motivated.
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29:14 - Not bad. Early dawn hike.
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Trying to get back to the mountain at dawn during the summer. My goal, 3 times a week.
Second trip up this week, 27:56 from TH to top.
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Grouse Mountain LoopSouthwest, NM
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I found this hike by asking on the forum here for something close that wasn't going to be covered in snow in early-late May. That requirement ruled out Yosemite and the Rockies. Gila NF was recommended and I started to check it out.


In the Hikers Guide to the Gila NF it mentions the Redstone-Baldy Loop. After talking with the local ranger there, he said that not only will there be snow present, but they haven't gotten to plowing the road to get to the Redstone Park Trail Head. He recommended going in Deloche Canyon Trail (179), up Winn Canyon (179) to Spider Saddle. From there, I would be able to judge the snowpack and distances to either head over to Whitewater Baldy/Hummingbird Saddle or to shorten the loop and head down the Redstone Park Trail (206). I took his advice and set a date.


The drive out was pretty uneventful. The weather was nice and the A/C was unnecessary most of the way. Highway 159/Bursum Road takes you through Glenwood and the little town of Mogollon. I arrived at the TH in a little over 5 hours.


The trip up Deloche Canyon (elev 7200') is up several hundred feet through a forest. This was one of several dull portions along the trail. Nothing like sweating your tail off with little to keep your mind and your eyes occupied. At the top, a very nice vista appears as you start to wind down towards Whitewater Creek. After several hundred feed down into the canyon, my favorite sound arrives. Running water and by the sounds of it, a lot of running water. I love the instant when the air blowing softly through trees is overpowered by the sound of water running over rocks. When I'm in a backpacking mode, nothing makes me happier than running water.


I hung out down by Whitewater Creek (elev 6500') for an hour or so and ate lunch. The water was cold, but not so bad I couldn't dip my bones in for a while.


My next stop was up 3500' and about 5 miles away. As I climbed higher and higher in elevation, there were more and more trees down. Not just small dead pines, but large 5' diameter monsters. The snow storms that passed through and wreaked havoc on CA, AZ, and across the Midwest and east coast, also passed through NM. Downed trees were everywhere. It made life with a backpack pretty difficult at times. Finally around 4 or 5, I stopped for the night at a very nice campground on top of Spruce Creek Saddle. My goal throughout the hike was to find a nice fire ring somewhere at the top.


In the morning, my concern was water. I knew there was a spring somewhere around, but I didn't know if it was running or not. My goal for the day was to not have to ration water and to have enough to drink at will. After a small cup of coffee and a couple of nutri-grain bars, I headed down to check the spring out. The spring trail is a short walk from the campsite and about a half mile down with -400' of elev. The second I heard running water, I bounced back up to my pack and grabbed my filter and every bladder and bottle I had. The spring was gushing and was more like a small creek. I knew I was in for a good day at this point.


Back on the Holt-Apache trail (181) over to Spider Saddle (elev 9800') and Indian Peak, I dropped my pack and scrambled up to the top of Grouse Mountain (elev 10,300') for a look (and to bag at least 1 peak along the way). It was very overgrown and the trail was non-existent in most places. It was mainly a scramble to the top. Along the trail to Spider Saddle was pretty uneventful except for the next million downed tree crossings I had to work through.
Spider Saddle was a large opening with a very nice campsite and fire ring. Someone was thoughtful enough to tie plastic orange ribbons on trees indicating where trails entered and exited the area. When I found the trail leading down to Redstone Park, I discovered that about 75% of the way was under several feet of snow. You could make out the trail in parts by looking at downed trees with the middle cut out, but for the most part, the trail was 100% covered.


But I had a stroke of luck. A very large animal, I'm guessing an elk, had passed along this trail recently and left large footprints in the snow. At first I was a little skeptical about following some random animal through the woods, but the longer I went the more I started to believe that this animal used the trail system just as humans would. After a couple of miles and a couple hundred feet in elevation decline, the snow melted away to reveal an un-obscured trail down Lipsey Canyon.


I arrived at Redstone park with the intention of hiking along Whitewater Creek back to the original campsite along the Deloche Whitewater junction, but the brush had other ideas. The river was fast and the brush was overgrown. I scoped things out and couldn't find a trail that would take me to the place I thought I wanted to go. That left one option. Hike out another 5 miles and 1500' to the Trail Head of Redstone Park. Ugh. I was disappointed to say the least.

At least this part of the curved trail was what I'll call an inner loop. Ahead of me and to the left, I could see the saddle where I would exit and head down to the road. After an initial climb, the trail was level for a couple of miles. There were solid vistas of Whitewater and Center Baldy mountains. Finally up and over the saddle, I practically ran down the trail to get to the camp site. The trail head was devoid of people and there was a nice quiet brook running down the center of it.
I pitched my tent, started up a nice fire, and polished off the remainder of my cabernet while watching the moon rise over me. It was a very long and sometimes frustrating day and sleep came easy that night.

The hike back to the car was a short 3 or 4 miles down a dirt trail road.
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Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
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I took a friend of mine out here this time. It was nice to have some company to show off this jewel of the Supes. I was hoping for lots of reptiles, but I guess I should be careful what I wish for. I wanted lizards, but I got a couple of close calls with rattlers.

The weather was great. We set out at 7:30. The brittlebush plants are in FULL bloom and everything was glowing yellow. As you descend down into boulder canyon, the brittlebush have grown over a pretty large portion of the trail. Where there weren't brittlebush, there was grass. Off trail, you could barely make out the terrain. The first snake encounter was coming down the trail as another hiker was making his way up the trail. He nearly stepped on him and jumped back. The snake seemed quite upset. He rattled so much I thought there were two. I took a couple of pictures, gave him a wide berth, and continued on.

There was still water running down in Boulder Canyon and it even looked good enough to drink and swim in places. There were a ton of mosquito larvae in the standing pools, but the running portions looked clean and clear.

As we went through the slot canyon to start the bushwhack to the stern, things got a little dicey. First the terrain is all scree and very slick. Second, the brittlebush were blooming and very large, third, the grasses were everywhere the brittlebush were not. All of these led to a very nerve racking trip. You never really knew what would be under your next foot step. I tossed some rocks ahead of me to alert any snakes that may be in the area. We didn't hear anything.

The hike to the top was pretty uneventful. It is the definitely the fun part of the hike.

On the hike back, we decided to make a B-line straight to boulder canyon to avoid any more bushwhacking than necessary. The trip through boulder canyon wasn't so bad since there was an abundance of water.

On the hike back out, we encountered the second snake of the day. I was walking along about a mile or so from the TH and noticed the guy sticking out of the left side of the trail right where my foot was about to plant the next step. He didn't rattle at all and just sat there with a half-coil. He seemed cool as a cucumber and not annoyed by us at all.

We got back to the car around 3 or so and headed home. If I were to envision a perfect AZ hike, this would be it.
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I was definitely excited for Monday to come. Like the rest of the west, I've been watching and waiting for the first or second clear day after the storm made it's way through to head out Boulder Canyon and over to Battleship for some views.

Monday came and I was ready. Temps were cool, the sky was clear, there was snow on the outer peaks, and there would definitely be no need to carry 15 pounds of water with me. A half full bladder, a quart bottle, and a water filter and I was good to go.
The road to the TH was in as good as shape as it always is, high clearance wasn't necessary. There were only two cars and a Harley when I arrived at 8:30. Temps were cool (40's) and I was glad I had gloves.

The hike across 1st and 2nd water were pretty uneventful. Some patches of running water, but I knew there was more down at the bottom. I hiked up to the top of the black rock fall and saguaro hill to get some shots of the snow covered 4 peaks. That was a first for me and I was glad I did. It is definitely interesting landscape and I wish I knew more about how it was formed.

Boulder canyon was very nice with plenty of water. The creek crossings were interesting and I managed to stay dry. Vaporman posted a picture of a downed Saguaro and I ran across the same one along the trail parallel to the canyon. It was a shame to see so many large cacti and octotillos downed, but I suppose that's life and death for you.

The hike up to the stern of battleship was like I remember. No clear way and I doubt I've ever taken the same path up or down. Once on top, the sounds coming from La Barge Box were pretty awesome. Rushing water and wind down below made it difficult to hear the planes overhead. Maybe some day I'll hike through the box on my way home. Speaking of the way home, I missed my usual descent point and followed some shreds of fabric tied to tree branches and nearly busted my A** and arms during a slip. At that point, I was pretty pissed at whoever would put markers on such a treacherous part of the trail when 20 yards away was a much safer route. Oh well...I learned my lesson.

Other than the slip-down the hike back was pretty uneventful. There were people sunning and soaking their feet at the junction of boulder canyon and 2nd water. I stopped to refill and rest my feet for a couple of minutes.

The hike back out was good. My legs were sore, but not so bad that it was uncomfortable. I guess jogging makes you a better hiker...who knew.
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W Boulder Cyn to Willow SpringsPhoenix, AZ
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This hike was torture on my arms and legs, but it was very enjoyable. I took a sick day from work and I've got two giveaways of my little white lie. 1. My car is covered in dust, and 2, my arms look like I've been wrestling with a cat. But all in all, this was totally worth it.

For a birthday present, I was given Carlson's Hiker's Guide to the Superstition Wilderness. I read it cover to cover and it got me feeling like I needed to view the history of the Supes, not just use the mountains for enjoyment. It was a similar feeling to when I was able to read about the Battle of Gettysburg, and then get a chance the next day to tour the battlefield.

Adolph Ruth was mentioned several times through the book and he ended up being shot and killed back in the Supes. I figured it would be a good idea to check out his old camp. The route from West Boulder Canyon looked more interesting than the route from First Water. The First Water route is rated a 4 here and the West Boulder Canyon route a 5.

I got to Carney Springs about 7:30 and headed up the trail. It didn't take long for me to shed my coat and fully drench my T-Shirt with sweat. I got to W. Boulder Saddle and scoped out a place to head down. My intentions were to hike along the Ridgeline trail a while then descend down the second side canyon into the main, but I didn't. I saw the first cairn off to the side and down I went. Heading down was actually kind of fun. There are spots of severe bushwhacking, but over all it wasn't too bad. You get used to being clawed at and having stuff fall in between your backpack and your neck. It is all part of the enjoyment.

After a mile or so, you have to head to the high ground. There were parts that were overly cairned, spray painted, and ribbon marked for my taste. I really didn't see the point. There is only 1 canyon and there is no way to get through the stuff down there, so that leaves only 1 option. Head high and go around it. Getting lost would be impossible so using that many markers was overkill to say the least.

After heading around, you descend back into the canyon. This is where it gets fun. There are spots of smooth granite floors, spots with large boulders, spots where you have to scoot low under some trees, and spots that would present very cool water falls. For my trip, there was no water along the entire path. It was very fast going once I got down there.

I reached the Willow Springs around 11 which put my travel time from the car at roughly 3 and a half hours. I ate my leftover pizza and polished off a bottle of gatorade. I filtered water out of the spring to refill my bladder and headed off to find the corral.

The things to look for are the trees. They are too neat and too out of place. I didn't even realize I walked through the gate of the corral until I was already in it. I can imagine with a little attention, this would have been a decent place to hang out. There is plenty of shade, an ever running spring, and seclusion.

I headed back and made good time. I kept getting drawn into the canyon where I should have stayed high, but oh well. It made for some interesting tracks and track backs.

I got back to the car just before 3, which put my hike time back right around 3 hours.

I'm planning on a Battleship hike in January, but I hope to get another history lesson before then. Maybe something around Bluff Spring....
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Tonto Trail: Bright Angel Trail to Hermit TrNorthwest, AZ
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Bill and I headed up from Phoenix at 6A, go to the Hermits Rest Trail head at about 11:30 for our big descent down the trail and over the Tonto Trail to Monument Creek by sundown. The maps we had showed 9.6 miles, but the GPS had us closer to 11mi. It sure felt like 11 especially with all of the water we were carrying. I remember thinking how gnarly the trail was coming down. I only hit the deck once but luckily I didn't spill my water or hurt anything.
The camp at Monument Creek was pretty nice. It had some shade and there was running water near by. Then sun went down and the mice came out. They were like my kids after being couped up all day in the house. They were everywhere...playing, running, climbing, squealing...just having a ball. My worry was our packs. Our food was secured in my bear canister. There isn't any place to hang your stuff except from a sturdy branch. the mice can get up there too. Thank fully, they quieted down at around 10 or 11 and we got some decent sleep. When we woke up in the AM, there were mice turds everywhere, but at least we didn't have any new holes in our tents or packs.
We slept in until about 7 or so then headed down the canyon to the Colorado care of Granite Rapids. I was hoping for two things. 1...a boat to pass through the rapids while we were there, 2...a beer from said boat. Neither happened. Bill and I chilled out down there for an hour or so. Our next spot was about 5 or so miles down the trail at Salt Creek.
We passed 3 ladies who stayed at Horn Creek and said the mice were so bad, they ate thru their tent and one of their packs. Ugh... Bill and I then decided to hike past Salt Creek and stay at the plateau before entering the canyon to Horn Creek (2.5mi from Bright Angel).
Our tired legs kept going an additional couple of miles past Salt Creek and found a ridiculous spot to spend the night. We tried to minimize the disturbance to the ground and delayed setting up our tents until close to sunset. We were camping illegally, but it was totally worth it. We had 360 views of the sky and the canyon. Plus our site looked due east for a most impressive sunrise.
After kicking it around taking pictures in the morning, we headed over to Indian Gardens for our hike out. We got to IG at around 10, refilled water, ate, and headed up the trail at around 10:30. We "summit-ed" right around 1:30 or 2. Not too shabby for lugging up the hefty packs.
You see all sorts of people coming down Bright angel on a Sunday afternoon. Some look like they belong, others...no so much.
Next time, I want to focus more on getting a site at either Granite or Hermit rapids and just do a loop from rapid to rapid coming back up Hermits Trail. Much fewer people and much more water.
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46 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Brown's PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2009
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Hiking4.80 Miles 1,957 AEG
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1,957 ft AEG
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We headed up El Oso Road and got to the trail head around 9AM. Joe's truck (I'm assuming because of the HikeArizona sticker on it) was the only vehicle at the trail head besides a broken down Ford Escort.

The weather was perfect. Cool, light breeze. The hike through the woods was very surprising. I was expecting pines, but what I got was the changing colors of fall on the many oak trees. Being born and raised in Virginia, the smell took me back to my favorite season of the year and reminded me of hiking down to the lake behind my parents house. This was by far my favorite part of the hike. I will say that hiking in Arizona presents you with such varying smells. There is the musty/green smell coming down through garden valley on the way to boulder canyon, the smell of Pines up on the Rim or at the Canyon, the smell of a monsoon blowing in, and on the back side of 4 peaks, the newly discovered smell of home.

Back to the hike. The scramble up was pretty fun. There were points of concern and exposure, but nothing too bad. We only saw one cairned spot on the way up, which let me to believe we were way off course, but we kept going up. We headed basically straight up the ridge in the foreground. I think it took us about 2 hours to summit.

We ate lunch, read the graffiti, saw an old champagne bottle (and packed it out), took some terrible pictures and headed back down to the car. I brought some binoculars and kept my eyes out for a couple of hikers on 2, 3, or 4 but I didn't see anyone. I felt like the mother lode was definitely doable for me. I know there is a lot of up and down, but the peaks are surprisingly close. It would be a shame to not attempt it one day.

Our scramble down took a more easternly route. The northern ascent was more vertical. It was longer and we had to bushwhack a little to get back around to the saddle. The route felt safer so that's how we went.

All in all, we had a great time and it was a welcome break from work. I will be back to this one. Hopefully sooner rather than later....
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 Mesa, AZ
Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2009
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Hiking11.40 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking11.40 Miles   7 Hrs      1.63 mph
2,100 ft AEG
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I called in sick today. I love the fact that I don't get signal on my blackberry back here. I'm working on a gigantic project and being away from email and people for a day is just about all I could ask for...Not to mention a good excuse to try out my new 10-20mm. I got to the TH right at 9.

The desert was alive. Lizards everywhere. I came across two rattlesnakes coming down garden valley. Right when I hit boulder canyon, I picked up a rock and tossed it into a large pool. The water splashed up and I heard this loud hissssss. WFT!!! A gila monster! I was so excited to see that crazy thing. I pointed my camera at it but it was worthless. I had every surrounding mountain, but I couldn't zero in on it. I had my other lens tucked away in my bag and I wrestled out of my pack as quickly as I could. I swapped lenses and ran back across to try to capture the orange beast. All I got was a butt shot and a couple of dark face shots. The hissing I didn't much like so I got my shots and left him alone. Maybe I'll run into him another day and I'll have a more suitable lens.

After that was maybe the most enjoyable trip up boulder canyon I've had. Frogs everywhere and there is still plenty of running water. I went up the canyon and headed up the long trek over to the stern.

I think I forget how long it takes to get back to the summit. This hike just doesn't get any easier over time. It is always harder than I remember. After dorking around for an hour or so, I made my way back down. I fell a couple of times down the loose stuff and was thankful that the flowering brittlebrush wasn't a cholla cactus. Nothing like a soft landing when you're expecting the worst.

The hike back up garden valley STUNK! It is like 400 feet over a half mile or so, but at the end of the day, it seems so much worse.

I got back to the car at 4 beat to a pulp but happy with my day.

PS...Nothing like trying to post a photoset after Joel (AZPRIDE).
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Superstition Peak 5057 - CarneyPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2008
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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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Camelback Summit - Cholla THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2008
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Hiking3.00 Miles 1,275 AEG
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I did my first up, over, and back on Saturday. Next time I try this, I'll probably start from the Echo TH.

Total Time : 2hr 11m
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Camelback Summit - Echo Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2008
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Hiking2.30 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles
1,300 ft AEG
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I did my first up, over, and back on Saturday. Next time I try this, I'll probably start from the Echo TH.

Total Time : 2hr 11m
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