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Nov 12 2007
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Tonto National Monument - Upper DwellingsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Many times I have passed by the entrance to Tonto National Monument. A couple times drove to the parking lot and once even went up to the lower ruins. Today I decided to go to the upper ruins. I am always fascinated by cliff dwellings and the way the Salado Indians intertwined the structures so as to conserve heat and cold. This is very evident at the upper ruins where a combination of 39 rooms occupy a fairly small space. As others have said the hike is by reservation only with a maximum of 15 per trip. They go several times a week starting at precisely 10 AM. We were lucky this day as our total group was 6 plus the ranger.

Others have described the route very well. It is 1.5 miles from the parking lot to the ruins and 600 feet vertical. The first part of the hike follows a creek bed and then there are a set of rock stairs followed by quite a number of switchbacks followed by another set of rock stairs. Although from the creek bed to the ruins is a constant climb the switchbacks make it quite easy for a casual hiker. The ranger stops many times to talk about the plants and geological features. In fact we took about 2.5 hours going up, spent about an hour in the rooms and eating lunch and took about one half hour coming down-each at his own pace.

There are many cliff dwelling ruins throughout the Southwest where people are not allowed to climb into the rooms and go from room to room. This set of ruins is an exception. The trail is gated off in several places and padlocked at the top. Going with the ranger guarantees that you will be able to explore most of the ruins.

The views of Roosevelt Lake and the surrounding mountains are astounding. The weather today was (finally) cool enough so we could enjoy the trail and the ruins. Our Golden Age passes got us in free and as the photos will show the upper ruins are very imposing. A fun day and fun short hike where the real purpose was to get in a great example of cliff ruins.
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Nov 03 2007
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West Pinto - Campaign to DivideGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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We followed Fritzki's writeup and directions with the intent of only going as far as the junction with the Campaign trail. The road in from highway 60 is about the same as the road to Four Peaks. Once you get past the mining operations the road narrows with many drop offs. Just take it slow and all is OK. The problem is that the Miles trailhead is a bit over 12 miles from the highway and for several miles (due to erosion ditches) your speed will be 20 or less.

Anyway we arrived at Miles Trailhead only to find about 16 people already there getting ready for their "cross Superstition" marathon for 4 days which is described in the forum section. We greeted several of the HAZ people and we identified ourselves from our HAZ handles. One guy said that my photos on HAZ did not look like me and I told him that I had shaved for the event.

Norm, Dave and I then started up West Pinto Creek. The old Kennedy ranch still has several buildings and corrals and pens and foundation remains-all very interesting to explore. The trail to the old corral across from the Campaign trail trailhead is 2.75 miles so the RT is 5.5 miles. Of course the marathon people went on up the Campaign trail to get to Reavis Ranch to camp that night. The trail parallels the Pinto Creek bed (no water when we were there) and it quite well defined except you have to watch for carins. We found ourselves going up parts of the creek bed in places but found that the actual trail was on one side or the other close to the creek bed. So, if you stray from the trail you can go either left or right and quickly find it.

Of course the difference between the Western Superstitions and the Eastern Superstitions is very pronounced. The eastern country is generally higher and therefore has more vegetation. The foliage is very thick and lush-even with the lack of water we have had this year. There are also a number of spectacular rock cliffs along the creek bed.

Then you arrive at the Cuff Button trailhead and a little farther the Campaign trailhead. Surprise! Look across the creek bed and you see an old corral, complete with gate and all of it seems to be the vertical stick construction. If actually looks in good shape—way out there!!! The area is called Oak Flat and there are lots of open spaces for grazing. We lunched there at a very neat fire ring and then wandered back to the Miles Ranch trailhead.

Due to the long drive 12 miles past Superior and then 12 plus miles to the trailhead the hike really took most of a day. There are many, many criss crossing trail in the area for all ability levels. The one we took is basically fairly easy. Check the map of the area to see Bull Basin Loop, Haunted Canyon, and others.

Once thing bothered us a great deal. The news is that the copper mines have really started to produce again due to the price of copper and many areas near the old mines are destined to be dug out for copper. One area would destroy Tony's Cabin and some of the Haunted Canyon area. It would be a shame. Anyway, the RT hike up the creek bed was nice and fun with very nice 65 degree temps. The only drawback is getting there.
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Oct 10 2007
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Inner Basin Trail #29Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Always wanted to go to the Inner Basin north of Flagstaff. Dan, Dave and I finally found a couple days so we drove to Flagstaff, ate a pizza north of town and went to Lockett Meadow to set up camp. The roads are very clearly marked. You turn left at the Sunset Crater turnoff (instead of right to the crater) and follow signs to Lockett meadow. I read where the last 3 miles had been improved. Well, if that is the case I wonder what it was like! Seemed like the new lessors improved it with a back hoe. Very rough and narrow but passable in a regular car.

The fee is now $10 per night (one half for my golden age pass) and we paid then set up camp at site number 6. Site 6 is next to the trailhead and close to the provided facilities. Good site. We had eaten earlier so as it got dark we had blueberry pie and ice cream. Then the wind started to blow. Wow! The sky was very clear and the stars were bright but the wind was coming through the trees. Several gusts were quite powerful and almost moved our nailed down tents. We had prepared for a cold night but the wind kept it at a low of 51 at out site. The wind chill was much lower. We climbed into our bags and closed the tent vents and waited out the wind through the trees that sometimes roared. One solace of the long night was the serenade of the Elk from all directions. Loud shrill sounds and a few seemed very close to us. A couple times they sounded together like they were in chorus class, very enjoyable.

The dawn saw us scurrying around for breakfast and car packing. The camp sites have tables and tent areas and fire pits. I had taken some wood and the evening fire did help with warmth. We started up the Inner Basin trail and the sky was perfectly blue with not a cloud. A few have written that the trail is a steady but easy climb. Try to be my age with my smokers background and say that! We started at 8600 feet and followed the trail to the junction with the Waterline trail and a few others. Just beyond that starts the actual Inner Basin trail. I made it a ways past Raspberry Spring and decided that the 10,000 foot altitude was my goal and I did not go on to the Weatherford Trail junction. The caldera basin is beautiful and the trees were just past their intense color although I did get some photos of some color. If you do go up th Inner Basin trail be certain to try to get to at least Raspberry Spring because that is the real Inner Basin .

I do want to add that I had read about cell phone signals not being available there. That is wrong. I used my cell phone at the camp site and at Raspberry Spring and both were very, very clear. Anyway, great 2 days and great hike. The views of the surrounding mountains are excellent and the sky stayed totally clear. For me the 4 plus mile RT was hard due to the altitude and the very steady climb from 8600 to 10,000 feet. For you probably easy.
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Oct 04 2007
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Cat Peaks LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Just a quick report. Andy and I went from the Meridan trailhead west to the Cat peaks loop and counterclockwise to the Cat peaks pass, up over the pass and back to the car. Just some more work out to start hiking after a lazy summer of personal sloth!
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May 19 2007
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CirclestoneGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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This side trip was part of my overnights to Reavis Ranch. I wrote it up on the one report for Reavis Ranch from the south. I also included photos in that collection. Very strange place. More detail on my Reavis report.
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May 18 2007
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Reavis Ranch via 109 SouthGlobe, AZ
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Almost 2 years ago I attempted to do an overnight to Reavis Ranch which turned out to be a disaster as I had never before camped outside anywhere and it was quite scary for me—and medically painful as I came out the north on a pack saddle mule for 10 miles. You can feel that can't you??

If at first you can't succeed, try, try again. SO on May 18 I joined 4 other experienced hikers and we went in from the south at Rogers Trough, camped at Reavis Ranch and the next day took the trip to Circlestone and back. The third day we came out to the south. This was a great adventure and fortunately made me forget all about my previous bad experience. I thoroughly am grateful to the 4 guys who did not let me fall behind and stopped to rest often. This is not an easy route and even in the 3 days my legs felt it but what a great experience!

We started from the Rogers Trough Trailhead at 9 AM on Friday. I had a little trouble getting up the final half mile to the railhead with my front wheel drive SUV. I spun the wheels and did make it after a run at it from the hill bottom. I was able to pack for the two nights with 3 litres of water and freeze dried food (which is very good) and my total pack weighed just over 25 pounds. I did not have to take extra water as Reavis Creek is a year around spring and we filtered water when we needed it. Seasoned veterans need not pay attention but for the rest of us I will describe the route.

Starting from Rogers Trough trailhead one drops over 400 feet in about a mile and a half. Most of this drop is in about a 3/4 mile stretch with a couple switchbacks and several long hills. Going down this trail to the Reavis trail junction is fairly easy but coming back up at the end of the hike is a killer-the last climb before reaching the lot. From the signed junction of Rogers Canyon and Reavis (trails 110 and 109), the next 900 feet gain in elevation in about a mile passes the grave of Elisha Reavis and climbs to Reavis Saddle where we had lunch. That 900 foot climb involves a number of switchbacks and some long side hill trail climbs. Good time to rest at the Saddle. By the way, the Reavis grave site is about 40 feet off the main trail and is quite clearly marked by a large carin on the left just before you begin the switchbacks. They say that Reavis died right there and I can certainly see why with doing those climbs often enough! There were a few times on the route that I felt like dropping dead as well. We stopped at the grave as photos will show and continued on to the saddle

An astounding difference meets you on the north side of Reavis saddle. Suddenly you are in a forest of pine and juniper trees. Hard to believe you are in Arizona and harder still to believe you are so near desert. The next 3 miles is a real delight slowly descending about 400 feet to Reavis Ranch. There are many, many campsites in the Reavis meadow area. Many fire rings and multiple places for tents. On the way down the skies clouded up and the thunder started. Rain drops started and one of our group stopped to don his rain poncho. Obviously, within 10 minutes or so the rain stopped. We are sure that his poncho activity did this. The thunder continued and got very loud. We set up camp and some rain did come but not to spoil our camp or fire or dinner. The night was peaceful and we arose to bright sun.

Today was our day for Circlestone. I had been warned it was steep and planned to decide if I would try it when I reached the trailhead. We backtracked on the Reavis Ranch trail to the junction with the Fireline trail. The trail number is 118 and is clearly marked. We headed basically east on the Fireline trail and it climbs almost 700 feet in just over a mile with a number of ups and downs so the climb is not really difficult. We have been told not to tell the exact location of Circlestone but the internet has the exact coordinates of the site and the trailhead. Also the trailhead now is marked very clearly by 3 distinct carins, one of which is—guess-a circle of rocks. The trailhead is not signed but is on the right and heads up quite steeply as it gains over 500 feet in a little over 3/4 of a mile. It is a very strenuous climb so I took my time and finally came out at this astounding place. I could see the main Superstition range with the Flatiron to the west and to the east could see the mine sites around Miami and Globe. You are at 6000 feet here and you can see all around except for Mound Mountain just to the SW that is 6200 feet.

We lunched at Circlestone and inspected the entire circumference of the rock ring wondering where they got all the large rocks without mortar. What was this anyway? Norm told me he built it a few years back but I don't believe him. Don't worry about it. Just enjoy it and the views!

We returned the way we came back to camp at Reavis, had dinner and I hit the tent sleeping bag quite quickly. We planned to arise at dawn and start back out ton Roger Trough Trailhead. During the night it felt like the wind was blowing with major rather major gusts. Around dinner it had clouded up and we had a great lightning and thunder show. It also rained some but not much. Glad we had our tent fly pieces. In the morning one of our group said he heard some activity in the night so opened his tent and shined a light. Eight deer were walking around our camp inspecting our tents. I do think one of them nudged my tent several times. The wind could not have done those specific "nudges". That was great fun and simply made us feel good.

OK, in the AM we packed up and hit the trail out about 6 AM. We are so very glad we did as the sun came out hot and got warmer. The trail back to Reavis Saddle was not too bad and there was lots of shade. We reached the saddle and rested before the hike down the mountain to Rogers Trough. The hike down can be treacherous because there is lots of scree and one has to step carefully down and around the switchbacks. Past the Reavis grave and on to the junction with the Rogers Canyon trail. About 200 feet before the final junction 10 feet in front of me a beautiful diamondback rattler was slowly crawling across the trail. I alerted Dave who said he thought is was about 36 inches long and I thought it was about 34. While we were trying to locate a tape measure it rattled at us and coiled and then crawled away into some brush. It was beautiful in the bright sun and the colors were almost iridescent. We pushed on to the junction. From there on it is that climb I talked about. It took me over 1.5 hours to go that last 1.5 miles and my feet and legs felt it. I was glad to see that fence and the cars there.

I do admire those who do all this in one day but I also feel a sincere accomplishment for what I did in the 3 days. It was just about 20 miles plus and I really enjoyed it and had a great time! My companions were great and very helpful and fun. All memories from the previous debacle are forgotten!!! Do this some day. You will love it and give yourself enough time.
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May 10 2007
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Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
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Oh there have been several people who said I could not do the Superstition Ridgeline and some others who said I should not try it. Well, wonders will never cease, I finally did the ridgeline----Oh,------ I guess I cheated as I was not tired at all and it only took me about 40 minutes. I always wanted to see it from above and a helicopter ride was the way to do it. I do apologize to the tough hikers who can do the ridgeline and have written it up. I admire them and may be able to get to the SE top someday by trail. This "air report" is probably a bit out of place but it gives me a chance to share some photos Andy and I took during the trip. We thought there would be a number of hikers who might want to see what this area looks like from the air. We do want to apologize for many of the photos that have light streaks on them. The morning sun and the helicopter windows caused reflections but you can still see the scenes.

At about 7 AM on May 9th we boarded a Bell Ranger III at Falcon Field in Mesa. We toured for about 75 miles with the main objective being to do the entire ridgeline, which we did. The trip started from Falcon Field and went up the Salt River to Saguaro Lake. From there we followed the lake and up stream over Mormon Flat Dam to Canyon Lake, south down LaBarge canyon creek, over Battleship mountain, over Red Hills and Bull Pass, then over Terrapin trail to the east and south of Weaver's needle. From there over Peralta Trail and the north part of Dacite Mesa, over a bit of West Boulder canyon and the West Boulder Saddle and the Carney extension to the SE Superstition top. The pilot then simply flew the length of the ridgeline from SE to NW, went over the Flatiron and the real NW top, down Siphon Draw and back to Falcon Field. Of yeah, a short detour on the way back to circle Andy's house so he could take lots of photos.

We were gone approximately 40 minutes in the air. This was a great experience. We did take many, many photos but I restricted the photos here to the ridgeline approaches. Well, I did cheat a bit and included a view of Andy's house plus several views of Weaver's Needle. We felt we could almost reach out and touch it as we skirted by on the SE side. I hope you do not mind but we shook our heads in amazement at the views of Weaver's needle we saw. Many times we flew below the surrounding mountains and coming down LaBarge Canyon it was a bit windy until he lifted over Battleship. I think the main impression, other than the absolute beauty of the valleys and mountains, was the astounding ruggedness of the entire area. No wonder it has been referred to as the devil's work and other terms of fear and wonderment. The ridges and hoodoos are pointed and menacing looking. We were able to see many trails we had been on, around Saguaro Lake, up and over Boulder Canyon and up LaBarge, Peralta and the climb to the ridgeline and much of the ridgeline trail, then down Siphon Draw. From above it does not look like anyone could venture into that wilderness and even some of the trails surprised us that they were so stark and steep. Another wonderful aspect of this is that my wife went along. She is not able to hike and so now she is aware of the trails we have been on, seeing them in person rather than photos.

The trip has helped me to appreciate even more this wild area and to appreciate the fortitude and skills of the early farmers and miners who actually tried to find gold and silver and to build corrals throughout this rough country. Seeing the vast expanse of hoodoos atop many mountains shows how difficult it can be to try to navigate through and around them. Our next helicopter venture might be to go over Apache Lake and Reavis Ranch and Circlestone out to Roosevelt Lake and back. Maybe next year. What fun!
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Apr 03 2007
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Camelback Summit - Echo Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
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Today I took my neighbor up Echo Camelback. The parking lot was full and we had to wait for a space--about 10 minutes. The trail was clogged with kids and dogs but we had a great time. Every time I do this trail--4th time now--I think it gets steeper! We take longer but we get there.
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Mar 27 2007
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Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
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Tuesday the 27th was a banner day for me. We did the Black Mesa Loop clockwise from First Water Trailhead to Garden Valley, over the top to Boulder Basin and back on Dutchman. The reason for the significance is that this hike gave me over 500 miles of hikes done since I started in December 2002. I am now 72 and was able to do the 9 miles and feel pretty good the next day.

My first hiking partner Dan was along to celebrate the "500". During the 4 plus years I had some rough experiences because I tried to hike with experienced people plus some hard line hikers and I was a true beginner and could not keep up. I finally found a few who go with me and they have made hiking a very enjoyable hobby. I admire the regular "hikers" and wish I had started many years earlier.

Back to Black Mesa-the weather was perfect. We climbed the short way to garden Valley and waited for Dan by the Black Mesa sign. He came trotting up to the junction having left a half hour later than we did. We proceeded up the Black mesa route to the cholla forest where my GPS said I had reached the 500 mile mark. We had a photo taken with 5 fingers and two zeros. I can't tell you how proud I am of that accomplishment!

THEN, to make the hike even more significant Dan suddenly yelled "look out" and we both heard the rattle at the same time. We froze in our tracks and just off the trail was a fair size rattler. He had warned us and was ready to strike. We gave him a wide berth and tried to assure him that he would be safe. I was able to get a couple photos that will be posted later. Wow, that is the closest one I had been to.

Over the mesa and down into Boulder Basin where we had lunch, proceeded over parker Pass and back to the First water Trailhead. We did the 9 miles in 6 hours including lunch. One more surprise for us. In the last half mile before the second water junction I topped a small hill and in the trail was a Gila Monster. He became very still until I moved and he ran away. He was a small one and I tried to get a photo that I will post in a day or so.

Lots of people have told me that the Superstition trails are not easy being rocky with many ups and downs. I have never known any other type. Someday I want to see what a "forest" trail is. Meanwhile, I have now just passed 500 miles (not all reported on HAZ) and so there!!!
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Massacre FallsPhoenix, AZ
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Great day for a short hike. Four of us bounced out the 7 tenths of a mile to the trailhead--road gets worse and worse. Weather was perfect and we leisurely followed the trail up to the top of the "ramp" and then went over to the falls and had lunch. The dropoff from the ramp top is quite startling. After battling my way down Fish Creek 10 days ago, this was extremely enjoyable, scenic and relaxing. Once we reached the top we saw almost 20 people winding up behind us. They did not go to the falls so we had that to ourselves.
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Fish Creek Canyon - Upper BridgePhoenix, AZ
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Upper Fish Creek Loop

There is more than one way to—well, you know the saying! A year ago Andy and I stopped at Fish Creek bridge, enthusiastically climbed up past the cave and down to the creek bed. Within a quarter mile our desires were dashed by thicket and boulders. We spent more time trying to figure out how to get up stream than we did hiking. We returned to the bridge defeated. However, this year the opportunity presented itself to do a loop from Tortilla Trailhead to Tortilla Ranch, cross country down into the Fish Creek Canyon and then to battle our way down stream to the bridge. Battle did I say? Well, that is a mild way of putting it. This hike is generally rated a "B" but that Upper Fish Creek canyon is definitely an "A".

This was the toughest 9 miles I have hiked in the Superstitions. Worth it? A very resounding YES. The scenery is spectacular, the route finding is quite precarious at times, the boulders are slippery and the brush is thick. One even wonders how water gets through some of it. There are caves all over the cliffs. There are arches. The cliffs narrow more and more toward the bridge.

There are writeups about Fish Creek Upper and Fish Creek Lower but I call this a new hike called Fish Creek Upper Loop. There is a description on pages 222-223 in the Carlson-.Stewart book but it goes up stream and over the top to Tortilla Ranch. The 12 of us did this loop in reverse. Note that Tortilla Trailhead is designated at the south end of FR 213. It really is at the junction of FR 213 and the Apache trail (88). There is a road (if you can call it that) for about 3 miles down to the old ranch site but requires vehicle dexterity to negotiate some of the high center spots. We parked cars at the Tortilla trailhead on highway 88. Then we drove some down to the picnic area beyond the Fish Creek bridge to make it a shuttle hike. On Saturday March 10 we started out on the FR 213 at about 9:30 AM. The 12 of us thinned out in a line (me at the back as usual) and quite quickly went the 3 plus miles to the ranch site. From there we started south on the JF trail #106 and within a few hundred yards the JF trail veers to the right and we took an unmarked trail to the left. This is the basic bushwhack route over to the Fish Creek canyon.

Before we leave the Tortilla Ranch area I refer you to pages 218-223 in the Carlson-Stewart book titled Hiker's Guide to the Superstition Wilderness. This is a must book for Superstition hikers. Normally I would talk a bit about the history but those pages describe it better than I. Major ranches were in the area and many searches for mines. Foundation slabs are there, old windmill assembly except for the actual wheel that has fallen years ago, and obvious sites where houses and out buildings existed. The foliage is quite lush and surprising for the area. An obvious ranch site

Ok, now we are on our way following a fence line to the east until we climb a ridge and begin to see Fish Creek Canyon. From there on there are many carins to help guide one down the ridges to the creek bed-just north of Lost Dutch Spring. This route is a bit different than the description in the Carlson book. One actually veers more north to hit the Fish Creek canyon start. An adequate series of carins marks this way. So far fairly easy and fun. You have come about 5.5 miles and we sat down at the creek bed edge to have lunch. We had made it there by noon.

Now high spirits and anticipation took over. The catclaw cuts and scratches were behind us, several hikers falls had been weathered and we were ready to go down the Creek bed to the Bridge. Just 3.5 miles to go-shouldn't be too bad and will be so very scenic. What a mistake in judgement It took most us 7 hours to get to the bridge-and it was dark. We had to use flashlights for the final quarter mile plus some excellent young "guides" who knew every nook and cranny we should take. But I get ahead of myself.

From our lunch spot the canyon walls were astounding with many caves. The walking was the typical ankle twisting round rock creek bed. Some photos will show this. However, around every bend the route became harder instead of easier. Boulders got bigger, drop offs got more and up to 15 feet down, the walking terrain was almost impossible and every few minutes one was required to slide down a boulder surface just to encounter another maze of rock. Some of the group made it faster than others. We barely made one half mile an hour and, as it got dark, we tried to hurry and slipped a bunch. I spent 3 short stints in the water and fell in it once.

I realize I am older than most hikers but this hike is much harder than the Flatiron for me. They call it boulder hopping. It is certainly more than that. There is some calculated jumping rock to rock, much sliding down boulder faces and sometimes in brush thickets. Fortunately I was following people in front. I would have failed in route finding. Once I reached the bridge-in the dark-I simply looked for a place to lie down!! I had carried extra water and used almost all of it. A number of our group did run out and we shared along the way.

Please allow a very full day for this one. Worth it? Absolutely! This is an astounding canyon and around every difficult turn there are head shaking sights of cliff faces, caves, water eroded caverns, sand bars and—yes, major rock obstacles. If you do this one as the loop you will know you have been on a real challenge.
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Feb 26 2007
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Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
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Now that I have started taking some neighbors on various hikes I am asked to do this more. Monday I took 4 neighbors on the Pass Mountain circumference. We went counterclockwise so we could do the climbing at the beginning. This 7.4 miles is a long way for non-experienced hikers---in tennis shoes. However we stopped many times and for lunch on the NE side so it took about 6 hours to do the entire loop. Of course many stops were for photos,and views. The desert foilage is fantastic and the saguaros are all over. We met three trail bikers - who walked their bikes for much of the trail--and horse riders.

This is a fine hike of medium distance with varying hike surfaces and for visitors you are in view of houses and then suddenly you are in wilderness. There is some elevation change. We went from the Meridian trailhead at the north end of Meridian road. Previous writeups on the history of the area are valuable. King Usery was quite a guy! I have visited the Yuma Territorial prison and it is hard to believe anyone would exist there!!
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Feb 19 2007
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Treasure Loop to Praying HandsPhoenix, AZ
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I seem to really enjoy taking new people, new to the area or relatively new to hiking, on fairly short trips. I do not know what hiking is like in other parts of the country because I have never hiked anywhere but the Superstitions and some surrounding areas. So I can not compare. Everyone I take talks about the rocky trails. All I know is rocky trails.

Monday the rain looked a bit iffy but we parked at Jacob's Crosscut trailhead (now clearly marked with a sign on First water Road) and took the trail SE to a trail that heads up toward the praying hands. There are a few steep parts but we take it slow and constantly turn around to see the view expanding beneath us as we climb higher.

The Treasure Loop trail is clearly defined. There were quite a few people out as it was a holiday. Most of them started scurrying back as the clouds closed in and the rain started. As you reach a bench at a right turn that will take you around Green rock, there is an unmarked trail that goes up toward the pinnacles TAKE IT!!! This makes the entire short hike worthwhile.There is a significant climb here for a couple hundred yards and then--surprise--you step onto a saddle with a large pinnacle on your left and the rock wall of the Supes on your right. It is breath taking and spectacular. Follow the trail another few hundred yards and you come to the actual praying hands and the razor's edge (rock climbers paradise) on your right.

The trail does go on but it gets steep in places and goes over toward the Massacre Grounds. We went about 300 feet and returned.

Return down to Treasure Loop and over to the junction with Prospector's View trail and then down to Jacob's Crosscut and back to the parking area. of course if you like to pay the $5.00 you can always go from Lost Dutchman park for the Treasure Loop and beyond.

This is one of the greatest short hikes to show the character of the Superstitions. For novices like me just take your time and enjoy the great views.

We kicked along pretty good on the return and made it to the car before a rather heavy downpour happened. While the Treasure Loop is fun, go the extra up to the praying hands. few go up and it is very well worth it.
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Hackberry Spring LoopPhoenix, AZ
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Took neighbor Bob on the Hackberry Spring Loop today. There were 40 cars at the First Water Trailhead and 3 horse trailers at the large lot where the pay station used to be. The entire trail was virtually crowded but we did enjoy the overcast weather and lunch in the shadow of the cliff where the pipe still runs water. We met a number of nice hikers and one trio with a dog named "Crash" who was extremely happy to be running the trail. Also met a number of overnight backpackers. The Supes were "alive with people" today!!!
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Well I started out Tuesday morning to take my neighbor around the Hackberry Loop. The weather looked a bit iffy but we drove out First water road anyway. About half way to the Black Mesa Trail Junction it started to rain big drops. I enter this writeup to show that I will not hike in the rain. We turned back and I enjoyed coffee and my fireplace for the rest of the day. There were several cars at the trailhead and we met a group of 4 that were starting out. They said they did not mind the rain. There are too many beautiful days in the Supes for me to have to slop through rain. I "rainchecked" this hike for another day.
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Jan 23 2007
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Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
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Just a short writeup because we only went to the top of the Siphon Draw. I invited my neighbor to go with Dan, Andy and me. Dan brought along a couple from his work. It was COLD. We made our way up Siphon Draw (does this trail get steeper every time or am I getting older?) Everything was fine up to the draw and as we traversed up the draw we came to the final climbs to the saddle. From there on there was lots of snow and ice. We had to pick our way carefully. Once at the saddle we looked down the slope toward the final push up to the Flatiron and decided it was too snowy and wet to go farther. We had even planned to go right at the saddle and maybe out to the point but there was lots of snow and icy areas. So we returned and, on the way back, went over on the Palmer Mine trail for a half mile or so and still have not found the mine. I know it is sealed off but I did find the coordinates and will go back to see exactly where it is. Fun day for the 6 of us and our jackets and sweaters did make it quite comfortable. The snow patterns on the Flatiron sides and on up the draw were fabulous.
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Jacob's Trail #58Phoenix, AZ
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I have to write this up as Jacob's Crosscut even though the basic hike is really a spur trail NE from the main trail. From the Broadway trailhead at the east end of Broadway Dan and I went Wednesday to finally go to the so called "Broadway Cave". This really should be a hike of its own but I could not find any information about the cave or the mine at the cave or the ruins of a miner's cabin with the fireplace chimney still standing just a short way up Monument Canyon.

Anyway, we started up the Jacob's Crosscut route while keeping the cave in view about half way up the mountain. I had been cautioned by AZLOT69 to watch for some cairns about a half mile up the trail. Being less observant than I should have been I walked right by them and in a few minutes realized I was heading away from the cave direction. We retraced and found the 3 carins and took the trail to the NE. We stayed on this trail (part of Jacob's Crosscut) until we came to a post with a sign that just says "trail". At that point we went right up a clearly marked trail toward the Monument Canyon and the Cave.

It does not look as high up as it is. My GPS said that we gained 840 feet from the trailhead in a bit over 2 miles with the majority of the climb in the last half mile up to the cave. As you continue up toward Monument Canyon you come to a definite large cairn with a trail to the right From then on you are headed up the mountain to the cave. There is actually a pretty good series of switchbacks one can follow that makes the climb easier. Then there are places where you can simply climb steeper slopes to get to the cave faster. .

We arrived at the cave and were surprised at its size. We stopped for lunch and explored around the outer cave area and then started down the obvious mine shaft. It is said to be about 80 feet in length. We made it about 40 feet until it got a bit tight and there was a rank smell of something dead with millions of flies ahead. We turned around!

After lunch we went down to the junction of the Monument Canyon trail and this time turned right for about a quarter mile, up a small ridge and in front of us was a chimney and the outline of an old cabin. From there the basic trail ends but one can go on up the canyon, that we will do sometime. It is good to see the Flatiron from the other side with the top hoodoos. The Monument Canyon looks very interesting and we will soon see how far we can go

Some of my photos show the cave and the height where we were. Again, I can not find any information about that cave-mine or the cabin site that has a definite wagon road down from it that we used as the trail. Return the same way and the total hike is almost 5 miles. Delightful with cell phone signal the entire way. Now when I drive east on 60 and see that cave up there I know what it is!! My thanks to AZLOT69 for his directions.
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Reavis Trail Canyon, AZ 
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While there are a number of Reavis hikes on this site this is one that does not have a writeup or photos and it is very historically significant and also part of the 800 mile Arizona Trail from Mexico to Utah. It is historically significant as it was the closest settlement in the late 1800s where Elisha Reavis could take his produce from his ranch to sell. There is no easy way into Reavis Ranch. An old wagon road (a 9 mile plus hike), since mostly grown over, from the north that starts from an Apache Lake overlook, plus an approach from the south taking FR 172 and 172A for about 14 miles on extremely rough road followed by a 6.1 mile hike down Rogers Trough and up over a ridge and down to the ranch.

The questions remains did Reavis want his ranch that out of the way or was the site the most conducive to growing his produce. It is said to be the only place in the Superstitions that has guaranteed water year around. Anyway, from 1874 until his death in 1896, Elisha Reavis did take lots of his produce from his ranch to Rogers Trough and then down trail 509 over Montana Mountain and on down the creek bed to what is now Superior .Hence the name Reavis Canyon Trail. Originally the settlement was called Hastings until the Army established Picketpost, then the area was called Camp Pinal and Pinal City and finally Superior from 1900 on. The largest silver mine in Arizona was located here. For awhile it was quite a boom town.

The probable reason there have not been writeups about trail 509 is that it is quite difficult to get to the trailhead and then it is an out and back unless one wants to do the steep switchbacks over Montana Mountain.

Our group of 15 met just off highway 60 at about 9 AM. The temperature was in the 40s and a very cold wind was blowing. We drove for 5 miles to a turn out where we could park. We bundled up from the cold and wind and then went north up Whitford Canyon until a jeep road took off to the right and the trail sign indicated the trailhead for 509 and a large sign describing this part of the Arizona Trail. We hiked up the Reavis trail Canyon until we reached a bleachers type formation where we had lunch before returning. From the lunch site the Reavis Canyon Trail starts its climb for just over a mile up over Montana Mountain and drops down to Rogers Trough.

The hike is scenic with rolling hills and lots of vegetation. The area is quite geologically different from the western Superstition cliffs and hoodoos. It still is a wonder how Reavis was able to get his produce down that trail with many creek crossings. I will try to give the best directions I can to get to this trail. From where we parked it was an 8 mile round trip. I would rate it moderate as there are a number of grades when one leaves the creek bed. I also mentioned that this is a small section of the Arizona Trail. One can check out the details and a map at http://www.aztrail.org. Another obvious indication that you are on the Arizona trail is that there are many, many carins along the route and most are quite major in size with piles of stones up to 3 feet high-like a series of miniature castles to guide your way!

This is not a spectacular hike that has drop offs and crags and spires but it is a very interesting one that has history and one then knows you have been on a bit of the actual Arizona trail. The hike time is about 6 hours RT including lunch. When approaching Montana Mountain one can see the path of an old wagon road high up along the mountain that ultimately comes down to highway 60 near Oak Flat. You also will see some fences, an old rock corral with a fallen down metal shack and even a ranch area with a ranch house and corral with a fenced area. People say it still is in use but I could not see much evidence of it. Lots of history in this area.
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Dec 27 2006
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Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
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Just some quick notes without photos. I am repeatedly asked to take neighbors up Peralta so they can see Weaver's needle. I think this was my 8th time. I always enjoy their expressions when they round that corner and first see the Needle! Boy, were there lots of people up and down--must have seen over 50 and the base parking lot was full when we returned. While this hike is basically up hill the entire way, if taken fairly slowly it is not too hard. We did meet a few who were carrying extra weight and they were huffing and puffing.

We sat around the rocks at the top for lunch and rest for quite awhile and then made our way back down. Weather was perfect being overcast and held off rain until we got back home. My neighbor and I were joined by Dan and his 9 year old grand daughtrer. She a bundle of "fast hike" and it was fun to watch her scramble over many of the rocks at the top. She is a tough little cookie and made us all feel our years even more!!!
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Hieroglyphics Trail #101Phoenix, AZ
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Recently found that my GPS was not registering mileage correctly so sent it in for adjustment and took it on the heiroglyphics trail to check it out. Seems to be within a tenth of a mile of the listed 3 miles. I also had the chance of taking my neighbor (who does not know the area at all) for the short hike and he seemed to enjoy it. Usual crowd on the trail, even for a weekday. Saw at least 17 others coming or going. Some water in the pools and we looked at the "route" to the top---which I will never do. I have now covered over 435 miles hiking since I started in December 2002. I now enjoy it more since I do not try to keep up with the hard liners. I made my original mistake doing that. I really owe all of them an apology. I never thought hiking was so difficult until I tried it myself. After 4 years I can now kick along pretty good and feel much more confident. My neighbor said I was quite fast for him and he is 10 years my junior so I feel good about that!!

Great short hike to get into the Supes foothills that shows some of the cliffs, hoodoos and drainages.
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