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Jan 01 2010
davegpearson
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39 male
 Joined Apr 11 2008
 phoenix, az
Canyon Lake TH to Peralta TrailheadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2010
davegpearson
Hiking16.10 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking16.10 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   2.48 mph
1,500 ft AEG
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We dropped our car off at Canyon Lake on New Year's Eve and did the hike (on 3 hours of sleep :o ) on New Year's morning. Great day to hike in the Superstitions; we mostly enjoyed the trails to ourselves for 16 miles. The trails were, for the most part, very well marked but there were a few places on the Boulder Canyon trail in which we pretty much relied solely on the cairns to get us through river beds.

The highlights of this hike include great views of Weaver's Needle from many angles, amazing views of steep canyons, a few views from the east of Flatiron (if you're looking for it), remains of an old mine site (completely closed and safe), and a great view of Canyon Lake as you descend to the parking lot on your last leg (assuming that you start from Peralta. Starting at Peralta would definitely be our recommendation, because you get most of the elevation out of the way and enjoy a gradual drop for much of the hike until nearing Canyon Lake when there is a bit more elevation change.

Great shuttle hike.
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Dec 28 2009
davegpearson
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39 male
 Joined Apr 11 2008
 phoenix, az
Cold Spring Canyon RuinsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2009
davegpearson
Hiking4.02 Miles 1,191 AEG
Hiking4.02 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.15 mph
1,191 ft AEG
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Yesterday we returned to these awesome ruins. From the sign near the trailhead, carefull scanning with binoculars of adjacent canyons allows you to see from a distance several other ruins. This wilderness is quite remarkable in the amount of ruins which are in such good shape within a relatively small area. The Cold Springs Ruins were in great shape. The pottery and some of the corn cobs that we found last year were no longer there ( :( )...but we did see a few cobs on the floor of the ruin. This 3-level ruin has a "balcony" which overlooks the canyon from a different angle that isnt seen from the entrance to the ruin; amazing! The hike probably wont take most people the 5 hours which are estimated in the hike description, but it all depends on how long you stay at the top enjoying this remarkable ruin. Hopefully we'll be back next year!
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Dec 30 2008
davegpearson
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 Photos 57
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39 male
 Joined Apr 11 2008
 phoenix, az
Cold Spring Canyon RuinsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2008
davegpearson
Hiking4.02 Miles 1,191 AEG
Hiking4.02 Miles
1,191 ft AEG
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Wow, these ruins really are in great shape. We were fortunate enough to have several hours at them to just relax and explore. There was also a small ruin below this one a bit further up the canyon that could be reached. However, it was quite sketchy and NOT worth the risk to get to (it was just a single small room). The main ruins were excellent. We found (and left) several pieces of pottery as well as ancient corn cobs. Pretty cool! Great pictures, but the hike was very strenuous and is not recommended for anyone that cant take an arduous climb. Also, the river at Ellison ranch was uncrossable this week in anything but a high clearance vehicle or truck. Unfortunately, we got to wade through the ice cold run-off and added a few extra miles to our trek.
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Dec 20 2008
davegpearson
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39 male
 Joined Apr 11 2008
 phoenix, az
Charlebois Loop IIPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 20 2008
davegpearson
Hiking16.00 Miles 2,680 AEG
Hiking16.00 Miles
2,680 ft AEG
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Great time to be in the Supes. Lots of water, beautiful weather, and not too cold. We actually decided to stay near la Barge Spring because there was so much water and we wanted to enjoy solitude rather than going all the way to Charlebois Spring. :DANCE:

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Lots of water after all that rain in December.
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May 30 2008
davegpearson
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39 male
 Joined Apr 11 2008
 phoenix, az
Indian Springs Trail #627Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar May 30 2008
davegpearson
Hiking7.50 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   3 Hrs      2.50 mph
300 ft AEG
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I went with a troop of Boy Scouts on this one yesterday. It was a beautiful day for a hike and this trail was an easy one for the boys. We had hoped to be able to find the lookout tower manned by the Forest Service, but unfortunately they were taking the day off :( . The trail was a nice easy one with very little elevation change. However, I wouldn't give it more than a 3 out of 5 because of the condition of the trail. Maybe it was due to last week's late Spring storms, but there were probably 100 fallen trees on the trail, making it a bit cumbersome to hike. It seemed like we were constantly going around the fallen trees which kind of got old after 6 or 7 miles. It would probably not be too fun to bike this trail in its current condition for the same reason. This trail also doesn't benefit from any outstanding views or destinations, but was still a nice one with some pretty meadows. Not a bad one for a Troop of boys, but I sure hope the Forest Service can clean it up a bit!
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Apr 29 2008
davegpearson
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39 male
 Joined Apr 11 2008
 phoenix, az
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 29 2008
davegpearson
Hiking5.40 Miles 2,780 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles
2,780 ft AEG
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Did this one with a friend this morning and it truly is both a beast and a great hike! We left early and didn't see any other hikers until we were nearly to the parking lot. Beautiful day for a hike and we have the pictures to prove it. Surely, I'll have the aches tomorrow to prove it as well! Great hike, glad I did it, maybe do it again someday (...someday!).
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Apr 26 2008
davegpearson
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39 male
 Joined Apr 11 2008
 phoenix, az
Hieroglyphics Trail #101Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2008
davegpearson
Hiking3.00 Miles 588 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.00 mph
588 ft AEG
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Nice and easy hike and the petroglyphs were great. The only thing that made the hike a bit unenjoyable were the millions of gnats that were EVERYWHERE! All the same, the pictures turned out pretty nice!
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Apr 22 2008
davegpearson
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39 male
 Joined Apr 11 2008
 phoenix, az
Wind Cave Trail #281Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2008
davegpearson
Hiking3.20 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.28 mph
800 ft AEG
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Got some nice panoramic pics on this one!
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Jan 04 2008
davegpearson
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39 male
 Joined Apr 11 2008
 phoenix, az
Parsons Trail #144Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2008
davegpearson
Hiking11.00 Miles
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We took the Parsons trail up past the springs of Sycamore Creek north of Cottonwood. Our goal was to camp in the canyon at night and get up early to hike up Packard Mesa to see the Indian ruins which look northward towards the Sedona area. Beautiful views, great Indian ruins, and a wonderful hike.

The Forest Service requires that no camping below the springs is permitted. The only part of this hike which was less than enjoyable was once we passed the springs, and continued in the rocky canyon. The trail at this point was the river bed itself at the bottom of the canyon. Hiking on river rock is not to enjoyable :? . We took the trail until the canyon turns abruptly to the East and bushwacked up to the top of the mesa. We blazed our own trail from the top of the canyon westward to the Indian ruins. From the bottom of the canyon to the ruins themselves, we climbed about 1200 feet which was quite rigorous but well worth the views and the ruins. Fun hike, but our route wouldnt be suggested for kids! About 11 miles round trip.
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