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Jan 20 2020
vanman
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53 male
 Joined Jan 07 2012
 Gilbert
Siphon Draw Trail #53Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2020
vanman
Hiking5.23 Miles 1,259 AEG
Hiking5.23 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   1.78 mph
1,259 ft AEG      54 Mns Break
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Since it was free State Park day I took some friends who had never done Siphon Draw before. Of course the parking lot was packed, but the trail wasn't too bad! We climbed up just past the basin, went over to the area above the falls and enjoyed a few cold ones, took some pix and just enjoyed the day together!
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Jan 17 2020
vanman
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 Gilbert
Hiero Hut and King Tut, AZ 
Hiero Hut and King Tut, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2020
vanman
Hiking5.43 Miles 1,791 AEG
Hiking5.43 Miles   5 Hrs   19 Mns   1.29 mph
1,791 ft AEG   1 Hour   7 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Finally got back up Hiero to check out the stuff I saw last month: the rock hut and the huge saguaro up by Balancing Rock that I had never noticed before last time (I'm calling it King Tut for fun!).

The off-trail climb to the hut was a good workout! Loose stuff covered by grass and bushes. The hut wasn't nearly as cool as the one we found in Spirit Canyon. Basically just an illusion from down on the trail which is what I expected but I still had to see if it had a flat floor like Spirit Canyon. And no!

I came back down Hiero but stayed high and went off-trail towards the Balancing Rock route, followed it up until I could cut over towards Tut. It's almost as high up as Balancing Rock so it was a rugged off-trail journey! He's a big boy but not quite as big as the one that was on the way to Charlebois or the one that was along Lost Goldmine near Carney. And it has a severe lean so who knows how much longer it will last, as if 200+whatever-years isn't enough!?!

Came down that first ridge that goes up/east from the big pool/petroglyphs. Had a fun day exploring and wearing myself out!!
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Dec 29 2019
vanman
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53 male
 Joined Jan 07 2012
 Gilbert
Chuparosa Canyon - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2019
vanman
Hiking3.85 Miles 933 AEG
Hiking3.85 Miles   4 Hrs   12 Mns   1.54 mph
933 ft AEG   1 Hour   42 Mns Break
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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My friend wanted to go hiking with me for the first time and I wanted to see if I could spot the herd of bighorn FOTG saw a few days ago.

It was a beautiful, crisp day and there was still frost in some areas at 10:30am. We made it back to the still flowing falls and just hung out in the sun with some snacks. Something caught my eye up towards the base of 3845 and it was a group of bighorn! They came down fairly close to have their own lunch and then wandered over to a shelf to lay down. We took a lot of pictures then headed out so they could come down to the water, but we could have stayed all day to watch them!!
Fauna
Fauna
Bighorn Sheep
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Dec 18 2019
vanman
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53 male
 Joined Jan 07 2012
 Gilbert
Hieroglyphics Trail #101Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2019
vanman
Hiking5.07 Miles 1,257 AEG
Hiking5.07 Miles   5 Hrs   4 Mns   1.39 mph
1,257 ft AEG   1 Hour   25 Mns Break
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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I wanted to re-familiarize myself with the trail going up the canyon and do a little poking around. Very windy on the way in at 9:30! Went as far as the first set of "falls" and looked for a way over to the slick rock area below Peak 4546 on the Hog/Hiero ridgeline. Looks like it could be really cool but the brush was too thick and I was short on time. Gonna need to find a better way across next time! Got back to the glyphs around 1:30 and was surprised to find nobody there!! So I took the opportunity to get close-ups of all the petroglyphs which I had never done in all the times I've been there! Didn't see anyone heading in until I was near the boundary gate!!
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Dec 05 2019
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53 male
 Joined Jan 07 2012
 Gilbert
Peak 3915 waterfall, AZ 
Peak 3915 waterfall, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 05 2019
vanman
Hiking5.72 Miles 2,262 AEG
Hiking5.72 Miles   6 Hrs   55 Mns   1.02 mph
2,262 ft AEG   1 Hour   19 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
After seeing the falls pouring into the top of Chuparosa Canyon recently, I had to go up and take a look around! Hiero>Balanced Rock>towards 5057. At about 4000 ft. where the summit trail shoots left up thru the cliffs this route goes straight and off trail. Stay high and left of the saguaro skeleton for pockets in the cliffs and 3915 (previous trip). Today I went down towards the low spot above Chuparosa. After seeing the flow at the petroglyphs on the way up I thought there might be more action here today, but nope, just a trickle! It was still worth it!!

Whether you go up to 5057 or towards 3915 this route is tough, challenging and awesome!!
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May 22 2019
vanman
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53 male
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 Gilbert
Boulder Canyon Trail #103Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 22 2019
vanman
Hiking2.50 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles
800 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Wednesday was one of those days that you realize how lucky you are to be in the Supes!!
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Apr 12 2016
vanman
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 Gilbert
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2016
vanman
Hiking5.85 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking5.85 Miles   5 Hrs      1.46 mph
2,900 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Got a little bit of a late start, arriving at Mining Camp just before 9:00. There were a few hikers below the Basin but after that I had the climb to myself except for a couple people coming down. Legs were feeling pretty heavy again but managed to top-out above the wall right on two hours. Took the horseshoe trail around to the southside of Flatiron and let my pack dry in the sun.

The wind was up too which meant my favorite birds were zooming around! Got some great fly-bys today! Spent an hour just watching them go by! Before heading down I climbed the ridge directly east of Flatiron just to poke around up by the hoodoos. Saw some people going up and got passed by a few going down, but traffic on the trail was still very light.
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Apr 07 2016
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 Gilbert
Robbers Roost - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2016
vanman
Hiking8.10 Miles 2,207 AEG
Hiking8.10 Miles   5 Hrs   22 Mns   1.86 mph
2,207 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break
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I hadn't been up Carney or to the Roost in over a year so when Linda got the afternoon free and with the forecast looking great, we made the climb. Luckily we had clouds and a pretty nice breeze all the way up because it was kicking my butt! While I was busy panting, Linda spotted a lone Big Horn below the lower saddle. He posed on some boulders before wandering off. Somehow with all my stops we still made it to the upper saddle in under two hours from Lost Goldmine TH.

We decided the area from the upper saddle to the Roost has to be one of the coolest places around! Pine trees, hoodoos and pure Supes beauty! I would love to spend a couple days up there to explore off-trail places.

We had fun checking out the Roost, then headed over to have a look across Peralta at the Cave Trail before heading up past the surf board and over to Fremont. We made good time to Fremont and wondered why that well-marked and worn trail doesn't have a proper name?

Amazingly we saw nobody at Fremont! And other than four people out on the Ridgeline, we didn't see anybody else all day! It had been awhile since I was on the Cave Trail so Linda got to lead the way. It was fun acting concerned that we were gonna get lost! :D Below the bathtub we followed some cairns east that looked like they lead down into Barks. We decided to save that route for another day and made our way down Cave Trail. We kept looking across the canyon in amazement at the hoodoos by the Roost where we had come from.

No snakes, no people! Cloudy and breezy! Another great day in the Supes!
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Mar 29 2016
vanman
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53 male
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 Gilbert
Siphon Draw Trail #53Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2016
vanman
Hiking4.50 Miles 1,513 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   3 Hrs      1.80 mph
1,513 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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The plan was to hike Flatiron but when I exited at Idaho Rd. I could barely see the mountains! By the time I got to Mining Camp at 11:00 I needed the wipers for a heavy drizzle. There weren't many people heading up but quite a few coming down. Someone said they saw snow flurries on top! The Basin was completely wet so I decided to call off the ascent.

Coming down I noticed some caves high up on the cliffs up above Palmer Mine area. I went off-trail up to the cliff base to investigate. Turned out to be pretty cool with a whole new perspective of Siphon Draw!
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Mar 26 2016
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Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2016
vanman
Hiking11.74 Miles 3,070 AEG
Hiking11.74 Miles   6 Hrs   27 Mns   1.98 mph
3,070 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
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1st trip
A fun day trying to keep up with Linda in more new territory for me! The weather was perfect and the trails were empty (until wear got near the spring).

Climbing up Promontory Butte was a good challenge! Of course as soon as we got up the wind started howling, so we didn't stay long! But what a view! Going back down wasn't as bad as we thought it would be on the steep, loose, pine-needle-covered trail, so pretty soon we were off to the spring.

What a cool spot! You can't go wrong with water gushing out from under a pile of boulders to form a beautiful creek! We enjoyed the hike back, stopping to take pictures along the way of course! Thanks Linda for driving and being tour guide again!!
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Mar 23 2016
vanman
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 Gilbert
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2016
vanman
Hiking5.85 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking5.85 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   1.11 mph
2,900 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Wow! What a beautiful day!! Left Mining Camp at 7:45 and only saw a few others before the basin. Nice and cool in the shade almost all the way up, although the wind got pretty intense at times. I was feeling pretty lucky to have the climb all to myself! All I could hear was the mountain!! :D
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Mar 18 2016
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Hidden Valley via the wash from National, AZ 
Hidden Valley via the wash from National, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2016
vanman
Hiking9.43 Miles 1,524 AEG
Hiking9.43 Miles   5 Hrs   16 Mns   2.06 mph
1,524 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
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1st trip
A fun day on S. Mtn.! Great to meet Linda and hike with Larry again! And with Rowdy leading the way, I had three expert guides for my first time out there! There were more cool spots than I expected! Thanks guys!!
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Mar 08 2016
vanman
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 Gilbert
Chuparosa Canyon - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2016
vanman
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.33 mph
1,100 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Had hoped to see hummingbirds but they were mostly gone already. The bees were busy though! Poked around, had some lunch, caught some rays and listened to the wind.
Flora
Flora
Chuparosa
Fauna
Fauna
Red-tailed Hawk
Named place
Named place
Chuparosa Canyon (Unofficial)
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Feb 23 2016
vanman
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53 male
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 Gilbert
Hiero Balancing Rock, AZ 
Hiero Balancing Rock, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2016
vanman
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,650 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   1.18 mph
1,650 ft AEG
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
The plan was to go up via Balancing Rock & then push past Peak 3915 and head down to the Mushroom Rock cliffs for a look around. After a couple weeks off from hiking though that didn't happen! Plan B ended up being just kicking around the area above Balancing Rock on the route up to 5057. I've always loved that area so it was a fun way to spend some time! Found a big, flat spot on the edge of the cliffs overlooking party central to have lunch, then headed down.
Named place
Named place
Upper Hieroglyphic Canyon
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Feb 02 2016
vanman
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 Gilbert
Mushroom Rock Cliffs, AZ 
Mushroom Rock Cliffs, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2016
vanman
Hiking8.50 Miles 1,550 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   6 Hrs      1.55 mph
1,550 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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1st trip
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Finally made it up to the cliff breaks west of Mushroom Rock. Some fun off-trail until I got up near the cliffs where its was steep, loose and then choked with brush! But at least I satisfied my curiosity about finding a way up through the breaks to the middle shelf.

The first break west of Mushroom looked like it might have potential but has about a 40 foot drop down to where I was. It was so thick with brush that I couldn't get around the last corner to inspect further so I had to turn back.

I contoured along the cliffs and dropped down and up through the high drainages to get close to the second break west of Mushroom. I didn't climb all the way up in but from my lunch spot got some good pix that show how steep and boulder filled it is. Can't imagine there is a non-technical way up. Time to move on!!
Named place
Named place
Turks Head - Superstition Boundary
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Jan 23 2016
vanman
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 Gilbert
Turks Head - Peak 2822Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2016
vanman
Hiking4.56 Miles 964 AEG
Hiking4.56 Miles   3 Hrs      1.82 mph
964 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Fun hike with my boys! They were surprised by the climb to the top! It's longer than it looks!! :D
Named place
Named place
Turks Head - Superstition Boundary
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Jan 20 2016
vanman
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 Gilbert
Lost Goldmine to Mushroom Rock, AZ 
Lost Goldmine to Mushroom Rock, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2016
vanman
Hiking8.50 Miles 1,350 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   7 Hrs      1.42 mph
1,350 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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1st trip
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Took Lost Goldmine from Hiero TH and went east of Turks Head, well past Mushroom Rock. Headed way off trail to check out one of the breaks in the cliff. (I was hoping to go up and come out east of 3915. Got close but will have to check for something better.) Worked my way over to Mushroom Rock from there. Came back down to LG Trail and went around the north side of Turks to get some shade. Got a nice moon rise to finish the day.
Named place
Named place
Turks Head - Superstition Boundary
Meteorology
Meteorology
Moon
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Jan 09 2016
vanman
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Chuparosa Canyon - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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vanman
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.00 mph
1,100 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Made it out with my boys today. The flow at the falls had diminished to maybe about half of yesterday but it was still worth the trip. The guys really loved it!! The clouds swirling off the mountain and down over the canyon put on a pretty good show too!
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Jan 08 2016
vanman
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Chuparosa Canyon - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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vanman
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.00 mph
1,100 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I couldn't resist the urge to go check this spot out after all the rain. Heading out the 60, the Flatiron and Ridgeline were totally obscured by clouds. On Kings Ranch Rd it was so dark and gloomy that I could barely recognize any part of the mountains. Got to the trailhead just after 8:00 and there were already four cars there!

The hike in wasn't bad but as soon as I entered the canyon the clouds rolled in and a light rain started. The sound of running water kept me going! Got through the wash and up to the slick rock and Bingo! What a sight!! I hiked to above the large falls and it got darker and started to sleet a little. It was awesome! Came back down below the falls and followed the stream back to the wash. I could have stayed all day! But after my boys saw my videos they want to go tomorrow to see it for themselves!
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Dec 17 2015
vanman
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Chuparosa Canyon - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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vanman
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.45 mph
1,200 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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Partners none no partners
Hadn't been out here in a month and wanted to see if the chuparosa were popping and (attempt to) take some pix of hummingbirds. It was a beautifully quiet morning with only a handful of cars in the lot. The color in the canyon was good but not where it was last year around this time. There was only a little hummingbird action on the way in so I went up to the big pool and looked for a route up the west slope to the spire. Made it halfway up and could have kept going but decided to turn around. Back in the wash the action was picking up as it got warmer. Got a few lucky shots and headed back.
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