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Mar 22 2021
vanman
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55 male
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 Gilbert
Superstition Peak 5057 - Balanced Rock LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2021
vanman
Hiking7.74 Miles 3,049 AEG
Hiking7.74 Miles   7 Hrs   40 Mns   1.26 mph
3,049 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
 
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LindaAnn
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A fun day getting together with Linda again after so long! We had planned to get together but first I needed to get away from the beer hikes and do something serious. After some bigger hikes (for me) the last few weeks I suggested we do this one because it was one of the few she hadn't done. Thankfully she was very patient with my pace and route remembering! That last 1,000 feet up from where I've been jumping off to 3915 is a real butt kicker! Got to the summit about 12:30, had some snacks and talked to a few people that were there, then headed down to Hiero, which is a challenge too! Then hiked down Hiero to the TH.

This route is awesome! AEG, serious scrambling, steep and loose and of course the views! And no Flatiron crowds after the glyphs! Thanks again for your patience Linda! Hope to see you again soon!
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Mar 15 2021
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 Gilbert
Lost Goldmine Ridgeline II, AZ 
Lost Goldmine Ridgeline II, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2021
vanman
Hiking11.95 Miles 2,494 AEG
Hiking11.95 Miles   10 Hrs   1 Min   1.41 mph
2,494 ft AEG   1 Hour   31 Mns Break
 
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This could also be called Balancing Rock to Wave Cave!

I decided I needed to give it another try right away after last week. Made it out to my turn around spot about 45 minutes faster than previously. Went farther to the bottom of the drainage but still didn't get down to where I wanted because it was too steep or too choked. Climbed up the other side and took a break because it was obvious things were gonna get rough.

East of Mushroom Rock the slick rock and game trails end and scrambling and catclaw take over! I don't think I was even going 1 mph!! I found some old climbers' trails but it still seemed like it took forever to turn the corner at the base of Three Sisters and head north to Wave Cave.

Of course it was busy! Took a picture and left! By the time I reached Lost Goldmine I was really wishing I had a shuttle but the long walk back gave me time to take some pictures of the ridgeline and have a shot of bourbon to celebrate!

I doubt I'll do this one again! I'll probably go back down to Ermahgerd and maybe the big funnel by Mushroom Rock but past that it was diminishing returns! I'm glad I was able to get it done once though!!
Geology
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Natural Arch Tafoni
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Mar 10 2021
vanman
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55 male
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 Gilbert
Lost Goldmine Ridgeline, AZ 
Lost Goldmine Ridgeline, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2021
vanman
Hiking9.67 Miles 2,899 AEG
Hiking9.67 Miles   10 Hrs   18 Mns   1.13 mph
2,899 ft AEG   1 Hour   43 Mns Break
 
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I've been fascinated with everything just to the east of Hieroglyphic since I first saw Peak 3915 eight years ago. Chuparosa, Ermahgerd, Peak 3915 and what I call the Mushroom Rock Cliffs are all on the list. Lately I've been wondering if it was possible to go from Balancing Rock to the Wave Cave. Today was my first hike past Peak 3915 to explore a possible route. I wanted to get to the big drainage near Mushroom Rock.

Started at 8:00 and made good time up past Balancing Rock and over to the part of the 5057 route that shoots up through the hoodoos (~4000ft). From there it was off-trail past the whole fallen saguaro and across the high ledge. Past 3915 and into the unknown down toward Ermahgerd (which was tougher than expected). Down by the cliffs I was quickly stuck in a maze of rocks. Made some adjustments and got close to the spots I wanted to see then headed for the drainage.

This is a cool spot! Would love to see water slicing down through here! I really wanted to go down near the bottom but time and energy said no! I could have crossed over and gone a little further towards Wave Cave (now wish I would have), but I had a snack, took some pictures and noticed the arch!

Heading back I got drawn into the eastern edge of Ermahgerd. Got some great shots of the cave! Made the tough climb back up to 3915 and walked around on that weirdness then went back down past Balancing Rock. Got to the car at 6:00 pretty worn out but very happy!! Last night I said I'd never do it again but today I'm not so sure!!! :D
Geology
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Natural Arch
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Mar 03 2021
vanman
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55 male
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 Gilbert
Boulder Canyon Trail #103Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2021
vanman
Hiking3.01 Miles 795 AEG
Hiking3.01 Miles   4 Hrs   11 Mns   1.33 mph
795 ft AEG   1 Hour   55 Mns Break
 
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Last hike before my friends leave for Ohio. Since this was more of a celebration hike we only went to the top of the hill from the marina. We found a nice spot out of the high winds and cracked open some beers and enjoyed the views for a couple hours. We watched the dust storm envelop Weavers to the south and Four Peaks to the north!! We saw several groups returning from LaBarge later in the day.

My friends really enjoyed the day and of course want to check out LaBarge next time!
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Feb 12 2021
vanman
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55 male
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 Gilbert
Wedding Cake, AZ 
Wedding Cake, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2021
vanman
Hiking4.37 Miles 938 AEG
Hiking4.37 Miles   4 Hrs   4 Mns   1.61 mph
938 ft AEG   1 Hour   21 Mns Break
 
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Got back up the Wedding Cake and went from the summit to the north end of the middle layer and followed the edge of that band clockwise to the south side. It got pretty windy by then and some cool clouds started forming over the mountain but it was time to head back.
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Feb 10 2021
vanman
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55 male
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 Gilbert
Lost Goldmine Trail - Cloudview to LG THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2021
vanman
Hiking7.67 Miles 853 AEG
Hiking7.67 Miles   4 Hrs   49 Mns   1.92 mph
853 ft AEG      49 Mns Break
 
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Hadn't been out past Turks in a while and thought it would be a good test for a sore ankle. Crossed the fence out by Mushroom Rock and poked around then came back and hiked back on the cool mountain bike trail just south of the Wedding Cake.
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Jan 21 2021
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 Gilbert
Base of Hiero Peak 3845, AZ 
Base of Hiero Peak 3845, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2021
vanman
Hiking4.12 Miles 978 AEG
Hiking4.12 Miles   5 Hrs   2 Mns   1.31 mph
978 ft AEG   1 Hour   53 Mns Break
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From behind the Wedding Cake the other day I thought I spotted a fire ring in this area below Peak 3845 so I had to go check it out. No fire ring but found a cool slick rock area amongst the crumbling rock walls. Tried to get back in further but was blocked by a twenty foot wall that ran way up the mountain and everything else below was choked with cat claw so I relaxed until sunset!
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Cag Shot
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Jan 15 2021
vanman
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55 male
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 Gilbert
Boulder Canyon Trail #103Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 15 2021
vanman
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,133 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   3 Hrs   24 Mns   1.86 mph
1,133 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
 
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A nice afternoon hike out to the last overlook before the trail begins descending down to the canyon bottom. Took a nice break and enjoyed one of the best views in the Supes! Looking forward to hiking to the Box again soon!!
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Jan 13 2021
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55 male
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 Gilbert
Wedding Cake Backyard, AZ 
Wedding Cake Backyard, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2021
vanman
Hiking4.53 Miles 1,148 AEG
Hiking4.53 Miles   5 Hrs   2 Mns   1.25 mph
1,148 ft AEG   1 Hour   25 Mns Break
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I followed some old cairns on the hills behind the Wedding Cake to see if they went into Ermahgerd. It looked like they did but there's a better way so I headed back and checked out that route!
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Jan 08 2021
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 Gilbert
Turks Head - Peak 2822, AZ 
Turks Head - Peak 2822, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 08 2021
vanman
Hiking5.90 Miles 1,136 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   1.82 mph
1,136 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break
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I hadn't been up Turks in several years and since we got a late start we decided to give it a try. This really is a great hike with some really great views towards the mountain but also some great scenes along the "trail" to the top. We even had a visitor on the way down! The sunset was awesome and we got back to the car just before we needed the flashlights!!
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Dec 14 2020
vanman
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55 male
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 Gilbert
Hieroglyphics Trail #101Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 14 2020
vanman
Hiking5.12 Miles 1,397 AEG
Hiking5.12 Miles   5 Hrs   27 Mns   1.44 mph
1,397 ft AEG   1 Hour   53 Mns Break
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Working my way back up to the Ridgeline! We stopped about 2.5 miles up the canyon from the trailhead and enjoyed the surroundings, a couple cold ones and another beautiful day!
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Dec 04 2020
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 Gilbert
Old Turk's Head - Peak 2777Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 04 2020
vanman
Hiking4.50 Miles 1,045 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   4 Hrs   47 Mns   1.50 mph
1,045 ft AEG   1 Hour   47 Mns Break
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This is also known as the Wedding Cake. After looking down at it so many times from up in Chuparosa Canyon, we finally decided to check it out! The trail off Lost Goldmine is easy to follow and provides a nice workout to get to the middle layer. It's about another 10 minutes to the top from there and the views are worth it!
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Nov 23 2020
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Chuparosa Canyon - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2020
vanman
Hiking3.74 Miles 830 AEG
Hiking3.74 Miles   4 Hrs   35 Mns   1.48 mph
830 ft AEG   2 Hrs   3 Mns Break
 
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Feb 14 2020
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Chuparosa Canyon - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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vanman
Hiking3.87 Miles 896 AEG
Hiking3.87 Miles   6 Hrs   1 Min   1.23 mph
896 ft AEG   2 Hrs   52 Mns Break
 
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Had a fun day meeting up with Pam for the first time in a long time! I wanted to show her the way into Chuparosa Canyon and hopefully see some water flowing and hummingbirds buzzing around. There wasn't enough rain to get things flowing but the pools were filled back up after being empty a few days earlier. We still had a great time poking around above the falls, talking and taking pictures. The hummingbirds were taking their mid-day siesta because we only saw a few, but that should change soon since everything is getting ready to bloom!
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Feb 10 2020
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Ermahgerd CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2020
vanman
Hiking5.15 Miles 1,566 AEG
Hiking5.15 Miles   5 Hrs   54 Mns   1.14 mph
1,566 ft AEG   1 Hour   22 Mns Break
 
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This hike is rough!! And gets rougher as you go! There's a faint route and it can disappear fast! It's totally worth it!! There used to be a canyoneering video of this online, but check out some of the other HAz photosets for that!
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Chuparosa Canyon (Unofficial)
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Feb 04 2020
vanman
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55 male
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 Gilbert
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 04 2020
vanman
Hiking7.23 Miles 2,693 AEG
Hiking7.23 Miles   6 Hrs   25 Mns   1.32 mph
2,693 ft AEG      57 Mns Break
 
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Tuesday was a good day to try the Flatiron for the first time since the Mining Camp burned down! It hasn't gotten any easier!! :D

It was a beautiful, cool, crisp day for starting at Lost Dutchman State Park. Didn't see many people on the trail before I got to the Basin, but a dozen or so passed me on the way to the top! I actually had the Flatiron to myself when I got there though! Walked the perimeter, took a break above Monument Canyon and then headed back. A few were still heading up even after 2:00. The hike down was tough too but I made it by going slow!

I was sore yesterday but feel pretty good today! Will have to give this another shot soon and then try to hit the Ridgeline again!
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Jan 30 2020
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Chuparosa Canyon - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2020
vanman
Hiking3.50 Miles 741 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   1.59 mph
741 ft AEG   1 Hour   38 Mns Break
 
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A solo trip to see how things looked! No flowing water or bighorn this time, just lots of sun and some cool clouds!
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Jan 20 2020
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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
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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
 
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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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Kelvin-Helmholtz Formation
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Dec 29 2019
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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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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!!
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