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Feb 06 2015
DavidNLetlet
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56 male
 Joined Mar 15 2012
 Mesa, AZ
Reverse FlatironPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2015
DavidNLetlet
Hiking8.50 Miles 3,376 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   8 Hrs   35 Mns   0.99 mph
3,376 ft AEG
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Decided to finally tackle this one after reading the description, reviewing the excellent triplogs, and looking for the perfect weather day. My wife and I love to hike, and we don't do it for speed. We enjoy setting out at a reasonable hour (in this case 8:30 am), and planning on making a day of it (we returned shortly after 5 pm). We like to take breaks, enjoy our lunch, and chat with fellow hikers along the way. Can't help you with GPS routes or waypoints or anything like that either, as we prefer to go "old school" on our adventures. No techies here, we like to find our way ourselves, without such aids. Although beneficial in many ways, we are sure, we find it akin to those walking around staring at their phones. Just our take. No offense. :M2C:

So, off we go from Jacob's off First Water, up to Massacre Falls where the waterfall was running nicely after last week's rainfall. We crossed the drainage and picked our way up to a rock formation we dubbed, some time back, as Napoleon's Hat, based on its look from the Massacre Grounds. From there, we headed up, and to the right of, the drainage all the way to the top of the Supes. We set a comfortable pace, and although largely unmarked, found a good route quite easily by studying the contours of the land as we hiked. On the way up, and with no rhyme or reason we found an old coconut husk. After a quick picture, we continued up until crossing through the hoodoos that were coveniently separated for our passage, and then headed over to Peak 5024 for some lunch. We then dropped down to Flat Iron, where we took in the splendid views, and chatted with another couple that struck up a conversation about the Wave Cave (a place near and dear to us).

We did learn that a hiker had fallen from the wall at the top of the climb to Flat Iron. She had hit her head in the fall, and was making her way back down. We met her at Siphon Draw (at the very top of the chute). She was with family, but no one had any pain medication. Upon overhearing this, we happily dug into our little cache and got her some much needed relief. Although she seemed alert and taking, she was airlifted out at the bottom as a precaution for some observation. Another hiker on the way down had badly twisted her ankle, but was hobbling out under her own power, as well. Please be careful when out there, as so many things can go wrong for even the most prepared hiker, and one must be prepared at all times for the unexpected.

We were so excited about our grand adventure that we were picking our way down at a nice pace, passing young and old alike, and being grateful for our good health and this fine day. We had spent it, as usual, together on a trail, and had made sure to not rush getting back home.

This is not a hike we would repeat on a regular basis, as we prefer the certainty of a trail, but for an occasional adventure, a bit out of the ordinary, this one fits the bill!
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Jan 12 2013
DavidNLetlet
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 Guides 1
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 Triplogs 2

56 male
 Joined Mar 15 2012
 Mesa, AZ
Wave CavePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2013
DavidNLetlet
Hiking3.35 Miles 977 AEG
Hiking3.35 Miles
977 ft AEG
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1st trip
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As is so often the case with hike descriptions, they change over time. That is why a consultation of these triplogs is essential prior to heading out on a hike.

Since first posting this hike description, we have gone back several times with various groups, and the number of cairns has increased greatly,the path has become so much more obvious, and bushwhacking is almost non-existent. In fact, in the area of the hike description that describes dropping down into the wash, there has grown a very discernable path leading along the right/easterly edge of the wash, and eventually crossing the wash at an almost 90 degree angle to the other side of it, where the real climb begins. That extra trail leg avoids the need to boulder hop along the wash, if one so wishes. Of course, it also eliminates some of the beauty of the hike as it misses the wash, and all the boulder hopping fun. Even spotted a gray fox down in that wash on one outing. Still, it's a great little hike in an increasingly more popular area of the Superstitions. Enjoy!
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average hiking speed 0.99 mph

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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