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Apr 21 2017
SlammyG
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30 male
 Joined Oct 20 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Royal Arch RouteNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 21 2017
SlammyG
Backpack42.00 Miles 8,000 AEG
Backpack42.00 Miles3 Days         
8,000 ft AEG35 LBS Pack
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What a trip! I can't believe we pulled it off in 3 days although my feet, legs, back, hips and shoulders sure can. One of the most grueling trips I have been on but also one of the most rewarding.

We camped Thursday night at the ranger station and managed to stir up around 5 to get moving around 6. It was cold and we were all tired from little sleep but quickly found the telephone line and made it to the rim. The route down was a lot of fun as we worked our way down the obstacles. The stick ladder was a bit tricky to get started on but smooth sailing nonetheless. We found the petroglyphs and were all blown away by the number and quality of them. Moki steps were really cool to see and didn't present too much of a challenge as long as we took it slow. There were plenty of tricky drop offs down this route where precarious stacks of rocks helped to make the final step down. It was pretty slow moving until we hit the red wall and eventually dropped into the wash. We picked our way down through the creek bed hopping boulders and following the pretty well cairned path. Some sections the walls narrowed and provided some nice shade but of course the canyon opened up again and let the sun in. Just when we couldn't take any more boulder hopping we rounded the corner and were greeted by the amazing Royal Arch. :y: It was incredible and lived up to everything I had expected. A nice stream flowed through it and we stopped in it's shade for some hard snackage. We opted for the canyoneering route this trip not only to save time and miles but also because, why the hell not!? We found the rap area pretty quick, trusted the loop of webbing that we found and down we went! A bit tricky to navigate the ledges and wet muddy wall but we all made it down just fine. A small scare as we struggled with the rope pull but down it came and we made our way over to the next rap of ~175 ft. Finding the tree to rap from was a bit tricky but we skirted down the left side of the canyon through some overgrowth and found the spot. A pretty scary free hanging rap this time and with the weight of the pack our ATC's were burning up by the time we hit the ground! From here it was some trial and error route finding as we made our way for Elves Chasm. I think we made a wrong turn because we cliffed out and were faced with a short 15 foot rappel. From here it was switchbacks down the canyon wall that eventually dumped us at Elves Chasm where we took a much deserved swim and jump from the short fall!

Day 2...Long miles and hot sun.. Aside from the stunning canyon views this was a slog of a day with no relief from the sun apart from the shade of a few boulders. The wildflowers were in bloom and the canyon was covered with beautiful greens and yellows. We picked our way along the Tonto before opting for the steep skree filled shortcut down to Bass Canyon. We opted to tack on some additional miles and make our way down to Bass Beach to camp and fill our empty water bottles. Our beach campsite was incredible, cool and secluded with the opportunity for a nice dunk in the might Colorado where we soaked our tired legs in the cold water after a 20 mile day.

Up and at em day 3 as we made the push for the rim. Bass Canyon was amazing! Incredible colors on the canyon walls and lots of green trees to keep the temps cool as we made gains. I was moving slow after our epic trek the day before but eventually made it to the Darwin Plateau where Mike and Mark made a break for Huetawali while I held back, got some shade and hydrated. The final push up South Bass was grueling, the trail was covered in rock fall and incredibly steep. We were all getting hammered but managed to hit the room by two. High fives and fist bumps abound as we trekked down the road back to our car for the long drive back to Phoenix.

A truly incredible trip with some awesome trekking buddies. Not bad for my first trip down into the canyon. I will be back, oh yes I will be back!
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Bass Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Minimal pools. Stale nasty water.

dry Copper Canyon Dry Dry

dry Garnet Canyon Dry Dry
Salt chunks abound

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Royal Arch Creek Light flow Light flow
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Jan 29 2017
SlammyG
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 Routes 2
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30 male
 Joined Oct 20 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Superstition Peak 5057 - CarneyPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2017
SlammyG
Hiking12.00 Miles 3,408 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns   1.41 mph
3,408 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Got an early start from Carney Springs just as the sun was coming up and touching on Three Sisters. Met a couple friends who I had yet to hike with so I was excited to spend the day tackling 5057 and Three Sisters with them. We started strong up Carney Rd and through the kissing gate , we shed layers pretty quickly as the sun was starting to warm things up. The first section up the false saddle was the toughest in my opinion but also a lot of fun scrambling over rocks and up slabs. We managed to keep a good pace and stopped at the first saddle to take in the sights and early morning views. The rock formations are incredible and there was no shortage of things to point at and say "oh that's cool". The trail to West Boulder Saddle from here looked tough but we breezed up it without batting an eye.

From the saddle we had pretty good views of Superstition Peak and into West Boulder Canyon. We then set off skirting above Boulder Canyon toward our destination. The trail is well marked and pretty easy to follow, some really fun sections as you cut around before dropping into and across a wash, again really well cairned. From here to start to climb the backside of Three Sisters, the gain is steady with a few borderline Class 3 Sections. Keep your eye out NW as you will start to see the top of Weever's Peak over the ridge right above West Boulder Canyon. We continued to climb and passed a small waterfall that provided some nice cool water for my head. A little after we passed the turnoff for Three Sisters that we would take on the way back we passed through some goal post cairns and hit a pretty nice saddle. The wind picked up hard so we through on some jackets and continued the push up hill. We hit the fork where the trail heads off right for Ridgeline or up left to 5057. Go left, some guys ahead of us went right and ended up turning around to arrive at the summit about 15 minutes after us. The summit is pretty apparent as you move up through the sea of hoodoos but is also really well marked with cairns. Take some time to explore this area as there is a lot of cool stuff to see. The final push to the summit involves some class 3 but is nothing too crazy. Great views up top; back into the valley, Flat Iron, Weevers, Three Sisters, all great sites on a bluebird day like today.

We made our way back down and took the fork right to Three Sisters, we found the trail peter out after a half mile, once we gained the first climb, and ended up doing a bit of bushwhacking. My partners were a bit unprepared, donning shorts and trail running shoes, and quickly ended up with legs and feet full of cactus. My leather boots and pants held up just fine as I left them behind and made the final push to Three Sisters for some mazing views and really sweet rock formations. Didn't stay too long or explore too much as my sissy compadres were waiting and ready to go. Once back at West Boulder Saddle I bid them farewell and took off East up the trail.

After dipping into the drainage, my initial plan was to follow it up to Robbers Roost but I ended up taking a path North following a faint trail and some Cairns which I found out would be the Dacite Super Loop. A very cool, isolated area with many more interesting formations to explore and some awesome sights of Weevers once I gained the ridge. I followed some cairns SE before arriving at a corridor above the Peralta Trail and saddle. Somewhat sketchy scrambling as I headed down hopping from massive boulder to massive boulder and forging a trail down to the saddle. Passed by a mossy spring that I used to help cool off and snap a few pics!

Finally connecting with Peralta trail, which was packed with Lululemon clad families, I opted for Cave Trail which I have heard of but never taken since I am rarely is this area of the Supes. I thoroughly enjoyed this trail as it was a bit of a problem solver in sections. It passed by many cool little caves and down an area called the fortress, lots of fun going down Devil's Slide and spent some time in "The Tub". Across the wash up to Cathedral Rock where I ran into some climbers I knew and rested with them for a bit. I finished out Cave Trail connecting with Bluff Springs and down to Peralta TH. Unfortunately, I still had a couple miles down the road and across Lost Goldmine to connect with my car. A slow finish to an overall exciting day!
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Jan 22 2017
SlammyG
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30 male
 Joined Oct 20 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2017
SlammyG
Hiking11.80 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking11.80 Miles
2,100 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Finally got to peak out on Battleship! :y: Attempted to make this before but had to turn around due to some unforeseen events :?

Got an early start and hit the trail just as the sun was coming up. We were all in great spirits as we made the relatively flat trek in down Second Water. We were treated to some amazing views; the recent rains brought out the greenery and filled the small creeks with a steady flow of water that looked amazing as the sun crept over the mountains and started to hit. Getting to the intersection of Second Water and Boulder Creek we took a quick snack break before started up Boulder Creek toward the southern base of Battleship.

The creek was flowing pretty well from the recent rain which made moving up it all the more challenging albeit incredibly fun as we attempted to pick our best route. Unfortunately not all of us were able to stay dry as Mark quickly dunked an ankle :lol: We crossed the creek a few times and made a few scrambles as we bounced on and off the trail before finally landing at a cairn that would mark our steep scramble up to the base of Battleship.

We grinded up pretty quickly and took a few minutes to admire the cave at the base before continue on up. The first section of class 3 was exciting once we figured out the correct way to go, the rock was covered in an amazing array of colored lichen that was so vibrant with interesting shades of neon green and blue. Getting past the first scramble and making it to the top was incredible! Great views of Weevers and La Barge and Canyon Lake and even back west to the valley. But there was plenty more to see so we pushed on. We made our way down the ridge past a variety of easy class 3 scrambles and some very minor exposure, definitely not as exposed as I thought in parts as we moved over our obstacles really quickly. Route finding was minimal as things were pretty clearly marked although we did backtrack slightly a couple times.

Finally peaking out was a feeling of great success with a lot to explored at the top. Very open with a variety of vantage points and things to see. We signed in and had a quick lunch before heading back down the way we came. A really great day over all with some old and new friends plus some pretty interesting trail talk...

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Boulder Creek at #103 / #236 Jct Medium flow Medium flow
Medium to heavy flow. 20+ft in width. 5ft max depth

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max First Water Creek at Second Water Trail #236 Medium flow Medium flow
Steady flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max La Barge Creek - E of Battleship Mtn Medium flow Medium flow
Looked to be a heavy flow from the top of battleship

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Second Water Canyon Light flow Light flow
Light to medium flow
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average hiking speed 1.41 mph

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