We had hiked up to Turk’s Head a couple of weeks ago and decided to see what Old Turks Head had in store. (I’m curious about the names. Anybody have any info?) No real trail here - we pretty much blazed our own way to the top - I’m sure the most difficult way one could! Beautiful day to be out in the Superstitions!
What a great day to be out in the Superstitions! Saw @hikingaz2 post about a trip to Massacre Falls arch back in December. Today was the day we made the trek! Was a little nervous about the masses being out, but not too bad. Great hike —except for getting tangled in cats claw crossing thru the wash on the way up to the arch. A new favorite!
This hike offered a little bit of everything...exactly what we were looking for on a Sunday morning in the Superstitions! Found a crested saguaro off the Black Mesa trail to boot! The cross cut from Black Mesa to The Boulder Canyon trail is slower than I thought it would be. It’s free form and weaving in and out of cactus and cats claw is slow going. (Read the warning that long pants are recommended!) Great views and loved dropping into the canyon and boulder hopping!
I saw a very brief description of this area that included directions to get to the trailhead. Had no idea that this was the Point Trail! I wish I would have known so I could have read other’s triplogs in advance. I just love this site!! Anywho...we hiked down the steep rocks to the creek. Changed into my Tevas headed upstream. What a little slice of Heaven! Had the the area all to ourselves. Started to hear thunder as we headed back up and out to the trailhead - certainly wouldn’t want to hike up those rocks when wet!
Enjoyed the cooler temps up on the Rim and wanted to check out this section of the AZT. Started at the Gooseberry Springs trailhead and hiked passed Shuffs Tank. Found a nice place for a snack and turned around. Perfect hiking! I believe there was some recent trail maintenance to this section. Not sure what it was like previously but it is awesome now! Thanks to everyone who helped in this effort!
I have a thing for natural arches so since we were camping in the area thought we would check this trail and it’s natural stone arch out! Followed the wire fence to the gate and took the obvious trail down into the canyon. Once in the streambed, we opted to hike to the base of the arch rather than take the trail to the top of the “rim”. What a hidden gem!!
Needed to escape the heat in the Valley so we headed to Mount Lemmon! Followed the loop that many others have done: Mt Lemmon/Meadow/Wilderness of Rocks/Lemmon Rock trail. Fabulous hike! I loved each diverse section!! Those last 2 miles were a butt-kicker! Saw a handful of people out on the trails but the trailhead (and surrounding area) was a zoo when we finished. We spent the drive home discussing the pros and cons of doing this Loop in the opposite direction next time.
Two Sixty Trailhead to the junction with the Drew trail on the Highline today. Never done this stretch and the temps were perfect. Followed fresh bear tracks most of the way...but no bear sightings. Only other people we saw on this stretch were five different groups of mountain bikers.
Have stared at this mountain for years. Finally decided to climb to the top! As the descriptions says, you pretty much follow an ATV trail along the fence to the top. The entire top of the mountain is covered in geodes! A brief walk thru the burn area from the Wagon Wheel Fire a few years back. Found a couple of golf drivers hidden in the bushes by the summit. Guess someone likes to drive golf balls off the Rim. Wasn’t that an episode of Seinfeld?!
Little Granite Mountain/Upper Pasture/White Rock Springs Trail to Old Juniper Tree in Prescott today. 10 miles, 1900aeg
While there is a shorter way to get to the tree, we chose this route to get a good mix of the area. Saw just a handful of people on the Little Granite Mountain trail; no one on the other two trails and no one else at the tree. Note: there are tons of cairns leading to no where on the trail when you approach the Old Tree. (We know because we followed a few). Trust me: the turn off from the main trail is very obvious!
On June 18, 2013 the Doce Fire was threatening the town of Prescott and the Granite Mountain Wilderness. The Granite Mountain Hotshots were tasked with protecting the Old Juniper or Grandfather Juniper tree - a giant alligator juniper tree believed to be thousands of years old. After the fire passed, this giant stood amongst the scorched landscape. A week after they saved the tree, all but one of the crew was killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire.
Enjoying Rim Country for the long Memorial weekend. Thought it would be fun to check out East Clear Creek again as it’s been a few years since we were there. Obviously, I didn’t do my research!! Sadly, Horse Crossing trail was impacted by last year’s Tinder Fire. The trail is still pretty defined - only a few sections that leave you wondering. Cairns have been placed to try and keep folks on the trail. No more hiking thru ponderosa pines and Gamble oaks; just charred trees. There are already signs of regrowth and once down to the creek it’s like a little slice of heaven! Followed the fishermen’s trails to explore further
Back to the Goldfields this morning to find the Golden Eye Arches. We were out a couple of weeks ago and didn’t see them (even tho we were right there!) It was driving me crazy!! A good way to spend Mother’s Dsy morning!
When we hiked to the Pueblo Canyon ruins awhile back we didn’t check out this cliff dwelling. Since we were camping in the area we wanted to check it off our list. So glad we did! As others have mentioned, the scree up to the dwelling is nasty! Even worse coming down....
Wanted to explore more in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness and I’m a sucker for arches so.... We downloaded a route used in 2015 by @The_Eagle et al as our guide and set off. No trail. No cairns. Look at the maps beforehand. This is truly a meander through the woods. You really can't follow a route - or you'll just drive yourself insane! The last push to our target was steep. The arch and the area on top was so cool! Views are incredible.
Decided to check out Haunted Canyon (thinking it might be a tad cooler than in the Valley). We decided to hike to Tony Ranch/cabin from the upper trailhead. Wildflowers are still on display on FR287. Trail was in good shape, a little water still remains in some of the creek crossings and bear scat on the trail. What goes up must come down...and repeat when you do this as an in and out! Nice elevation gain for a Sunday in the Supes!
Fun morning in the Goldfields. Sorry that my tripling won’t be filled with much detail as I have no clue as to the names of the trails we were on! I included our route. We scooted off trail up to the ridgeline (encountered an angry rattlesnake) and followed it over to the Helmet Rock area. Loved all the small arches, rock formations and tunnel. A desert tortoise crossed our path on the way out. Never seen one of those in the wild!
Note: we failed to see Golden Eye arch...and we were so close! An excuse to go out in this area again!
Drove the Jeep in on FR1356 just past the Cottonwood Spring turnoff. Still water in the washes and the desert is so green! Since this was our second time up to Pedestal Arch, it was much easier as we knew what and where . Had our first encounter with a Gila monster on the trail. So cool! Decided to hike up to Palo Verde Arch on the way back to the Jeep. A great Arizona day!!
Wanted to check out the water in the Hackberry Springs area but wanted to avoid the zoo that is First Water Road. Thankful to find this route as there was no other car in the lot when we got here! No real water in the washes except for Hackberry Springs area. Loved seeing all the water and the many little water falls. The area SOUNDED beautiful! We went off trail to climb to the hole in the rock. Love that view! Some wildflowers but no WOW factor.
With all the recent rain (and snow) thought we’d check out Camp Creek Falls. Falls were awesome! Lots of water in the wash and the creek - water level was rising even as we made our way out. It’s going to get muddy!
First time exploring this part of the Superstitions and it did not disappoint! Fairly good use trail up to the ridgeline. Coming down the drainage wasn’t too bad...we’ve done worse! The bouldering in the wash was fun. We took the side trip up to the Double Arches. Absolutely loved it! Hoodoos, spires, needles, arches, caves, alcoves...every type of rock formation you could imagine along the way! Will definitely do this hike again - adding the extra push to the Salt River Canyon overlook as others have done. Thank you Superstitions!
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