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Oct 22 2002
Tim
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 Scottsdale
Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2002
Tim
Hiking14.70 Miles 1,125 AEG
Hiking14.70 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   2.26 mph
1,125 ft AEG
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I went out with Carolyn and my college buddy, Paul, on Saturday the 19th for our first Superstition's hike of the season. We actually modified the traditional loop so as to incorporate the northern portion of Needle Canyon. The plan was to head out Dutchman's trail from First Water Trailhead to the Bull Pass Trail. After going over the Bull pass saddle we were intending to head up the Needle Canyon Trail, (it clearly shows a trail on the Forest Service Topo map), until it intersected the Boulder Canyon Trail which we would take back south to the Black Mesa Trail and home. The GPS topo software showed this trip at 10.7 miles but it ended up being 14.7 miles. We got into some trouble trying to find the Needle Canyon trail as there is no maintained trail or carins. What one has to do is simply follow the dry creekbed northwest from the Bull Pass Trail and eventually leads you into the canyon. The canyon is pretty cool as it involves boulder hopping and skirting pools of water. The further north you go the more narrow and higher the canyon walls become. After winding around, the Needle Canyon dumps you back into Boulder Canyon and the trail heading south. The trip up Black Mesa Trail afforded some great views, but it should be named Cholla Mesa due the acres of cholla cactus covering. The day was rather warm at 85 degrees and the 3 of us went through 11 liters of water.
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Sep 30 2002
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Boynton Canyon Trail #47Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2002
Tim
Hiking5.40 Miles 685 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.16 mph
685 ft AEG
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Carolyn and I started this trip on a Friday afternoon about 3:00. Being a week day, the crowds were not as heavy and we only saw about a 1/2 dozen groups or so. The weather was overcast and we got caught in a Sedona late afternoon shower but it blew over quickly. This is a beautiful trail that is under tree cover most of the way so one doesn't get the opportunity to take in the panoramic views until the end at the top of the canyon. Very high cliffs and lots of color, (both the rocks and the trees), make this a very pretty spot. On the way back down, another group of hikers directed us to a side trail that takes you up to the indian cliff dwelling ruins on the east side of the canyon. The side trails are covered with branches as the Forest Service must be attempting to discourage a lot of activity at the ruins. However, signs at the ruins themselves simply request that one show proper respect which shouldn't be too tough of a concept. As the ruins are high above the canyon floor, the view from them is well worth the additional 10 to 15 minute side trip and really adds to the hike. All told, the hike was 5.4 miles and took about 2 1/2 hours with the side trip.
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Sep 30 2002
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Secret Canyon Trail #121Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2002
Tim
Hiking9.50 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   2.24 mph
400 ft AEG
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This hike was a pleasant surprise! Carolyn and I started off on this hike at about 10:00 on a Saturday morning. Being the weekend, we saw several groups on this trail even though it is longer than most of the Sedona offerings. It should be called mosquito canyon as they were pretty heavy in varios parts of the hike and made us wish we had some spray. We encountered two groups that were coming back out having elected to turn back early as the mosquitos were so thick. By the time we got to the end, the day must have heated up as they weren't that big of a factor, just an aggrevation. The trail itself is beautiful. One has to hike about 1.5 miles through scrub brush before actually entering Secret Canyon. The views along this section are awesome as there are many colorful rock formations. Just after passing the intersection with the Dave Miller trail, the trail turns west and enters Secret Canyon. (The Dave Miller trail heads east and intersects with another trail, Bear Canyon I think, that would take you back to the Vultee Arch trail for a good loop, but you would need two vehicles.) It is shortly after the entrance to Secret Canyon that the trail plunges under trees which restricts a lot of the views. As we went further down the canyon, its walls narrowed and pools of stagnant water, (this may explain the mosquitos), were eveident in the creek bed below. At the 4.75 mile mark, there was a break in the trees at a really pretty grotto where the stream had cut through the rocks. While the trail went on up and around this grotto for another 1/4 mile or so, this is where we elected to grab a bite before turning around. All in all, the hike was 9.5 miles and took about 4 1/4 hours.
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Sep 30 2002
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Vultee Arch Trail #22Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2002
Tim
Hiking3.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   2.40 mph
300 ft AEG
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This is a nice quick little hike that Carolyn and I added to our day after spending most of the morning down the road at nearby Secret Canyon. Once one has "bumped" the 3.5 miles down the road to the Secret Canyon trailhead, what's another mile to the Vultee Arch trailhead? When in Rome.... Anyway, it only takes about 1 1/4 hours to do the round trip and it is a pleasant hike along a dry creek bed. The arch is small but pretty. We elected not to scramble up to it and climb the structure although it is accessible. What was really intriguing was the Sterling Pass trail which intersects the trail just before the arch. This trail continues east up and over the mountains before descending down to 89A. Looking up the canyon, it was hard to tell exactly where the trail was going to cut through and over the steep canyon walls. If one could arrange for two cars, I think that a point-to-point hike would be a real challenge.
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Sep 07 2002
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Parsons Trail #144Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 07 2002
Tim
Hiking7.40 Miles 180 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   4 Hrs      1.85 mph
180 ft AEG
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Great hike! Quite a change from my normal Superstition hiking experience. Carolyn and I headed out for Parsons early on a Saturday morning after a Friday night monsoon storm in Phoenix. We left central Phoenix at about 6:30 and got to the trailhead just before 9:00. The directions are easy to follow and the FS roads are in good shape although some of the wash crossings had water in them, (and more was to come). Simply a beautiful hike through lush green areas and multiple stream crossings. With the previous nights monsoon, the creek was really flowing. In some sectins, the water was red from all of the runoff from the redrock canyon walls. The trail itself is a sidewalk and very easy to follow, (with some exceptions), so one has ample opportunity to take in the scenery. After Summers Spring, the trail performs a series of "S" turns as it winds through a narrow and steep walled canyon for about 3/4 of a mile. These walls have numerous caves throughout and are so steep and high, (approximately 280 to 300 ft.), that we lost the GPS signal until we got closer to Parsons Spring itself. (GPS isn't necessary, but it is fun to down load your trek into a computer and print it out over a topo map, especially if you've made some route finding mistakes.) We didn't see a soul the entire hike until we got closer to the turnaround when we came upon a 1/2 dozen campers. We attempted to find Parsons Spring itself but the best we could determine was that it was in amongst the last few pools that were sitting rather stagnant. We circled around north of those pools but the creek bed was dry so the spring must have been tucked in those pools somewhere. Pretty unimpressive. Coming back out the canyon was when the fun started. The weather was starting to change and it was clear that there was a storm brewing so we were trying to make time so as to get back to the car and out of the area before the FS road creek crossings became flooded. While hiking back out of the canyon, when crossing a dry creekbed, we must have missed the trail on the other side and followed the creekbed itself too far down the canyon. Regardless, we were off trail. Rather than waste time by turning around and hiking back up the creekbed to the trail crossing as my girlfriend suggested, at my urging we just continued down the creekbed with the idea that we'd catch the trail on one of its many crossings. (Look, it's a flippin' canyon so you can't get lost and besides, guys have a gene that inhibits them from stopping for directions or hiking back up trail. smile.) Unfortunately, we were just west of Summers Spring where the creek has two forks and there are numerous side trails between camp sites so finding the main road was a little confusing. Then the monsoon hit and we sat under a tree in our ponchos until it blew over. Eventually, we found the main trail 15 feet up the west canyon wall and headed back out to the car. (Correction, Carolyn found the main trail.) With the rain delay, this little side excursion cost us close to 1/2 hour and looked really silly when we printed the GPS trek out on the topo map. The heavy rains only lasted 10+ minutes or so and it cleared up pretty quickly thereafter. A beautiful day. While the washes had more water in them when we drove out, they were no big deal and nothing to be concerned about. All in all, the hike took about 4 1/4 hours and is one of the better trails in the state.
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May 04 2002
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Chiricahua ShuttleTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 04 2002
Tim
Hiking11.00 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.83 mph
1,600 ft AEG
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Carolyn and I did this hike with Doug and Diane. Spent the night in Willcox drinking tequila. Did the big loop including Inspiration Point. Lot's of rubber necking.
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Mar 26 2002
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Whiskey West-Red Tanks LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2002
Tim
Hiking14.30 Miles 2,150 AEG
Hiking14.30 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   2.20 mph
2,150 ft AEG
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My girlfriend and I took this loop on Sunday March 24, 2002. The topo trail map we had drawn out had the loop at 12.5 miles, but at the end of the day our GPS unit had it at 14.3 miles. (A GPS unit is totally unnecessary as this entire series of connecting trails are pretty much an autobahn. It is nice for confirming mileage however.) We did some extra rummaging around the springs so I'd call it closer to 14 miles without any side trips. It took us 6.5 hours and that was with a 1/2 lunch break at LaBarge Springs. It was a beautiful 81 degree day although quite windy. The wind died once you got down into Whiskey Canyon. While we didn't find the trail to be overgrown, the cacti were quite close and you had to watch your step while running this gauntlet in spots or else you'd be giving a blood sample. At one point just after Whiskey Springs, my girlfriend, (that would be 'Cactus Carolyn'), took a stumble and planted her hand, (and a good portion of her rump), on a waiting cactus. We spent the better part of 15 minutes removing cactus spines with tweezers, (don't leave home without them), and administering Bactine & Neosporin. All of the Springs, (Whiskey, LaBarge, Chrystal), were surrounded by greenery much like an oasis. We found the cement trough full of water and water pipes at Whiskey Spring but couldn't locate the head of Labarge Spring although there was much standing water. Another hiker told us that the source was further up the side of the creek bed on the north side. The view up the narrow LaBarge Canyon heading east was very inviting but going that direction and up Peters Trail would have extended the loop by another 7 miles which just wasn't going to be happening. Maybe another day. The best part of the hike was winding through Whiskey Canyon and along the Red Tanks trail with LaBarge Canyon, Trap Canyon and Music Mountain looming just to the north. All in all, it was a beautiful day for a walk through the desert and justified a good soaking in the jacuzzi with a cold Budweiser.
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Mar 11 2002
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Peter's CavePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2002
Tim
Hiking5.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.11 mph
500 ft AEG
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We took this hike on Saturday March 10th, 2002. It was a very comfortable 81 degrees and we only went through 4 liters of water between the two of us. Unfortunately, we parked our car exactly 1 mile east of Tortilla Flat which was just a bit too far east. Rather than backtrack west down the wash before doubleing back to the east up the creek, we headed due south up and over the ridge just south of the highway. (When in doubt, head up.) It was rather slow going and steep coming down the southside, but it deposited us in tortilla Creek just east of the opening to Peter's Canyon which wasn't all bad. However, I'd seriously recommend simply parking at Tortilla Flat and taking the well marked trail just east of the parking lot. (You cut under a barrier going across the dirt road and follow the road down and around to the carins that take you up and over a hill to the creek.) This well traveled short cut saves a lot ot stumbling through the creek which at this point is just a bed of small rocks and easy to turn an ankle in. Additionally, finishing the hike at Tortilla Flat is a nice way to end the day as they sell cold beer. Once in Peters Canyon, stay high and on the east side where there is a trail which will avoid negotiating the VW sized boulders in the mouth of the Canyon. This 1/4 to 1/2 mile section of the trail is very overgrown with cat claw and I'd highly recommend wearing jeans as we collected quite a few scratches. After that, the trail is very easy to follow, (how do you get lost going up a creek- without a paddle no less?), and very pretty as the high walls close in on you. Peters Cave is easily recognized up the west side of the cliff about 2 miles into the hike. We went as far as the waterfall about a 1/4 mile past Peters Cave. Here the canyon really chokes down on the trail and it is very narrow. The falls were not flowing, but the pools were full of water. This scenic area necessitated a 1/2 hour stop for a late lunch. The only way to get past the falls was to scramble up a very narrow foot path high to the left. Watch your footing here as it is very steep and any fall will ruin your day. We had originally planned on going a little further down Peters Canyon before attempting to cut up and over the ridge to Tortilla Canyon, but I fear that this would have been very 'challenging' as this ridge appears to climb almost 1,000 feet in a 1/4 mile. Besides, we got a late start, (the Friday night poker game will do that every time), so we turned it around and headed back to Tortilla Flat for a nice 4 1/2 hour hike. (Did I mention that they serve cold beer at Tortilla Flat?) Some older snowbirds we met along the way pointed out the short cut trail heading over the hill to Tortilla Flat and it was a good thing as we would have missed the small pile of carins on the west side of the creek. After we got to Tortilla Flat, we had to walk down the road a mile to the car, but that was 15 minutes we won't count as it was due to stupidity.)
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Feb 26 2002
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La Barge Lower - Box LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2002
Tim
Hiking10.00 Miles 3,540 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.67 mph
3,540 ft AEG
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We actually did this hike on 1-19-02 and did a 'modified' loop on Fritzki's original trail description. We headed down the Boulder Canyon Trail from Canyon Lake and continued down La Barge wash to La Barge Canyon as described. This hidden and narrow canyon with its polished banks and large pools of water is the prettiest place in the Superstitions as far as I'm concerned. We went down this canyon as far as we could but pretty quickly the pools of water and steep banks made our journey impassable without getting our feet wet. We turned back out of the canyon and headed out the same way we came in. This is where we modified things a little as I hate to 'pay for the same real estate twice'. Just as we came out of the narrow canyon, rather then heading back north up La Barge Creek wash, we headed south up and over the saddle and hooked up with Boulder Canyon trail. This saddle is just south of topo point # 2561 and is only represents a 300 foot elevation gain and descent. We then headed north on Boulder Canyon Trail, crossing over the saddle just north of Battleship Mountain where we viewed the old Indian Paint Mine. At this point, rather than crossing La Barge Creek wash again and continuing on the Boulder Canyon Trail, we continued north following LaBarge Creek. This route was really fun as it takes you through a narrow and twisting canyon beginning at topo mark #1800 that was really overgrown with vegetation. A desert jungle if you will. For about 100 yards before re-entering Boulder Canyon, passage is pretty difficult what with the stagnant pools of water and 'shrubbery'. I did this hike about 10 years ago in the spring and at that time, (it was a real hot day), the pools of water were deeper, clearer and a welcome relief as one could take a swim. On this day however, they were rather fould smelling and it presented a challenge to negotiate around them and the boulders while attempting to keep one's feet dry. We came out at Canyon Lake for a total trip time of just over 6 hours.
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Feb 25 2002
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Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2002
Tim
Hiking10.40 Miles 2,820 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   1.09 mph
2,820 ft AEG
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After reading all of the trail comments, my girlfriend and I had to add this hiking arrow to our quiver. We just completed this truly awesome hike on February 23,2001. It was a beautiful day with the temperatures in the low 80's. 6 liters of water worked out just perfect for the two of us. (I would have killed for a Bud Lite at the halfway point, but some days you just can't find a beer vendor.) We started out at 7:30 from Carney Springs and pulled into the Siphon draw trailhead just before 5:00 for a 9 1/2 hour trip, which was a little slower than we anticipated, but then again, the trail was a lot more rugged along spots of the ridgeline than we thought it would be too. Fortunately, we found the trail to be well marked and relatively easy to follow with the exception of some spots in the middle just west of Superstition Mountain. After a fast start up Boulder Canyon, we lost some time on the way to Superstition Mountain as the trail continues to gain elevation. Between topo elevation 4790 and 4300 there were some serious steeps with loose rock, which really slowed down the pace. As you work your way down that saddle, there is a stretch with lots of bouldering through a narrow slot that was really fun, but slow going as it required a lot of 3-pointing. From that saddle, the view down into Hieroglyphic Canyon is really inspiring. (However, if Hieroglyphic Canyon is the Ridgeline's 'escape route', I'll pass, use my Visa, and take the helicopter.) Just prior to descending that saddle, we saw two fellas on the ridge about a half-mile to the west and heading our way. But we never passed them. I believe that this was the only place where we lost the trail, which was just east of topo elevation mark 4777. In retrospect, we got down a little to far on the south side of the ridge. (The other two hikers must have either turned back or stayed up on top and we missed them.) We just kept heading west and worked our way back up to the ridgeline where we hooked back up with the trail. (When in doubt, go up!) Other than those two hikers, we didn't see a sole all day until we got to Flatiron. Once we got back onto the top of the ridge at topo point 4869, we were really able to 'beat feet' as the trail stays relatively flat all the way to 4402. The views down into Hog Canyon from this point along the ridgeline are equally spectacular. The scramble down and up that saddle between 4402 and 4562 is the last real piece of work before descending the Flatiron itself. Other than a couple of nasty experiences with cacti, (steep descents, loose rock, and pointed spears can make for a bloody mess), there were no real problems other than a serious case of fatigue at the end of the day. But that's why they invented hot tubs and Budweiser I guess.
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Dec 30 2001
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Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2001
Tim
Hiking5.80 Miles 2,780 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.05 mph
2,780 ft AEG
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Carolyn climbed up the Flatiron and peaked out along with hiking out to the point.
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Dec 23 2001
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Dutchman Trail #104Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2001
Tim
Hiking11.25 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking11.25 Miles   6 Hrs      1.88 mph
1,200 ft AEG
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Carolyn and I didn this loop out of First Water Trailhead out around Palamino Mountain to the Peralta Trail. Where the Peralta Trail climbs up the side of Palamino Mountain we left the trail and bushwhacked northwest back down to the Dutchman Trail and home.
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