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Old West Boulder Canyon Ridge - 5 members in 7 triplogs have rated this an average 3.8 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Nov 10 2018
rayhuston
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64 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Old West Boulder Canyon RidgePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2018
rayhuston
Hiking11.65 Miles 3,086 AEG
Hiking11.65 Miles   8 Hrs   33 Mns   1.55 mph
3,086 ft AEG   1 Hour   3 Mns Break
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1st trip
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The inspiration for this hike was a chance meeting with Joe and The Eagle on the Superstition mountain ridge line a little under five years ago. They were on their "Nightmare in the Superstitions Revisited" hike. I was so impressed with their hike that I've been aching to do some variation of it ever since. As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for.

I followed Kanode's route along Dutchman, leaving Dutchman at Parker Pass on the use trail that takes you towards Tim's saddle. When I reached O'Grady canyon, I hung a right and started heading uphill towards Old West Boulder ridge.

The ascent up Old West Boulder Canyon ridge is a bugger, big time. Throw in a scree field near the top when your legs are tired, it becomes treacherous. The views along the way are absolutely amazing. The terrain is big and imposing. If you like a challenge, this will test your skills. I am glad I did it, but fairly certain I won't do it again.

When I reached the ridge line, I planned to follow the Nightmare route the rest of the way. I headed towards the Flatiron, but I was running late on time (I didn't start the hike until 9:15 :o ). Where the trail bends west towards Monument canyon, I turned right and headed up the hill towards the hoodoos where I would drop down to Massacre Falls along a fairly well defined route and then on to the Massacre Falls trail.

The Massacre Falls trail was uneventful. At the Superstitions Wilderness fence I turned right towards the First Water trailhead. The last two miles as the sun was setting was really cool.

My version is not quite a "Nightmare," but it is a tough loop. I can't imagine hiking another 4.5 miles and 2000 feet of AEG. As it was, I was glad when this one was over. :D
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May 25 2014
TeamBillyGoat
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 Routes 21
 Photos 145
 Triplogs 22

48 male
 Joined May 27 2013
 Apache Junction,
Old West Boulder Canyon RidgePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2014
TeamBillyGoat
Hiking14.00 Miles 4,650 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   9 Hrs   45 Mns   1.60 mph
4,650 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
1st trip
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'Solo Uphill March of Doom' is my title for this one. I actually followed the same route as Mr. Bartels 'Nightmare on Superstition Peak' loop (minus the stop a 5024). Up on the ridgeline, I mistakenly stopped GPS recording, so my track is incomplete. Oh well, someday I will get it straight.

I started at First Water TH, up Dutchman's trail, to O'Grady Canyon, to Old West Boulder Canyon Ridge, up to Superstition Ridgeline, down Siphon Draw, Jacob's Crosscut, to First Water road, back to Trailhead, then home to stuff my face with a well earned pollo asado burrito w/chips & guacamole (& cold beer).

That day was a little on the warm side (low 90's), but not to bad. A thorough calorie burning experience with awesome views. Plus I found a white-tail deer antler.
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Dec 15 2012
joebartels
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 Guides 245
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 Photos 12,327
 Triplogs 4,977

51 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Nightmare on Superstition Peak, AZ 
Nightmare on Superstition Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2012
joebartels
Hiking14.40 Miles 4,820 AEG
Hiking14.40 Miles   10 Hrs      1.60 mph
4,820 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Is it over yet?

I just verified the PM. Bruce was right. He did say 90% chance of rain, showers, 51 high, wind, gust, pure hell, are you reading this, bad idea alert.

The game plan was a jewel that never happened. It started off fair, had potential and then we hiked into a cloud. That cloud never gave up. It was the little cloud that could. To add to insult the rain probably didn't net a half inch. The presentation was remarkable. Torture to yield was shocking, literally... showers in waves. Wave after wave after you get the idea. When it let up the mist screamed by in awe that we remained standing, laughing and spitting at our ignorance to hike through it's fierce glory.

Time heals all wounds right? Yeah whatever. I rejoice in one thought, it's over. It has to be or I wouldn't be here typing. Well if I close my eyes it hurts. If I open my eyes it hurts. It just hurts. No it's over joe. Who is joe?
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Dec 15 2012
The_Eagle
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Nightmare on Superstition Peak, AZ 
Nightmare on Superstition Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2012
The_Eagle
Hiking14.40 Miles 4,820 AEG
Hiking14.40 Miles   9 Hrs   57 Mns   1.61 mph
4,820 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
What the Heck were we thinking?

The plan was to find a place, taking advantage of the recent rains and check out some running water.

I put together a track, starting at the 1st Water TH, including a Reverse Flatiron via Massacre Falls, up to 5024, and then returning on Old West Boulder Canyon to the Dutchman. Joe Joe and Denny Boo Boo both agreed.... Even after I warned them of the impending Saturday weather. Not a single one of us was smart enough to say... Er , ah (Insert Name Here), Don't you think we should try something a bit easier based on the current forecast?

So off we went. We were planning on doing this loop Counter Clockwise, hitting Massacre Falls first....but we missed our turn, and this became a clockwise hike.

Birds are chirping, washes were flowing, and cameras were clicking..... everyone is in a great mood. We started the off trail steep climb up to Old West Boulder Canyon Ridge. Between 3,500' and 4,000', we hit the Cloud Cover/Fog. The next 4 1/2 hours were spent in this cloud.

We missed some of the best views of the hike in this portion of the hike. All of Old West Bolder Canyon Ridge views, Ridge line Views, The Flatiron Views, and 5024 Views.

Buy this time we were all soaked. 25' views, Rain, 45 Mph gusts, steep..wet..slippery rocks...Fog blowing by.

We tried to get down off 5024 towards Massacre Grounds, but with the conditions and the look on Denny's face, we climbed back up and took the safe route down Siphon Draw, Jacob's Crosscut, and a road walk back to 1st Water TH.

Glad that one's over......................
Most miserable-er-est Hike ever.
Just getting warm now.
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Dec 15 2012
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Routes 80
 Photos 7,551
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60 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Nightmare on Superstition Peak, AZ 
Nightmare on Superstition Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2012
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking14.40 Miles 4,820 AEG
Hiking14.40 Miles   9 Hrs   57 Mns   1.45 mph
4,820 ft AEG
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1st trip
Bruce was nice enough to invite me on a stroll in the Supes.It went a lttle different than planned.We made a loop out of it instead.That may or may not have been caused by my disposition :cry: .Those were rain drops not tears . I thought some of Bruce's routes looked scarey when you could see them :o .It is even worse in the fog when you can't see the route.We took the safe route back and I only fell three times :oops: . Some nice views at first.We saw a couple Whitetail and Joe found an antler. It got cloudy wet and cold from there.We did see a sweet rainbow when we were on the cross-cut.Another wild adventure in the Supes.A safe hike is a great hike.Joe even sang 8-[ for us.I'm starting to warm up now.It was nice to get out on the trail with Bruce and Joe again :D .Thanks to Bruce for driving and the beverage. :y:
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Feb 21 2008
kanode
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73 male
 Joined Jan 07 2004
 Tempe, AZ
Old West Boulder Canyon RidgePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2008
kanode
Hiking10.50 Miles 3,300 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   10 Hrs   30 Mns   1.00 mph
3,300 ft AEG
 
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It took Chuck and I 10.5 hours but it should be closer to a 9 hour trip if you follow the route that we used coming down the ridge.

We built some cairns near the peaks marking easy routes up and down their edges. Route finding was straightforward--just keep headed uphill. The only nuisance is that you can't see very far ahead to pick the best route.
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Irv
Jan 13 2008
kanode
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73 male
 Joined Jan 07 2004
 Tempe, AZ
Old West Boulder Canyon RidgePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2008
kanode
Hiking7.40 Miles 2,749 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   7 Hrs   15 Mns   1.02 mph
2,749 ft AEG
 
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This was an exploratory hike from the Massacre Falls trailhead to the base of Old West Boulder Canyon Ridge. After I passed Massacre Ramp on the way out, I stayed too close to Superstition Mountain and ran into several deep brushy ravines. The route I used on the way back is a much better one.

This is an interesting hike in it's own right. A number of interesting rock formations including a cluster of alien space eggs!
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Irv
average hiking speed 1.4 mph

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