username
X
password
register
for free!
help
GuidesRoutes
 
Photosets
 
 Comments
triplogs   photosets   labels comments more
Superstition Peak 5057 via Hiero - 17 members in 53 triplogs have rated this an average 4.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
1, 2, 3  Next
53 triplogs
  All Months
53 Triplogs
Jan
9
Feb
12
Mar
6
Apr
4
May
3
Jun
0
Jul
0
Aug
0
Sep
1
Oct
2
Nov
7
Dec
9
 
Mar 22 2021
LindaAnn
avatar

 Guides 65
 Routes 407
 Photos 4,533
 Triplogs 1,374

41 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Superstition Peak 5057 - Balanced Rock LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2021
LindaAnn
Hiking7.19 Miles 2,983 AEG
Hiking7.19 Miles   7 Hrs   40 Mns   1.18 mph
2,983 ft AEG   1 Hour   33 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Partners partners
vanman
Route Scout Route Recorded  on Route Scout Popup | MapDEX
Met Van at the Hiero trailhead at 0900 and got started. Plenty of people on the trail until we turned off and headed up to Balanced Rock. The route up was pretty well cairned, but we managed to get slightly off course in a few places. Easy to get back on track though. After Balanced Rock, the route was easier to follow, but just going up and up and up. Several scrambles, including one that was almost at my limit of how far I could reach and still have my feet on some sort of solid surface. I survived with minimal cursing or complaining.

There were several other people atop 5057 so we chatted with them while taking a snack break. After that, we headed down the east side of 5057 and headed north/west on the Ridgeline to the top of Hieroglyphics Canyon. Steep descent, but much easier than the ascent. Managed to get slightly off course once, but then the route was easy to follow after that. Great weather today, generally not too warm, and a surprisingly cool breeze. Good to see Van again, hopefully it’s not another five years until our next hike.
wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation Isolated
A few flowers here and there, but pretty minimal.
_____________________
1 archive
Feb 18 2021
DixieFlyer
avatar

 Guides 60
 Routes 574
 Photos 8,093
 Triplogs 518

male
 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Superstition Peak 5057 via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking8.40 Miles 3,451 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   6 Hrs   10 Mns   1.92 mph
3,451 ft AEG   1 Hour   47 Mns Break
 
Partners none no partners
I had not been on the Superstition Ridgeline this winter, so I decided to do this hike, which is a favorite of mine.

I did not get to the TH until about 8:15, and to my surprise there were only 3 vehicles there. I passed one hiker on the way to the petroglyphs, and did not see anyone else on the way up to Peak 5057. On the way back down I saw a couple of people sitting on a rock on the ridgeline at the top of Hieroglyphic Canyon, and did not see anyone else until I was almost back to the petroglyphs. Naturally there were a number of people on the trail from the petroglyphs back to the TH.

It was really windy in the morning, and I was wishing that I had another layer on. By the time I got up to the ridgeline the wind had subsided a bit, and it was pleasant on the hike over to Peak 5057. On the way back, I shed a layer in Hieroglyphic Canyon not far below the ridgeline.

I enjoy the section of the ridgeline between Hiero Canyon and Peak 5057, and it was nice to do it both ways.

There were a few small, stagnant, yucky-looking pools of water in Hieroglyphic Canyon, but there was no water running at all.

This is a fun hike, and it was nice to do it during the week without all the people that seem to be up on the ridgeline on the weekends.
Named place
Named place
Four Peaks Malapais Mountain

dry Hieroglyphic Canyon Dry Dry
There were a few small pools of stagnant, yucky looking water in the canyon, but no running water at all. For all intents and purposes, the canyon is dry.
_____________________
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey
1 archive
Feb 13 2021
Vashti
avatar

 Guides 4
 Routes 84
 Photos 446
 Triplogs 138

female
 Joined Mar 11 2002
 Gilbert, AZ
Superstition Peak 5057 via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2021
Vashti
Hiking8.02 Miles 3,387 AEG
Hiking8.02 Miles   8 Hrs   41 Mns   1.30 mph
3,387 ft AEG   2 Hrs   32 Mns Break
 
no photosets
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Route Scout Route Recorded  on Route Scout Popup | MapDEX
Headed out to 5057 via hiero TH despite a very windy forecast. This is my first trip to 5057,and it was already postponed once this year, and I was unwilling to postpone it again. I'm glad we went, but I also think the hike would have been much more enjoyable without escalating winds as the day wore on. The canyon was a bit like a wind tunnel, and upon reaching the Ridgeline, it was wicked windy and cold! We stopped for a break there, and after a bit I vacated my rock seat with a view for a rock wind break for warmth instead!

We made good time to the Petroglyphs, as expected. There were 8 million people on the trail, also as expected. After a quick stop at the petroglyphs (some in our group of 7 had never been here before), we headed up towards the Ridgeline. Thankfully, there was no one but us. Glorious!! Such beautiful views during the climb up. Plenty of well-placed cairns around, and the trail is relatively defined. The only place we didn't love was the section of loose rocks (shale?) that was steep. Luckily it wasn't too long of a distance, and then the trail was less exposed and more firm. Plus, after the shale field, the distance to the Ridgeline is short, yay!

After a quick snack, we headed off to 5057. As we headed off, we started seeing people. Quite a lot of people, in fact. More than I would have expected for the Ridgeline. We scrambled up the short climb (a small challenge for some in our group who are not very accustomed to non-groomed trail hiking), and soon enough we were at the turn off for 5057. When I did the Ridgeline previously, we were a bit tired and not interested in doing 5057,so this was new territory for me. It is a pleasant path up to the summit. Easy to follow and very easy to walk up requiring only a bit of handholds right at the very top. Our group of 7 joined the couple that came up hiero to the Ridgeline right as we did. Soon after another couple joined us on the summit. It's rather a small area for so many people. Everyone signed the register which is getting full. I did enjoy the hikearizona.com sticker on the box. :). While we had some food and enjoyed the fantastic views, I noticed a helicopter over by flat iron. A hiker we encountered later on the hike back told us there was a rescue, which my Mom later confirmed that she saw it on the news. :( The wind was going pretty good, but still the summit is such a wonderful spot! :). We discussed if we would go back the way we came, or go down the balanced rock loop. I wasn't sure about the climb. I've hiked some with this group, but not on anything difficult. Everyone wanted new terrain, so we decided we would check it out, and if it looked like something people didn't want to do, then we would go back the way we came. We headed off to start our trek back, and saw a group of 5 coming up the way we wanted to go down. In asking them how it went, they said it was awful with no trail and very steep and scary. That they wouldn't want to go down that way. Well... I didn't want to risk leading people on a route that meant they would never want to hike with me again, so we played it safe and went back down the way we came - across the Ridgeline and down hieroglyphic canyon. It was pretty much smooth sailing the entire way. We met quite a lot of hikers going the other way. Probably 6 groups including one with young kids (11 years old - impressive? I don't think my 10 yo would like this hike, lol!). Due to the amount of hikers we had to wait 10 minutes to climb down the scramble section on the Ridgeline. A Ridgeline bottleneck, I guess.

Nothing of note really on the way back. We took a slightly different route through the shale field which was better. And at least the wind was cut down some as we got off the Ridgeline, but it still remained windy the entire way down. The skies did clear up to a vibrant blue which was nicer than the dull gray we had going up the canyon in the morning (though the shade was appreciated during our relentless climb up! :D).

A great hike!! :). Next time I will try the balanced rock ascent.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Hieroglyphic Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Hieroglyphic Spring Dripping Dripping

_____________________
:D
1 archive
Jan 10 2021
emilystardust
avatar

 Routes 2
 Triplogs 402

39 female
 Joined Jun 23 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Superstition Peak 5057 via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 10 2021
emilystardust
Hiking8.40 Miles 3,067 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   7 Hrs   56 Mns   1.29 mph
3,067 ft AEG   1 Hour   24 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
_____________________
1 archive
Oct 21 2020
Jim_H
avatar

 Guides 61
 Routes 58
 Photos 8,548
 Triplogs 1,876

42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Superstition Peak 5057 via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2020
Jim_H
Hiking7.50 Miles 3,125 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   1.67 mph
3,125 ft AEG      50 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Much easier when you know where the route departs from: the rocks with the alcove just after the spring. Still kind of hot, but tolerable. However, my expectation is that mid-week during Minnesota White Dove season this remains less busy than the Siphon Draw and so while I am not likely to sudden become Mr 5057, I might come back and do this more frequently in winter months instead of 5024. Certainly more than every 3 years.

The burn doesn't look bad, opened up a lot of the brush. I rather like it. The range does look rather drab and bare though. Visibility and air quality were definitely better than Saturday or yesterday, but not great. Maybe I will return here, or do part of the ridgeline in winter once clear air returns after someone puts out that never ending fire in California. I did see a new smoke plume east of Superior. Started around 1, maybe, and it was putting up nice healthy brown plume by 4 PM. Yay!
_____________________
Let's go Brandon!!!!! Let's go Brandon!!!!
1 archive
Oct 11 2020
DixieFlyer
avatar

 Guides 60
 Routes 574
 Photos 8,093
 Triplogs 518

male
 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Superstition Peak 5057 via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking8.60 Miles 3,274 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   5 Hrs   31 Mns   1.93 mph
3,274 ft AEG   1 Hour   3 Mns Break
 
Partners none no partners
With the western Supes opening up for the first time in a while, and with the temperatures dropping a bit, I figured that this would be a good time to go up to Peak 5057 from the Hieroglyphic Trailhead.

We started right at 6:00 AM and we were the first people on the trail.

It was dry as a bone in Hieroglyphic Canyon, which wasn't a surprise. We followed the "standard" route up to the ridgeline.

There was no evidence of a fire until we got up the ridgeline, and we could see some burned areas north of the ridgeline. For the most part we did not see much fire damage up on the ridgeline until we got almost to the north of Peak 5057. There were some burned areas south of the trail going toward 5057, and quite a bit of burn off to the north. You could smell a lot of soot, but it was hard for me to tell how intense the fire was in that area. It didn't look all THAT severe, but time will tell how fast the area will bounce back.

I always enjoy this hike, and today was no exception. When we got back to the rock art at the end of the Hieroglyphic Trail, I was surprised at how few people were there. I guess that they are all up in Flagstaff for the weekend.
Geology
Geology
HooDoo
Meteorology
Meteorology
Fire Burn Area & Recovery Sunrise

dry Hieroglyphic Canyon Dry Dry
it was very dry in Hieroglyphic Canyon
_____________________
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey
Feb 18 2020
DixieFlyer
avatar

 Guides 60
 Routes 574
 Photos 8,093
 Triplogs 518

male
 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Superstition Peak 5057 via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking8.60 Miles 3,406 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   6 Hrs   29 Mns   1.70 mph
3,406 ft AEG   1 Hour   25 Mns Break
 
Partners none no partners
This is a fun hike and I wanted to do it again before the weather got hot, and today seemed like a good day to do it. It was a perfect morning for a hike, although it got a tad warm on the way back.

There weren't too many people out on the trail today, which was a bit surprising even for a Tuesday.

I always enjoy being up on the Superstition Ridgeline, and today was no exception!
wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation Isolated
There were a few flowers blooming along the Hieroglyphic Trail, but not much blooming past the glyphs. It is still a bit early to see too many flowers in bloom.
_____________________
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey
Jan 12 2020
AZTay
avatar

 Photos 11
 Triplogs 15

34 male
 Joined Dec 09 2019
 Phoenix, AZ
Superstition Peak 5057 via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2020
AZTay
Hiking12.95 Miles 3,448 AEG
Hiking12.95 Miles   6 Hrs   49 Mns   2.17 mph
3,448 ft AEG      51 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Jan 05 2020
Nate_F
avatar

 Routes 177
 Photos 1,084
 Triplogs 97

49 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Superstition Peak 5057 via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 05 2020
Nate_F
Hiking7.52 Miles 3,229 AEG
Hiking7.52 Miles   6 Hrs   10 Mns   1.46 mph
3,229 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Yay! Finally conquered Superstition Peak (AKA PK 5057). Took the Hieroglyphics trail to the ridgeline, then followed the ridge to the summit. Started about 8:00 am and not very busy on the trail. When we got back later in the day, very busy! Of course, not many ventured to the ridgeline, and I only saw one person between there and the peak. Had the summit all to myself; I signed the register, took some pics, and headed down. The hillsides were green, and the water was flowing at a few spots. I even found some snow near the top! Beautiful day for a hike like this! :y:

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Hieroglyphic Canyon Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Hieroglyphic Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Flowing nicely.
_____________________
Nov 30 2019
The_Eagle
avatar

 Guides 9
 Routes 805
 Photos 10,311
 Triplogs 1,625

65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Hiero - Balanced Rock - 5057 - 3 Sisters Loop, AZ 
Hiero - Balanced Rock - 5057 - 3 Sisters Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking14.56 Miles 3,856 AEG
Hiking14.56 Miles   9 Hrs   46 Mns   1.66 mph
3,856 ft AEG      59 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Route Scout Route Recorded  on Route Scout Popup | MapDEX
First car in the Hieroglyphics lot, just before daylight.

The water was flowing good at the Glymphs site.

We ultimately took the well cairned/used route, up past the Balanced Rock. This is a steady climb to the top. We saw a good sized ram just before the toughest part of the climb. I'd definitely take this route to 5057 again. Good views and a tad challenging.

We saw our first hikers on top of 5057. Views to the North and east to the Mazzies and Supes, showed off the previous days snowfall.

Next stop was to visit the sisters for lunch. From our lunch spot you could hear the voices of the visitors to the wave cave below.

Down the West Bolder Saddle Trail, my least favorite trail in the Supes, was slippery from the previous days rain/snow.

Some would find the Lost Goldmine Trail a bit boring, but it's a great trail to take in the views, without having to constantly look at your feet.

Great temps and water everywhere on this loop.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Boulder Creek Origin - Ridgeline Route Medium flow Medium flow
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Looking good
_____________________
There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
Dave Barry
Nov 23 2019
DixieFlyer
avatar

 Guides 60
 Routes 574
 Photos 8,093
 Triplogs 518

male
 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Superstition Peak 5057 via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking8.40 Miles 3,419 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   5 Hrs   35 Mns   1.79 mph
3,419 ft AEG      54 Mns Break
 
Linked linked
Partners none no partners
This is a hike that I really enjoy, and today was no exception, especially with all of the water flowing in Hieroglyphic Canyon -- there was a good water flow, and it was cool seeing some small waterfalls in various places.

The weather was great, and we hardly saw alone on the hike until we got back down to the glyphs.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Hieroglyphic Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
There was a good bit of water flow in the canyon, including some neat waterfalls
_____________________
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey
1 archive
Apr 13 2019
wallyfrack
avatar

 Routes 91
 Photos 5,090
 Triplogs 1,392

60 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Superstition Peak 5057 Loop via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2019
wallyfrack
Hiking11.80 Miles 3,858 AEG
Hiking11.80 Miles   5 Hrs   55 Mns   1.99 mph
3,858 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
With the break in the weather still keeping the temperature moderate I decided to to get out in the western Supes one more time. To keep up the crowd avoidance policy I choose Peak 5057 and it worked out well. I started up Hieroglyphics Trail about 6:30 am and only saw 3 hikers all before the balancing rock turn. The Hieroglyphic Canyon was quiet and I could hear the wings of the raven gathering vegetation for some building. The last time I hiked up here was a rainy new years hike. I think JJ & LP nearly froze. Good Times! :lol: The sun didn't hit me until the ridgeline and then only for part of the way. I was on Peak 5057 by 9 am and it hadn't warmed up yet. At that point I decided the loop would give me a better chance of seeing a gila monster so that was the exit plan. Coming down past Carney Spring about a few hundred yards before the Wave Cave turn off I saw a small gila monster on the trail. The hike back wasn't too bad. It was warm in the sun but the breeze was cool so a really nice day on trail.
Fauna
Fauna
Gila Monster
_____________________
3 archives
Mar 09 2019
survivordude
avatar

 Routes 61
 Photos 975
 Triplogs 208

40 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Superstition Peak 5057 via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2019
survivordude
Hiking8.10 Miles 3,120 AEG
Hiking8.10 Miles   6 Hrs   2 Mns   1.53 mph
3,120 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Well the snow has melted so I finally made it to 5057 up Hiero with Corey. ZERO cars in the lot when we got there! The water was really gushing. Everything was super green. Corey was impressed with the glyphs. I am always impressed by them. Near the last stretch going up, there was a bogus path someone cairned the heck out of, that was well below the actual trail, and was actually pretty sketch and slippery. Made great time up to the saddle. That climbing part just south of the peak is a lot of fun. Got to the top in 3 hrs exact. As we were up there, a group of 3 joined us and then a couple guys come from down below on the west side who got lost trying to continue on the ridgeline. We showed then the right way and hope they made it safe. Coming down was a breeze. I made sure to kick all those bogus cairns down. The view looking down canyon is spectacular. Tons of flowers all over. It is a crazy sight to come around the corner and see all the 4,000 people hanging out at the glyph area. Passed another 4,000 on the trail down. Excellent hike, excellent weather, excellent company.
_____________________
“There is nothing outside the thought of the immediate moment.”
Feb 23 2019
ddgrunning
avatar

 Guides 2
 Routes 230
 Photos 4,513
 Triplogs 378

50 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Superstition Peak 5057 via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2019
ddgrunning
Hiking3.90 Miles 3,022 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles
3,022 ft AEG
 
Linked linked
Partners none no partners
Our original plan was to hike Picketpost, but when all of the snow came in, I knew that there were epic views and that there would be water everywhere! :y:

The forecast was for a sunny day on Saturday, and I wanted to give the sun a little time to melt more snow, so we didn't hit the trail at the crack of dawn, but instead arrived at the trailhead around 11:30 a.m. As expected, the parking lot was packed with many who also anticipated a good flow at the Hieroglyphics. We lucked out with our timing, pulling into a spot just vacated by one of the early arrivers finishing their hike.

The initial part of the trip to the Hieroglyphics was busy but not too bad, and the end of the trail at the hiero panels was a worthy destination on the day, with a solid flow. But the most interesting sights and experiences lay beyond ....

Once past the panels, the crowds thinned and we were soon tromping through snow. The route goes by two prominent waterfalls--one is a single, large pour over of about 15 feet or so. The other is a three-strand pour over of about 8-10 feet. Just below the latter, a drainage to the north joins in with some impressive cascades, as well.

Beyond the triple-falls, the trail gets more steep and sketchy, with a shale-covered ascent, made particularly slippery and challenging with the now mid-calf deep snow. We were lucky to take advantage of a handful of others who had blazed a path through the snow (and exposed most of the "poky" stuff that lay beneath, so we could avoid gouging ourselves).

The final push to the ridgeline and initial views over to the east--to Weaver's Needle and a completely blanketed Four Peaks--was breathtaking! :y: :y: And we had the views all to ourselves. :y: :y: The sun was on full display, and with no breeze, we were quite comfortable in shorts.

We celebrated our "summit" on the day by building a good snowman.

Although we had originally entertained the possibility of heading over to Peak 5057, no one had blazed that trail, and we were not interested in doing so (and no doubt, setting off a lot of cactus "mines" beneath the tranquil snow, along the way). In particular, as I recall, that last drainage crossing on the Ridgeline before the climb up to 5057 spiders off into a variety of paths, making it particularly treacherous with 15 inches of snow covering it.

In any event, we were more than happy to call our day a success having reached the Ridgeline.

The return trip was even more treacherous, and despite Yak Trax and hiking poles, we did a little slipping and sliding along the way down. The snow was melting fast, making for even more impressive flows on the way down.

By the time we reached the Hieroglyphics in the late afternoon, the crowds had thinned (though, ironically, that was probably the best time to be there).

All in all, a great trip and a perfect choice on the day, given the conditions. I consider it a once-in-a-decade experience. I won't soon forget!
_____________________
1 archive
Feb 02 2019
bretinthewild
avatar

 Photos 392
 Triplogs 25

34 male
 Joined Apr 01 2018
 Phoenix, AZ
Superstition Peak 5057 via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2019
bretinthewild
Hiking7.80 Miles 3,022 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   1.49 mph
3,022 ft AEG
 no routes
Partners none no partners
Made it up to Superstition Mountain 5057 on Saturday. Nice cloud cover most of the hike. Only got a few rain drops during the ridge line section. First time up here -- really amazing views of Weaver's Needle. I tried this hike back in April or May last year but it was too hot and I turned around early. This time was the perfect day to finally make it to the summit. Not many hikers at all in the section between the Petroglyphs and the Ridge. A decent number of hikers out on the ridge line trail. Had the summit to ourselves for a while but met people coming down and going up.
Culture
Culture
Reference Mark
1 archive
Jan 05 2019
emilystardust
avatar

 Routes 2
 Triplogs 402

39 female
 Joined Jun 23 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Superstition Peak 5057 via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 05 2019
emilystardust
Hiking8.50 Miles 3,022 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles
3,022 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked linked
Partners none no partners
I tagged along on this planned hike with a new group of people. Tough hike out of Hieroglyphics and quite a bit of snow from the saddle on over to 5057 added some extra challenges with sliding around a little on the ice/snow. There are multiple cairned routes leading up to the saddle and we probably didn't take the best route a few times, but took things slow and made it. In the end, it took about 7+ hours with a couple short breaks and a long one on top of 5057.
_____________________
Nov 20 2018
DixieFlyer
avatar

 Guides 60
 Routes 574
 Photos 8,093
 Triplogs 518

male
 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Superstition Peak 5057 via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 20 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking9.40 Miles 3,225 AEG
Hiking9.40 Miles   7 Hrs   32 Mns   2.00 mph
3,225 ft AEG   2 Hrs   50 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
This is one of my favorite hikes in the Valley and yesterday was a pretty day to do the hike. This is a fun hike with all of the rock scrambling that you get to do. There is not too much level ground to hike on, once leaving the rock art.

There weren't many people on the trail yesterday -- 2 hikers passed me just before getting up to the Ridgeline, and on the way back from 5057 I met a couple hikers who were hiking the Ridgeline from Siphon Draw to Carney Springs.

Someone has taken chalk to mark the route in a number of places. I don't mind cairns, but I'm not a big fan of using chalk to mark a trail route...but at least they didn't use paint, as rain will eventually wipe the chalk away.

It looks like the riffraff has moved from Flatiron to 5057. At the top of Peak 5057, there were pistachio shells scattered on the ground and some moron had put probably 3-4 pounds of safflower seeds in a pile on a rock at the summit.
Culture
Culture
Reference Mark
_____________________
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey
2 archives
Apr 21 2018
bretinthewild
avatar

 Photos 392
 Triplogs 25

34 male
 Joined Apr 01 2018
 Phoenix, AZ
Superstition Peak 5057 via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 21 2018
bretinthewild
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.50 mph
2,000 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
First time up Hieroglyphic Trail, wanted to see how far I could get up toward the ridge line and Superstition Mountain.

Lots of folks on the initial trail but once I got past the pools I was completely alone all day.

Sure is a workout going up but overall not terrible and easy enough to find cairns marking the route. Felt similar to the Flatiron hike in spots. The canyon was pretty exposed since I got a late start around 11a but there were some boulders and trees along the way for shade breaks.

Turned around before I hit the ridge line. Probably could have kept going, but doing it solo I got sketched out by the steep grade and loose rock scree near the top. Also, water was running low and I hit my turnaround time. Fight another day.

I'll be back to summit! But maybe not until it cools off again.
Named place
Named place
Hieroglyphic Spring

dry Hieroglyphic Spring Dry Dry
Just a couple small stagnant pools.
Jan 16 2018
DixieFlyer
avatar

 Guides 60
 Routes 574
 Photos 8,093
 Triplogs 518

male
 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Superstition Peak 5057 via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking3.90 Miles 3,022 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles
3,022 ft AEG
 
Partners none no partners
I thought that this was an awesome hike -- the views going up Hieroglyphic Canyon were great, and ditto for the views on the Ridgeline and at the top of Peak 5057. This hike was more strenuous than I thought it would be, largely due to the route finding and scrambling from the petroglyphs up to the ridgeline. I had hiked the ridgeline before, but I did not remember all of the rock climbing on the section of the ridgeline between the Hiero trail junction and Peak 5057. My garmin GPS measured the roundtrip hike as being 8.6 miles with 3,400 feet of elevation gain. I have uploaded a GPS track that shows a one-way hike up to the Peak.

Note that I did this as an out-and-back from the Hiero TH.

I will definitely do this one again!
_____________________
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey
2 archives
Jan 21 2017
ddgrunning
avatar

 Guides 2
 Routes 230
 Photos 4,513
 Triplogs 378

50 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Superstition Peak 5057 via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2017
ddgrunning
Hiking3.90 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles
3,000 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Headed up to 5057 from Hiero. Unfortunately, I had to be back in Tempe at 12:30, so we had to cut it short. I was worried we would get rained on, but it turned out to be a perfect hiking weather. Got the benefit of last night's rain without having to hike in it. Didn't pull out the ponchos once. The Supes are gorgeous after a good rain!!
_____________________
average hiking speed 1.66 mph
1, 2, 3  Next

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.

help comment issue
embroidered

HAZ Patch

end of page marker