First time canyoneering in the Superstitions and it was a great time! Trailhead parking was right off the street. On the way up one follows a faint trail up the side of the mountain, after the mesa is reached keep going NNE towards the real summit, you will go up the first mesa over a second one a bit higher in elevation make a northward traverse then make your way back down at which place you will reach several drainages....keep heading north as that will take you into the north fork, from then on just follow the canyon until you reach the first wrap, the anchor point is a bit hard to find as its on the big boulder about 8 feet away from the edge. This route adds two rappels from Sierra Canyon, the rest of the way it has three more easy rappels with the last one being about 600 feet away from the exit back onto Fish Creek. We then proceeded to head back up the stream for a leasurly 1.4 mile hike back to the car. The foliage still left on Fish Creek was incredible, the creek had plenty of flowing water.
Several of us started out around 8:30AM from the dirt pull out along Apache Trail Rd. We boulder hopped our way downstream for about a half mile before we started climbing up the first major drainage into Fish Creek on our right (east). After making it to the top of Horse Mesa Flats, we hiked by the first fork into Sierra Canyon which is the traditional route into Sierra described on HAZ. We kept hiking on the same approach as we had done earlier in the year to Tango Canyon but as we approached the north fork of Sierra, we dropped in.
There was very little water in the canyon with some water in the potholes as we made our way down the canyon encountering 4 rappels on our way to Fish Creek. It was a great day to be in the Supes.
average hiking speed 1.08 mph
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