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Hog Ridge - Siphon Draw Loop - 4 members in 9 triplogs have rated this an average 4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jan 04 2020
wallyfrack
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60 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Hog Ridge - Siphon Draw LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking15.20 Miles 3,946 AEG
Hiking15.20 Miles   8 Hrs   44 Mns   1.74 mph
3,946 ft AEG
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I ended up with the day open so I decided to get up on the Superstition Ridge again to enjoy the views. I noticed there was a route up Hog Canyon so I thought I'd give that a try. The route up wasn't bad but I did run into some scree. At one point I slipped and the back of my hand hit an agave and poked a vein. That was a bloody mess for a simple stick but after a few bandages and some duct tape I was on my way. I was happy to be on the ridgeline and saw several hikers but they were spread out so it was not crowded. The I took in the views and watched a helicopter flying around on my way to Siphon Draw trail. When I made it to the flatiron area there were lots of people and I was spent. I stopped there to eat and recharge for the trip down. I started out a little stiff going down Siphon Draw but loosened up about half way down. I passed some guy that looked like Jim_H heading up and from his triplog I'd guess it was him. The final leg across Jacob's trail wasn't bad. I was happy to be on a flat trail and watched the moon over the ridgeline, looked up Spirit Canyon and strolled back to the Broadway trailhead.
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Mar 02 2019
Walworthjordyn
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27 female
 Joined Nov 26 2018
 Phoenix, AZ
Hog Ridge - Siphon Draw LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2019
Walworthjordyn
Hiking15.20 Miles 3,900 AEG
Hiking15.20 Miles
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The waterfall off Hogs Canyon was running so well, what a site to see after the snow melt! Did not hang out very long before heading on. Accessed the ridge using the scree/wash up to 2 very helpful cairns (thanks to whomever put those there!) Once on the ridge, was easy going, and easy to follow. Once at the top of the ridgeline, was surprised to see some snow on the trail, at its very ends though. Took the ridgeline over to the siphon draw. Only saw two groups of hikers till that point.

Wanted the hike down siphon draw to be done as fast as possible. SO many people, and the trail had been somewhat destroyed due to recent rain and snow. It was a bloodbath (literally blood on the trail). It is so dangerous with that many people. Anyways, got that part over as quickly as possible. Took Jacobs Crosscut back to Broadway trailhead. I had never been on Jacobs Crosscut, but it would be a great one to go run one day. Great 15 mile day!
Aug 30 2018
ssk44
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 Joined Mar 31 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Superstition Finale, AZ 
Superstition Finale, AZ
 
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ssk44
Hiking2.00 Miles
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Days end desert wandering below Flatiron. I really like this side of the Superstition range. Hot and buggy but the closing finale made it all worthwhile. I actually take this view for granted. It happens every day. It's always beautiful. Even uneventful clear sky days like this are beautiful. I'm so spoiled.. This is our backyard. Welcome to Arizona.


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Jan 10 2018
ssk44
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 Gilbert, AZ
Superstition Sunset, AZ 
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ssk44
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Not a bad way to start 2018. What an amazing moment.


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Mar 03 2017
KBKB
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59 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Hog CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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KBKB
Canyoneering10.53 Miles 3,156 AEG
Canyoneering10.53 Miles   12 Hrs   56 Mns   0.81 mph
3,156 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
II - Normally requires a half day
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I led a group of six (counting me) on a loop which started at the west end of Cloudview Ave. We hiked north on Lost Goldmine Trail and then hiked Hog Canyon above the waterfalls and petroglyphs. We continued a short ways up the drainage north of Hog Canyon - this is the same drainage that feeds the waterfalls by the petroglyphs. From there, we made our way up to the ridge that forms a part of the Hog Ridge route. We then took the ridge east (and a little north) to the Superstition Ridgeline Trail. The Ridgeline trail brought us over to the path leading down Hieroglyphic Canyon. We hiked back to the east end of Cloudview and then took the road back to where we parked.

One of the hikers in our group suffered a severe headache w/ dizziness which caused progress up Hog Ridge to be slower than expected.

The GPS track provided by Hansenaz was most reassuring as we went up the ridge. For the most part, we followed his route, only deviating from it a few times. If possible, it's best to stay on the ridge. For those times when it makes sense to leave the ridge, we found it best (as did Hansenaz) to descend (only very) slightly to the left (north) and then return to the ridge at the earliest opportunity. There is significantly less vegetation on the top of the ridge and the footing is mostly better there too.

We also took our time descending Hieroglyphic Canyon. We were all fatigued at that point and the the terrain after leaving the Ridgeline Trail is fairly steep and loose. It's best to make sure of your footing so that you can descend safely.

I had a lot of fun on this hike, more so I think than if I had done an out-and-back using Lost Goldmine and Hog Canyon. Be warned though; this route is a lot harder than doing Hog Canyon alone.

Bring a lot of water for this hike. I drank almost all of the six liters that I brought with me.
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joebartels
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Hog Ridge - Siphon - Treasure Loop, AZ 
Hog Ridge - Siphon - Treasure Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 09 2015
joebartels
Hiking18.00 Miles 4,500 AEG
Hiking18.00 Miles   10 Hrs   26 Mns   1.96 mph
4,500 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
 
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2004 Fritzski posted up Hog Canyon to the waterfall. Itching to see it myself I headed out the very next morning pre-sunrise on a cold December day in the rain. Not sure if it's remotely legal these days, I drove to the canyon.
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2015...
Bruce modified a Hansenaz route, presented it, then warned it might be "cold"... in MAY ( edge of the Valley of the SUN ), yeah right. Okay so we had a cool spell. Cold never panned out, just gorgeous weather all day with some nice puffy clouds to get the hiking juices flowing.

I wasn't yippie skippy excited about this loop. Jacob's Trail #58 and the Broadway access are among my least favorites. Heading up Hog Canyon then onto the ridge to the ridgeline those snarly woes melted away. Just ten minutes up the ridge looking back at the valley it feels like a world class hike in a huge mountain range. Hayes Peak in the Sierra Estrella range 51 miles across the floor of the sonoran desert screams hello!

The ascent up the middle ridge of the twin toed hog is just fun fun fun til your daddy takes your topo map away. Mmmm, that doesn't sound right. Anyhow we stayed true to the ridge most of the way. Despite whimpers from the peanut gallery... Hansen did this, Hansen did that :-({|=

The ridge up was the highlight. The "ridgeline" was bingo bonus bucks too due to unseasonably cool breezy weather. Down Siphon, then Bruce wanted to up the ante on his completed Mapped Areas. We didn't really do any other full trails but the top of Prospector/Treasure was nice. We were both a tad tired and cranky on Jacob's. Luckily the boring four miles were over quick with meaningless conversation and nice weather.

Met and hiked with Nathan from the ridgline down to Praying Hands. Always nice to meet new hikers.

This Hansenaz loop is a winner! Next time, think I'll loop the outlying ridges of Hog Canyon instead and skip our good buddy Jacob.

...gaiters would be a nice option for Hog Canyon and the ridge up
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The_Eagle
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Jacobs-Hog-Ridgeline-Siphon-Treasure, AZ 
Jacobs-Hog-Ridgeline-Siphon-Treasure, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 09 2015
The_Eagle
Hiking17.82 Miles 4,563 AEG
Hiking17.82 Miles   10 Hrs   27 Mns   1.94 mph
4,563 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Had to take advantage of the freakishly cool May weather and get back out to the Supes for something different.

Karma was set for a successful hike, seeing a Javilina on 56th st at City North, on the way to the hike.

This hike was inspired by the incomparable Hansenaz's (AKA Steve, The Stevinator, Steverino) 2009 loop.

Started from the Broadway TH for the first time. Not a fan of the ankle buster rocky trail leading up to another one low on the list, Jacob's Trail #58. But it's a way to get to the Hog. We kept commenting on how perfect the conditions were to see snakes in the tall grassy wash area and Joe made sure to follow me, saying that "They're known to hit the person at the back of the pack, so I'll follow to watch out for you". What a good friend he is.......

We stopped at the dry fall to check the area out and then started our climb up the Hog Canyon Ridge. For the most part pretty straight forward, but we had Steve's track to keep us on the straight and narrow. You had to continuously look back to soak in the views. The scattered clouds made the views pop. I'd say the hardest part was the initial climb to get on the ridge and there was one other section where Joe just made it by going straight up, but my legs were too short and I had to go around.

The Climb up Hog Canyon Ridge :next: https://youtube.com ... t=vd

Finally on the Supes Ridgeline and smooth sailing. One reason for making this loop was to pick up a short section of the Ridgeline I hadn't been on yet. We saw a single hiker on the Ridgeline and then started seeing a few more as we got closer to the Flatiron.

Down the trail to the Siphon Draw and then hopped on the Palmer Mine Trail over to the Treasure Loop #56 and by Praying Hands.

My least favorite part of the day was the 4+ mile slog back on Jacob's Trail #58. That trail just never ended...
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The weather was absolutely perfect!

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Hog Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Water in the pool below the dry fall.
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Apr 26 2014
TeamBillyGoat
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48 male
 Joined May 27 2013
 Apache Junction,
Hog Ridge - Siphon Draw LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2014
TeamBillyGoat
Hiking15.20 Miles 3,946 AEG
Hiking15.20 Miles   10 Hrs      1.74 mph
3,946 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
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Solo Hog Hell Ridge of Death is what I call this trip. Actually this would/will be a good hike next time if there is a next time. Navigation issues as well as weather had a big part in the 'hell' & 'death' parts of my title.
First off, the weather report was iffy calling for cooler temps with possibility of showers with blowing dust in the afternoon 'possible'. What could go wrong?
I'm not really set up for dealing with rain. I have one flimsy rain/windbreaker jacket (I grew up in San Diego/ we didn't have rain). So of course it did rain lightly intermittently in the morning hours then blew dust all afternoon. On the positive, the temps were cooler.
I started this hike from the Mining Camp restaurant parking lot(free parking for hikers) in a counter-clockwise direction, so I could get the flatter section in the valley over with and head straight to the car after descending siphon draw. Very pleasant on Jacob's crosscut, then light/moderate bushwhacking approaching hog canyon and up the canyon to the waterfall area (just stay in the middle of the drainage until you reach the waterfall area).

Attention: If using a GPS don't rely solely on that. Keep your eyes open as well. Like an idiot, I was so focused on my GPS that I missed the waterfall completely passing by (its on your left heading up) I then realized that if you put your iPhone in airplane mode, the Gaia GPS app won't work. Duh..!!! The bushwhacking past waterfall area is heavy (that's when I decided I needed to buy hiking pants). I was wondering why it seemed like I was not moving very far on GPS. After about 1/3 mile past the turn off I figured it out, then backtracked.

The route I took was very close to that of Hansenaz's track. Basically, from the base of the waterfall I went straight up the steep scree hill to the right of the waterfall and kept heading around the bend to the right until I found a 'safe' scramble to the peak of ridge. From that point, it's fairly decent, uphill travelling (unless your inhaling dust from a duststorm). Hog ridge takes you all the way up and intersects with the Superstition ridgeline trail basically just northwest of Peak 4869 which I now call Hog Peak. I felt reassured after reaching the ridgeline. I still had a long hike to get back, but it was familiar terrain.
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Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
Hog Ridge - Siphon Draw LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2009
Hansenaz
Hiking15.20 Miles 3,900 AEG
Hiking15.20 Miles   9 Hrs   55 Mns   1.53 mph
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A few weeks ago while trashing around in the bottom of upper Hog Canyon in the Superstitions it occurred to me that the central ridge (located between the two main branches of Hog Canyon) would make a better route. Ordinarily I wouldn't go out of my way to test that idea. But I noticed something else about that time: the Broadway trailhead provides access to both Hog Canyon and to Siphon Draw. Putting these together I realized I could try out "Hog Ridge" and maybe make a nice loop.

Broadway Trailhead seems to be a little bit obscure but is easily reached: From Hwy60 turn north on Mountain View to Broadway and turn right. Proceed to end and park at entrance to subdivision. The trail soon reaches a junction: stay straight/right on the Lost Goldmine trail and cross the Hog drainage at 2 miles. Head up the drainage (either go through the fence or cross through the wash and head left to a small parking area and through a gate). It's rock hopping and sticker avoidance for the next 2 miles until you reach the nice waterfall area in a left spur of Hog Canyon (1hr 40min).

Now the goal is to gain the ridge (heading north and east of the waterfall) and ride it up to the ridgeline. I did it by climbing some steep scree near the waterfall, angling right around a corner then left with a bit of scrambling. After this the ridge open up a lot and is pretty good going. I mainly stayed on or near the crest except for one big rock step I passed on the left. The ridge is particularly nice near the top and I hit the ridgeline 4hrs after my start.

The Ridgeline is the nicest place in the greater PHX area and was a little crowded this day: I counted at least seven groups. Two more hours to the top of Siphon Draw which was extremely crowded. The combination of my worn soles and dirt/rock dust kicked up on every surface made me feel like I was descending in roller skates. Anyway it was a slow descent. As the trail starts to level out on the flat there is a prominent intersection. There are no sign posts but to get back to the Broadway trailhead turn left: this is apparently Jacob's Crosscut. Its about 4 miles further to the trailhead through some nice desert with amazing views of the Superstition Massif.

This is a pretty nice loop. I wasn't moving very fast so I don't think it would be hard to get it done a little quicker. The GPS had it at 3946' AEG: that must include all the ups and downs along the way.
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