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May 17 2019
JuanJaimeiii
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52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 17 2019
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking6.50 Miles 3,019 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   3 Hrs   17 Mns   2.17 mph
3,019 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
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I didn’t start hiking this one today until almost a quarter till noon. Unbelievable weather for the middle of May. I caught the gate keeper on the way down. Trifecta!
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Jan 04 2019
JuanJaimeiii
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52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking6.50 Miles 3,200 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   3 Hrs   12 Mns   2.03 mph
3,200 ft AEG
 
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I finally got to my first hike of the year. Been battling the flu bug off and on for quite awhile. Hopefully it is in the rear view mirror now. Still a decent amount of snow up high and the ice made things a slow go. Luckily I stayed upright the whole time. After Flatiron I hit 5024 and enjoyed the views for a brief moment then carefully made my way down. I was surprised how many people were out there today. As I was exiting I hit the Gatekeeper in Memory of Samuel Young. After all he was the one who gave it it's name.

Cheers to 2019!
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Nov 25 2018
JuanJaimeiii
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52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2018
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking6.50 Miles 3,180 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   3 Hrs   26 Mns   1.89 mph
3,180 ft AEG
 
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Had a great hike with JohnLP up to the Flatiron and then I headed over to 5024. On the way down we caught the Gatekeeper. His first time up there. Cold and chilly on the Flatiron. Lots of wind.
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Nov 25 2018
johnlp
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62 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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johnlp
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,930 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
2,930 ft AEG
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Chilly windy hike up to the Flat Iron. Perfect conditions on the descent. Busy with hikers but not crowded. We stopped by and climbed the gate keeper on the way down in remembrance of Sam. Great hike. Thanks JJ. :)
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May 20 2018
JuanJaimeiii
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52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 20 2018
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking6.60 Miles 3,100 AEG
Hiking6.60 Miles   2 Hrs   59 Mns   2.21 mph
3,100 ft AEG
 
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I did this one today as s tribute to Syoung (Sam) who is no longer with us. A month ago he decided that his time here on earth was over. On todays hike I thought of him and the various hikes we did together. The first one was with Joe and myself. The three of us did Weavers Needle. I would later do other hikes with him and then ultimately he and I did Kilimanjaro in Africa last year. I always enjoyed Sam and admired his ability to speed up and down the Flatiron with ease. At one point I showed him that you could climb the pointy rock at the base of the Flatiron. He later named it the "Gatekeeper" and wrote a description on HikeArizona for it. He did that one numerous times in the last couple years. Of course for most of us when we think of Sam we think of the Flatiron. It was clearly the hike he did the most. Today I did the Flatiron and the Gatekeeper in Sam's honor.
Rest in peace my friend...
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Mar 03 2018
syoung
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40 male
 Joined May 23 2012
 Mesa, AZ
Peak 3845 - Superstition MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2018
syoung
Hiking8.67 Miles 3,288 AEG
Hiking8.67 Miles
3,288 ft AEG
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Saw this new description and figured I'd give it a go today. I was interested if it was the place I ended up with a friend back when I started hiking. She knew the way to Flatiron, as the story goes, and I was blind apparently, thus we ending up here. We were able to finally reach Flatiron a day or two later. While the location we ended up in was not this peak, I was able to stumble upon that locale and even found the rock I managed to wedge into the wall to commemorate the experience..

This is a nice little side excursion that offers up a unique vantage of Flatiron. I Definitely recommend checking it out.
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Dec 16 2017
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51 male
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 Goodyear, AZ
The GatekeeperPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2017
aviedelson
Hiking2.70 Miles 733 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles
733 ft AEG
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My boys and I have been up here several times but we always walk right past this formation. So we decided to do it last time on the way up.
Our approach was probably incorrect just doing a right turn off the Siphon Draw trail as it began to feel like we were passing it completely. Some slight bushwhacking and boulder hopping and we found ourselves at the slickrock base. We just went up from there following the easiest line. Much of it was just a sticky shoe walkup. A crack provides handholds in a slightly clockwise line until curling around to the west face. From there, a quick jog up a spine to the top.
Very tight up there with the kid and me so he went to the very peak and left me on the ledge below.
The rock is brittle - almost Papago-like. I can see it would be easy to have a bad day here without care.
Surprisingly doable though. A good precursor to the upward torture of Flatiron.
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Sep 09 2017
syoung
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40 male
 Joined May 23 2012
 Mesa, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2017
syoung
Hiking9.14 Miles 4,177 AEG
Hiking9.14 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   2.49 mph
4,177 ft AEG
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#399

The portions of the trail that were washed away a month or so ago, inside Lost Dutchman, have been repaired. They put up a stone barrier to where people thought the trail was.
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May 09 2017
syoung
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40 male
 Joined May 23 2012
 Mesa, AZ
Picketpost and Flatiron, AZ 
Picketpost and Flatiron, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 09 2017
syoung
Hiking12.03 Miles 5,066 AEG
Hiking12.03 Miles   4 Hrs   21 Mns   2.77 mph
5,066 ft AEG
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Interesting tidbits:

Picketpost time - 1:59
Flatiron time - 2:22
Left Picketpost summit at 10:12AM and on top of Flatiron at 1:08PM :scared:

I have been meaning to do this combo for quite some time. Needing some me time today I decided to tackle it. I knew that I had to drive out to Picketpost first otherwise the temptation to just go home after Flatiron would be too much. Superstition was quite alluring this morning, however, with the cloud cover that lingered across the ridgeline.

Arriving at the trailhead I was the only car there besides a FS truck. I started up and much like is always the case for me, I blazed a path from the slick rock area to the top. This time, however, I went up a brand new area for me. When you reach the top of the slick rock there is a drainage to the right. I started up that and wow, it turned into an adventure. Lots of climbing, lots of exposure at times, and lots of cliffs. It was fun but really slowed me down.

I hustled back down the mountain, stopping a few times to look at some interesting rocks.

I made it to Lost Dutchman and was shocked that the parking lot for Siphon Draw was nearly full. I figured I wouldn't run into many people on a weekday. I counted around 55 people before I lost count on the way up. Up top I talked to a few friendly faces and then made my way back down.
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Apr 29 2017
syoung
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40 male
 Joined May 23 2012
 Mesa, AZ
Superstition Peak 5057 from Lost DutchmanPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 29 2017
syoung
Hiking17.01 Miles 5,807 AEG
Hiking17.01 Miles   6 Hrs   56 Mns   2.68 mph
5,807 ft AEG      35 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
 
Today seemed like the perfect time to check this one off of the list; and probably the last day I'd have the weather on my side to do it before Kilimanjaro. I started up around 7ish in the morning. Ran into a few familiar faces on the way up.

Reaching the second saddle I had a bit of difficulty locating the actual trail. Everything is so overgrown that it makes it hard to see. I started cruising once I found the trail and made it to 5057 in a little over 3 hours. I hung out on top of 5057 for a few minutes then made haste on my way back.

I unfortunately had a run in with a cacti and had to pull up to pull out the spines. It was just superficial damage and away I went as I still had several miles to cover. I reached the point of the ridgeline that I believe is the most photogenic and reach for camera, that was attached to my hip belt... but wasn't there. It had fallen off during the pit stop and now I was faced with the daunting task of retracing my steps to find it. I made my way back through the barren slick rock section about a mile from 5057, trying to retrace my steps. I couldn't find it and decided to turn back and follow the trail as best I could... and about a minute later, there it was. Disaster avoided.

I really need to come up with a better strategy for these high AEG hikes. I cramp up something fierce on these. If I picked my leg up past a certain point it would start to cramp. I drunk 32oz of powerade and a ton of water, 2 packages of gu, and several of the honeycomb thingamabobs. It is something I hope to solve before Kilimanjaro as the summit night is something like 15+ miles and 4k of AEG in the first handful of miles.
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Mar 26 2017
syoung
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40 male
 Joined May 23 2012
 Mesa, AZ
Peak 4102 - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2017
syoung
Hiking7.38 Miles 2,749 AEG
Hiking7.38 Miles   2 Hrs   36 Mns   2.84 mph
2,749 ft AEG
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Tagged the Gatekeeper on the way up and down. I have been meaning to tag these two for a little while now. I have been horribly sick (as sick as I was in Africa a few years prior) this past week. Some sort of URI and I knew that I wouldn't be able to go fast. I wanted to go out into the Superstitions, however, so off trail would force me to go slow.

The slog up the drainage from the saddle is not fun right now. It is very overgrown. The views of Flatiron and the surroundings are pretty incredible though.
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Jan 14 2017
syoung
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40 male
 Joined May 23 2012
 Mesa, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2017
syoung
Hiking7.06 Miles 3,009 AEG
Hiking7.06 Miles   2 Hrs   14 Mns   3.16 mph
3,009 ft AEG
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#377

I was going to go exploring but I woke up with a pounding headache. Typically, I'd pop a couple ibuprofen and be on my way. I am curious, however, how I would react to hiking with a headache (for Kili purposes). I made it to the mountain by around 7:15ish. It was a relatively warm morning, yet cloudy. Thankfully the rain stayed at bay with the exception of a few sprinkles.

The early start allowed me to avoid most of the crowds. Upon descending I ran into a friend who was celebrating a milestone birthday and also his 100 ascent of Flatiron!!
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Dec 26 2016
syoung
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40 male
 Joined May 23 2012
 Mesa, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2016
syoung
Hiking7.30 Miles 3,048 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   2.50 mph
3,048 ft AEG
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#373

Broke in the Fenix 3 HR I received as a gift from the wife. The thing is pretty neat, providing tons of data to pour over.

Trace amounts of snow could be found on the way up. The bulk of the remaining snow is on the backside where the Reverse Flatiron route meets the saddle. It should remain for the next day or so for anyone interested. Super busy on the trail today.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Siphon Draw Waterfall Light flow Light flow
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Dec 10 2016
syoung
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40 male
 Joined May 23 2012
 Mesa, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 10 2016
syoung
Hiking6.80 Miles 3,250 AEG
Hiking6.80 Miles   2 Hrs   13 Mns   3.07 mph
3,250 ft AEG
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Well, as most of you are probably aware now, the Mining Camp has closed their parking lot to hikers. There is a sign up now that says you will be towed if parked there. Anyways, this is the reality now. So I had to come in through LD until I find an alternate location to park. I thought about Jacobs but that adds 2 miles to the hike each way. I come here for an intense burst of exertion, not a lazy stroll like I get on SOMO.
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Jun 30 2016
syoung
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40 male
 Joined May 23 2012
 Mesa, AZ
Siphon Draw Trail #53Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2016
syoung
Hiking4.20 Miles 1,399 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles
1,399 ft AEG
 
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Jun 25 2016
syoung
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40 male
 Joined May 23 2012
 Mesa, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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syoung
Hiking6.10 Miles 3,125 AEG
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Jun 04 2016
syoung
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 Mesa, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
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syoung
Hiking6.50 Miles 3,524 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   58 Mns   2.19 mph
3,524 ft AEG23 LBS Pack
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May 28 2016
syoung
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40 male
 Joined May 23 2012
 Mesa, AZ
Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon DrawPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 28 2016
syoung
Hiking7.60 Miles 4,547 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles   3 Hrs   21 Mns   2.27 mph
4,547 ft AEG22 LBS Pack
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This was the first hike of summer break! May has been a dud of a month for me as far as hiking goes; between the end of the school year, moving classrooms, planning a wedding; hiking took a back seat. I haven't made it out as much as I would have liked but I have made the most of those opportunities. I am just about to the pack weight I'll have on Whitney in a few weeks so I am happy with that. I am not happy, however, with just how out of shape I currently feel. The legs are heavy (the added weight definitely is in play here; but so is the hiking only on weekends) and the breathing is labored at times. I am just getting over a sinus bug (a going away present from the 6th grade class that nearly almost had me lose my voice during the promotion ceremony) so that has a part in it; I just really need to dial myself back into hiking mode. Thankfully, with summer break here, I should be able to do just that.
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May 22 2016
syoung
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40 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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syoung
Hiking6.10 Miles 3,758 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles
3,758 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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May 14 2016
syoung
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40 male
 Joined May 23 2012
 Mesa, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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syoung
Hiking5.90 Miles 3,691 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.62 mph
3,691 ft AEG
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