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Superstition Peak 5057 from Lost Dutchman - 3 members in 10 triplogs have rated this an average 4.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 02 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking17.10 Miles 6,010 AEG
Hiking17.10 Miles   10 Hrs   33 Mns   2.19 mph
6,010 ft AEG   2 Hrs   44 Mns Break
 
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I decided that today would be a good day to be up on the Superstition Ridgeline, and we did a variation of the ridgeline hike by going from the Siphon Draw TH in Lost Dutchman State Park up to Peak 5057, and then turning around and doubling back to the Siphon Draw TH. This was a tough little hike: in addition to the distance and elevation gain, there was quite a bit of rock scrambling.

There was not much snow left, and it was not an issue on the hike.

On the way we bagged Peak 4869, which was not much trouble to do since the summit was only 50 feet or so from the trail.
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Jan 22 2019
chumley
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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2019
chumley
Hiking13.96 Miles 4,837 AEG
Hiking13.96 Miles   8 Hrs   41 Mns   1.87 mph
4,837 ft AEG   1 Hour   12 Mns Break
 
I had plans to go to California, but glad I decided on this instead. :y:

At 30, it was chilly to start. Otherwise, pretty ideal conditions today. Pretty much perfect in my book. Saw a group of 6 others on the same route who we caught up with and eventually passed below 5057. Four others on the initial climb up siphon, and a handful of wave cavers at the end. Peaceful day otherwise.

Peralta rd is in pristine condition. First Water not so much. A couple of drainages south of 5024 had a bit of water. Plenty in upper Boulder and the eastern tributary below the saddle.

We took an off-trail route off 5024 and I'd say it's easier than the "official" route from the top of siphon draw. No track on haz so I'll post that part of it so it shows up on the map. It's not a route, but isn't a bad option if you don't mind a little desert pinball.

@tortoise_hiker tells me that like HAZ, Joe rocks. Tough to argue with that!

Good to finally hike with rt. Thanks for posting the event! :app:

(made sure to add a mile and some aeg 'cause that's how I always do this hike!)
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Jan 22 2019
joebartels
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2019
joebartels
Hiking13.12 Miles 4,889 AEG
Hiking13.12 Miles   8 Hrs   41 Mns   1.87 mph
4,889 ft AEG   1 Hour   41 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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One of the best hikes near the valley.
Great hike, better company & perfect weather.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Boulder Creek Origin - Ridgeline Route Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Large clear pools.
Creek was running far below in boulder too.
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Jan 22 2019
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking12.86 Miles 4,753 AEG
Hiking12.86 Miles   8 Hrs   41 Mns   1.79 mph
4,753 ft AEG   1 Hour   29 Mns Break
 
After setting up the shuttle, we got to the Crosscut trailhead just before 8:00, and started a few minutes later. Starting on Jacob's Trail was a nice way to warm up, and I shed the long sleeve shirt a little while later on Siphon. Siphon Draw was pretty much deserted. There are new black X's marking the way, grrr, but at least they managed to place them along the best route most of the way.

Most of us headed over to 5024, and told Mark we would meet him back on the ridgeline on the other side of the peak. Dropping off the east side of 5024 wasn't too bad. It was steep, and I nearly hugged a cholla at one point, but we all stayed upright and cactus-free. Views were great along the ridgeline. Somewhere around the middle, we took a slightly different route than I have historically used. I think the way I've gone before was a little easier, but it didn't matter, because after about 10 minutes, it all led to the same place. We found a spot with some good seating and views for lunch, and it was nice to rest the legs for a few minutes.

I felt like I dragged a little during some of the rougher parts in the half mile or so before the chute at the north end of 5057, but was happier once the terrain smoothed out. We ran into another group taking a break where we turned to head up to 5057. They had started about an hour before us, and probably finished about 30 minutes after we did. I never mind the last little uphill section up to West Boulder, but descending down to Carney is something I try not to do too often. The mile or so along Lost Goldmine went quickly, and was very well signed, but the Wave Cave crowd is still determined to get lost on their journeys for the perfect instagram photo. Nice to meet Alex, and to see Mark again-- I think our only hike together was about two years ago. Great day, and perfect weather for this hike.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Boulder Creek Origin - Ridgeline Route Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Large pools of water.
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Jan 12 2019
mt98dew
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50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Superstition Peak 5057 from Lost DutchmanPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2019
mt98dew
Hiking19.16 Miles 6,157 AEG
Hiking19.16 Miles   9 Hrs   22 Mns   2.05 mph
6,157 ft AEG
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:sweat: :sweat: This kicked my :pk: . That being said I came out better than my shorts. I had a major "wardrobe" malfunction that I noticed around mile 8. I had a 4 inch rip (that developed into an 8 inch rip) that went down the entire length of the front of my shorts. I was :oops: . But I figured, who's going to notice. I'm on the Supe ridgeline. How many people am I going to run into? Answer 43. It was a freaking highway up there. ](*,)

I had left the parking area on First Water Road just of the 88 a little before 6am. Skies were dark and there was a decent breeze which made for cool temps that caused me to bring my jacket (thank goodness!). Took a user trail to Jacob's Crosscut to Siphon and then up to the Flat Iron. Had darkness for a solid hour, before the sunrise began to illuminate the trail. Didn't see a soul until I reached the Flat Iron, where I saw two people who had camped up there overnight. From there I hit the ridgeline. The trail is in amazingly good shape (go figure....43 people!). Had no trouble following it...or at least, a version of it. Discovered in doing this as an in and out that there are a couple of threads to the ridgeline. Not a huge deal. The "threads"/paths that I did were well established and tied back into other as the elevation changed. Didn't see my first hiker on the ridgeline until I hit the peak....and it was packed! There were 6 people on the peak when I got there and I met 7 others in various spots along the final climb! I think most of the people were part of one large family. And they were estatic about reaching the summit....loudly estatic. I kid you not, I was at least an hour away and I could still hear their shouts and screams. :-$ I get it. It is quite the accomplishment....but for any other hiker who wanted to enjoy the peak and the experience....

The Flat Iron was busy, as I expected, after experiencing the crowds on the ridgeline. There were occasional bottlenecks, but the flow was much better than I anticipated. It was a little challenging descending as I carried my jacket in one hand trying to strategically place it in front of me so as not offend the masses. I actually think the descent went incredibly smoothly...all things considered.

Water was trickling in the Siphon, in a couple of spots on the Flat Iron ascent and also in a couple of spots on the ridgeline. Sweet! Saw 4 deer on the ridge. Tried to get a picture of one, but it was moving. So I am not sure how that turned out. Weather was awesome. Overcast for the majority of it, but it cleared up over the last couple of hours. Glad to check this off the box :sweat:
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Jan 20 2018
syoung
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40 male
 Joined May 23 2012
 Mesa, AZ
Superstition Peak 5057 from Lost DutchmanPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2018
syoung
Hiking16.56 Miles 6,161 AEG
Hiking16.56 Miles   5 Hrs   41 Mns   2.91 mph
6,161 ft AEG
 
With the promise of some not quite Arizona friendly weather I decided to enjoy it by trekking across the ridgeline and back. I got a start around 6:10 from Lost Dutchman. It was incredibly windy all the way to the basin. From there until the ridgeline the mountain absorbed any winds being sent towards me. I changed out of my trail runners at the basin and threw on my approach shoes for the climb up to the second saddle. I usually switch back to trail runners when heading out onto the ridgeline but decided to stay in the approach shoes. Turns out I pounded out the rest of the trip in them.

The return trip back to Lost Dutchman was a race against the approaching weather, which I lost. Ducking down from the Second Saddle to return to the basin and the skies opened up on me again.

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Jan 20 2018
chumley
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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2018
chumley
Hiking11.54 Miles 4,943 AEG
Hiking11.54 Miles   6 Hrs   27 Mns   1.95 mph
4,943 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
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In anticipation of some interesting weather, we headed out on the spine of the superstitions hoping to encounter a little rain, clouds, and maybe some snow.

It was a great day to be out but the weather only provided a few periods of light rain. No snow, and we were off the spine before the most dramatic clouds of the day socked in. Oh well. It was a great day to be up there. I really enjoy seeing these places when they're not clear and sunny. You can find that pretty much any time you want!

I always enjoy this one, and as usual, it kicked my butt. It was nice to finally put a face to the superstitionguy avatar who helped us out with the shuttle. Thanks!
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Jan 20 2018
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2018
BiFrost
Hiking11.54 Miles 4,943 AEG
Hiking11.54 Miles   6 Hrs   27 Mns   1.95 mph
4,943 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
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Joined Chumley and 9L for some ridgeline fun. Weather forecast was for rain which we were hoping to see some during the hike. Started from Miners Camp site with shuttle drop off from SuperstitionGuy...thank you :D Then up Siphon with the usual crowd past Flat Iron. Once on the ridgeline it was great to be on the spine. There were a few others but not bad...ran into syoung on the traverse going the other direction and talked to him for several minutes. The rain was light as we took a break on 5057. After that we headed down and the rain started a bit harder but it was never uncomfortable. Clouds formations were cool as we started the descent to Carney TH. Made the TH in good time and another solid hike!!
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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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Feb 08 2014
Tortoise_Hiker
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58 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Superstition 5057 via Siphon Draw Az, AZ 
Superstition 5057 via Siphon Draw Az, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2014
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking15.56 Miles 6,116 AEG
Hiking15.56 Miles   7 Hrs   11 Mns   2.17 mph
6,116 ft AEG
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I Asked JJ a couple questions about this hike and if wanted to go with. :o He said yes and I was locked in :) . JJ gave me a head start and I wore myself out trying to make time up the Flatiron. From there he took it easy on me but I still made the peak in 3.5 hours :D . I'll take it. The clouds keep the Sun at bay somewhat and the views were GREAT! We did see more people on the Ridgeline then we ever have. There were 3 groups of 15 comming from Carney and lots of others.
I was wearing down on the way back but the views were still GREAT! JJ wanted to do 5024 but I was beat and my stomach was getting upset with me so I took a break while he did it. He did manage to get me on the Flatiron for a sec. JJ noticed a big group getting ready to head down so we headed down so we didn't get stuck behind them. I mentione maybe making it in 7 hours but just didn't have it in me. JJ made it with a few minutes to spare. I was surprised to see a few Deer towards the bottom of Siphon on the southside even with all the people on trail.
Thanks for the hike and Slurpee JJ. It was a butt- kicker!
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