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May 25 2020
adilling
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57 male
 Joined Dec 02 2014
 Mesa, AZ
Praying Hands LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2020
adilling
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,127 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   3 Hrs   11 Mns   1.75 mph
1,127 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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A quick sunrise hike in the Supes. I parked at the little lot just west of the Massacre/Crosscut lot. No cars when I arrived at 445am.

I opted to do the loop counter-clockwise, so I started out along the Jacob’s Crosscut and made my way to the Treasure Loop Trail. It was pleasantly cool out when I started.

I love this little hike and I always seem to forget it has some elevation gain when you get close to the mountain. The trail was in good shape. I was hoping for a little color with the sunrise, but it was a very vanilla event. Oh well, seeing the sunshine from the early morning kiss the tops of the cliffs is always nice to see.

I took it pretty easy today, stopped a lot for pictures and went off trail a few times looking for cacti blooms. Still some of those holding on.

I saw one hiker off in the distance towards Lost Dutchman SP when I first started out, otherwise, I had the place to myself the entire loop. A great way to start a Memorial Day.
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Mar 01 2020
emilystardust
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38 female
 Joined Jun 23 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Praying Hands LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2020
emilystardust
Hiking4.75 Miles 1,137 AEG
Hiking4.75 Miles
1,137 ft AEG
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Nice little hike with my niece and nephew. They were troopers through "slot rock" and scrambling down.
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Dec 28 2019
adilling
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57 male
 Joined Dec 02 2014
 Mesa, AZ
Praying Hands LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2019
adilling
Hiking4.75 Miles 1,137 AEG
Hiking4.75 Miles
1,137 ft AEG
 
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Add a little rain to the Superstitions and you get some dramatic results. I always like to hit the waterfall canyon when there is a nice sustained rainfall. I took some hiking friends that have never experienced this area before and it, of course, blew them away.

The parking lot at the Massacre TH was packed. I am sure it was like Disneyland at Massacre Falls. We came across two groups heading down once we got into the drainage. We met another fellow hiker when we got up there. Other than that, we had the place to ourselves. We came across another hiker on the way out. The flow on the falls was very nice and made for some amazing views. The clouds did not cooperate much, and it was actually chilly up there. Yet, it was still an awesome day!

The word on this place is out, but I have been unwilling to share the location with the general public. I am afraid it's only a matter of time before this place gets the crowds. Although, it seems someone knocked every cairn down along the trail again. Gee, I wonder who that could have been? :-$ :-k
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Dec 02 2019
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Praying Hands LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 02 2019
PrestonSands
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,137 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   29 Mns   3.37 mph
1,137 ft AEG
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Started from Saguaro picnic area at Lost Dutchman State Park, and went east up Treasure Loop. The sun was setting as I passed Praying Hands onto the north slope of Superstition Mountain, coloring the hills below with a brilliant red-orange hue. Made the turn at hill 3039 and dropped down to the foothills, pushing on into the growing darkness. Returned via Jacob’s Crosscut, never needing to use my headlamp. Great hike! The soil is saturated on the north slopes, so there might be a good wildflower (or weed) season in the spring.
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May 19 2019
Yoder
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55 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Praying Hands LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 19 2019
Yoder
Hiking4.90 Miles 988 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.16 mph
988 ft AEG      59 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Night Hike!
Full moon, so we decided to do a night hike. We did this hike the week before and decided it is a perfect candidate for a night hike. It was a bit cloudy, so we did need to use the head lamps at times, especially when in the shadows of the Superstitions.

A bit of information on the photos, because I have noticed when posting night photos that some folks don't believe they are night photos. This is how I do it.. I take along a tripod, and setup the camera for HDR. This takes three photos that are eventually combined to form one photo. The first photo is regular exposure, followed by under exposed photo and finally an over exposed photos. Combining the three together provides for a fuller dynamic range, so you can see the shadows better. The lens I used for these photos is the Rokinon 14mm f2.8, known by astronomers a a great night scenery lens. I have it set at f4 for these photos. The camera is a Canon 5D MIV. Settings on the camera is ISO 1000, 3 stops +/-2.5 with noise reduction. When I take a photo, the exposure times are generally 13", 2.5" and 30".

So why is the sky blue in the photos, but not when you look at night? I discovered as an amateur astronomer that the eye requires a threshold of light before it is able to distinguish colors. Rods are very sensitive to light, but cannot distinguish color while the Cones are not so sensitive to light and can distinguish the color. So even though the moon may be full, the sky does not look blue, and the landscape appears gray.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Palo Verde Tress are blooming.
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May 12 2019
Yoder
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 Chandler, AZ
Praying Hands LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 12 2019
Yoder
Hiking5.10 Miles 1,017 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   2 Hrs   46 Mns   2.19 mph
1,017 ft AEG      26 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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We did a variation on this hike shortly after the big snow this spring, and really enjoyed it. The weather was looking good for the weekend and we decided to do a quick local hike while the weather was still reasonably cool.

Really enjoy this hike, I think it may be one of our favorites. Superstitions are wonderful, weather was perfect and the palo verde trees were in full bloom. This trail is easy to follow, elevation gain is reasonable; the views are stunning.

We decided this is a perfect candidate for a night hike next full moon.
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Palo verde trees in full bloom now.
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Feb 27 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Canyon of the Waterfalls & Massacre Falls, AZ 
Canyon of the Waterfalls & Massacre Falls, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking8.40 Miles 2,450 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   6 Hrs   10 Mns   2.20 mph
2,450 ft AEG   2 Hrs   21 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Tracie and I were looking for a hike to do today and decided on checking out a couple of waterfalls in the Supes. I had thought about going to the Goldfields and doing the Peak 3108 Ridgeline, North Bulldog Ridge, and Peak 3004; but I figured that the peaks would be there another time but water in the waterfalls might not.

We started at the Crosscut TH, and took the Crosscut Trail #58 to the Treasure Loop Trail #56, and wound up just west of Praying Hands. Then we went to Praying Hands and continued about 1/4 mile east and then went up the Canyon of the Waterfalls. I had been in the canyon a couple of times but had never seen any waterfalls -- the only water that I had seen there was a couple of small pools of stagnant water. But today was different -- there were 3 or 4 waterfalls, including the big waterfall up in the canyon. After checking out the falls, instead of dropping back down the canyon and going over to Massacre Falls, we decided to continue up the canyon on one of the Reverse Flatiron routes and make our way over to ridge down below Peak 5024. From there we went down up and over Peak 3903 down to Massacre Falls.

When we were down below Peak 5024, I thought about heading up there -- we were at 4,000' at that point, so we only had 1,000' to go. But there was quite a bit of slushy snow on the ground, along with some slippery mud; and since we'd be going up 1,000' in less than 1/2 mile, we decided against it.

It was a fairly easy trek down to the top of Massacre Falls, but the way down below the falls wasn't as easy as I thought. We first went east of the falls, but the way down from there was not all that great, partly because some of the rocks were wet and slippery. So we decided to go up and down a hill west of the falls, and that turned out to be a painless way to go down.

This was my first trip to Massacre Falls, and there was a good bit of water flowing over the falls -- probably not as much as the past weekend, but it was still a good bit of water.

We left Massacre Falls just in time -- just as we left we met 6 horseback riders going to the falls. Six horses, two dogs, and 15 people in a 20X20 area is not my cup of tea, so I am glad that we were out of there!

here is a video of the waterflow in the canyon of the waterfalls: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipO ... E3dzJhVFpR

here is a video of massacre falls:
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipO ... E3dzJhVFpR
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First Water Creek Falls
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Feb 16 2019
joebartels
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Hackberry - Prospector - Baby Willow Loop, AZ 
Hackberry - Prospector - Baby Willow Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2019
joebartels
Hiking17.54 Miles 2,650 AEG
Hiking17.54 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   2.40 mph
2,650 ft AEG      12 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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Bruce opted for three low key loops.

1) Hackberry Spring Loop
You can polish off this little gem in several ways. Appears some are adamant in declaring a portion as official Hackberry Spring Trail. Signage is nice. Not convinced it's official. No trail number, pressed/treated 4x4 posts, two signs on each posts, no mention on the FS site.

We explored a couple extra areas... babbling not paying attention.

2) Prospectors Trail #57
B and I have needed this trail to finish off the [ Area Leaderboard: Superstition Wilderness Trails ]
Worked it into a Praying Hands Loop from Crosscut TH.

Expected it to be the least desirable. Think it easily tops Lost Goldmine Trail #60. There are no bad trails in the Supes, some just seriously rock.

My first hike around the Praying Hands. As expected, tourist city. Unanticipated... wow, been missing out.

3) Baby Willow Loop
High yield adventure to mileage.

Synopsis
Darn near perfect puffy cloud blue skies at times made this collection of little hikes outstanding for stretches.
D, thx for the Bama pie!

Note, you can almost combine our 1st & 3rd hike w/ [ Needle Double Vista ]
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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout
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Feb 16 2019
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Crosscut Prospector Praying Hands Loop, AZ 
Crosscut Prospector Praying Hands Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking5.42 Miles 1,169 AEG
Hiking5.42 Miles   2 Hrs   21 Mns   2.31 mph
1,169 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Hike 2 of 3

Joe and I have needed the Prospector trail.... forever... to finish off all the Superstition Trails. This hike was put together to get this trail completed, then play in the area with other trails.

Jacob's #58, or whateva the official name is, was actually enjoyable with all the green out there.

The highlight of the day for me was the Praying Hands loop. I'll be back to do this one again. The sun broke through with some blue skies to make for some prudy Supes viewing.

Supes finally completed
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Jan 01 2019
Yoder
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55 male
 Joined Oct 07 2017
 Chandler, AZ
Praying Hands LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2019
Yoder
Hiking7.20 Miles 1,680 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   4 Hrs   11 Mns   1.72 mph
1,680 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
 
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We decided to see if the Massacre falls were flowing after the little rainstorm we had last night. We wanted to avoid crowds, so decided to go via the Praying Hands loop, and from the tip of the loop, jump onto the Massacre falls route. We were going to come back via the praying hands loop, but missed our turn and ended up coming back on the Massacre falls route. This makes for a nice 7.2 mile hike with 1,680' elevation gain

There had been a bit of snow overnight on the Superstitions, so that was quite nice. The trail to the praying hands was pretty good, did get off-route for a little bit near the praying hands, I think the GPS trail as a little off, should have kept to the main route rather than trying to follow GPS at that point. It was not a big deal just put us a little higher on the mountain for about 15 minutes before we got back down on the main route. Trail after the praying hands shows on the TOPO map I have for the GPS as "Massacre Falls Loop". A bit more of a thin trail, but not to hard to follow, and had pretty many cairns to show the way. Eventually leading to the Massacre falls GPS route downloaded on the Hike AZ website.

The falls were a bit of a disappointment, just a trickle, but the hike overall was great with opportunity to see snow on Superstitions. I like this approach, it was a bit more scenic than the standard Massacre Grounds hike, and is ideally placed for morning photography.

We were surprised that there wasn't actually much going on as far as the wildflowers are concerned, I expected more after seeing the blooms on the Bronco trail (South).

We did see a number of critters including:
-Cottontail rabbit
-Gila Woodpecker
-Chipping Sparrows
-Western Meadowlark
-Quails
-Cactus Wren

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Brittlebush (few in bloom)
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Dec 24 2018
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69 male
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 Gold Canyon
Praying Hands LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 24 2018
Daytripper
Hiking5.48 Miles 1,168 AEG
Hiking5.48 Miles   2 Hrs   28 Mns   2.53 mph
1,168 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
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Shopping is done so my son and I wanted to do a hike for a couple of hours today. This one fit the bill, fairly busy along the trails today,didn’t recall this was a popular hiking day.Weather was perfect hope everyone has a Merry Christmas.
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 Goodyear, AZ
Praying Hands LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2018
Nightstalker
Hiking5.70 Miles 1,368 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles   3 Hrs   57 Mns   2.19 mph
1,368 ft AEG   1 Hour   21 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
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Perfect temps. Got to the trailhead right at daybreak. Followed the loop counter-clockwise. Missed the left turn to Praying Hands and kept following a game trail up the mountain. It was fun for awhile and then not so much, instead of trying to topo over to the saddle we went back down and found the real trail, which was there, readily visible (once you are on it) and not very steep. The trail east of Praying Hands is very scenic and easy to follow until you get to the Massacre split. Trail becomes faint after that, but you just kind of keep going down the mountain towards the parking lot and Bob's your Uncle.
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Nate_F
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 Phoenix, AZ
Praying Bear Falls, AZ 
Praying Bear Falls, AZ
 
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Nate_F
Hiking5.27 Miles 1,442 AEG
Hiking5.27 Miles   3 Hrs   57 Mns   1.67 mph
1,442 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
 
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Went on a new hike with my cohorts in 3H today. Hadn't been in this area of the Superstitions much; loved it! I guess this is part of the Praying Hands Loop with a trip up the mountain to some falls in the canyon. Although there wasn't any falls today, just a couple of murky puddles of water and bees circling. I loved the rock formations here and the views were awesome! Great day! :)
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Mar 25 2018
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 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Praying Hands / Massacre Falls Loop, AZ 
Praying Hands / Massacre Falls Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2018
KBKB
Hiking7.45 Miles 1,699 AEG
Hiking7.45 Miles   5 Hrs   25 Mns   1.71 mph
1,699 ft AEG   1 Hour   4 Mns Break22 LBS Pack
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1st trip
My wife and I and several friends hiked markthurman53's GPS track in which we visited the Praying Hands and Massacre Falls.

We got a moderately early start, but the trails were already busy. We saw fewer hikers after we passed the praying hands and made our way to join the Massacre Falls Trail.

Trail conditions were good, though there are more than a few spider trails along the way. We just took the most prominent looking path and it was almost always right.

We saw three deer on the segment between the hands and the falls.

There wasn't even a hint of water at the falls.

Still, a good day...
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Mar 10 2018
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 Gilbert, AZ
Reverse FlatironPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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ddgrunning
Hiking7.04 Miles 3,499 AEG
Hiking7.04 Miles   4 Hrs   44 Mns   1.74 mph
3,499 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
 
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This was a fun way to shake up an old favorite, and skip the crowds on the ascent to 5024 and Flatiron.

I took the Prospector Trail to Praying Hands approach, and had downloaded one of the previous routes on Route Scout. Still, I think I would have benefited from reviewing prior triplogs a little more closely. In particular, I overshot the "left turn" out of the drainage and up the ridge that leads up to the Superstition Ridgeline. As a result, I climbed around on the opposite side of the approach ridge (which has a lot more vegetation, making cross-country travel more challenging), before finally crossing over and making my way up towards the "goal posts."

Cairns here and there were mildly useful, but given the off-trail nature of the climb and the fact that various cairn-setters have their own views on which route is better, at some point, you just pick your own line and head "up."

My one piece of advice relates to the final summit of 5024 after you reach the ridgeline, where the "preacher" and "congregation" hoodoos are present. From there, it's not clear whether a direct assault on the westerly hoodoos is better than trying to skirt them to the south. I took the direct-assault approach, only to find that I could have saved a fair amount of energy by just rounding the south side of the hoodoo collection and finding a relatively unobstructed path to the summit.

Despite the Saturday crowds on Flatiron, I had 5024 all to myself.

I joined the masses on a jaunt to the Flatiron proper and then descended the traditional route, with the traditional crowds.

The day turned out to be perfect for hiking. Moderate temps; cloud cover the whole time. It sprinkled lightly on the descent and turned to a drizzle on my drive back home.

Enjoyed this one. A great workout, especially that 4th mile, which alone is responsible for nearly half the elevation gain!
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Mar 01 2018
hikerdw
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 Mesa,AZ
Praying Hands LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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hikerdw
Hiking4.75 Miles 1,137 AEG
Hiking4.75 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   3.10 mph
1,137 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
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A great day to be outside and always better being on a trail. Nice little stroll.
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 Tucson, Arizona
Dutchman Park Trail Smorgasbord, AZ 
Dutchman Park Trail Smorgasbord, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2018
markthurman53
Hiking17.30 Miles 2,384 AEG
Hiking17.30 Miles   7 Hrs   44 Mns   2.76 mph
2,384 ft AEG   1 Hour   28 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Back up to the Superstitions for another 3 days of hiking before the weather gets hot (too late). Since I didn't get to start until 0900 I decided to spend the first day doing a smorgasbord type hike, a little bit of all the trails around the Lost Dutchman State Park that I hadn't done before. I started at the Crosscut Trail Head on the Jacob trail to the Broadway trail head and returned to the Prospector Trail then did the Treasure Loop trail loop (minus a small section completed on another trip) and returned to the Jacob Trail. Along the Jacob's Trail I noticed a trail heading south (didn't know where it went but I wanted to find out) and took that to where it terminated on the upper Treasure Loop Trail, turned around and then headed east (cross country) to the Praying Hands Trail. Took the Praying Hands Trail to just past the Massacre Rock where I turned around at a point where I had hiked before and returned back to the Crosscut Trail head.
None of these trails in themselves are anything to write home about but all together with the morning sun rising over the Flat Iron and setting sun over the Praying Hands area made this a memorable hike. The Jacob's trail is a fairly easy trail with the only real elevation change at the Broadway Trail head end and even that was not challenging. Ran into a trail crew working on the trail, a few small groups of people and two on horses. I did find a Garmin GPS on the trail still logging it's position, wasn't sure what to do with it, leave it for the owners to come back or take it to the trail head and hope I find the owner. I hesitated to leave it on the trail not knowing who would pick it up. I decided to try and back track a bit to the couple I saw on horse back and see if it was theirs. They were heading back my way looking for a lost GPS. I'm glad I found the owners (as they were to find the GPS) because those aren't cheap devices.
The only real elevation gains or losses are along the Prospector and Treasure Loop Trails and even these are short lived. These trails are not real challenging and in places you feel they need to install traffic lights but if you pick the right time of day the scenery makes it a great area to hike in, especially if you don't have a full day to hike but want to get out and stretch the legs.
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markthurman53
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 Tucson, Arizona
Massacre Falls Praying Hands Loop, AZ 
Massacre Falls Praying Hands Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2017
markthurman53
Hiking7.30 Miles 1,813 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles   4 Hrs   43 Mns   2.16 mph
1,813 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Arrived in the Superstitions about 10:30 in the morning for my first hikes in the western Superstitions. I hooked up with Ray at the Crosscut Trail Head after talking about getting together for almost 6 months. I wanted to do a fairly short hike since I arrived so late and the Massacre Falls, Praying Hands loop seamed like a good choice. It was nice to have someone who is familiar with the area as a guide rather than by myself where I just Ohh and Ahh at all the different views knowing very little about them. Also is nice to have someone familiar with the unnamed routes that in this case connected the Massacre trail to the Praying Hands Trail. A lot more people along the trail than I am use to on my hikes and I was told it wasn't very crowded this day. fairly easy steady climb to Massacre ramp and Falls with great views from the ramp. I was more impressed with the ramp than the falls, the views from the ramp are spectacular.
On the return trip we headed on a fairly well marked route toward the Praying Hands and the Fins. It was nice to have someone familiar with the area because my idea on how to cut over would of ended up on me backtracking because what looked like a good route just suddenly ends in rocky cliffs (not very high but enough to impede progress). So much for using google earth as a means of picking routes. Took a portion of the Praying Hands loop through the fins and then over to Praying Hand and returned on the Treasure Loop and Crosscut Trail. Very interesting trail with lots of interesting Hoodoos.
This area is covered in a lot of short trails that can be hiked when you don't have a lot of time or that can be done after a longer hike and you just haven't quite had enough. Great place for a late afternoon sunset hike. Wasn't sure how my recently injured knee would do but it didn't seen to bother me. Great intro to the Supes but I'm ready for a little more beef tomorrow (not the whole cow though).
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Dec 26 2017
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 Gilbert, AZ
Praying Hands LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2017
rayhuston
Hiking4.98 Miles 1,062 AEG
Hiking4.98 Miles   2 Hrs   11 Mns   2.37 mph
1,062 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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This hike is a nice little meander around Lost Dutchman and out among the fins south/east of the Praying Hands. It's a variation of the posted loop, but it is a loop and it did go by the Praying Hands. Most of the hike is on unnamed trails, so I posted the route rather than try to describe it. As I made my way back to the Cholla Lot at Lost Dutchman, I saw a footpath going in the direction I wanted to go, so I followed it. The footpath eventually disappeared so I followed the best terrain available. It took me right to Jacobs Trail. Amazing how that works out sometimes. Fun hike.
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Praying Hands LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2017
Steph_and_Blake
Hiking4.75 Miles 1,137 AEG
Hiking4.75 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.11 mph
1,137 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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Having little time to hike before more out-of-town visitors arrived, we hiked a lasso loop to the Praying Hands. It was very pleasant, an easy hike, and even the chollas looked pretty in the morning sun. I thoroughly enjoyed being out with my friends. :D
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Stephanie and Blake Barnard
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