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Feb 03 2021
Pixie87
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 Phoenix, AZ
Three SistersPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Pixie87
Hiking7.70 Miles 2,700 AEG
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 Phoenix, AZ
Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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SonoranBorn
Hiking12.50 Miles 4,480 AEG
Hiking12.50 Miles   10 Hrs      1.47 mph
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Camped near the Carney Springs trailhead and started up the mountain around 8am. Water was flowing slowly through west boulder, and the creekbed you cross on the way up to the ridgeline was flowing gently with very clean looking water.

Detoured up to Superstition Peak to enjoy the views. The ridgeline was a fun hike, even though it was fairly strenuous. It was great to see some of my favorite canyons, peaks, buttes, and needles from such a high elevation. I think I’ve gained a better perspective and knowledge of the area.

The trail passes through stretches of burned out areas but it certainly doesn’t detract from the beauty or the experience. Enjoyed passing by the side canyons and the endless beautiful views. An amazing sunset unfolded as we got down to the bottom of siphon draw.


water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Siphon Draw Waterfall Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

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Nov 29 2020
emilystardust
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 Phoenix, AZ
Three SistersPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking7.70 Miles 2,700 AEG
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We got my niece and nephew up here, and they did awesome. They seem to do better with longer hikes when it's a little steeper and more scrambly.
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Hiking7.70 Miles 2,700 AEG
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 Chandler, AZ
Three SistersPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking8.21 Miles 3,057 AEG
Hiking8.21 Miles   6 Hrs   44 Mns   1.36 mph
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Mar 21 2020
dswitzer3
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Three SistersPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking8.21 Miles 2,652 AEG
Hiking8.21 Miles   6 Hrs   45 Mns   1.42 mph
2,652 ft AEG      57 Mns Break
 
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Dec 01 2019
Pickles
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 Phoenix
Three SistersPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Pickles
Hiking7.70 Miles 2,700 AEG
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Te wa and I came up the wash by Wave Cave and then followed a ravine to Three Sisters.
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The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Hiero - Balanced Rock - 5057 - 3 Sisters Loop, AZ 
Hiero - Balanced Rock - 5057 - 3 Sisters Loop, AZ
 
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The_Eagle
Hiking14.56 Miles 3,856 AEG
Hiking14.56 Miles   9 Hrs   46 Mns   1.66 mph
3,856 ft AEG      59 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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First car in the Hieroglyphics lot, just before daylight.

The water was flowing good at the Glymphs site.

We ultimately took the well cairned/used route, up past the Balanced Rock. This is a steady climb to the top. We saw a good sized ram just before the toughest part of the climb. I'd definitely take this route to 5057 again. Good views and a tad challenging.

We saw our first hikers on top of 5057. Views to the North and east to the Mazzies and Supes, showed off the previous days snowfall.

Next stop was to visit the sisters for lunch. From our lunch spot you could hear the voices of the visitors to the wave cave below.

Down the West Bolder Saddle Trail, my least favorite trail in the Supes, was slippery from the previous days rain/snow.

Some would find the Lost Goldmine Trail a bit boring, but it's a great trail to take in the views, without having to constantly look at your feet.

Great temps and water everywhere on this loop.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Boulder Creek Origin - Ridgeline Route Medium flow Medium flow
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Looking good
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Nov 30 2019
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Hiero - Balanced Rock - 5057 - 3 Sisters Loop, AZ 
Hiero - Balanced Rock - 5057 - 3 Sisters Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking14.16 Miles 3,746 AEG
Hiking14.16 Miles   9 Hrs   47 Mns   1.63 mph
3,746 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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Many cairns to Balanced Rock. Surprised it was idiot-dot-arrow free.

Two semi challenging spots on the way up. Notably one that I'd never attempt down. Used my left shoulder blade to chimney up while Bruce assisted from above. Balanced ridge ascent has nicer views vs the canyon route. Balance Rock is cool. The canyon route is better.

Waited while Bruce hit the peak. Recent lite clippings along Rideline down to Carney. West Boulder was flowing well. We lunched at the Sisters then got chest bump respect from a younger group heading over to and down Carney.

Typical yawner Lost Goldmine Trail #60 was nice in perfect temps with blue skies.

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Feb 15 2019
Sonoranbob
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 Gilbert
Three SistersPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Sonoranbob
Hiking7.70 Miles 2,700 AEG
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Stenuous hike up the Carney Trail was rewarded by spectacular views over the Three Sisters
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May 28 2018
jacobemerick
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 Gilbert, AZ
Superstition Peak 5057 Loop via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking13.34 Miles 4,188 AEG
Hiking13.34 Miles   7 Hrs   9 Mns   2.10 mph
4,188 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
 
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This weekend had more epic plans involving Midnight Mesa, but that all fell through on Sunday when we were 10 miles from Sheep Bridge and I realized that I forgot my boots. Can't do much in the Mazzies with only flip flops. ](*,) So I decided to do this loop, mostly to burn the legs out

Hieroglyphics Trail
Started with the sunrise with a few groups of hikers, lots of families out early in the morning. Saw one small pool at the bottom of the drops, only a few inches in it. Won't be long before the whole canyon is dry. Stayed in the wash to check the 'marked' location of Hieroglyphics Spring, nothing special to see there. Jumped back on trail above. I swear this route gets more defined every time I'm on it, easier to track than the ridgeline trail above. The pools near the saddle were dry (I pulled water from them in Jan 2017) and there is a re-route above them that avoids some of the sheer rock slab. Much easier on the ankles now.

Ridgeline Trail
Not much has changed here. Awesome views and slight breeze. Remembered to avoid the spur trail at the saddle and steered clear of the nasty scree. Easy haul up to 5057 summit, new log for 2018. Rolled down the hill to Three Sisters and hit two of them. Got some good views down to the little one, have some ideas on how to get on it, didn't want to do it today. Continued down to saddle and considered pushing on to Roost and Cave Trail. However, it was hot and I'm lazy and the less time I can spend on Lost Goldmine the better.

Carney and Lost Goldmine
The descent down to Carney just gets less and less fun. Felt like there was a lot more washouts, steep drops, and loose gravel to dealt with than before. Next time I might try to drop near Wave Cave just to make this trail more appealing. Anyways, trailhead here was semi-full, summer temps starting to thin the crowds. And then it was time for the long return on the [s]Hot Oven[/s] Lost Goldmine Trail. It's in good shape, noticed a lot of spur trails heading south, mostly unmarked, and the main trail was consistently flagged w/ those plastic signs. Only saw two groups of hikers on here. Quiet day out here.
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SlammyG
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 Phoenix, AZ
Superstition Peak 5057 - CarneyPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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SlammyG
Hiking12.00 Miles 3,408 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns   1.41 mph
3,408 ft AEG
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Got an early start from Carney Springs just as the sun was coming up and touching on Three Sisters. Met a couple friends who I had yet to hike with so I was excited to spend the day tackling 5057 and Three Sisters with them. We started strong up Carney Rd and through the kissing gate , we shed layers pretty quickly as the sun was starting to warm things up. The first section up the false saddle was the toughest in my opinion but also a lot of fun scrambling over rocks and up slabs. We managed to keep a good pace and stopped at the first saddle to take in the sights and early morning views. The rock formations are incredible and there was no shortage of things to point at and say "oh that's cool". The trail to West Boulder Saddle from here looked tough but we breezed up it without batting an eye.

From the saddle we had pretty good views of Superstition Peak and into West Boulder Canyon. We then set off skirting above Boulder Canyon toward our destination. The trail is well marked and pretty easy to follow, some really fun sections as you cut around before dropping into and across a wash, again really well cairned. From here to start to climb the backside of Three Sisters, the gain is steady with a few borderline Class 3 Sections. Keep your eye out NW as you will start to see the top of Weever's Peak over the ridge right above West Boulder Canyon. We continued to climb and passed a small waterfall that provided some nice cool water for my head. A little after we passed the turnoff for Three Sisters that we would take on the way back we passed through some goal post cairns and hit a pretty nice saddle. The wind picked up hard so we through on some jackets and continued the push up hill. We hit the fork where the trail heads off right for Ridgeline or up left to 5057. Go left, some guys ahead of us went right and ended up turning around to arrive at the summit about 15 minutes after us. The summit is pretty apparent as you move up through the sea of hoodoos but is also really well marked with cairns. Take some time to explore this area as there is a lot of cool stuff to see. The final push to the summit involves some class 3 but is nothing too crazy. Great views up top; back into the valley, Flat Iron, Weevers, Three Sisters, all great sites on a bluebird day like today.

We made our way back down and took the fork right to Three Sisters, we found the trail peter out after a half mile, once we gained the first climb, and ended up doing a bit of bushwhacking. My partners were a bit unprepared, donning shorts and trail running shoes, and quickly ended up with legs and feet full of cactus. My leather boots and pants held up just fine as I left them behind and made the final push to Three Sisters for some mazing views and really sweet rock formations. Didn't stay too long or explore too much as my sissy compadres were waiting and ready to go. Once back at West Boulder Saddle I bid them farewell and took off East up the trail.

After dipping into the drainage, my initial plan was to follow it up to Robbers Roost but I ended up taking a path North following a faint trail and some Cairns which I found out would be the Dacite Super Loop. A very cool, isolated area with many more interesting formations to explore and some awesome sights of Weevers once I gained the ridge. I followed some cairns SE before arriving at a corridor above the Peralta Trail and saddle. Somewhat sketchy scrambling as I headed down hopping from massive boulder to massive boulder and forging a trail down to the saddle. Passed by a mossy spring that I used to help cool off and snap a few pics!

Finally connecting with Peralta trail, which was packed with Lululemon clad families, I opted for Cave Trail which I have heard of but never taken since I am rarely is this area of the Supes. I thoroughly enjoyed this trail as it was a bit of a problem solver in sections. It passed by many cool little caves and down an area called the fortress, lots of fun going down Devil's Slide and spent some time in "The Tub". Across the wash up to Cathedral Rock where I ran into some climbers I knew and rested with them for a bit. I finished out Cave Trail connecting with Bluff Springs and down to Peralta TH. Unfortunately, I still had a couple miles down the road and across Lost Goldmine to connect with my car. A slow finish to an overall exciting day!
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Jan 14 2017
jacobemerick
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 Gilbert, AZ
Turk - 5057 - Three Sisters Loop, AZ 
Turk - 5057 - Three Sisters Loop, AZ
 
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jacobemerick
Hiking16.50 Miles 4,960 AEG
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Heavily inspired by @trekkin_gecko fantastic loop I headed towards Carney TH in hopes of finishing before the forecasted afternoon rains. Barely made it, but just barely.

Turned off onto Lost Goldmine just before entering wilderness. Enjoyed this trail more than I thought I would - lots of little up/downs, and the dim bulk of the Supes reaching up in the darkness mixed with the nearness of overreaching branches in the headlamp made for a nice combination. Turk's Head was fun, even if the first ten minutes of climb was all prickly predawn guesswork and not a lot of luck. Only made one Huge Mistake(tm) on the way up and tried climbing up a chute that didn't want to be climbed. Slid back down on my belly and felt bad about my life choices. Found a different way and watched the first part of sunrise from the peak, got impatient, and headed back down (easier to find cairns in the daylight) to finish up Lost Goldmine.

First part of Hiero was a zoo. Parking lot was filling up fast and there were dozens of groups on the trail. Tried to push past the crowds quickly to start on the real climb of the day - 5057. Trail was meaner than I remembered, might have had something to do with the direction (I only took it downhill before). It was well-cairned and the brush was trimmed back, it's just a steep trail. Stopped for two good breaks along the climb, the first time to drink a liter and the second to pull a liter from a pool near the last haul up, and then hit the saddle. Skies looked unfriendly so after a few photos I took the Ridgeline trail and zipped up to the peak of 5057. And by zipped it was a mix of hobble and limp - leg cramps started on Hiero.

From the peak it looked like most of the storm was going to east of Peralta, but then I saw some lightening near Superior and got scairt so I rolled down off the peak and started towards Three Sisters. Trail out to Three Sisters was faint and hard to make out so I just stuck to the top of the ridge. Didn't go all the way out on the sisters acos cramping was getting bad and it didn't look like a good place to stumble, just took a few pics and stared down sadly at little sister. Has anyone even done that one recently?

Descent to West Boulder Saddle from Three Sisters seemed to take forever, especially after bumping into the creek. Cairns were confusing and I got turned around in the same place as last time in this section, so I used the last of my phone's battery and RS to figure out that right direction. Creeks had a good amount of water and I wondered what sort of fun backpacking loops you could start from the saddle. Descent down Carney was a descent down Carney. First person seen since leaving the 'main' stopping point on Hiero was trying to find Cave Trail (except for the two ridgeline hikers I woo-hooed at from 5057 and didn't see again) and then there was another dozen groups between the split and parking lot. Parking lot was full... Geesh, who dropped the Lure Module at Wave Cave? Jumped in van just as the big drops began to fall :y:

A surprisingly quiet and enjoyable loop, as long as you can ignore the crowds at the two trailheads.

(Aside: did not post RS route because battery died on West Boulder Saddle and incomplete loops are weird. Can post if peeps be curious.)

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Flowing water where the trail last leaves the creek, several good pools there.

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Water running from pool to pool to pool.
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Aug 21 2016
adilling
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 Mesa, AZ
Three SistersPhoenix, AZ
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adilling
Hiking8.24 Miles 2,700 AEG
Hiking8.24 Miles   6 Hrs   49 Mns   1.50 mph
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I have been by the Three Sisters before, but I have never ventured out to see them. So, I decided to remedy that.

The weather was awesome, a little humid, but the clouds kept Mr Sun at bay most of the morning.

I started out of the Carney Springs Trailhead just before dawn. The usual steepness ensued. I always like stopping at the false saddle and taking in the views. The sun was just starting to paint the valley below.

I made my way to the Ridgeline Trail and started heading towards the Three Sisters. I always forget what an up and down jaunt that trail is. I also forgot about the rules. The first rule of the Ridgeline Club is you don't talk about the Ridgeline. Of course, that is BS, everyone who goes up there talks and talks about it....ha ha So, the second rule of the Ridgeline Club is wear long pants! You'd think that after going up to this trail so many times I would eventually remember to zip on the pants to the cool hiker shorts I usually wear. But, no, I forget, again....and, I got the usual cat claw and cactus fest along the trail. Oh well, I heal fast ;)

I made it to the Three Sisters exit off the Ridgeline Expressway and starting heading up. I was able to venture out to two of the three sisters. I went out as far as I dared to each one. Seeing as I still have the will to live, I did not climb out to the edge on either one.

I was amazed by the geology of the formation. I have not encountered the "stacked" rocks that were all over the place. Very unique from what I have seen on other parts of this massif. The views were incredible in every direction - The valley below, Weavers Needle, Peak 5057.

After spending a good while exploring the sisters, I contemplated going to the top of 5057, I even started heading that way, but I decided I had hiked enough up there for one day and got back on the Ridgeline Trail and headed to the trailhead.

When I got to the Boulder Saddle and started going down Carney Springs, a buzzard started circling me. He followed me all the way past the false saddle. I guess I looked like I was going to drop from exhaustion from the air and he was planning on a tasty old-hiker meal. Sorry Mr Buzzard, I made it down and lived to hike another day.

I will go back to this area again once the heat subsides a little more. An excellent hike to an excellent area.
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Feb 12 2015
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 Gilbert, AZ
Sisters and Peak 5057, AZ 
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rayhuston
Hiking9.45 Miles 3,529 AEG
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I've been to the southern peak a couple of times, but I never stopped by to see the Sisters along the way. I decided to correct that today. First up was the Sisters. If I had anything left after that, then the peak, too. Coming down the freshly graded Peralta Rd, Peak 5057 and the Sisters stood out directly in front of me. I figured about 9.5 miles and 3400 feet total, but it sure looked like a lot more than that. In the end, it felt like it, too.

If you haven't been to see the Sisters, you should. Stunning views, and some very scary drops that had me on my belly crawling to the edges in some places. Interesting landscape. From below, it looks like nothing but rock but the top is amazingly lush in places. I went as far as I could on the first escarpment, then moved to the next and did the same. That was enough. Gusting winds had me holding onto my hat; I didn't need to be hiking next to sheer drops under those conditions.

I still felt good so on to the Peak! I love Peak 5057. It's hard getting there, but the views make it worthwhile. The hard part is turning around. Looking north along the ridge line makes you want to keep going. I did once, but not today. After a nice lunch on the peak with some of the best views in the valley, I packed up and headed back to the Carney trail head.

Another beautiful day in paradise!
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 Mesa, AZ
Superstition Peak 5057 - CarneyPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking11.00 Miles 4,908 AEG
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After catching up with an old friend the other day we both realized that we had never done this peak via the traditional route. We decided to check it off the list and check out the Three Sisters as well. The first 1.8 miles surprised us both. We both regularly cut our teeth on Flatiron and it was shocking as it felt much steeper. It could be a combination of tired legs and such but it really did a number on us. Upon reaching the saddle the rest of the hike seemed quite relaxed in comparison. After reaching the summit and taking a much deserved break we decided to head for the sisters. With that adventure complete we headed back down to what we thought was the trail. A few indecisive moments eventually led to us finding our bearings and starting the slog back to the trailhead. Overall it was a wonderful experience and a great way to end winter break.
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 Phoenix,Az
Superstition Peak 5057 - CarneyPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking8.92 Miles 3,408 AEG
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because......500! :D First off I want to give props to ddgrunning for the excellent triplog. He gave an a great description on the route to the top. The only thing I would disagree on is I think you start earning you ice cream a little earlier than what he claims. Kudos to him and HIS FAMILY for making it to the top. Unfortunately, this would not be considered a family outing for my family. The only way I'd get my wife and daughter up there is via helicopter.

Started off from the Carney TH at just after 5:30. Just light enough to see the trail. But not a big deal because initially the trail is very wide open and is very easy to follow. After passing through the fence the trail turns into a single track. There is the split in the trail that ddgrunning described, but someone placed stones across the Wave Cave Trail to discourage use. As I said I think the ice cream come a little bit earlier than what ddgrunning said. You start climbing shortly after passing the fork in the trail. The climb that you experience to reach that first false summit, I feel is very typical for what to expect throughout the hike. Fairly steep, with minimal switchbacks alternating between large buried rocks or packed dirt. (I really didn't feel that the scree was too bad for the most part anywhere in the hike). Reaching the first false summit was cool and I actually got to go down hill for short distance (very short) before repeating a climb very similar to what I did to reach the first false summit. In retrospect, I might consider this second climb the roughest in the hike. I feel this stint was as steep as any of the other section and the longest without respite.

The entire hike the views are unbeatable and constantly changing. Every couple feet you could stop, look around, and appreciate something new about the surrounding vista. (It also gives you an excuse to catch you breath). But it is when you reach the second false summit that the views really start to pay off. You get your first "close" look at Carney in the distance. And then, as the trail slowly curves around to the west Weaver's Needle starts to appear behind you (to the east) and you actually get a nice open view to the north. I kind of expected to be "in a bowl", with mountain ridges all around, so this open view to the north was a nice surprise. The second false summit is also where you will see the Carney trail sign. I'm hesitant to reference mileage because the distance my Garmin was giving was not matching up with previous trip logs. (Though it was 1.8 for me to get to the Carney trail sign). For the next .5 miles the trail is relatively flat and actually loses more elevation than I expected. I gave up every foot grudgingly, knowing that I would have to regain it later. Finding the trail across the wash was not an issue (either direction) though the area is very rocky and the cairns are helpful.

With the crossing of the wash, it means it is time to start climbing again. In my mind, this section wasn't as a bad because there were enough level sections along the way that I was able to get my breath back before the next climb. However, throughout the hike there were 3 sections were I needed to use hands to help navigate the climb. I encountered two of them along this stretch (and the third was Carney Peak itself). I'm not sure if I got off trail, (I certainly never felt like I was off trail), but the Three Sisters-Carney trail split came well before 3.5 miles. It was closer to 3 miles for me. And because I wasn't expecting a split at this point in the hike I stayed to the left - the Three Sister Trail. It looked well used and did not lose elevation. However, this didn't take me too far out of the way. Within a few tenths of a mile It climbed to a saddle with Three Sisters off to the left (south) and a hill with a well traveled trail off to the right (to the north). I'm a little surprise that there is no clear trail heading off to the Sisters, especially with how clear the trail was that climbed over the hill to the north. Taking this route caused me to climb up and down a hill, but added negligible miles to the hike. In fact, when I reached the summit it showed 4.06 miles with an elevation of 4996. I held the Garmin over my head and jumped up and down to get 5000. :D I signed the registry and took in the views, which were spectacular. It's funny, Four Peaks looks like One Peak from this angle and South Mountain looks like South Hill with the Estrellas rising up behind it. Due south, in the distance, there were 3 large mountains each one a little bit further south than the next. Would any of those be the Santa Catalina/Mount Lemmon?

On the return trip, I actually went back the same way I came and walked out onto the Three Sisters. There are no trails out there, except maybe for some game trails. The buttes are fairly exposed so it is fairly easy to pick a path toward the precipice. However, as you get closer to the edge it becomes a lot more rocky and covered in growth. The rock formations are very unique. It gave me the impression of shingled/layered rocks that have been melted together. When I saw the first one, I thought it was a remnant of a ruin. I didn't go out to the very edge on any of them, but the views were still fantastic and a little intimidating.

The hike out was just as rough as the hike in, just for different reasons. My lungs paid the price going up. My knees and toes paid the price going down. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the foliage. When I think of the Superstitions I think of mountains and fantastic rock formations. But the flowers up there were incredible! There was not an abundance but there was great variety in array of colors with some beautiful specimens. And the prickly pear at the base of the mountain were just coming into bloom, with eye catching yellow flowers. There were actually a couple of pine trees on the trail as well, which was a nice surprise. Saw a couple of deer near the Three Sisters juncture and one of the highlights of the hike was a beautiful Gila monster sunning itself in the middle of the trail. Saw one hiker heading up as I was heading out. Talked briefly. I think he was a Japanese tourist. He looked well prepared (backpack, walking poles and well clothed) but you always worry about people doing hikes that there not knowledgable on. Annoyed that my mileage is so far off of everyone else's. With visiting the Three Sisters my mileage should have been close to 10 miles, but I was just under 9 for the whole trip. For all that work I felt like I should have at least hit double digits.
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Three SistersPhoenix, AZ
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Ha, this 2700 feet is hard work!

So close...........just didn't have the motivation, strength or stamina to make it for the last uphill push to reach the planned destination.....(yet).

It was a very slow trip up Carney and the most elevation I've done in a long, long time. It was slow because I was slow. I used every opportunity to visit (and rest) with others coming down the trail. The views were more stunning than I remembered, how could I forget? I stretched out and got comfy leaning against a few boulders while enjoying the peaceful surroundings & amazing scenery on the Ridgeline while Eric reluctantly pushed on without me.

This hike was a fine reminder of how far I have to go still to regain all that has been lost while I've been lounging on the couch............oh, how I have missed the burn! One step/hike at a time.

Can't wait to do it again......soon......as soon as this quad pain goes away.
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Went out into the Wilderness with Hippy and Rachel on a cold, wet and overcast day. The weather would improve as we made our trek into the Supes.

We started from the Carney Trailhead and proceeded towards the Wave Cave. There are a variety of routes and cairns all over the place. The valley received a lot of rain the past 24 hours and there were several waterfalls falling off the cliffs. I love the Supes in the rain! We did some scrambling and went out of our way as we explored the area near Wave Cave. Eventually we reached the cave and had a lot of fun taking pics. From there we bushwhacked up to the Ridgeline Trail and the Three Sisters area. Afterward we returned to West Boulder Saddle and returned to the jeep.

This was a fun day and I'm looking forward to the Ridgeline next week.
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Dragged 9L and Zuker out to the Supes for some "Rainy Day Soup"! :D
Got a nice start in the rain from Carney TH, the walk to the Wave Cave turn off was through squishy mud that felt like wet sponges beneath my feet!

Both of my companions enjoyed following my relentless off trail route to the cave and were thoroughly impressed with the size and beauty of the cave itself, we had some fun on the "wave" and with a deep breath we headed up the ravine toward the Ridgeline trail and the Three Sisters.
Once we reached the saddle and the trail we all agreed to turn back toward Boulder Canyon and West Boulder Saddle and back to the jeep.

The hike along the way back was wet and beautiful! Mini waterfalls and clouds covering the tips of the peaks in the distance. Absolutely LOVE the "Soups" on a rainy day!!
Thank you 9L and Zuker for letting me drag you out in the rain :D

Cannot WAIT until Ridgeline next saturday! :y:
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