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Nov 06 2020
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69 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Peak 3845 - Superstition MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 06 2020
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Hiking7.40 Miles 2,250 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   1.85 mph
2,250 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Parked in the Saguaro lot at Lost Dutchman just as the sun was rising , the clouds made for some nice colors, also they helped keep in yesterday’s heat as it was already 80°. Took the Discovery Trail over to Siphon Draw and started up only seeing 3 other hikers ahead of me encountered no one coming down at that time. The cloud cover and breeze kept the temperature reasonable but my t shirt attested to the humidity. The basin was empty of people and water. The trail to 3845 was better cairned than my last trip, lots of deer evidence along the way but no wildlife spotted. The “summit “ register jar was resting in it’s cairn, didn’t feel like pulling the register out of the narrow neck jar. Siphon Draw Trail was busier on the way down easily encountering more than a dozen, about the time I spotted two young men perched on top of the Gateway I met a couple from Show Low area who started shouting up to have them drop a rope down :D Decided to make a loop on the way back using Prospector Trail, Treasue Loop and Crosscut to return to the trailhead, was definitely getting warm by time I finished.
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Aug 26 2020
gummo
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 mesa
Jacob's Trail #58Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 26 2020
gummo
Hiking6.50 Miles 320 AEG
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320 ft AEG
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Smokey! I didn't know there was a fire in the area, but I managed to get onto the trail and do a little scouting. I only saw a night snake. The main entertainment was after the hike. I stopped at Taco Bell to get an egg burrito. A thin, elderly, big bearded, and unmasked man came up to me to tell me that the coronavirus was like HIV and not airborne. He stated that his senator (whoever that is) told him and that the government is lying to us.

My first thought was, "So why do you believe in that one senator who also works for the government?" He had that blank stare that is common with mentally ill folks, so I felt sorry for him and listened. He told me that the virus was spread by eating meat. I told me that I don't eat meat, except fish once in a while.

I tested him out by saying that I don't trust anything Trump says to see if he was just a extreme far-right winger, but he replied, "They all lie." He talked about service in Cambodia (not Vietnam) and how oil is controlled by Saddam Hussein (I don't think he knows that he's dead). It was evident to me that he lonely and wanted to be hear and feelings validated, like most people.

Because he had a bindi (Hindi forehead dot) and spoke about the perils of eating meat, I assume he wanted to push is vegetarian agenda over any political tribal affiliation. I'm not sure why he was supporting a restaurant who serves meat.

The good news here is that my hobby of looking for snakes seems a lot more normal now than what others are doing and thinking right now. :D
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Aug 02 2020
adilling
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57 male
 Joined Dec 02 2014
 Mesa, AZ
Jacob's Trail #58Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 02 2020
adilling
Hiking6.50 Miles 320 AEG
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I had plans for a much more ambitious hike, but I overslept and did not make it out of the house until 6am. So, I opted for a nice out and back along Jacob's Crosscut from Broadway TH.

The weather was hot, but not too bad. I was looking at my weather before leaving and it said "partly cloudy", but I noticed this odd layer of clouds everywhere when I arrived. I found out on the way back home that it was smoke from the Apple Fire in California. Made for a cooler morning, but crappy light for photos.

There were a few cars in the little lot when I arrived. I came across a couple of hikers and a trail runner going back. Other than that, I saw nobody. The lot was empty except for my truck when I got back. Nothing new to report on this highly trafficked trail. Things look pretty dry, that is for sure. But, it's August in Arizona, so it's supposed to be dry.

I hiked out to the Spirit Canyon trail junction and turned back. A total of 6.8 miles r/t. A nice hike along a nice trail.
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Jun 01 2020
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69 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Peak 3845 - Superstition MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 01 2020
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Hiking8.15 Miles 2,205 AEG
Hiking8.15 Miles   4 Hrs      2.27 mph
2,205 ft AEG      25 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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First Arizona hike in June since I retired 6 years ago :D Decided at last minute to not drive to Payson so instead parked near Crosscut Trailhead. Once on Siphon Draw Trail from Jacob’s trail I entered ahead of a couple of hikers and behind a couple so tried to keep socially distanced from both so pace was faster than usual to the saddle, at least there was some cloud and mountain provided shade. That was tiring but after a few minutes rest managed to unseat myself and head over to the ridgeline for 3845 , decided to not do the final push up through the vegetation in the warming full sun instead taking in a birds eye view of the Crying Dinosaur and then the former Mining Camp restaurant site before finally starting back. On the way back decided to use Prospector and Treasure loop to reacquire Jacob’s trail. Feeling some energy rebound from a slowed pace decided to go up to the base of Praying Hands before the descent down Treasure Loop. The trails were all clear and surrounded by dry vegetation, no wildlife today. The wind was primarily coming from the southwest so the smoke from the ongoing Sawtooth fire was drifting to the northeast obscuring usual views to the East while westward views were also hazy today. Hope we get a couple of cooler days this month , it was 81° out there at 0600 today.
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Apr 13 2020
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69 male
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 Gold Canyon
Peak 3845 - Superstition MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2020
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Hiking8.80 Miles 2,220 AEG
Hiking8.80 Miles   4 Hrs      2.35 mph
2,220 ft AEG      15 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Weather forecast was not inviting for hikes to the east, plus wasn’t up for any long drive today. Planned for a destination of solitude but required using typically busy Jacob’s Trail and Siphon Draw Trail ,was hoping a weekday would help.Sacrificed some sleep time for an early start and saw no one until reaching Siphon Draw Trail , spotted two pairs and one trio heading up, concluded they must be younger as they steadily increased their distancing. Wildflowers still fairly abundant but showing signs of fading . Once on the saddle above the basin took a right to the “trail”, first south then west was mostly visible despite the heavy foxtail influx. Had a snack at the summit cairn ,enjoyed the views and increased breeze,explored the ridgeline a bit toward the base of Flatiron, consideration for Spirit Canyon evaporated and started back, surprised by the appearance of a couple at the summit area.Took a different path down from the low point on the saddle ,it’s now more of a bushwhack being almost completely overgrown. Back down to the basin a few other hikers around but not a crowd, small stagnant pool at the base of the waterfall. Now later in the morning the volume of hikers coming up Siphon Draw increased, decided when meeting them to stop ahead and pull way over , as it turns out moving a few feet off the trail and coiling up like a rattlesnake was not the best strategy. The information here sign must have been on , as each family group passed there were questions and lots of them, how far is it, how long will it take, do we stay to the left, are there snakes here, where am I , what’s the meaning of life etc. ](*,) Escaped by finishing on Jacob’s trail and Prospector , patience now left behind new strategy when passing the few hikers I saw , stare at my watch and jog by while muttering, no more questions for the crazy old man. Even the two horses and riders I met eyed me suspiciously. Did enjoy the weather today remained cool and breezy all day, maybe not so good for allergy victims.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Thistle, hedgehog, stinknet, lupine,Mojave aster,owl clover,brittle bush
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Apr 01 2020
adilling
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57 male
 Joined Dec 02 2014
 Mesa, AZ
Jacob's Trail #58Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2020
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Hiking5.90 Miles 320 AEG
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I needed get out of the house and do a quick hike this morning and I opted for the always amazing Jacob's Crosscut. I parked at the first little lot off First Water and took the connector trail to Jacobs Trail. 4-5 cars in the parking area when I arrived about 830am. Had the same idea as me, I guess.

I started out with the intention of hiking past the Siphon Draw and then turning around and heading back after about 3 miles. Mission accomplished. The clouds up this morning were very interesting. I am glad I decided to hit this one today.

The brittlebush is amazing right now on the plain up to the mountain. The entire hillside is awash in a sea of yellow. Not many other blooms, a few marigolds near First Water and some globe mallows mixed in.

I hiked up the Siphon Draw for a few 100 yards, snapped a few pictures and then went back to the Jacob's Trail. I went to the point on the path where the Flatiron starts dipping behind the mountain. The brittlebush was really thick on this section of the trail.

I saw about 15-20 people all day. Some heading up the Siphon Draw, others along the Treasure Loop. I passed a few parties going back along the Jacobs Trail.

I was lucky with the snakes today. I came across one right where the trail dips down below the mountain. It was in the middle of the path, but quickly slithered over to the side and took up a defensive posture. I took a few pictures and then slowly went around him. I saw another on on the way back right near the Siphon Draw/Crosscut junction, but it was moving quickly into the bush. Flight won out over fight with this one.

Got some fresh air, exercise, critter viewing and some nice pictures. Just what the doctor ordered - sanity restored.
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Mar 13 2020
richvosko
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34 male
 Joined Apr 14 2019
 Tempe
Jacob's Trail #58Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2020
richvosko
Hiking2.50 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles
150 ft AEG
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Mar 03 2020
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69 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon DrawPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2020
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Hiking9.20 Miles 3,300 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   7 Hrs      1.60 mph
3,300 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Nice day for a hike, a bit hazy despite yesterday’s rain storm. Had the place ,5024, to myself as two others left when I arrived, always enjoyable views here , unlike Flat Iron can catch a glimpse of Canyon Lake and Saguaro Lake from here. Glad that the majority find Flat Iron satisfying enough. Appreciate whoever trimmed the agave on the route from the saddle to 5024. Visited the 2011 plane crash site. Took a tour around the perimeter of Flat Iron finding a nice sun exposed rock to take a prolonged break. Being a weekday there was not a big crowd going up Siphon Draw even a few periods with no one in front or behind me. Took an extra tour of Prospector and Treasure loop and disappointed with the lack of lupine or poppies, the brittle bush providing most of the color right now. In general everything appears quite green from the rains, hopefully not leading up to another big wildfire.
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Mostly brittle bush with rare lupine,scattered blue dicks no poppies noted.

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Mar 03 2020
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Crosscut-Treasure-Praying Hands loop, AZ 
Crosscut-Treasure-Praying Hands loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking5.97 Miles 1,154 AEG
Hiking5.97 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.91 mph
1,154 ft AEG      22 Mns Break7 LBS Pack
 
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One of my favorite shorter loops in the Western Supes.
Nice views, geology, with just enough elevation gain to keep it interesting.
Always good hiking with Deb and my son and his wife from NC.

Man is this section of the Supes green right now. The poppies are just starting.
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Feb 23 2020
DarthStiller
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51 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Jacob's Trail #58Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2020
DarthStiller
Hiking8.50 Miles 460 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   3 Hrs   54 Mns   2.18 mph
460 ft AEG
 
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I decided to skip out on Saturday's rain only because thunderstorms were in the forecast. Turns out that didn't happen, so I should have gone out. Radmila had plans for her and Natasha on Sunday, so I decided to take Dmitri out with me for this one. We started at Lost Dutchman State Park and took the Jacob's Trail southbound until the junction with the Broadway Cave trail and turned back. Once we got back in the park, we took a little roundabout way back to the car to add an extra half mile. The trails in LDSP are quite a maze in some spots.

we started just after 7:30am, and there was still a lot of cloud cover at the top of Superstition Mountain. It cleared up a bit, and then the clouds began to roll back in again towards the end of the hike. The trail was pretty muddy in spots from Saturday's rain. About 3 miles in we saw a small herd of about 7 deer, all doe. Got some nice pictures this time. Two weeks in a row now saw deer on the trails.

Siphon Draw Trail on the way back was super crowded, so we took the Mountain Bike Trail to a few other trails back to the car. This was Dmitri's longest hike to date at over 8 miles. He kept up the pace the entire time and wasn't sore when we were done. He might be ready to do some longer hikes with me soon and get out on a more regular basis if I can get him out of bed early enough.
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chumley
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2020
chumley
Hiking13.96 Miles 4,837 AEG
Hiking13.96 Miles   8 Hrs   25 Mns   1.66 mph
4,837 ft AEG
 
Met Karl at Peralta. That was fun! Good flow in 5 crossings. Only h/c trucks were making it through. Left a truck and drove back around to First Water, where the instagram massacre was in full swing. It's a rare day I'm happy to deal with the shyteshow in Siphon, but it was def better than the reverse. Good water flow in the draw the whole way. It was a river, and there were plenty of falls feeding it from all sides above.

Reached the top and skipped both 24 and the board. The forecast completely failed, as it got more and more cloudy, socked in, windy, and chillier than planned. And still, a beautiful day! :y: I could not believe how much water there was on the ridgeline. Where does it come from? I can see the highpoint 12 feet on my left and still there's a steady stream of water flowing down! :sweat:

Good time going across, knocking down countless useless cairns along the way (plenty of helpful ones were unharmed!) Are the people who build them stupid, or do they think everybody else is stupid? Or do they build them out of boredom? Got into a fun argument with some folks at heiro who apparently would not have been able to find the saddle, nor the canyon, without a pile of rocks! (Other) Kyle has anger management issues. Lol. :sweat:

Enjoyed a beer on 5057 as the sun tried to make an appearance and the wind had given us a break. Over at the Carney Saddle we met up with Patrick and Justin and decided to skip the Robbers Dacite route back, instead going straight down. There were a couple of great waterfalls here too, including one that was easily 250 feet. Would have been impressive to see yesterday.

Supes in rare form today. Glad to have spent a few hours out there. Thanks for helping shuttle Karl!

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Jan 22 2020
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69 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Jacob's Trail #58Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2020
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Hiking13.30 Miles 1,550 AEG
Hiking13.30 Miles   8 Hrs      1.66 mph
1,550 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
 
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Stayed in on the rainy Tuesday conjuring up a grandiose hiking plan for today. Thought I would try to take Jacob’s crosscut trail from the trailhead , through the park and on around to the southwest side of Superstition Mountain. From there go up Monument Canyon to the plane crash impact site and see if feasible to slide over to peak 3845 and come down Siphon Draw to complete a lasso loop. Left itinerary with my wife with plan to be back for dinner ,with guests, so out the door at the crack of dawn which is 0900 on retiree time. Geared up and hiking by 1000 deciding 1400 was turnaround decision time. A little humid at the beginning with clouds lingering seeming to accumulate in Siphon Draw, no name and Monument canyons. Lots of blooming Chuparosa along Jacobs crosscut and hummingbirds , easy going trail made it to the turnoff for Broadway Cave in about 1.5 hours. Turned up the now more rocky trail meandering through the saguaro forest with the Broadway Cave looming above. Turned left at the junction for Monument Canyon and proceeded up, arrived at the ruins ie. chimney , a family was posted there, at this point had passed by 4 other hikers on crosscut as well as one bow hunter. Did not see anyone else all day until back on the portion of Jacob’s trail in the park. Proceeding up this Canyon exceeded my expectations on challenging. Felt like I was walking on and around bowling ball boulders interspersed with catclaw and cacti, tried to follow barely visible cairns some leading up and down multiple small washes but not always helpful . After about 1.5 miles and 2.5 hours of this energy depleting fun I was only at the base of the middle ridge of the canyon and at my decision time. Let’s turn around now and save it for another day :( , fortunately due to the sun setting on the way back made for some nice pictures of the canyons even with the phone. Should have noticed the guide stats indicate Monument Canyon is 5 hours one way not round trip , my wife commented that my plan should have been for my 10 year younger and 10lb lighter self :D
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69 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Jacob's Trail #58Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking6.50 Miles 320 AEG
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Comfortable day, enjoyed with guests.
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Jan 04 2020
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59 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Hog Ridge - Siphon Draw LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking15.20 Miles 3,946 AEG
Hiking15.20 Miles   8 Hrs   44 Mns   1.74 mph
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I ended up with the day open so I decided to get up on the Superstition Ridge again to enjoy the views. I noticed there was a route up Hog Canyon so I thought I'd give that a try. The route up wasn't bad but I did run into some scree. At one point I slipped and the back of my hand hit an agave and poked a vein. That was a bloody mess for a simple stick but after a few bandages and some duct tape I was on my way. I was happy to be on the ridgeline and saw several hikers but they were spread out so it was not crowded. The I took in the views and watched a helicopter flying around on my way to Siphon Draw trail. When I made it to the flatiron area there were lots of people and I was spent. I stopped there to eat and recharge for the trip down. I started out a little stiff going down Siphon Draw but loosened up about half way down. I passed some guy that looked like Jim_H heading up and from his triplog I'd guess it was him. The final leg across Jacob's trail wasn't bad. I was happy to be on a flat trail and watched the moon over the ridgeline, looked up Spirit Canyon and strolled back to the Broadway trailhead.
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Dec 20 2019
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69 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Peak 3845 - Superstition MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 20 2019
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Hiking7.50 Miles 2,225 AEG
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The waterfall at siphon draw was dry today ,only a pool at the bottom and the way up was much less slippery today than a couple of weeks ago.Decided to go to one of my favorite viewpoints , saw evidence of deer and sheep but nothing on the hoof. Added in Prospector View Trail and Treasure Loop to get a little extra mileage after parking in Lost Dutchman Park. Cool and breezy and shady at the start and sunny and pleasant at the finish. Saw no one else today past Siphon Draw even on Siphon Draw traffic was light. Looked like rocks on the lower portion of the wash to Flatiron were decorated with brown painted directional arrows😡
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Nov 22 2019
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 Gold Canyon
Siphon Draw Trail #53Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2019
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Hiking5.40 Miles 1,300 AEG
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After checking the water flow in Hieroglyphic Canyon yesterday decided to check the north side of Superstition Mountain today. Left from Cholla trailhead ,took discovery trail to siphon draw trail and then used Jacob’s crosscut on the return. Could hear water flowing as I approached the gatekeeper from cliffs just to the east and then most of the way up coming from the normally quiet wash. The smooth rock was very slippery on the slope below the the waterfall making for a slow cautious ascent and descent. Passed a group of 5 on the way up and 2 others above at the saddle, then on the way down about 2 dozen folks on their way up.
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Nov 16 2019
Mr_Squishy
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66 male
 Joined Jan 14 2009
 Kodiak, AK
First Water Reverse Flatiron, AZ 
First Water Reverse Flatiron, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 16 2019
Mr_Squishy
Hiking12.90 Miles 3,476 AEG
Hiking12.90 Miles   11 Hrs   49 Mns   1.26 mph
3,476 ft AEG   1 Hour   34 Mns Break
 
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I have always wanted to do a Reverse Flatiron, but wanted a more off trail hike. I decided to connect the First Water Creek route with the RF and created an excellent off-trail adventure. I left First Water TH at 6:15 am and headed up the Dutchman Trail to First Water creek. I followed the creek drainage to the Massacre Grounds trail; unfortunately, at that point my GPS lost all satellite signals for about ten minutes which resulted in an erroneous ten mile segment up to Canyon Lake and back on my GPS track and delayed my start on the RF. Once GPS signals returned, I headed up the RF from Massacre Grounds and with the help of multiple cairns and my now accurate GPS successfully completed the route. There was some scrambling which slowed me down. I headed up to Peak 5024, then over to the Flatiron to consort with the crowds, then slowly made my way down Siphon Draw. I connected with the Jacobs Crosscut trail and followed it to First Water road, then walked two miles on the road back to my vehicle, completing my twelve hour odyssey. An excellent off trail adventure for the first half; I really didn't enjoy descending Siphon Draw and it was the least enjoyable portion of the hike. In the future, I think I would return the way I came up and connect to one of the trails that returns to First Water Road.
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Sep 25 2019
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39 female
 Joined Jan 21 2019
 Scottsdale
Jacob's Trail #58Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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jillyonanadventure
Hiking6.62 Miles 1,391 AEG
Hiking6.62 Miles   3 Hrs   52 Mns   1.76 mph
1,391 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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Mar 17 2019
survivordude
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39 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Reverse FlatironPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2019
survivordude
Hiking8.50 Miles 3,376 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   6 Hrs      1.42 mph
3,376 ft AEG
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Perfect day for a hike! Corey wanted Flat Iron, I wanted something new and solitude.. we made a compromise. I had never been to Massacre let alone reverse Flat Iron, so this was all new territory for both of us. 6:30 AM at the mini CC TH. Easy stroll up to the the waterfall area. Flowers are everywhere right now, its incredible. The falls were really cool and flowing nice still. Found the path up and over and up and up and up. The path was actually very easy to follow and pretty well worn. Stopping to breath now and then was must, if only for the outstanding views of Four Peaks and the rest of the Superstitions becoming more and more visible as we ascended. Lots of sliding scree stuff up towards the top. Made it to the flat area just under the peak and lost the trail as it skirts around the west side of 5024. It looks very steep and the slipperiness made us just drop down to the ridgeline trail and follow that back to Siphon. It actually worked well as we finally took a small break at the pine tree camp (which may not be a pine tree camp for long if people keep chopping off the pine trees at the pine tree camp). Came over the hump to see Flat Iron and its three hundred minions. Three hundred is probably an accurate count.. oh well make it 302. Loved every part of this alternative and will definitely be back up this way again.
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Mar 16 2019
emilystardust
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 Phoenix, AZ
Hog CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Mar 16 2019
emilystardust
Canyoneering10.70 Miles 1,130 AEG
Canyoneering10.70 Miles   6 Hrs      1.78 mph
1,130 ft AEG
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We started at the Broadway side and made our way over to the canyon. Lots of water flowing still at the end "waterfall". Just another beautiful day in the Superstitions.
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