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Aug 21 2021
adilling
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 Mesa, AZ
Hog CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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adilling
Canyoneering6.50 Miles 1,130 AEG
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With all the rains lately, I thought I would take a chance and see if there was any water still going in the Superstitions. This canyon is always a treat, even if it's dry.

The first part of the fun is driving to the boundary via Cloudview Road. I have hiked this from the Broadway TH and from Cloudview. That adds on 4-5 miles of flat and boring to this hike. The past few times, I have driven up the lovely "road" to the boundary. Looks like there's been a little water passing through this area, as the road was in pretty bad shape.

The 2nd part of the fun starts when you drop down into the Hog Canyon drainage. The grass is so high right now, as high and thick as I have ever seen it. We saw no water or even signs of water at the start. However, as we neared the narrows of section of the canyon, we could hear water running. That was a good sign. Once we reached that section, there was some flow to the creek. But, as soon as you get out of that area, it dried up. There were lots of pools and LOTS of gnats, mosquitos and other flying swarms of nasty little creatures.

I thought, well, that was it, no water at the falls. But, as we got closer to the falls, we started hearing water flowing again. Before we made the "turn" up to get to the falls area, the creek was flowing again. The water from flowing pretty steady from the lower falls down the drainage to the creek. We made our mandatory pictures at the lower area and climbed up to the next falls. That was flowing nicely too and the pool was clear. After exploring a little up there, we all had a nice "soaking" in the pool. That was really nice. Hard to believe there was this much water up here in August.

We started down and did the reverse boulder hopping back to the truck. Everywhere is green these days and the Superstitions are the greenest I have ever seen them this time of year. Of course, everything that is green now will turn brown once the water supply gets cut off. And, with this much growth, it will be that much more fuel for any upcoming fires. Let's hope the fire gods spare this area for a while. Enough of this wilderness has already been roasted beyond repair.

An excellent day in the Supes.
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Jul 25 2021
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 Chandler, AZ
Hog CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Canyoneering7.73 Miles 1,169 AEG
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After the recent rain, I wanted to check out Hog Canyon and see if the seasonal waterfall was flowing. I suspected the answer was no given the extreme drought conditions lately, but since rain has been so rare around Phoenix of late, it seemed like this could be the best chance to see it flowing for the foreseeable future. I last visited Hog Canyon in late February last year, and the waterfall was flowing nicely and my friend and I had the canyon to ourselves. We started from Broadway Trailhead that day; this time I started from the Lost Goldmine Trailhead at the west end of Cloud View Drive, which I assumed would be far less busy than Broadway Trailhead.

The first mile and a half of the hike meanders directly north along the fence line of the residential area, then takes a sharp left turn along another barbed wire fence. From there, we started following the creek bed leading into Hog Canyon. It was dry early on, but I still hoped there might be some water at the falls--the creed bed was dry in that area last year even though the falls had plenty of water. As we entered the canyon, the creek bed was still dry, even in areas where I'd waded through calf- to knee-deep pools last year. The canyon was even more beautiful than I remembered, and I noticed a few natural arches high along the southern wall of the canyon.

I was disappointed to hear voices up ahead, and we passed a group of four hikers...we wouldn't have the falls to ourselves this time. We finally started to see some pools of water and a few small trickles over the last half mile leading to the falls, but when we made the final left turn and saw the stains on the canyon wall, my suspicions were confirmed: not even a trickle. The pool at the base of the falls had some water, but the water stains there indicates the level was a few feet below where it would typically be during the wet season.

Still, I was excited to climb up above the dry falls and check out the petroglyphs that I'd missed last time. It's a quick scramble around the left side of the falls, and up on the ridge, I immediately found two nice panels of rock art, consisting almost entirely of drawings of bighorn sheep. I climbed down from the ridge to the top of the dry falls, and there was a metate-like formation in one of the boulders, though it was more likely a coincidence than an artifact.

There were a two or three more panels of petroglyphs just north of the main waterfall, near an area where a second, slightly shorter waterfall would would flow--I really wish I'd climbed up last year when the water was flowing. Today, the second fall had only a trickle of water with a shallow pool at the bottom. I climbed up around the right side of that pool to the next level above the second falls, and the canyon opened up again up there. I found a few more petroglyphs and decided to start back down, having seen most of the attractions up there.

Two other hikers climbed up above the falls before I went down, and once I was back at the bottom, yet another group of people showed up--a far cry from the solitude my friend and I enjoyed last year. This time, on the hike out, we passed three or four more groups on their way in--another reminder about how crowded the Superstitions have become in recent years, even some of the formerly off-the-beaten-path spots.

On the hike out, the clouds were spectacular and cast shadows all over the Superstitions. Despite the dry waterfall and the lack of solitude, it was still a beautiful and very enjoyable hike, with perfect weather. It had been almost eight months since I'd hiked in the Superstitions, and it was great to be back. Hopefully there will be more rain this spring and I can return when the water is flowing again.
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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout A few pools and trickles of water in the canyon, but the main waterfall was completely dry, with a shallow pool at the base. A trickle and another shallow series of pools above the main waterfall
Mar 20 2020
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Perfect day to tackle this. Lots of water flowing thru the canyon.
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Feb 23 2020
adilling
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 Mesa, AZ
Hog CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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adilling
Canyoneering6.50 Miles 1,130 AEG
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Add a little rain and this place comes to life. I opted for Hog Canyon after the nice soaking we got on Saturday. I wanted to avoid the circus at Massacre Falls. There were a couple of groups of other hikers in there, so the solitude I used to get from this trail has diminished. The boulder hopping requirements, route finding and general difficulty of this hike will always serve as a filter for this place, but I hope this does not become the next “big thing” and becomes overrun.

There was no water at the start near the boundary gate. That quickly changed as the creek started to fill out. The further we went up, the more water there was. There were tons of other falls flowing off in the distance up on the cliffs as well. By the time we reached the “turn off” for the falls, there was no doubt they would be flowing strong. The first glimpse from the little ridge that takes you the falls confirmed that.

I have not seen this much water flowing at these falls before. It was gushing. Lots of people up there, but it was still nice to visit.

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The water made the hopping a little more challenging, that is, until I stepped in and got my boots wet. Then, walking down the creek got much easier. No need to avoid getting wet when you are already soaked (my feet at least). The usual payment for visiting this cool canyon – cat claw mauling, was also in effect. I have learned lessons from past encounter and had on long pants and long sleeves, but my hands still managed to get shredded by the “guardians of the canyon”.

I hiked up with some friends and their kids. I met up with some other hikers that knew me from a Facebook group. The highlight of the hike, besides all the water, was finally meeting Kathleen Brooks and her wonderful dogs – all 4 of them.

So, a great day in the Supes. A nice visit to Hog Canyon. My only concern is the herd mentality of social media. I regret posting pictures on some of those groups now. I think I need to scale that back or I will be partly responsible for the Instagramization of this place.
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Jan 04 2020
emilystardust
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 Phoenix, AZ
Hog CanyonPhoenix, AZ
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emilystardust
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Water still flowing a decent amount, considering the last rain was a week or so before.
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Hog Ridge - Siphon Draw LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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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 14 2019
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Hog CanyonPhoenix, AZ
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Canyoneering9.38 Miles 1,164 AEG
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Nice morning hike with Wally! Good pic Wally, like Haz and the Supes, you rock!
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Dec 14 2019
wallyfrack
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Hog CanyonPhoenix, AZ
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Canyoneering9.38 Miles 1,164 AEG
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Denny asked what I was doing Saturday and I said "Hog Canyon". We start from the Broadway TH to add a few miles. I miscalculated the time and we got there 30 minutes before first light. Fortunately the moon was bright and we hiked without headlamps following our moon shadows for the first half hour. The morning was cool but not cold and we didn't hike in sunlight until 10 am. I never hiked this before :o and thought the canyon would start as a trail in the low desert but it was rock hopping all the way. Denny spotted an arch high up but we resisted the temptation to climb up. The creek was dry and the bouldering proved to be a good workout. We were surprised to see crystal clear water at the falls with water trickling down into the pools. We decided to climb up the falls and were in hog heaven to see more falls and an even larger pool. The conditions today were perfect. We pigged out on chili dogs afterward. Thanks for the hike Denny.
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Mar 16 2019
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emilystardust
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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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Mar 02 2019
adilling
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Hog CanyonPhoenix, AZ
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I first hiked into Hog Canyon over 15 years ago. I went in without knowing anything about it. I had no gps, no cell phone, very little water and unrealistic expectations. I was going to get up to the ridgeline. I ended up cliffing out in several places and almost falling to my certain death or sustaining serious injuries at the very least. I hiked out 8 hours after I had started and limped back to the Broadway Rd lot.

This experience made me respect the Superstitions and realize this place can kill you if you are not prepared to meet the challenges.

Fast Forward to yesterday and I went in for the 4th time and was treated to a magical day. I wanted to go last week, but the snow diverted me to other locations. I knew the water would be flowing this weekend, so I hiked in hoping to see the waterfalls flowing.

The “trail” is the same as it has always been. The wash – boulders, grasses, catclaw, et al. The added bonus was the water that was flowing for most of the way up. I would guess if I came in earlier in the week, I would have gotten pretty wet. There were signs of a pretty heavy flow. All that snow and rain we had has to go somewhere.

The canyon passage area was so beautiful. 100’s of tiny little falls with the canyon walls and cactus. This is why I like this place so much. I could see water still trickling down from all sides. I imagine by next week, barring any new rains, this canyon will revert to the dry wash it usually is.

I could hear the falls as I approached the little bend. When I finally arrived, I could see a strong flow coming off the large falls, and water coming from the pool making even more falls. My plan was to take some long exposure shots of the running water. I spent almost an hour taking pictures and exploring the falls area. I climbed up to see the petroglyphs and the falls up top were flowing very nicely as well.

I looked up at the ridgeline and thought about my near-death encounter years ago. No ridgeline adventures for me this day, but I am sure that one day, I will head up there again and make the loop I wanted to years ago.
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Dec 01 2018
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Hog CanyonPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking9.46 Miles 1,585 AEG
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A previously scheduled hike with a friend was postponed so I decided to check out Hog Canyon instead. I started from the Hieroglyphic trailhead because I am considering a future loop going up Hog Ridge to 5057, coming down the balanced rock route.

Soon after starting off trail towards Hog Canyon I decided to head up to a hill northwest of the glyphs, just to see what was up there. I found several rock walls up there, but wasn't sure of their age. No artifacts other than a shot gun shell.

From there I angled back towards the original goal of a cross country route to Hog Canyon. Easy going until I reached the canyon, and pretty much easy going the rest of the way to the glyphs/waterfall. If you like rock hopping in a creek. I do.

I wish I had researched this a little more. The best glyphs were a couple scrambles away. I will make sure to catch them next time around.
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Sep 21 2018
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Hog CanyonPhoenix, AZ
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Canyoneering6.50 Miles 1,130 AEG
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First time technical canyoneering! This place is stunning. Butterflies galore and I got kissed by a dauber. 4 rappels, ranging from 30 ft to 100ft, and 4 rock climbs back out. Definitely did not start at a trailhead. Saw a frog or toad that changed colors- perfectly suited to canyon wall. Japanese beetles and lots of flora. The geological features were incredible and humbling.
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Feb 16 2018
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After doing our 'Adopt a Trail' on Monday, we have a 'reward hike' for the volunteers who worked to maintain the Terrapin Trail off the Peralta trail head. Our group worked hard on a nearly 12 mile hike clearing the Terrapin trail of encroaching vegetation on Monday, climbing Cardiac hill among many other climbs to reach our maintenance objective. Our 'reward' is a Hog Canyon Hike. None of our hikers done this hike before, so there enthusiasm was high was we began from the west end Cloudview Road. It was a humid day and all of our hikers had great satisfaction at the end of the hike to see the area seldom seen, because of it's remote location. A big 'thank you' for the hikers for their commitment in maintaining Tonto National forest trail system.
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Mar 03 2017
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Hog CanyonPhoenix, AZ
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Canyoneering10.53 Miles 3,156 AEG
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I led a group of six (counting me) on a loop which started at the west end of Cloudview Ave. We hiked north on Lost Goldmine Trail and then hiked Hog Canyon above the waterfalls and petroglyphs. We continued a short ways up the drainage north of Hog Canyon - this is the same drainage that feeds the waterfalls by the petroglyphs. From there, we made our way up to the ridge that forms a part of the Hog Ridge route. We then took the ridge east (and a little north) to the Superstition Ridgeline Trail. The Ridgeline trail brought us over to the path leading down Hieroglyphic Canyon. We hiked back to the east end of Cloudview and then took the road back to where we parked.

One of the hikers in our group suffered a severe headache w/ dizziness which caused progress up Hog Ridge to be slower than expected.

The GPS track provided by Hansenaz was most reassuring as we went up the ridge. For the most part, we followed his route, only deviating from it a few times. If possible, it's best to stay on the ridge. For those times when it makes sense to leave the ridge, we found it best (as did Hansenaz) to descend (only very) slightly to the left (north) and then return to the ridge at the earliest opportunity. There is significantly less vegetation on the top of the ridge and the footing is mostly better there too.

We also took our time descending Hieroglyphic Canyon. We were all fatigued at that point and the the terrain after leaving the Ridgeline Trail is fairly steep and loose. It's best to make sure of your footing so that you can descend safely.

I had a lot of fun on this hike, more so I think than if I had done an out-and-back using Lost Goldmine and Hog Canyon. Be warned though; this route is a lot harder than doing Hog Canyon alone.

Bring a lot of water for this hike. I drank almost all of the six liters that I brought with me.
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Hog CanyonPhoenix, AZ
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Canyoneering7.89 Miles 1,085 AEG
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4th trip up the Hog Canyon drainage to the waterfall , 1st since a member of HAZ. Thought with the recent rains there would be decent water flow over the falls and there was. Always enjoy arriving at the water falls and the petroglyphs , getting there not as much. Started from the trailhead at the west end of Cloudview. After departing the Lost Goldmine trail lots of buffalo grass, catclaw and boulders to circumvent. Flowing water for the last third of the hike so another challenge to keep your feet dry. Saw no one else, nor any wildlife, there was a nice cool westerly breeze on the return trip. Overall a challenging but good day in the Superstitions.
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Feb 19 2017
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Lost Goldmine - Cloudview Rd to Jacobs #58Phoenix, AZ
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KBKB
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I hope to lead a group up Hog Canyon in a few weeks, so stopped by the Lost Goldmine Trailhead (on Cloudview Ave) late on Sunday afternoon to check out parking and access. It was only drizzling when I arrived, and the trail looked good, so I hiked out to where the Lost Goldmine Trail intersects with the Hog Canyon drainage. I explored the drainage and its banks for perhaps half an hour and then returned the way I came.

There's parking at the pullout by the trailhead rock/sign which will fit two cars easily, though I would guess that three could be squeezed in (maybe bumper-to-bumper) if needed. Additionally, there appears to be a larger pullout just after the pavement ends on Cloudview Ave. It might be advisable for larger vehicles to park at this first, larger pullout that's encountered in order to make turning around easier. Shortly after the trailhead pullout, the road narrows considerably and looks a lot rougher too. I parked our compact car at the trailhead pullout and needed to do a Y-turn in order to leave. Had I driven the F-150, it would have been somewhat more challenging to turn around.

The initial part of the Lost Goldmine Trail is easy to follow and has some reassuring cairns along the way. It was wet when I did it, but even so, was not especially muddy.

As noted earlier, I hiked to the Hog Canyon drainage. The gate at the end of the jeep road is about 1.6 miles from the trailhead. This differs slightly from the hike description which indicates that it may be found at slightly less the 1.5 miles from the start. I would guess that the Lost Goldmine Trailhead has been rerouted slightly since the Hog Canyon description was written. Lost Goldmine zigs and zags a lot, but when zoomed out, the track that I ended up with showed that it goes pretty much north until it turns to the west.

Accessing the Hog Canyon drainage: There's a good path through the gate and then cairns to the left (west) leading into the drainage. However, a good path continues NNW along the bank for a short ways. It looks promising for a (short) while, but then becomes blocked by vegetation. I found it possible to continue by going over rock or through some vegetation, but it's almost certainly easier to just use the drainage.

I also went a short ways up the drainage; the section I saw required a bit of rock hopping as well as pushing past clumps of fountain grass.

I look forward to seeing more of Hog Canyon on another day...
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Hiking11.00 Miles 1,130 AEG
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Friends from another hiking group allowed me to join them for their hike into Hog Canyon. We began from Broadway trail head and walked to the Gold Canyon trail until we reached the wash leading into Hog Canyon. The entry to the canyon was filled with fountain grass making footing difficult where rocks under the fountain grass couldn't be seen. If you enjoy rock hopping, it would be enjoyable for you moving up the canyon. After an hour into the canyon the rocks became frosty and slick, so we lost 4 members of our group that were concerned of the danger of continuing. John, Don and I trekked on to the waterfall area to take in the beauty there. We particularly enjoyed the scramble to the higher levels of the waterfall where the majority of the hieroglyphs were. Despite the frosted rocks, it was a good time and I always appreciate the wonder of that canyon. My preference would be to begin from the west in of Cloudview St. in the Gold Canyon area. I'm not sure how much shorter the hike would have been.
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May 09 2015
The_Eagle
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Jacobs-Hog-Ridgeline-Siphon-Treasure, AZ 
Jacobs-Hog-Ridgeline-Siphon-Treasure, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 09 2015
The_Eagle
Hiking17.82 Miles 4,563 AEG
Hiking17.82 Miles   10 Hrs   27 Mns   1.94 mph
4,563 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Had to take advantage of the freakishly cool May weather and get back out to the Supes for something different.

Karma was set for a successful hike, seeing a Javilina on 56th st at City North, on the way to the hike.

This hike was inspired by the incomparable Hansenaz's (AKA Steve, The Stevinator, Steverino) 2009 loop.

Started from the Broadway TH for the first time. Not a fan of the ankle buster rocky trail leading up to another one low on the list, Jacob's Trail #58. But it's a way to get to the Hog. We kept commenting on how perfect the conditions were to see snakes in the tall grassy wash area and Joe made sure to follow me, saying that "They're known to hit the person at the back of the pack, so I'll follow to watch out for you". What a good friend he is.......

We stopped at the dry fall to check the area out and then started our climb up the Hog Canyon Ridge. For the most part pretty straight forward, but we had Steve's track to keep us on the straight and narrow. You had to continuously look back to soak in the views. The scattered clouds made the views pop. I'd say the hardest part was the initial climb to get on the ridge and there was one other section where Joe just made it by going straight up, but my legs were too short and I had to go around.

The Climb up Hog Canyon Ridge :next: https://youtube.com ... t=vd

Finally on the Supes Ridgeline and smooth sailing. One reason for making this loop was to pick up a short section of the Ridgeline I hadn't been on yet. We saw a single hiker on the Ridgeline and then started seeing a few more as we got closer to the Flatiron.

Down the trail to the Siphon Draw and then hopped on the Palmer Mine Trail over to the Treasure Loop #56 and by Praying Hands.

My least favorite part of the day was the 4+ mile slog back on Jacob's Trail #58. That trail just never ended...
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The weather was absolutely perfect!

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Hog Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Water in the pool below the dry fall.
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Feb 05 2014
FLYING_FLIVER
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 Fountain Hills,
Hog CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking7.04 Miles 1,251 AEG
Hiking7.04 Miles   5 Hrs   27 Mns   2.26 mph
1,251 ft AEG   2 Hrs   20 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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This hike is all Hansenaz’s fault. (I’ve never met the gentleman, but I still blame him). :)

I read his 3 triplogs of his adventures from Hog Canyon up to the Ridgeline Trail, and back down Hog Canyon. He did this using various routes. Very impressive. He piqued my curiosity.

11 days ago I hiked the Ridgeline Trail and looked down on Hog Canyon’s middle ridge. - That’s the track Hansenaz used on his last ascent to the Ridgeline Tr. I wanted to at least hike into Hog Canyon and look around.

My hike plan was to do the ‘normal’ Hog Canyon hike to the waterfall(s) and find the petroglyphs. I did just that. I also determined the track needed to get atop that middle ‘Hog’ ridgeline. I have no clue if I’ll ever do a ‘Hog-to-Ridgeline Trail’ hike, but at least I have demystified ‘how’ to do it.

It was overcast the entire hike, with a little bit of rain while at the waterfall(s). The rain wasn’t enough to make any water flow over the falls. It just made the rocks more slippery. The hike into Hog Canyon is initially flat desert hiking, then drainage boulder-hopping.
Stay in the drainage and hop on the boulders. It’s the only way.

The series of waterfalls were impressive, even without water flowing.
The petroglyphs were great. The further up I climbed above, and abeam the series of waterfalls, the better the petroglyphs. To find the petroglyphs, I would climb up a bit then stop completely. I would then visually scan the walls on the opposite side of the waterfalls. I found quite a few that way. It’s better than moving around on the narrow ledges and simultaneously scanning for petroglyphs. I’m sure I would have taken a ‘header’ into one of the still ponds if I ‘moved-and-scanned’ at the same time. :(

This hike had a bit of everything. It had trail hiking, boulder hopping, waterfalls, petroglyphs, and outstanding scenery throughout. Heck, I even found a “GLO” Mark (General Land Office) survey marker. It’s a Section Corner Marker where 4 sections of land meet. Surveyors put it there in 1924.

All of that, plus I demystified how I would get to the Ridgeline Trail from Hog Canyon, if I ever get the desire.
The Superstition Mountains came through again.
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