|when||Saturday, February 8, 2020|
We will be following the old rail line that was constructed
at the start of WW I to move copper from Superior to Florence. This will be flat hike
with at most a 1% grade, because that is the way railroads like it.
The only time we may have to go off trail is a gulley where the old bridge may have
failed. You will have to be able to step on the cross ties as we cross gullies.
None of the bridges are high.
This will be a great time to view the open desert. Some early flower may be out. The desert will be green with all the rain we have had over the past three months. Because the rail bed is above the desert, we may see some animals.
We will cross the Arizona Trail a little after we start the hike, as the Arizona Trail runs from Picketpost to the Superstitions. This is also the day before the full moon, so if persons want, we can wait for sunset/moonrise.
The weather may be sunny or not. Be prepared for extreme desert weather. Bring a hat, sunscreen and some rain gear. Even if it looks like rain, I will still do the hike. We may have a late lunch after the hike.
• Sturdy hiking boots
• At least 3 liters of water
• Rain poncho
• Hat, sunblock
• Hiking poles
|time||7 hours hiking time plus 1 hour R/T driving time.|
|EC||+-400' elevation change|
|elevations||2,438 ft to 2,838 ft|
|on trail||90% to 100% — railroad grade|
|rating||"B" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
|leader||Email the leader to confirm.|
|meet||7:00 AM at Home Depot in Mesa on the southeast corner of Power and US 60. Carpooling arrangements will be made here. For those leaving their vehicles behind, please park up against the southeast curb of the parking lot, next to Burger King. We will leave promptly at or before 7:15 AM.|
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