Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Superior Railway Day Hike
when Saturday, February 8, 2020
where Superstitions Mountains
the hike     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.
Required:
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock
Recommended:
•  Hiking poles
•  Camera
distance 12 miles
time 7 hours hiking time plus 1 hour R/T driving time.
EC +-400' elevation change
elevations 2,438 ft to 2,838 ft
type one way
on trail 90% to 100% — railroad grade
rating "B"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Superior
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.
drive
•  Take the Superstition Freeway to Queen Valley Road, where we will leave one car. This is just before the rail line crosses US 60.
Continue on to E Happy Camp / Boyce Thompson Road.
Make the left turn and go north a short distance to the parking lot.
All roads are graded for cars.
40 miles one way.

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