Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Monument Canyon Day Hike
when March 24, 2019
where Superstitions Mountains
the hike     This is both a C and B class hike. I will need someone for the C hike on its return to the cars. This starts at the Broadway Trailhead for Jacob’s Crosscut Trail and then picks up the Monument Trail. Both trails run though the open Superstition desert, which should have plenty of flowers. This trail runs into Monument Canyon, which forms both sides of Flatiron. One branch is the west face and the other branch is the east face.
    The C hike will end at the start of the canyon. You will turn around here and return to the cars. The B hike continues off trail into the canyon. I have not done the off trail part, so this will be an exploratory hike. The canyon is named for its petroglyphs and we will see if we can find them. If you want to try out your GPS skills, this is a good area.
    You will get good photos of the Superstitions Mountains as we walk toward them in the morning and after you turn around on the walk back to the cars. There may be more flowers out on the way back.
    The weather may be sunny or not. Be prepared for extreme desert weather. Bring a hat, sunscreen and some rain gear. We may have a late lunch at Uncle Bear’s Grill & Tap on our way back.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Camera
•  Long pants
distance 5 miles [C] or 10 miles [B]
time 3-6 hours
EC +-600' elevation change for the C hike, B will be more
elevations 1878' (gate at Broadway Trailhead) to 2300' (Monument Canyon)
type round trip
starting at
Broadway Trailhead 33° 24.463' N,  111° 28.538' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% [C] – Jacob’s Crosscut Trail; Monument Trail,   60% [B]
rating "C"  or "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 Apache Junction
meet     8:00 AM, in the parking lot south of Home Depot in Mesa on the northwest corner of Superstitions Springs & Power Road, just south of the Superstitions Freeway.
    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 soon after 8:00 AM.
•  Take the Superstitions Freeway (US-60) east to Mountain View Rd.
Make the left turn and go north to the intersection with Broadway.
Turn right. After about a mile you will be at Broadway Trailhead.
The parking lot is small, so we may have to park on the street.
No parking is allowed on the street east of the trailhead, but it is allowed west.

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