|when||Trip Report : March 23, 2019|
|Trip Report : March 10, 2018|
|Trip Report : March 25, 2017|
Superstition Ridgeline is ranked among the some of the most strenuous hikes
in Arizona. This is not a beginner’s hike. We will be walking one of the
great scenic wonders of Arizona. If you are afraid of heights, do not sign up.
There are a couple of cliffs we have to go down to get to Siphon Draw.
Helicopter rides off the ridgeline are extremely expensive.
From this ridgeline you can see the Superstitions from the Salt River to Phoenix.
The views are spectacular. If we have time we may stop at Flatiron on the way
down. The sun will be setting at that time.
I need at least 4 persons signed up by March 8. The most is 10, and I count as one of the 10. The group needs to be smallish to keep everyone on the faint trail. We start and end the hike in the dark, so a headlamp and flashlight are both required.
Start from Carney Springs Trailhead and take the trail west up to Boulder Saddle, and then up and down the ridgeline to Siphon Draw. Lunch time will be around Superstition Mountain, so that may be our lunch spot. The route from Boulder to Siphon is 100% off trail, so bring long pants. We will have dinner at Goldfield Ghost Town and retrieve the cars at Carney Springs during or after dinner. Do not expect to get home before 10:00 PM.
This hike is described in Superstition Wilderness Trails West by Jack Carlson and Elizabeth Stewart, pages 173-179.
• At least 4 liters of water
• Hiking boots
• Hiking poles
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
• Headlamp and flashlight, with new batteries
• Lunch/sandwich/energy bars
|distance||14 miles, one way|
|EC||+-4000' elevation change|
|elevations||2,300' (Carney Springs Trailhead) to 5057' (South Peak)|
|on trail||10% — Siphon Draw & Carney Springs Trails|
|rating||"A" Rate yourself as a hiker. This is a very strenuous hike.|
|cost||The group splits the $7 fee for one car at Lost Dutchman State Park. Sharing gas expenses with the driver. The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.|
|weather||Apache Junction. If AJ is over 80 or thunderstorms, I will cancel this hike.|
|meet||Before sunrise at Home Depot in Mesa on the southeast corner of Power and US 60. We’ll need one person to leave a car at Lost Dutchman State Park ($7). The group pays the fee.|
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