Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Robbers Roost Day Hike
when Saturday, December 2, 2017
where Superstition Wilderness
the hike     Start on the Lost Goldmine Trail going by the Dacite Cliffs Mine up the West Boulder Trail by Carney Springs. This part of the trail will be in shadow because sunrise is 7:16 AM, which is about when we start hiking. The wildflowers may be blooming at this time and these trails will give us a great view of them. At the Superstition Ridgeline, go right instead of left. At this point we can look down at the valley and see the masses of flowers in bloom. We are now on top of the Dacite Cliffs on the Dacite Mesa Trail. This is the less-traveled part of the Superstition Ridgeline. The flowers up here will be small, if present at all. When we get to the robbers’ meadow for their horses, we will stop for lunch. There is a small spring here that causes this area to have moss, grass, and other wildlife. After lunch, hike down to the Robbers’ lookout area. The water has cut a little bowl under a large boulder here, which makes for a nice traffic circle. A little bit of climbing may be need here. This leads to some windows above the Dacite Cliffs we passed on the hike in.
    We will then return to the meadow and pick up any of the group that decided to have a longer lunch here. Continue around the mesa and get to the trail down to Fremont Saddle. This part of the trail is steep and though a manizita forest. It is the 20% that I think of as off trail, even though there is a thin trail here. There is some bushwhacking here to get down to Fremont Saddle. Going though Peralta Canyon we have a chance to see more flowers, arches, and other rock formations. At the end of the hike we can hang around and see the sunset at 5:21 PM with a full moon rising in the east.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
•  Hiking Poles
distance 8 miles
time 6-10 hours
EC +-2000' elevation change
elevations 2,400' at Lost Goldmine Trailhead to 4,300' at the Robber’s Meadow
type loop
starting at
Lost Goldmine Trailhead 33° 23.529' N,  111° 21.177' W  [NAD27]
on trail 50% – Lost Goldmine, West Boulder Saddle, and Peralta Trails
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 Apache Junction
leader     You must email the leader to confirm.
meet 6:00 AM at Home Depot in Mesa on the southeast corner of Power and US 60. We’ll arrange car-pooling from there. Directions from Phoenix:
•  Go east on the Superstition Freeway (US 60) to Superstition Springs Blvd., exit 187.
•  Take that exit, turn right and go 1/2 mile east, across Power Road.
•  Then turn left at the second driveway, toward Home Depot.
•  Park in the southwest corner of the Home Depot lot, behind Burger King.
•  Go east on US 60 to the turnoff for Peralta Road at milepost 204.
Turn left and go east on Peralta Road to Lost Goldmine Trailhead.
We will drop everyone off at Lost Goldmine Trailhead, then move the vehicles up to Peralta Trailhead and return in one vehicle to Lost Goldmine Trailhead to start the hike.

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