|when||Saturday, December 2, 2017|
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
• Hiking Poles
|EC||+-2000' elevation change|
|elevations||2,400' at Lost Goldmine Trailhead to 4,300' at the Robber’s Meadow|
|on trail||50% – Lost Goldmine, West Boulder Saddle, and Peralta Trails|
|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||You must email the leader to confirm.|
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.
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