Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
3 Sisters Peaks Day Hike
when January 30, 2024 Tuesday
  Trip Report : February 10, 2018
where Superstition Mountains
the hike     This difficult lollipop hike will start east Lost Goldmine TH off Peralta Rd. We will hike out on the Lost Goldmine to the Wave Cave area. We will pass the Wave Cave and climb our way up a rocky ravine to the Superstition ridgeline. From there we’ll follow the ridgeline trail west until we can turn off on a trail to 3 Sisters peaks. The views will be worth the strenuous hike After a lunch break enjoying the views we’ll return to the ridgeline trail and take that east to the top of Carney Spring. Descending Carney Spring trail is steep, tiring, and slippery in spots. We will have plenty of scrambling, boulder hopping, climbing, and some bushwhacking. This is not an easy hike. Carney Spring trail is not used much, so the trail maybe hard to follow down.
    Start from Lost Goldmine Trailhead, then Carney Spring trail take the trail west up toward Boulder Saddle, then take an unmarked trail to the left which goes to the Wave Cave.
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  Hiking poles
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch/sandwich/energy bars
•  Sunscreen
•  Camera
distance 9 miles round trip
time 6 - 8 hours
EC +-3000' elevation change
elevations 2,300' at Lost Goldmine Trailhead to 5,000' at Ridgeline
type Loop
starting at
Lost Goldmine Trailhead 33° 23.529' N,  111° 21.177' W  [NAD27]
on trail 50% — Lost Goldmine, Wave Cave and Carney Spring Trails
rating "A"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost The club allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Apache Junction
leader    Email the leader to confirm. The wilderness limits the group size to 15, but this hike is limited to 12. I count as one of the 12.
meet 8:15 AM at Home Depot
Mesa, SE corner of US 60 & Power Road.
•  Go east on US 60 to Peralta Road, milepost 204.
Turn left and continue to the parking lot for Lost Goldmine Trailhead.
Park at the trailhead. No restroom. If you get to the end of the road you went too far. The Lost Goldmine parking is also the horse trailer lot.

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