On Friday I hiked and posted a report below about the ascent through Hieroglyphic Canyon to Superstition Ridgeline but I stopped short of Superstition Peak. Seeing a group was going to do the hike, I decided to join and finish the mission. I won't repeat the story or images of what is posted below, other than once again above is the starting point and notice upper right is Superstition Peak.
Starting at 7:20am raher than much later last week meant hiking almost the entirety of the canyon in the shade. My legs were a little tired from the Kitt Peak ride so I didn't hit it too hard but when the group stopped half way for a snack break, I kept going and.....
...reached the ridge in 1:55 so quite a bit better than my 2:20 time of last week when I was poking around for rattlers. Pretty sure a determined effort could get me under 1:30 so probably will attempt that when I come out in October. We regrouped with our hiking leader, Phil with his back to me, pointing to some distant features. Phil is a marvel, turning 70 soon, a very fit hiker. Not fit for his age, fit for any age.
Hiking around, up and over various obstacles we finally reach the ascent to Superstition Peak. I think this image, for once, fairly represents the steepness of the first part of the climb. It's one where I find I am bent parallel with the ground. After several more ramps....
....I reach the final obstacle, a near wall of around 25' but with enough cracks, crevices and ledges I can navigate to the top.
A marvelous landscape of hoodoos and if you look closely, you can see part of the group headed up
Awesome views. I poke around a bit at the top and am pretty sure there is a way down the northwest side if one had the time and inclination to pursue. Instead I begin the hike down the conventional route while taking in the scenery.
I find it amazing.
Continuous amazement maybe.
One member of our group, Mickey, having climbed to the peak several times, decided to wait at the base. I finish the hike with exactly 8 miles and 3400' of elevation gain. Fun hike.
Mark is a long-time cyclist who enjoys poking fun at himself but most especially at his friends. No nicknames or comments are intended to offend, accept them in the humor they are intended.