Hiking to the Clouds
A 90 minute drive to the trail head with the group, "Arizona Strong Hikers". The start of the hike was 7am but too early for the drive across the Sonoran desert in pitch black so I depart later, thinking I can catch the group somewhere up range. Beautiful sunrise as a front moved through and left cooler temps, only 45 at the start.
In the distance, the destination of Superstition Peak, the high point in the front range of the Supes. The drive through a neighborhood is interesting as several signposts exist to show the way to residences, as well as our trail.
I was 45 minutes late so headed up the Hieroglyphics Trail and then eventually reached a ridge where I found the group resting as they prepared for the next stage, an undulating walk but also....
….a few obstacles that presented a challenge for us all. Hikes here are seldom just walking.
Weaver's Needle is frequently in view as we progress toward our destination but in so doing....
...we climb into the clouds. So cool and yeah, it was cool too. Hoodoos are prevalent.
...We continue to climb toward our destination and it is steep here as the clouds roar through the gaps.
The usual brilliant, clear views are somewhat obscured by the clouds but that is ok as the change is welcome. Very dramatic.
We have arrived!!! After a brief stop to refuel, we.....
….began the descent.
We reach the ridge from where we exited the canyon and began the trek toward the peak and now see the long descent in front of us.
The above is typical. So many obstructions. walls, boulders around which to work but also so much fun! Of course, despite all the great views, we must be vigilant and pay attention because always lurking are.....
….Jumping Chollas! Yikes. Brian has a comb and is able to remove the offending objects.
Toward the end of our hike, we pass through the area where we can see the hieroglyphics. Ended with 8 miles and 3300' of climbing.
11/4/2021 10:38:14 am
This looks great. How long time wise? All day? couple of hours?
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