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McDowell Mountains - Gateway to Thompson Peak
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Description: This is a fun and scenic, but strenuous, out-and-back hike that starts and ends at the Hieroglyphic Trail Head in Gold Canyon. The first 1.5 miles of the hike is fairly easy on the Hieroglyphic Trail to the petroglyphs. From that point on the hike gets progressively harder as we proceed up Hieroglyphic Canyon to the Superstition Ridgeline. Along the way the views of the canyon are awesome. There is quite a bit of boulder hopping, rock climbing, scrambling, and route finding along the way to the Superstition Ridgeline. Once on the ridgeline, we head southeast to Superstition Peak 5057 and along the way we will encounter quite a bit of rock climbing and scrambling on this section of the ridgeline. Once we get to the base of Superstition Peak 5057, we take a social trail up to the summit and enjoy the awesome views. Then we retrace our steps back to the trail head.
There is a group size limit of 15 hikers in the Superstition Wilderness. Thus, there will be a limit of 15 hikers for this hike.
A link to a description of the hike along with a GPS track is here:https://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=17340
There will be an optional gathering after the hike for food and/or beverages at the Bar and Grille at the Gold Canyon Golf Resort on 6100 South Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon. We will conveniently pass right by the Golf Resort on our way back from the hike.
Difficulty: This is one of the more difficult 8-9 mile hikes that you will do, and the hike will seem longer than that. As such, this hike is suitable only for experienced, fit hikers. Arizona Strong Hikers hikes tend to be at a faster pace than hikes in most Meetup hiking groups. However, I do not plan on setting any speed records for this hike. There is no designated sweep for this hike, although I plan to stop periodically and regroup anyone that is behind me; however, I will not be stopping for an extended period of time, except when we first get up to the ridgeline and when we get to the top of Superstition Peak 5057. Most hikers in this group tend to stay fairly close together, but if you are way ahead of or way behind the group, be prepared to self-navigate. Please feel free to ask if you have any questions about the hike.
Mileage: 8.6 miles
Elevation: 2,050 feet at the TH; 5,057 feet at the top of Superstition Peak 5057
Accumulated gain: 3,400 feet
Guesstimated hike time: 6 hours or so, counting breaks
Recommended: Plenty of water, good hiking footwear, sun protection, snacks. NO dogs or children please.
Bathroom/water: Bathroom at the trail head, but no water.
Carpool: There will be a carpool at the Burger King on 6820 E. Superstition Blvd in Mesa, AZ 85209. We will convene at the carpool by 7:00 AM and leave NO LATER than 7:05 AM. We plan to begin the hike at 7:30 AM.
Directions: The Hieroglyphics Trail Head is about 25 minutes from the carpool spot, and is on Cloudview Ave. in Gold Canyon. The google maps link to the trailhead is here: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Hierogliphic+Trailheademail@example.com,-111.4268873,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x872bcbd50749e65d:0x86c652a4e3dc89b8!8m2!3d33.3897273!4d-111.4246986?hl=en
Release of Liability: The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.
By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.
Arizona Strong Hikers, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from this event, or for any injuries or accidents incurred before, during, and after this event. If you sign up or participate in an event you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injuries and damages arising from, as a result of and associated with this event.How to find us:Park in the parking lot on the east side of Burger King
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