Backpacking the Superstitions

DATE: Mar 22, 2019
END DATE: Mar 24, 2019

Trip/Event Location: Phoenix AZ

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Phoenix, AZ United States

Meeting Time: 7:00 AM

Max # People: 6

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

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Region: Southwest

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The Superstition Mountains were made for spring, when its springs and creeks awaken and its wildflowers riot against a backdrop of tortured red cliffs.

Depending on water availability, we’ll improvise a loop that takes in the highlights of the central Superstitions: Reavis Ranch, Rogers Canyon, and the mysterious cliff dwellings of Angel Basin.

This will be a strenuous two-night backpack, covering over 36 miles over three days at a purposeful pace over very rugged terrain, so this trip is suitable only for experienced backpackers in very good condition. We will cheerfully face the prospect of muddy trails, high water crossings and thorny vegetation, as well as rattlesnakes and black bears fresh from hibernation. Because of the strenuous nature of this trip, the leader reserves the right to qualify participants. This is a consciously low-impact outing, so carpool participation is encouraged and participants are urged to contribute to their vehicle’s shared mileage, gas and parking costs.

This trip is strictly dependent upon a favorable weather forecast. A National Weather Service forecast of rain within 72 hours of our start will cancel or re-route this trip at the discretion of the leader, as will fewer than three confirmed signups as of 8:00pm, Tuesday, March 19. This trip will be by individual commissary, and we’re not planning any shared meals, so please plan to provide your own supply of food.

We’ll meet to consolidate our carpool at the Shea/SR-51 (Dreamy Draw) Park-and-Ride at 10418 N 33rd St at 7:00am (SHARP!) on Friday morning. Sorry, we will not be able to meet hikers at the trailhead.

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Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous

Phoenix, AZ

United States
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