Group hike in the Supes - -

  • March 3, 2013 · 9:00 AM

I would like to host a hike for a small group (15-) on Sunday, March 3, 2013. The trail is unknown to most hikers and isn't depicted on topographical maps. For that reason, the trail is seldom used and is in pristine condition. The trail head is located at the Weavers Needle Vista, information for which can be found here:


http://www.myscenicdrives.com/places/arizona/weavers-needle-vista

The entrance to Weavers Needle Vista is located at the following coordinates:

33° 29' 47.89 " N; -111° 27' 52.36" W. There are no restroom facilities at this location.

The trail length is approximately six miles. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the most difficult, I would rate this hike a four. I am not a fitness hiker so I would like to do this as a casual hike. There is a section of the trail where a stability staff (hiking pole) five feet in length (or longer) is recommended due to slide rock on a declining trail section with a gradient of approximately 40% (22.5°). The hike will pass through Hackberry Springs where we can relax and eat a light snack.

I would like to begin the hike after 9:00 AM to avoid hiking with the sun in our eyes since the hike route bearing is ESE at the trail head. I recommend two liters of water (with electrolyte) and trail mix. This hike can last from two to four hours depending on the inclinations of the group members to enjoy nature and hike at a relaxed pace.

I would be happy to provide whatever additional information needed.

Robert Carlston

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Ditto! Good hike and good company!

    March 5, 2013

  • Vickie

    Thanks Robert. Very nice ramble in the Supes.

    March 4, 2013

  • Lori

    I showed up at the trailhead at 9am and nobody was there. So either I was at the wrong area or you guys already took off? Weavers Needle Vista between milepost 203 and 204.

    March 3, 2013

  • Jan

    I'm so sorry my eye is swollen I can't go today.i will have to go to urgent care.

    March 3, 2013

  • Jan

    My allergies are so bad right now that my eyes won't quit watering . Pills are not helping. I just can't go in this condition.

    March 2, 2013

  • Terry

    Last second change of plans

    March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would be happy to car pool with those desiring to do so - please let me know if you would like to participate. I shall be parked in front of the Chase Bank located on the NEC of Stapley and Baseline Road. I drive a white Dodge Ram crew cab truck with a white camper shell. Please arrive not later than 8:20AM so that we can leave promptly at 8:30AM. I have room for four hikers.

    February 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It appears I now have four riders. Please look for my white Dodge Ram with white camper shell parked north of Chase bank and adjacent to the entrance road located on the south side of Old Country Buffet.

      February 25, 2013

    • Bob W. aka Hobie B.

      I will meet you at the Burger King.

      1 · March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Post script:
    Since the preference of the group for a car-pool rendezvous seems to be the Burger King (BK) located at 6820 E Superstition Springs Blvd, Mesa, AZ (Power Road and Superstition Springs Boulevard), let's all plan to meet there. I would like to leave BK not later than 8:30 AM.

    March 1, 2013

    • Lance W.

      I will meet you at the trailhead at 9.

      1 · March 1, 2013

    • Lori

      I will also be meeting at the trailhead.

      March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dear hikers,
    The weather forecast for Sunday is favorable with a forecast high temperature of 69°F.

    (http://www.weather.com/weather/weekend/Superstition+Wilderness+Area+AZ+AZSUWA:13:US). However,
    http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/mesa-az/85201/daily-weather-forecast/331799?day=3
    is forecasting an ultraviolet radiation level of six. I recommend that you consider applying a good quality sun block and wear a suitable hat. The sun should be quite bright during the middle of the day so sun glasses (polarized) are also recommended. Inasmuch as it is next to impossible to monitor how much water remains when using a bladder re-hydration system, please carry an extra liter of water (or more) in a reserve flask as a backup.

    Finally, be sure to carry identification and contact information for your physician and whoever else you would like to be contacted in the event of an emergency.

    I'm excited to share this unmarked trail with my hiking friends and look forward to meeting you.

    March 1, 2013

  • michele

    Anyone meeting at Burger King and power rd for a carpool? I can meet you there at 8 15

    March 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would of loved to go hiking this Sunday with you all but I got called into work.

    February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There are six people on the waiting list. If, for whatever reason, you have changed your mind about participating in this hike, please change your RSVP. Thank you.

    February 28, 2013

  • Lori G

    Am ill. Sorry!

    February 28, 2013

  • Lori G

    I have become ill and it's not a good idea to go into the wilderness. It could ruin everyone else's trip!

    February 28, 2013

  • Jan

    I have a Toyota rav4 and would be glad to drive. I can take 4 people.

    February 28, 2013

  • Debbie W.

    I was asked to lead a hike for some friends in town.
    sorry. Please fill my spot from waiting list.

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Additional information:
    I disclaim responsibility, express or implied, for the safety and/or well being of those who participate on this hike. By participating on this hike each of you agree to assume responsibility for your own safety and hike at your own risk. This hike will enter a designated wilderness area. I recommend each participant read the following Wikipedia article:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hazards_of_outdoor_activities

    You are encouraged to review the information on the following web page, specifically the alerts, warnings, and notices, prior to the hike:
    http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/specialplaces/?cid=fsbdev3_018739

    I ask that each of you use discretion when sharing information about this trail and your hiking experience. The pristine character of this trail could easily be destroyed if it becomes overused or abused by careless hikers.

    February 25, 2013

  • Lori G

    Why don't we meet no later than 8:15am? I am looking for a ride (as I said many messages ago). :) Lori

    February 25, 2013

  • Christopher H.

    Is there any interest in meeting earlier by the Burger King on power and the us 60 to car pull?

    February 19, 2013

    • Christopher H.

      Not sure on what time to meet at the BK near power and the 60. Maybe leave latest by 8:30 not sure how long it takes to get to the TH from here.

      February 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You should be able to arrive at the Weaver's Needle Vista before the hike begins if you leave BK not later than 8:30AM.

      February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    After getting excited about a hike ..something has come up and I can't make the Hike ...Abid was so gracious as to offer his spot..So Iguess that is open now to the next person...u all have a fantastic time

    February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have an all day work meeting I forgot about so I will have to drop out. Cyn, who I think is #1 on the waiting list, has first dibs on my spot.
    Y'all have a great hike. Will miss it!

    February 20, 2013

  • Carri

    Sorry-I miss read the date-I thought this was this Sunday

    February 20, 2013

  • Lori G

    Can you be more specific about the meeting place? I don't have a GPS.

    February 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It would seem you now have a compelling reason to procure a GPS or to car pool.

      February 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have uploaded a file that contains a Google Earth image depicting the location of Weaver's Needle Vista relative to Apache Junction. Click "More" on the menu bar above and go to files. Search for the Weavers Needle Vista file.

      February 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to carpool with someone!

    February 19, 2013

  • Lori G

    I can meet at the 60 and power rd. What time?

    February 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, at this point I will say yes, however I will need more info. in which it states, this will be available a.s.a.p.

    February 19, 2013

  • Patricia

    I'll be at the carpool at the BK on Power Rd or if anyone is coming from near 32nd st and Thomas Rd, let me know that too.

    February 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    just saw this..for some reason ..notifications were being sent to my junk box...I've been out of town for months and wondered why everyone in AZ. just stopped hiking..:)... anyway if there are anymore spots opening..I would finally be able to go

    February 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So, I just saw this today and it is full. Do you have a waiting list in case anyone cancels. I love the Superstiions and would really like to do the hike. Thanks

    February 19, 2013

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