I'm going to host a hike in tandem to Charles's training hike on Saturday April 20th, the Superstition Peak Loop.
I've been wanting to loop trails around Superstition Peak for sometime and the time has come. The loop begins at the Hieroglyphic TH and uses the Lost Goldmine, Carney Springs, and Heiroglyphic trails to complete the loop.
The loop is estimated at about 16 miles and a little more than 3000 feet in elevation gain. We will meet up with Charles' group somewhere along trail, and I will post trail links and driving directions when I have access to a desktop computer.
Length: about 16 miles
Elevation gain: a little over 3000 feet
Dog friendly: only to dogs very accustomed to dry, desert hiking only (zero water on trail and very rough terrain for paws)
Trail skills needed: this is an advanced hiker route and good route finding ability, experienced at desert hiking in rough terrain, and able to descend a class III scramble skills are required.
What you need: sufficient water (at least 3 liters), snacks/food and protection from the elements (I.e. sun protection). There is no water on trail and no shelter.