February 4, 2012 · 7:00 AM
SUPERSTITION LOOP - Superstition Mountains
Saturday, February 4th
Leader: Bob Waskowich ([masked])
Length: +/- 15 miles R/T
MEET in the south end of the Home Depot parking lot, Power Road, south of US 60, 7:00 AM
1) If you are not current on your $15 annual membership the hike is $5.00 cash.
If you would like to join the Club - annual membership is just $15 - see this link for further details http://friendshiking.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=46
2) 'I'm going RSVP's' - If you make the decision to change YOUR plans it is incumbent upon you to change your RSVP by Thursday at 6PM - If you decide to change your plans AFTER Thursday at 6PM our Club protocol is that you PHONE the hike leader - yes... PHONE.
4) Otherwise, remember CA$H for carpooling fees and (optional) group lunch afterwards at a local establishment.
5) Remember that our Club policy is that ALL hikers wait at the finish for the last hiker to return, so plan accordingly.
Starting out at the Peralta Trailhead we head northeast on the Dutchman Trail through the saguaro-filled Barkley Basin to the base of the Miners Needle and then west up a moderate climb to Miners Summit saddle. Descending moderately, we will continue on the Dutchman down to LaBarge Spring. Spectacular views of the Superstitions abound in all directions along this section. Continuing west on the Dutchman Trail through LaBarge Canyon we will come to the Terrapin Trail where we start heading back south-east, climbing a moderate grade with awe inspiring and spectacular views of Weavers Needle. Continuing on the Terrapin Trail we will intersect with the fairly rugged Bluff Spring Trail returning to the Peralta Trailhead.
This is a moderate hike with diverse views of the Superstitions from the Hoodoo’s above to the valleys and basins below.
Being in the desert, plan on full sun exposure most of the day.
Bring plenty of water, but if you need a refill we can get it at LaBarge Spring.
Note: Some of these trail can be overgrown; dress accordingly AND BRING HAND TRIMMERS.