Superstition Mountains - Robert's Trail

  • March 24, 2013 · 9:00 AM

Robert has offered to host this interesting trek in the Superstition Mountains.  Thank you Robert!

He writes:

I would like to host a hike for a small group on Sunday, March 24, 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 GPS coordinates:

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

The trail length is approximately four-six miles depending on the inclinations of the participants. 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), trail mix, sun block and a hat since the UV level will be high for that time of day. 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.

Directions from Phoenix as provided by the link above:

https://www.myscenicdrives.com/road-trip-directions?p=arizona%2Fweavers-needle-vista&from=phoenix&to=&getdir=Get+Directions



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  • A former member
    A former member

    I didn't get a notification that I'd been moved from the waiting list to attending list. Sorry, I so would've gone :/

    March 25, 2013

  • Ivan H.

    the best hike I have had this winter!

    2 · March 25, 2013

  • Suzanne H.

    I added a couple of group photos. It was a great hike!

    3 · March 25, 2013

  • andy z

    I received an email indicating that a spot opened up for me on this hike, 45 minutes after the hike commenced. Wonderful....

    March 24, 2013

    • Robert C.

      We're very sorry about the failure of those who didn't participate to change their RSVP. I'll look forward to meeting you on the next hike I host.

      March 24, 2013

  • Robert C.

    Everyone seemed to enjoy the hike and the adventure the secluded trail provided.

    March 24, 2013

  • Jessica

    Thanks to Robert for the wonderful hike!

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • Bob Q.

    Awesome hike, Robert was a tremendous guide, most knowlegeable about the geology and even edible plants... the London Rocket, tastes like horse radish... spectacular scenery, super hikers and a splendid day.

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • Jan

    So sorry. I hurt my leg yesterday and forgot to change my RSVP. I am verry sorry.

    March 24, 2013

  • Gloria T.

    On our way! !

    March 24, 2013

  • Debbie H.

    I am pretty far down on the wait list, so it looks like I will miss this one. Will you be leading this hike again at a later time that I join?

    March 23, 2013

    • Robert C.

      I can only answer perhaps. I refrain from hiking in the Superstition Mountains when the forecast high temperature is more than 85 degrees.

      March 23, 2013

    • Debbie H.

      Ok I understand. Have a great hike!

      March 23, 2013

  • Gloria T.

    Confused to where trail is at? I gues I will meet you at burger king on southern and gilbert? My car has been giving me issues..

    1 · March 21, 2013

  • Jessica

    Looks like I got in at the last minute. :-) I will see you guys there!

    1 · March 22, 2013

  • Cindy

    sorry have to cancel twisted my ankle hiking this week

    March 22, 2013

    • Robert C.

      Thank you for changing your RSVP :-)

      March 22, 2013

  • Vicky

    Robert, I had to laugh....you stated, you wanted to have a small group for this hike and my'o'my has it grown.....you have peaked everyone's interest!! Wish I could go but starting at 9 am is a bit late for me....Be careful, the snakes are def'ly out there!!

    1 · March 22, 2013

  • Suzanne H.

    We will be meeting the group at the Burger King location, but cannot carpool because we have plans after the hike. Thanks!

    1 · March 22, 2013

  • Bob Q.

    Robert, I will be there, plan on meeting you at the Burger King. Can you give me a call when you get a free moment? [masked]
    I can take 3 or 4 as well.

    Bob

    2 · March 21, 2013

  • Robert C.

    We have many people on the waiting list. Please, if you will not be participating in the hike, change your RSVP. Those who are waiting will appreciate it.

    March 21, 2013

  • Robert C.

    Dear hikers,
    The weather forecast for Sunday is favorable with a forecast high temperature of 74°F.
    (http://www.weather.com/weather/... ).

    However,
    (http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/mesa-az/85204/daily-weather-forecast/36629_pc?day=5)
    is forecasting an ultraviolet radiation index of eight. 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 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 20, 2013

  • Robert C.

    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/Ha...
    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.

    March 20, 2013

  • Robert C.

    Hi everyone. Thank you for joining me for this hike.

    I see that most of you will be coming from Phoenix. For those of you who want to carpool, I have room for four hikers. Please send me an RSVP if you would like to ride with me out to the trail head.

    I would like to meet at the Burger King located on the NEC of Southern Avenue and Gilbert Road. Please park on the east side of Burger King, west of the Target Store and on the north side of Perkins Family Restaurant. Let's plan on leaving for the trail head not later than 8:30 AM.

    March 16, 2013

  • Gil T.

    I;m on the waiting list but it doesn't say plus 1 ...My wife Laura will be joining if there is room for us...

    March 15, 2013

  • Ivan H.

    I'm bringing my 26 year old son.

    1 · March 15, 2013

  • Lisa

    Have to work. :(

    March 15, 2013

  • Marian B.

    My husband, Ivan Holloway, who is also a 3H member will join us.

    1 · March 15, 2013

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