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Winter Wanderings in the Superstitions

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  • Waffle House

    1831 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ (map)

    33.381729 -111.839714

  • Park east of the Waffle House near the Days Hotel.
  • Please join us as we make a circuitous route wandering through the Supes to drink in their desert mountain beauty.
    Friday, Dec. 9 – We’ll depart the Waffle House at 7:00am for our 40-min drive to leave a car at our exit trailhead – First Water TH – in Lost Dutchman State Park. We’ll then load into the cars to drive 25 min to our entrance at Canyon Lake Trailhead 1,680’ We’ll head out climbing to 2,300’ and then descending on the Boulder Canyon Trail 103 for 5.2 miles passing the majestic Battleship Mountain. At 2,080’ feet we’ll take the Calvary Trail 239 for 3.1 miles. We’ll then take the Dutchman's Trail 104 for 1.4 miles to camp at Charlebois Spring at 2,640’. total: 9.7 miles
    Saturday, Dec. 10 – We’ll leave our tents set up at Charlebois and head out with much lighter daypacks for the day’s wanderings. We’ll hike east and north on Peters Trail 105 for about 4 miles climbing 1,300’ up to Peters Mesa at 3,600’. There we’ll take an unofficial trail over to Horse Camp Basin at 3,682’ where we intersect the Hoolie Bacon Trail 111 (think CATCLAW). We’ll take the Hoolie Bacon south for about 1.5 miles until we reach the saguaro-filled, spendidly scenic Upper La Barge Box 3,280’. We’ll turn back west on the Red Tanks Trail 107 for 3.5 miles until we reach the Dutchman’s Tr (2,880’) again for 1 mile back to our base camp at Charlebois: 10 miles
    Sunday, Dec. 11 – We’ll head out north on the Dutchman’s Trail for 1.8 miles turning West to intersect Trail 129 that we hike for 1.5 miles to 2,400’. We’ll head north and west on the Black Mesa Trail 241 for 3.3 miles to 2,400’. Then take the Second Water Tr 236 (corrected on 12/1/16) for 1.5 miles to our ending trailhead at First Water. total: 8.1 miles

    This trip is suitable for strong intermediate or advanced hikers. You should be able to maintain about 1.5 miles per hour with your full backpack. In order to limit the number of last minute cancellations, we are charging a $20 refundable deposit for this trip. Please pay that within 1 day of your registration at www. Choose “send money to friends and family” and type in my e-mail address – [masked] – and $20. In the notes please write “Supes Dec 9.” This payment is non-refundable if you cancel for any reason. If you show up and complete the hike, I’ll refund the $20 to you via Pay Pal.

    Navigation in the Supes is always a challenge. All hikers must show up with a map or .gpx tracks of all the trails we’re taking prepared to help navigate. Helpful .gpx tracks can be found at and and and and and

    We hope you’ll want to come along for these winter wanderings, remembering that all who wander are not lost.

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  • Delisse G.

    Looking forward to tomorrow! Highs in high 60's, lows in low 40's. Wearing old hiking pants & shirt BC of cat claw, and a Santa Hat to get in the spirit!


    • Delisse G.

      6:35 Tema and I on the road. Samantha I be we'll all arrive ok. No worries!

      3h ago

    • Samantha B.

      The 101 is really light.

      3h ago

  • Delisse G.

    Hello All, I sent out a carpool e-mail via the meet-up website last week. Meet-up was not working very well and I didn't receive it for 2 days. Mickey's wife is driving. Samantha & Kevin, did you get it? If not, please write me at [masked] and I'll send it to you via normal e-mail. With Lois out of the trip, we'll need a third car to drive.

    5 days ago

    • Samantha B.

      I did get the email and respond I can drive. Feel free to email me at [masked]

      4 days ago

  • Delisse G.

    Winter Wanderers! Great news - two of us are already on top of things (and probably more of us as well). Mickey went out a week ago to scout out our most difficult trail to find - the cross cut from Peters Trail to Hoolie Bacon. And Samantha was reviewing maps and saw that I had an error in the hike description. On our last day we will be exiting via the Second Water Trail which is number 236 (NOT 235). I've corrected that above. Thanks you two. And we're all going to be ready with maps or .gpx tracks ready to make sure we don't get lost out there!

    2 · December 1

    • Tema

      I was able to get the entire route on AllTrails except the crosscut between Peter's Trail and Hoolie Bacon. I see it on the paper map, but not the AllTrails map. I'll bring both.

      4 days ago

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