Superstitions: Ridgeline

The day's adventurers: Matt, Matt, Dawn, Me, Laurie, Becky, Shawna. Not Pictured: Ashley, Jeff

The day’s adventurers: Matt, Matt, Dawn, Me, Laurie, Becky, Shawna. Not Pictured: Ashley, Jeff

When the weatherman says there’s a 40% chance of rain here in the Valley of the Sun, that usually means it will rain: perhaps just some drips, sometimes a little more. For our adventure on Ridgeline in the Superstition Mountains, we had a full storm.

We climbed up Siphon Draw. On this day we skipped heading over to the Flatiron, and instead went straight across to get onto Ridgeline trail. The sky was overcast and it was a little chilly, but not too bad. As we continued, the wind picked up and the temperature dropped. When we were about half way through our run, it started to rain. Then hail. We were not prepared for this kind of weather- but the only way out was to keep moving.

This was a gorgeous trail, one that I cannot wait to return to. It was about 13 miles (give or take some) and it was point to point. There is no water or other support on this trail. We started at the Lost Dutchman State Park entrance up Siphon Draw as I mentioned, across Ridgeline, then down to the Carney Springs Trail Head.

As with my last post, I’m going to mostly let the pictures speak for themselves.
Unlike other posts, most of these pictures are actually mine! Some were also Becky’s, which I snagged from social media.

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The wind was roaring up through here

The wind was roaring up through here

Tiny tree- bush?

Tiny tree- bush?

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Matt Long feeling bad for me and trying to warm me up. I was pathetic. I don't do cold.

Matt feeling bad for me and trying to warm me up. I was pathetic. I don’t do cold.

SO. VERY. COLD.

SO. VERY. COLD.

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Matt/Earl/Elmo

Matt/Earl/Elmo

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The Spidey Climb, so named because you have to be a spider to scale it:

 

Ashley and Jeff eyeing the Spidey Climb

Ashley, Jeff, and Matt eyeing the Spidey Climb

Coming up the Spidey Climb

Coming up

Laurie and I trying to get out of the wind and rain after the Spidey Climb

Laurie and I trying to get out of the wind and rain after the Spidey Climb

Dawn conquered the Spidey Climb

Dawn conquered the Spidey Climb

On the way down Carney Springs:

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Oh, at the end of the run I took a wrong turn and added another couple of miles to my run, but I saw a herd of cows because of this, so that was fun!

The moral of this adventure is: A truly wise man never plays leap frog with a unicorn.

 

 

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