Palomino Mountain / Aylor’s Arch Hike (Superstitions)

Date: 
Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 07:30
Leaders: 
Dan Rothman - 480-773-5197
Rating: 
A- LENGTH: 12 mi ELEV GAIN: 2000 ft PACE: Fast

Meet at 7:30 am (depart at 7:45) at the Holiday Inn by the Country Club Drive exit of Rte 60 in Mesa.

We’ll carpool to the First Water Trailhead and from there head out on this beautiful but challenging loop hike in the Superstitions. We’ll follow the Dutchman's Trail to the seldom visited Palomino Mountain. The ascent involves some off-trail hiking, with a few steep ascents and some rock scrambling, but the view from the top (and along the way) is worth it, including Aylor’s Arch which sits at the top of Palomino Mountain, as well as great views of Black Top Mesa, Weaver’s Needle, the Ridgeline, and many other Superstition landmarks.

All those making it to the top will be “required” to prove it by signing in at the mailbox on the top of Palomino Mountain. After the descent, we’ll loop our way back to our starting point via the Black Mesa and Second Water Trails.

Please wear sturdy hiking boots, rain gear if appropriate, and bring plenty of water and food for snacks and lunch.

Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

No dogs or children please.