Parker Pass Day Hike; Superstition Wilderness, December 5, 2017 GPS Map

Sunrise hike, but the sky was cloudy. Oh, well. The morning was delightfully cool. Didn’t meet anyone on the way up to Parker Pass, but then there were other hikers and horseback riders on the way back. All of them were going southbound.

When I lead this for the Trailblazers there will be options to complete the Black Mesa Loop (9 miles), or both the Black Mesa Loop and the Hackberry Spring Loop (12 miles), or turn around and walk back to First Water Trailhead with me.
distance: 4.86 miles
elevation change: +-478'
low: 2232' (trail junction)
high: 2641' (Parker Pass)

Saguaros silently stand watch in the pre-dawn light.
Window on the world.
Rays in a cloudy sky.
Goblins look down on the Dutchman’s Trail.
When you see this row of boulders, get ready to turn for O’Grady Canyon (if you’re going there).
White Rock Pass is often mistaken for Parker Pass because of the similar rock color.
Weaver’s Needle from Parker Pass.
red yellow
I wasn’t expecting to see any wildflowers today.
Well-protected bird’s nest in a chain fruit cholla.
Howdy, friend.
Cracked, but this rock didn’t roll.
The artist is long gone but his work survives, carved in stone.

  More Hike Pictures updated December 8, 2017