Legends of Superior Day Hike, June 1, 2018 GPS Map

I wanted to go here yesterday on a midweek hike led by Bill Zimmermann, but had to change my plans. The crew installing vinyl siding on the outside of our house finished on Thursday instead of Wednesday, and I had to be here when the job was done. So hiking the trail today seemed like the next best thing.

On this hike I was shaking down a new camera and new liner socks. They did fine.

There were over 100 people on the trail, most of them a group of schoolkids led by their teachers. One couple passed me both directions. They had started hiking at the top. The wildlife consisted of lizards.

Skipped the runaway truck ramp up to an old mine. Maybe next time, in cooler weather.


Old US 60 is Heiner Drive entering Superior from the east. Take the exit for SR 177 and turn left. Park on the northwest corner of SR 177 & Heiner Dr. It’s a round trip hike on a deteriorated paved road. You don’t need walking sticks.
distance: 4.80 miles
elevation change: +-1026'
low: 2821' (trailhead)
high: 3493' (US 60)

wood
Our house on March 30, 2010: wood siding.
vinyl
Our house on June 1, 2018: vinyl siding.
The old shutters behind the gate on the right show what color we’re replacing. No cape marigolds this time.
cliffs
The cliffs of Apache Leap.  Where did they jump?
bridge
The old bridge over Queen Creek.  Its sidewalk now holds a pipe.
bridge
The new bridge over Queen Creek looks sturdy enough.
moon
Gibbous moon over the bridge and water tank.
tank
Schoolkids visit the water tank.
saguaros
Saguaros stand watch over Queen Creek Canyon.
1945
The Claypool Tunnel in 1945.
2018
The Claypool Tunnel in 2018.
hoodoos
Hoodoos rise over the canyon.
tower
The great stone tower of Queen Creek Canyon.
rock
Don’t mind me. I’m just enjoying the view.
tunnel
East entrance to the Claypool Tunnel.
candelabra
Candelabra.
drill
Now who drilled those holes in the rock?
trees
Trees in Queen Creek Canyon get their water.

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