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    Rogers Canyon Trail 110

    Superstition Wilderness Area, Arizona
    Distance4.8mi
    Elevation Gain2,800ft
    Trailhead Elevation4,367ft
    Top4,597ft
    Elevation Min/Max3673/4597ft
    Elevation Start/End4367/4367ft

    Rogers Canyon Trail 110

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    San Tan Valley, AZ
    Pathfinder | 122 pts
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    2/14/2010
    Great hike. Cool temperatures near the top of Montana Mountain, elevation 4900 ft. The ruins are some of the nicest around. The 3 times I've done this trail, there has always been water flowing. My 3 dogs really enjoyed this hike. Lots of trees, brush, and boulder-hopping. Relatively isolated. Trail finding can be a problem criss-crossing the drainage.

    Very strenuous. Pace yourself. The guide is wrong. My gps recorded 4.25 miles with an elevation change of 900 ft one way. We did it in 6 hours in a rush, 7 hours at a more manageable pace.

    Not sure how a 1985 Pontiac Fiero made it to the trailhead but would highly recommend a high clearance vehicle - I've always been able to make it in a 2wd truck. About a 45 minute drive off-road once you hit the dirt road. Take in the stunning scenery on the drive in and keep your eyes peeled for a legendary arch much photographed by David Meunch.

    One of the best trails to do in Phoenix. This trail also leads in to a whole system of great trails in the Superstitions. Make sure to read the book "Hiker's Guide to the Superstition Wilderness" before you go - great historical info on the area.

    Enjoy!
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    SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ
    Pathfinder | 80 pts
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    4/12/2009
    Great hike. We went the day after a big rain storm so the water was really flowing. It took us about 5 and 1/2 hour to complete the hike. Make sure you have plenty of water and something to snack on before you head back out.
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    Rye, NY
    Explorer | 40 pts
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    3/31/2009
    An amazing hike with a chance to be alone with 600 year old ruins. What could be better. Intense drive to the trail head, many water crossings and an exhausting trek out of the canyon. 7hrs round trip requires a lot of water especially on the way up and out. DO IT!
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    Roseburg, OR
    Pathfinder | 166 pts
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    8/14/2008
    Nice, but long hike. Plan on spending the entire day as it takes quite a while even getting to the trail head on very primitive roads.
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    Phoenix, AZ
    Adventurer | 270 pts
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    3/5/2008
    The road to the trail head is rough and requires high clearance. We went a couple days after a few big winter storms and parts of the road were flowing with water. It was a challenge to get to the trail but denifinty worth the trek. The washes were flowing with water which made it a little harder to keep the trail but it was beautiful. I would recommend making the trip when the water is flowing.
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    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Pathfinder | 110 pts
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    1/14/2008
    The trail is long, rocky, and requires multiple river crossings. It is uphill on the way out and you must climb a rock face to enter the cave. That being said stil one of the best hikes.
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    Phoenix, AZ
    Adventurer | 412 pts
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    11/25/2007
    This was a great hike with a cool payoff...the American Indian cliff dwellings are cool, and Angel Basin is outstanding. But the adventure starts with the drive there!

    Don't get a late start....it took us a hour from US 60 to the Roger's Trough Trailhead. High clearance is needed, but not 4WD. There is one switchback which is so sharp it is impossible to do...both directions I had to do tight 5-point turns.

    We started at noon and got to the dwellings around 2:15, went to Angel Basin and turned around at 3pm--getting us back to the trailhead about 5:15...just in time to drive the steepest portion of the road before sunset. I recommend doing this earlier in the day!

    The foliage was beautiful, having turned yellows and oranges. The manzanita or whatever it was tore up my shorts though, they literally are unusable now....I looked like I had been attacked by 40 cats, so I recommend long sleeves and long pants if it's not too hot...just make sure you don't mind the pulls and scratches you'll get.

    The hike is serene however....not too many other hikers and beautiful hoodoos, overlooks, and again, the cave dwellings.
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    Goodyear, AZ
    Pathfinder | 170 pts
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    6/4/2006
    Very nice hike. The cliff dwelling is the icing on the cake. The hike is all in relatively high elevations so the trees and real soil is a treat for a Phoenix resident. Pace yourself on the way in, the elevation was a bit hard on me on the return (it's a slow uphill grade on the way back). Much recommended hike and the drive to the trail head is as exciting as the hike. Enjoy!
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    Superstition Wilderness Area
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    Superstition Wilderness Area
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    Dog-friendly
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    Moderate
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