This is where the trail intersects the road.  It's overgrown and you have to be looking for it and directly at it to see it.
I saw a few lizards along the trail.  Most of them looked like this one.  I got several pictures of this one.
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I knew that it was a real trail and not my imagination finding patterns in the noise of the satellite view when I saw all of the cairns along the trail.
There are a lot of unusual rock formations out here.  I guess that actually makes them usual.
The cairns were usually placed close enough together that I could see at least 3 at any one time.  There's a lizard perched on this one.
Zoomed in on the lizard.  It's keeping an eye on me.
Looking back the way I came.  I took most pictures facing the east because the sun was in my face if I took pictures in the direction I was going.
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There are a lot of cairns visible in this picture.
A tall cairn.
That's a natural rock formation up there, not a cairn.
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I couldn't figure out why somebody left that there.
There are a lot of these pipes out here.  I think they are survey markers placed by a mining company.
Flowers along the way.
Survey marker.
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In many places, the trail was over nice, solid rock.  In some places, it went through soft soil or a sandy bottom of a wash.  I didn't see any other hiker footprints anywhere.  This trail is very rarely used, which explains why it is so overgrown.
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That looks like a mosquito on that flower.
There were a few thin clouds.  They didn't give me any shade.
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This tree is covered with fuzzy seeds.
A close-up of the seeds.
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A stock tank.  From Google Earth, I knew that this is near the Apache Leap cliffs.  I'm almost there.
Looking back the way I came.
The stock tank from further up the trail.
Zoomed in.
Near the cliff, some campers had built a wall to block wind from their campfire.
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I'm not afraid of heights, but I don't like standing on cliff edges.
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I continued following cairns along the cliff edge.  This is looking back at the camper's wall.
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As I knew it would be, the view is very nice from up here.
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I zoomed in to get pictures of lots of things far down below.
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That's the town of Superior, Arizona.  Since I was up here in late afternoon, most of my pictures looking out from the cliff are facing into the sun, which makes it difficult to get decent pictures.
I used my hand to shade the camera lens.
That flat-topped mountain back there is Picketpost Mountain.  I need to make an @trip to its summit.
There's a large copper mine in Superior.  That's why the town is there.
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That's a powre sub-station.
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That's a small mining operation.
An even smaller mine.
That road us US 60.  It will take you to the Phoenix area.  I'll be driving on that road to get home after this hike.
Picketpost Mountain.
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There are two vehicles parked down there.  If you zoom in you might see people walking around.  I think they had gone out there to do some target shooting.
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The Superstition Mountains can be seen on the horizon.
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The smelter at the mine.
There are more cairns over there, but I had to turn back.  I didn't want to be out here after sunset.  I wasn't familiar with the area and it looked like there were black bears around.
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Almost back to my truck.
One last picture, of an agave.
Apache Leap 7 Jun 2009
Art
Author: Art (ID: 1009)
Posted: 2009-06-13 01:07 GMT+00:00
Mileage: 3.69 km
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A few weeks ago I was on a trail near Superior, Arizona, and looked up at the beautiful cliffs to the east of town. I wanted to get to the top of those cliffs, but I didn't know if that would even be possible. If it involved rock climbing, I wasn't going to do it. I looked for a way up from the other side on June 6 but didn't get more than a hundred meters from my truck. While looking at Google Earth that night, I thought I could see a faint trail from the road to the cliff edge. This is the story of following that trail.

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This is where the trail intersects the road. It's overgrown and you have to be looking for it and directly at it to see it.
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I saw a few lizards along the trail. Most of them looked like this one. I got several pictures of this one.
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I knew that it was a real trail and not my imagination finding patterns in the noise of the satellite view when I saw all of the cairns along the trail.
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There are a lot of unusual rock formations out here. I guess that actually makes them usual.
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The cairns were usually placed close enough together that I could see at least 3 at any one time. There's a lizard perched on this one.
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Zoomed in on the lizard. It's keeping an eye on me.
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Looking back the way I came. I took most pictures facing the east because the sun was in my face if I took pictures in the direction I was going.
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There are a lot of cairns visible in this picture.
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A tall cairn.
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That's a natural rock formation up there, not a cairn.
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I couldn't figure out why somebody left that there.
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There are a lot of these pipes out here. I think they are survey markers placed by a mining company.
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Flowers along the way.
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Survey marker.
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In many places, the trail was over nice, solid rock. In some places, it went through soft soil or a sandy bottom of a wash. I didn't see any other hiker footprints anywhere. This trail is very rarely used, which explains why it is so overgrown.
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That looks like a mosquito on that flower.
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There were a few thin clouds. They didn't give me any shade.
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This tree is covered with fuzzy seeds.
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A close-up of the seeds.
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A stock tank. From Google Earth, I knew that this is near the Apache Leap cliffs. I'm almost there.
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Looking back the way I came.
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The stock tank from further up the trail.
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Zoomed in.
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Near the cliff, some campers had built a wall to block wind from their campfire.
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I'm not afraid of heights, but I don't like standing on cliff edges.
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I continued following cairns along the cliff edge. This is looking back at the camper's wall.
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As I knew it would be, the view is very nice from up here.
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I zoomed in to get pictures of lots of things far down below.
IMG_0322_3_4Enhancer
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That's the town of Superior, Arizona. Since I was up here in late afternoon, most of my pictures looking out from the cliff are facing into the sun, which makes it difficult to get decent pictures.
IMG_0329_30_31Enhancer
I used my hand to shade the camera lens.
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That flat-topped mountain back there is Picketpost Mountain. I need to make an @trip to its summit.
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There's a large copper mine in Superior. That's why the town is there.
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That's a powre sub-station.
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That's a small mining operation.
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An even smaller mine.
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That road us US 60. It will take you to the Phoenix area. I'll be driving on that road to get home after this hike.
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Picketpost Mountain.
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There are two vehicles parked down there. If you zoom in you might see people walking around. I think they had gone out there to do some target shooting.
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The Superstition Mountains can be seen on the horizon.
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The smelter at the mine.
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There are more cairns over there, but I had to turn back. I didn't want to be out here after sunset. I wasn't familiar with the area and it looked like there were black bears around.
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Almost back to my truck.
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One last picture, of an agave.
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