One of my goals this year was to have more positive relationships with other females. I truly believe women could take over the world if we supported one another. This past summer was full of adventures and great nights in California with some of the brightest women in my life. Although they could never be replaced, I want to create more special friendships one hike at a time out here in Arizona!
I'm always a little nervous about making new friends. It gives me flashbacks of my awkward days in middle school and high school haha. Since then I have become a lot more social and the hiking community is extremely friendly so it's not a huge obstacle for me anymore.
The Superstition Mountains are something I've been admiring since before I moved out here. Every picture I've found online has been beautiful. I was excited to explore this area that had been on my list of hikes for a while.
For this hike it would be me, Cassandra and Felissa. They are also members of the Mountain Chicks Group. I met with Felissa at a spot that was on the way for the both of us and we carpooled to the trail head. We planned to start our hike at 5:30am so that we could get a majority of it done before it got hot. I think I am finally starting to get used to waking up at 4am for my hikes. That extra time before the sun comes out is so important!
We met Cassandra at the parking lot and as we were introducing ourselves and it was still so dark out that bats were flying right above us! I was a little freaked out because they kept circling us and flying down so low! I was getting mental pictures of the bat scene from The Office with Dwight and Meredith haha! (Does anyone else relate a lot of what happens in their life to scenes from shows and movies? Well I do!)
We were in almost complete darkness but I could slightly see a black outline of the Superstition Mountains and a sky still full of stars. I feel like this is the most beautiful part of the day, despite the bats.. haha.
This trail began with some steady climbing and then more steeper sections here and there. As we got closer to the top though that's when the inclines really started to get to me. I am still building up my endurance with hiking even though I've been hiking for 3 years now. I've been trying to do more moderate ones to condition for obstacles like this but I still struggle. No matter how slow I go I keep going. My rule of thumb is usually if I'm not able to speak normally, meaning I'm huffing and puffing after every word then I stop for a minute or two.
The heat out here is also a HUGE obstacle for me. On my last few hikes it's already humid when I step out the door at 4:30am. It is no joke when people say start extremely early and drink 2-3 times more water than you normally drink.
The girls were very patient and courteous always making sure I was doing okay. It's always the worst to feel like you're holding back other hikers or even getting left behind because you happen to be the slowest of the group that day. It's important to stay positive and not give up. I always feel one's mentality is an important key just as much as physical strength in completing a hike.
We kept climbing up and up and we finally came to a view of Weaver's Needle. Our stopping point was also part of another longer trail called Weaver's Needle Loop. This fork in the trail was going to be the end for us this day.
A nice girl that was below us shouted and offered to take our picture for us and send it when she had service! She said it was a cool angle so she didn't mind. It never surprises me how kind strangers are out on a trail.
Our hike back was easier but going downhill was a different obstacle. The rocks that we climbed up seemed to be a lot more slippery going down. However, we did trim off a good 30 minutes on our hike down and completed the trail in a total of 3 hours.
I can't wait to go back and conquer this mountain again!