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High Noon – Superstitious Loop Hike

High Noon – Superstitious Loop Hike

by Doug Smith

High Noon – Superstitious Loop Hike

Doug Smith  June 22, 2021 at 8:45 am

We have hiked up to Red Plateau quite a few times from the Dewdrop Range and from the Pimple area, and we have driven up the Red Plateau Forest Service Road to hike various routes on top, but we had never hiked the area where the High Noon and Superstitious Trails are located.    They are really just steep downhill mountain bike tracks, but we decided to go up High Noon from the Tranquille – Criss Creek Road and come back down the Superstitious Trail.  

The High Noon Trail was a steep, eroded single track that climbed 589m (1932 ft) in 3 km.  

The area was open douglas fir forest with pine grass in the understory.   A few wildflowers were in bloom along the way. 

We walked right by the junction but spotted it as we came back after a few minutes.    Superstitious is another steep single track trail.  

The upper part of both trails was pleasant and worth visiting (from the Red Plateau FSR).   We enjoyed the middle part of the hike

Across the valley rose the cliffs on Opax Mountain.   We have hiked out to the top of them too, another long and difficult route. 

The way back down was steep, following a gully to slopes just above the road, then along a meandering single track back to the start.   Would we hike that route again?   Probably not, but we plan to explore more areas on top of Red Plateau this year and in years to come.  

  • My rating for this hike –

    3.0 out of 5.0 stars

     

 

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