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Details for Benchmark: DU2086

N 33° 24.661 W 111° 24.046 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 5059

Coordinates may not be exact. Altitude is VERTCON and location is ADJUSTED. (more info)

Location:
In PINAL county, AZ View Original Datasheet
Designation:
SUPERSTITION
Marker Type:
survey disk
Setting:
in rock outcrop
Stability:
Most reliable and expected to hold position/elevation well.

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Found in perfect condition! WOW! How they must have hiked up here in the 1940's!!

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Found today with JUSTHIKE. HIKED up here for the earthcache and found these beauties up here.

We've completed this hike to the top of Flat Iron twice, love this trek! Wanted to claim this benchmark as a record of our Veni Viti Vici!!!

Recovered in good condition.

[Photos:]
photoThe mark with my GPSr
photoRM with GPSr
photoRM with GPSr
photoLooking north with mark in foreground

Found this benchmark while finding geocache "Peak 5057". Doing Ridgeline Trail from Carney Springs to Lost Dutchman SP today.

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photoSuperPeakBM

Not found for almost two years.

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photoDU2086

Superstition Triangulation Reset Survey Mark found in great shape.
Also RM NE, RM "Arrow in Carved Boulder", and RM #3 found in great shape.

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photoSUPERSTITION TRIANGULATION RESET MARK 1965
photoSUPERSTITION RESET 1965 & GPS LAT/LONG
photoSUPERSTITION RESET 1965 FROM ABOVE
photoSUPERSTITION RM "NE"
photoRM "NE" AND SUPERSTITION RESET 1965
photoRM "ARROW" CARVED IN BOULDER (1899)
photoRM "ARROW" CARVED IN BOULDER (1899) AND RESET MARK
RESET MARK IS UNDER GPS
photoRM #3
photoRM #3 FROM DIRECTION OF RESET MARK
photoRM #3 AND TRIANGULATION RESET MARK

Looks good to me!

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photoSUPERSTITION - Peak 5057

Benchmark at Superstition Mt - Peak 5057

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photoDU2086 - Peak 5057

Found this after climbing up from Hieroglyphic Canyon. There were actually two benchmarks up there, so I'll include photos of both.

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photos10-12-02 Superstition Peak Climb 021
photos10-12-02 Superstition Peak Climb 022

Recovered at the peak

This entry was edited by dragnwagn8 on Sunday, 17 October 2010 at 08:52:00.

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photoIMAG0341
photoRM

Since I was in the area. Visited this peak twice in 2 weeks.
GeoRaptor

Had to get this one - since it is a nice old one.

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photoDU2086

A consultation with the NGS Advisor to the geocaching community for benchmarking regarding the discrepancy between the station disk as described and the disk that currently is in place resulted in her advising me that a found log for the current reset disk under the original PID would be the appropriate course of action, so I have filed the following report with the NGS:

It appears that sometime after the last recovery report in 1946 the original aluminum station disk was damaged, and the disk was reset by the USGS in 1965 without being documented with the USC&GS. The three reference marks are still in place as originally described when set, and field measurements from each reference mark to the station were all accurate to within .01 meters, indicating that the reset station is very likely in the same location as the original disk. The reset station disk is a standard USGS Bench Mark disk stamped 1910 SUPERSTITION RESET 1965 U.S.C.G.S 1946.

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photoDU2086 SUPERSTITION (RESET) closeup
photoDU2086 SUPERSTITION RM CROSS
photoDU2086 SUPERSTITION RM NE
photoDU2086 SUPERSTITION RM 3

Found this while at the Peak.

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photoBench Mark at the Peak of 5057

Found while hiking Superstitions Ridgeline.

As part of a Superstition 'Ridgeline' hike, starting at Lost Dutchman State Park (Siphon Draw trail) across the Ridgeline to Peralta T/H.

PATHETIC!!! I'm sorry I'm not as perfect as the all holy AZCachemeister. All I did was climb to the peak take pictures of what was there and post it on the site. I don't know maybe he has a chip on his shoulder that he didn't get there first.

Maybe you've been out in the Hot AZ sun and it's done a little damage while finding your almost 1400 benchmarks so I forgive you. I just thought someone of your "stature" would want to give advice and constructive criticism like you started with instead of resorting to name calling.

Aloha from Clyde of Team Sqiddle

Edit 10/27/09 Well it looks like the Cachemeister must of read this since he has since deleted his note. Just so all of you know In AZCachmeiesters eyes this is not a find because it says something about Aluminum disk or something like that so you can either log it and be pathetic like me or write a note and call people names and then delete it. Anyway's have a nice day and hope you enjoy or will enjoy your hike it's beautiful up there.

[This entry was edited by Sqiddle on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 11:25:26 AM.]

Found this as part of the Ridgeline hike with Friends Hiking Club. ( www.friendshiking.com )

N 33° 24.661 W 111° 24.046

I found this benchmark during the Superstition Ridgeline Hike with members of the Arizona Mountaineering Club.

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photoGPS at benchmark DU2086
photoHighpointer atop the summit
photoHighpointer atop the summit
photoView from the summit

I hiked with my ArizonaHikers.com friends from Carney Spring trail head up to the peak. This was only the first part of the journey, as the hike continued to the Flatiron and down Siphon Draw to Lost Dutchman State Park. The views all along the hike are phenominal. Hoodoos everywhere standing as silent sentinels guarding the secrets and the history of this magnifiscent mountain range.

[This entry was edited by thesuperstitions on Friday, January 13, 2006 at 9:07:53 AM.]

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photoStarting The Journey From Carney Spring Trail Head
photoHoodoos on the way up to the peak
photoUS Coast & GeodeticSurvey Reference Marker
photoUS Geological Survey Benchmark
photoWeaver's Needle From The Peak

Wasn't searching for this benchmark but found it when hiking with 2 friends just for the challenge of going to the highest part of the Superstition Mountain. Awesome view made the struggle worthwhile. No pictures uploaded since Squiddle's pictures shows it all very nicely.

[last edit: 12/29/2003 10:18:21 AM PST]

This was by far the toughest BM I've ever found. It took about 4 1/2 hours to get to the peak. It could of been a little shorter except I lost the tral a few times :-( The description is a little confusing the pic with the GPS was closest to the published coordinates, it also has a stamp of 1965 on it but nothing in the official history. That's about it the views are incredible but that hike is a killer.

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photoDU2086
The BM
photoAnother one real close
Another one that's up on the peak
photoAnother One
Another and actually the highest of the three.
photoAll Three
All three in one shot.
photoView of the Valley
A view of the valley from the peak, the picture doesn't do it justice. The view is more or less to the east and of Gold Canyon, Apache Junction and beyond....

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1899 by USGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1899 LOCATED ON EASTERN END OF SUPERSTITION MTN., ON HIGH, SHARP POINT. PROBABLY HIGHEST POINT ON MTN. WHICH IS ALMOST INACCESSIBLE EXCEPT FROM SOUTHERN FACE. TO REACH NOT GIVEN. STATION MARK--ALUMINUM TABLET, STAMPING UNKNOWN, SET IN SOLID ROCK UNDER ROCK CAIRN 5 FT AT BASE AND 7 FT HIGH. RMS--NONE SET.
01/01/1910 by USGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1910 (JSH) THIS STATION IS IDENTICAL WITH UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY STATION CALLED SUPERSTITION POINT. IT IS ON HIGHEST PEAK OF SUPERSTITION MTS, 25 MILES N OF FLORENCE AND 25 MILES E OF MESA, TOWNS ON A BRANCH OF SOUTHERN PACIFIC, AND ABOUT 3 MILES NW OF CRISWELL RANCH (OLD BARKS RANCH). PEAK IS RUGGED, BUT WITH CARE PACK ANIMALS CAN BE TAKEN WITHIN 50 METERS OF TOP. BEST APPROACH IS FROM MESA VIA CRISWELL RANCH. STATION IS MARKED WITH A UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY DISK STATION MARK CEMENTED INTO A DRILL HOLE IN SOLID ROCK. REFERENCE MARK, A CROSS CUT IN TOP OF A LARGE ROCK, IS 2.265 METERS FROM STATION N 69 DEG 27 MIN W.
01/01/1936 by CGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1936 (WM) STATION WAS RECOVERED AND FOUND IN GOOD CONDITION. FOLLOWING IS A REVISED DESCRIPTION. STATION IS IDENTICAL WITH U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY STATION CALLED SUPERSTITION POINT. IT IS ON HIGHEST PEAK OF SUPERSTITION MTS., WHICH IS NEAR SE END OF MOUNTAIN AND ON JAGGED ROCK PEAK. IT IS ABOUT 26 MILES N OF FLORENCE, 25 MILES E OF MESA, AND ABOUT 8-1/2 MILES E OF APACHE JUNCTION. PEAK IS RUGGED, BUT WITH CARE PACK ANIMALS CAN BE TAKEN WITHIN 50 METERS OF TOP. STATION IS BEST REACHED FROM SE BASE OF MOUNTAIN. REACHED FROM APACHE JUNCTION BY GOING SE ON U.S. 80 (PAVED) 5.9 MILES TO LOST DUTCHMAN SERVICE STATION AT A BEND IN HIGHWAY (THIS SERVICE STATION IS ABOUT 13 MILES NW OF FLORENCE JUNCTION ON U.S. 80). THENCE CONTINUE E ON U.S. 80, 2.45 MILES TO A SIDE ROAD ON L. THENCE LEAVE U.S. 80, TURN L AND FOLLOW MAIN-TRAVELED, UNIMPROVED ROAD NORTHEASTERLY 4.1 MILES TO A FORK. THENCE L FORK NORTHEASTERLY 1.5 MILES TO A DIM FORK ABOUT 50 YARDS AFTER CROSSING A WASH. THENCE TAKE L FORK ON MAIN-TRAVELED ROAD 0.6 MILE TO A FORK. THENCE LEAVE MAIN-TRAVELED ROAD, TAKE L FORK, AND GO NORTHERLY TOWARDS MOUNTAIN 0.6 MILE TO A GATE IN FOREST RESERVATION FENCE. PASS THRU GATE AND CONTINUE 0.25 MILE TO END OF ROAD AT AN OLD TENT FRAME AT BASE OF MOUNTAIN. (NOTE--WATER ABOUT 100 YARDS N ON SIDE OF MOUNTAIN). FROM END OF TRUCK TRAVEL PACK W ALONG BASE OF MOUNTAIN TOWARDS HIGH ROCK BLUFF, TO A WASH, THEN R, UP WASH TO SADDLE. STATION CAN BE SEEN FROM THIS SADDLE. THEN TURN L TO TOP OF MOUNTAIN, THEN R, ALONG TOP OF MOUNTAIN TO HIGHEST POINT AND STATION. IT IS ABOUT A 2 1/2-HOUR PACK OF ROUGH GOING. STATION IS MARKED WITH A U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY ALUMINUM DISK STATION MARK CEMENTED INTO A DRILL HOLE IN SOLID ROCK OUTCROP ON HIGHEST POINT OF PEAK. MARK IS NOT STAMPED. REFERENCE MARKS ARE STAMPED. CROSS CUT IN TOP OF A LARGE ROCK WNW OF STATION, MARKED IN 1910. A STANDARD DISK REFERENCE MARK STAMPED SUPERSTITION 1910-1936 WAS SET IN DRILL HOLE IN SOLID ROCK NE OF STATION.
01/01/1938 by CGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1938 (FGJ) LOCATED ABOUT 25 MILES E OF MESA, ARIZONA, AND ABOUT 6 MILES NNE OF SAND TANKS SERVICE STATION (ON U.S. 60), ON SOUTHEASTERNMOST ONE OF TWO HIGHEST PEAKS OF SUPERSTITION MTS. IT IS ON HIGHEST POINT OF PEAK, WHICH IS NARROW AND HAS NEARLY VERTICAL SIDES NEAR TOP. TO REACH STATION FROM MESA, GO E ON U.S. 60 ABOUT 18 MILES TO APACHE JUNCTION. THENCE CONTINUE E ON U.S. 60, 5.8 MILES TO SAND TANKS SERVICE STATION. THENCE CONTINUE E ON U.S. 60, 1.0 MILE TO A CATTLE GUARD AND A GATE ON L. HERE LEAVE HIGHWAY, TAKE TRACK ROAD L THRU GATE N AND NORTHEASTERLY 1.2 MILES TO A FORK AT A SIGN, (MA PA AND THE BABY, TO CANYON KEEP LEFT). THENCE TAKE R FORK E 0.1 MILE TO FORK AT SIGN (DONS). HERE TAKE L FORK AND GO NORTHERLY 0.9 MILE TO PLAIN TRACK ROAD COMING IN FROM R. THENCE CONTINUE NORTHERLY ON TRACK ROAD 0.1 MILE TO A DIM FORK L. HERE TAKE L FORK NORTHERLY 0.3 MILE TO W SIDE OF BARCLAYS CORRALS. THENCE KEEP STRAIGHT AHEAD ALONG W SIDE OF CORRALS AND N 0.3 MILE TO A DIM FORK. THENCE R FORK 1.3 MILES TO A FOREST SERVICE FENCE. HERE GO THRU GATE AND CONTINUE NORTHERLY ON TRACK ROAD UP A ROCKY RIDGE 0.9 MILE TO WHERE GRADE GETS TOO STEEP AND ROCKY AT END OF TRUCK TRAVEL. FROM HERE PACK UP RIDGE TO R FOLLOWING BREAKS IN CLIFFS TO HIGHEST POINT AND STATION. PEAK IS E ABOUT THREE HOURS OF HARD PACKING FROM END OF TRUCK TRAVEL. STATION AND REFERENCE MARKS WERE RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION. SINCE NO INFORMATION CONCERNING EXISTENCE OR WHEREABOUTS OF AZIMUTH MARK WAS AT HAND, ONLY A SUPERFICIAL SEARCH WAS MADE FOR IT. STATION IS A STANDARD U.S.G.S. MARK CEMENTED INTO BEDROCK. ONE REFERENCE MARK IS A CHISELED CROSS IN A ROCK, AND OTHER REFERENCE MARK IS A STANDARD U.S.C. AND G.S. REFERENCE MARK STAMPED 1910 AND 1936.
01/01/1946 by CGS (GOOD)
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

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in August 1993.
  • The NAVD 88 height was computed by applying the VERTCON shift value to the NGVD 29 height (displayed under SUPERSEDED SURVEY CONTROL.)
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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