Weaver's Needle and Fremont Saddle via Peralta Canyon Trail, Superstition Ridgeline Trail via Carney Springs Road, Dutchman, Boulder Canyon, and Second Water Trails Loop. After a mile, the trail turns to your left. Massacre grounds Trail 4 Hiking. 6 h 3 m. It's easy to lose the trail and get too far right of the riverbed after leaving Second Water Trail for the Canyon trail. From camp, head back the way you came on Dutchman's Trail, past the Calvary Trail and Bull Pass junctions, staying on Dutchman's at each. I found the description to be accurate and there is nothing I would really suggest doing differently, other than maybe minimizing the water you pack in by planning to filter from Charlebois Spring after you set up camp at White Rock Springs on your first night (and then again at the end of the dayhike loop). Download the free, full-sheet USGS 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Superstition Mountains SW topo map as an Adobe PDF. If you're lucky, a gila monster may even cross your path! This is also an area thick with teddy bear cholla and jumping cholla, so be extra vigilant about where you're stepping. Fires are not permitted along the Peralta Trail, and in most locations on the west side of the wilderness area. See more ideas about superstition mountains, superstition, arizona. This hike is not easy at all. THE KILLER MOUNTAINS. Share Your Local Tips! From Phoenix, you can be on the trail in the Superstition Mountains in less than a hour. Backpacking in the Supes is a one-of-a-kind experience. Please explore responsibly! And who knows – maybe Sara will find the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine… For this desert backpacking trip, we’ll be hiking a loop in the Superstition Wilderness, within the greater Tonto National Forest – about 60 miles east of Phoenix, Arizona. Jul 17, 2020 - Explore Sher King's board "Superstition Mountains" on Pinterest. Superb backpacking trip, please practice LNT. This is why you should pack smart and keep it light. Before you go in make sure you've called the Tonto National Forest Mesa Ranger District to request an up-to-date backcountry water report (and read up about what to do if you have a nasty teddy bear or jumping cholla encounter!). View from the Flatiron hiking trail, February 2008. After 1.2 miles (or perhaps a little more, depending on where you set up camp) you'll reach the Terrapin Trail junction on your left - take this and begin to quickly climb higher and higher with ever more remarkable views. This area gets a lot of use and it is unfortunate to see improperly buried human waste near campsites. Trail conditions vary from fair to very poor. Superstition Wilderness Area. Travel by vehicle east from Scottsdale to the First Water Trailhead on the western flanks of the Superstition Mountains. Backpack through one of the premier hiking destinations in the Southwest. The area gets freezing temperatures overnight as early as late October so be prepared. They are anchored by Superstition Mountain, a large mountain that is a popular recreation destination for residents of the Phoenix, Arizona area. The Superstition Mountains (Yavapai: Wi:kchsawa), popularly called "The Superstitions", are a range of mountains in Arizona located to the east of the Phoenix metropolitan area. After becoming an avid backpacker, my interest in the Superstition Mountains was rekindled. It is easy to follow you will turn left on Bull Pass Trail. The first part is a short hike to a cove at the south edge of Canyon Lake. It’s beauty and remoteness makes the area a hiker’s dream – hundreds of miles of trail, perennial water sources and varied elevations, making the area a great 3-season hiking destination. Length: 3 miles (round trip) Trailhead Elevation: 2,100 ft. Gain/Loss: +580 ft. Time: 2 hrs.