Hiking Arizona's Superstition & Mazatzal Country
by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)
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Great hike if you like longer hikes. I highly recommend this, but the trail is thin on the ground in some parts. CAVEAT: Hike between October 15 and April 15 because winter is the best time; summer heat in this area is totally oppressive. In any event, bring plenty of water along if you want to try this one out. Ray
This eTrail describes this hike as a long looping backpacking trip, but it can also be done as a day trip like I did it. There are two trailheads that access Superstition Mountain (a.k.a. Point 5057) from the south as a day trip and I have done it from both. The eTrail says to start at the Peralta TH and hike to Fremont Saddle where the rest of the trip becomes a trail-less cross-country journey (a fun one). If you only have time for one hike into the Superstitions and have chosen Point 5057 as your destination (the best viewpoint of the Phoenix Valley from the east) and don't mind people, do it as the eTrail describes so you get to see the Peralta Trail and Fremont Saddle. If you don't mind a steep trail and love solitude, I'd suggest taking a more direct route from the Carney Springs trailhead, which you can find by looking at a USGS topo map. Get the topos from Trails.com and look about a mile down the road from the Peralta TH. There is a trail to the summit from the saddle, but you won’t find it right away. Just head toward the multi-spired summit from the Carney saddle until you find a trail in the valley below. You can also boulder-hop on the ridgeline, which is a fun and somewhat dangerous alternative. There was one nice spring along the route and some water in the canyon in March, but it had just rained a couple days prior. Plan on bringing all your water for the day (a gallon or so) just in case. You can reach the summit from the west side if you are a scrambler. Have fun. Bring a compass and topo for sure.
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