Superstition Mountain

Apache Junction, Arizona 85117

Superstition Mountain

Superstition Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"Another demanding cross-country and on-trail hike, featuring a traverse of the famous ridgeline known locally as “Superstition Mountain” that dominates the view from Mesa and Apache Junction."

Superstition Mountain Reviews

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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
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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 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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Trail Information

Apache Junction
Nearby City
2,600 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Best October to April
2,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,057 feet
Top Elevation
Mesa Ranger District, Tonto National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Goldfield, Weavers Needle; USDAFS Superstition Wilderness, Tonto National Forest map
Local Maps