Eastern Superstitions Superloop

Roosevelt, Arizona

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This route follows or touches upon all the major routes in the eastern Superstition Wilderness. Climbing up Pinto Creek, the trail crosses over Iron Mountain, descends through Rogers Trough, and passes some 600 -year-old cliff dwellings before reaching Angel Basin. The second leg climbs up Paradise Canyon and across Plow Saddle, then winds down past historic Reavis Ranch and Circlestone sites to descend into the pine-forested canyon of Campaign Creek. The third (and easiest) legfollows Campaign Creek up the canyon, past Pinto Mountain, and then down to Oak Flats, to reunite with Pinto Creek. The average elevation gain is more than 1,000 feet per day. This may be the most challenging hike in the book. OUTSTANDING FEATURES: Spectacular vistas, wildlife, isolation, two historic ranch sites, two Native American ruins, all manner of cool rock formations.
Day and Overnight Hikes in Tonto National Forest

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Day and Overnight Hikes in Tonto National Forest

by Tony Padegimas (Menasha Ridge Press)

This route follows or touches upon all the major routes in the eastern Superstition Wilderness. Climbing up Pinto Creek, the trail crosses over Iron Mountain, descends through Rogers Trough, and passes some 600 -year-old cliff dwellings before reaching Angel Basin.

The second leg climbs up Paradise Canyon and across Plow Saddle, then winds down past historic Reavis Ranch and Circlestone sites to descend into the pine-forested canyon of Campaign Creek. The third (and easiest) legfollows Campaign Creek up the canyon, past Pinto Mountain, and then down to Oak Flats, to reunite with Pinto Creek. The average elevation gain is more than 1,000 feet per day. This may be the most challenging hike in the book. OUTSTANDING FEATURES: Spectacular vistas, wildlife, isolation, two historic ranch sites, two Native American ruins, all manner of cool rock formations.

© 2008 Tony Padegimas/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Roosevelt
Distance: 34.15
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Eastern Superstitions Superloop

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