Superstition Ridgeline Trail

Superstition Wilderness Area, Arizona

Distance7.5mi
Elevation Gain7,877ft
Trailhead Elevation2,402ft
Top4,906ft
Elevation Min/Max2402/4906ft
Elevation Start/End2402/2402ft

Superstition Ridgeline Trail

Superstition Ridgeline Trail is a hiking trail in Pinal County, Arizona. It is within Superstition Wilderness Area. It is 7.5 miles long and begins at 2,402 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 15.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 7,877 feet. Superstition Mountains (elevation 4,587 feet) and Superstition Mountain (elevation 5,036 feet) can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Carney Springs Road.

Superstition Ridgeline Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"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."

"An excellent scenic hike into the heart of the Superstition Wilderness Area."

"Siphon Draw Trail and the Flatiron capture the rugged beauty of the Superstition Mountains and package the essence of this wondrous wilderness into a short but very challenging hike."

"Starting from the Peralta Trailhead on the southwest side of the Superstition Mountains, this route uses the Peralta Trail for a short cherry-stem section in Peralta Canyon, then heads cross-country along the Superstition Crest, the western ridge of the Superstition Mountains forming the classic skyline seen from the cities in the Valley of the Sun.

Dropping off the high ridge, the loop returns on the excellent Dutchmans and Peralta Trails. An option avoids the crest and descends little-traveled West Boulder Canyon. Hike clockwise to get the rugged cross-country portion done near the start of the loop. You’ll need the USGS topos for the cross-country portion of the loop."

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2/8/2018
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7/14/2008
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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3/3/2007
Challenging and beautiful! Definitely a trip worth making - if you are in shape. We did the east to west route, as recommended. Started just after the crack of dawn. First two hours were a grueling up hill climb, a lot of scrambling, but a lot of fun. Once you get to the ridgeline, the next few hours are awesome views and undulating terrain. Very easy compared to the climb to the top. Love the hoodoos! Hated the wind. We unfortunately had high wind conditions that day, although it made for cooler temps. Be prepared with layers, depending on the time of year you go. We found it very easy to navigate with the cairns. There were a few places along the ridgeline where the trail becomes less obvious. I found myself definitely looking forward to getting to Syphon Draw - that is until I actually got there! Very intimidating to look down the canyon and think "I'm going down there?!" To start things off, there was a vertical 14' drop, but it ended up not being a problem at all. Actually the easiest part of the descent. The 2 miles down hill was very difficult on my knees. I actually would much rather climb it than go down it, but didn't really have a choice at that point. Please be prepared that once you are down, you are definitely not through. There is another good distance to the parking lot (seems like miles!) through loose gravel. I was ready for it to be over at that point, but it just wouldn't end. It was definitely a full day - it took us around 10 hours, but we took some good breaks and I was REALLY slow coming down.
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3/11/2004
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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Trail Information

Superstition Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Superstition Wilderness Area
Parks
Moderate
Skill Level
Mesa Ranger District, Tonto National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Goldfield, Weavers Needle; USDAFS Superstition Wilderness, Tonto National Forest map
Local Maps

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Oct 2018