Superstition Ridgeline Trail

HARD 17 reviews

Superstition Ridgeline Trail is a 20.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Apache Junction, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

20.5 miles 8454 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Tough hike with the ups and downs. Definitely worth it to see the Supes from another vantage.

hiking
6 months ago

3 GPS units avg length was 13.5miles. Easier to start at Peralta and end at Siphon Draw. Little bit of bush wacking in beginning

hiking
7 months ago

Hard hike, but worth the great views.. Camping near base if you like to camp. if your scared of heights, probably not a good one for you. I have a bit of phobia, so coming down the steep parts was not the most fun.. Overall would like to do it again:) Recommend not going alone as its tougher and long. Easy to overheat.

geocaching
8 months ago

It's was life changing :)

9 months ago

9 months ago

Hiked this last weekend. We started at the Flat Iron, and ended at Carney Springs. Super difficult, but AMAZING! We missed a turn and Judy followed the cairns, but ended where we were supposed to, but had more mileage. We did the last 2 miles (straight down at Carney) in the dark. Thank goodness for headlamps and flash lights!

hiking
1 year ago

A great hike with some amazing views. Left from Peralta and ended at Lost Dutchman Park. BEWARE though. This is a strenuous hike that will take longer if not in TOP HIKER SHAPE. Getting stuck on these paths, that at times can be lost even in daylight, becomes a nightmare if the sun goes down on you. I recommend camping one night near the top. Beautiful morning views and makes the hike much more enjoyable instead of trying to rush in and out for a 10-12hr hike. Would recommend just come prepared and make sure to bring plenty of water and supplies (we needed everything we brought).

hiking
1 year ago

Completed hike alone and in about 9 1/2 hours. Much of Siphon Draw to Flat Iron were in the snow which made for some risky business. The ridgeline was full of spectacular views and as far as I could tell, I was the only soul on the ridgeline that day. I would suggest bringing more water than you think you'll need on this hike. The 3 and a half liters I brought didn't prove to be sufficient. A very fun hike. Oh, play it safe and bring a flashlight just in case you get caught up in taking too many photos like i did. You don't want to walk down this mtn in the dark.

hiking
1 year ago

THE hardest hike I have ever done. VERY difficult.

hiking
2 years ago

The first 1-2 miles are very misleading haha. It seems quite simple until mile three. The last half of this hike is quite difficult, but very much worth it once you reach the top. I would not recommend small children or dogs on this hike with you.

hiking
2 years ago

It seems the other trip reports are for only the start of the hike. If you go from Lost Dutchman State Park up the Flatiron, you have hardly started this hike. The Ridgeline Trail goes from there to Superstition Peak and comes out at Carney Springs east near the Peralta Trailhead. So if hiking up the Flatiron is challenging for you, maybe it's better to forego the Ridgeline Trail. Even well conditioned hikers will need to hurry to make the trip in 8 hours. The constant ups and downs are tiring. By the way, it is possible to exit the Ridgeline Trail by using the Hieroglyphic Trail. See "Hiker's Guide to the Superstition Wilderness" by Carlson and Stewart.

2 years ago

This is a hard climb, need at least 5 liters of water. welll worth it. beautiful .

hiking
3 years ago

hiking
3 years ago

Once you reach the mountain proper, one or two gentle miles out of the parking lot, it's pretty much straight up and straight back down again. Nice plateau at the top. Flatiron Peak is, well, flat on top, a welcome relief from the climb and soon to be descent. There is a higher point not much farther up that you should climb to get the best views. Then you know you're really up there, at small plane altitude. The Valley of the Sun is at your feet, but owing to the smog, you can't really see it in detail. Who cares? You're up there, and you got there on your own power.

Unless you're a total stud in great shape, you'll trash your legs on this one. It's worth it, however. Makes you feel good (especially once you're down).

As in all Arizona, seasons are important here. In summer, go early (4am early, no kidding) and bring more water than you think you'll need. Fall and spring are great. I've never done this in winter, but that might be the best time of all, other than in storms and snow, which you'll often get on the top.

This is two Camelbacks in elevation and effort, which makes it both a bit of a test and within the range of most people. Take it seriously, but do it. Great fun.

hiking
4 years ago

one of the hardest hikes ive done. it keeps climbing and climbing. my legs were burning for about 3 hrs straight.... awesome views of the pheonix area and superstition mountains, along with four peaks in the distance. not recommended for beginners. bring lots of water!!!!!!

hiking
4 years ago

Beautiful views and very hot and humid. The hardest hike of the year for me. I ran out of water early on. I found water and it was dirty but I drank it anyway. Next time I will carry more water and do this on a cooler day.