Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Superstition Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I’m an experienced hiker and this trail was pretty tough at some parts but the views are worth it. We went yesterday, make sure you brings plenty of water and snacks! Lots of loose rocks and cacti. I got poked a few times. I would not recommend this hike to people who aren’t in good shape or do not hike often.

I rated this 5 stars due to the views and how many landmarks you see along the way that call to be explored.

That being said, trekking through boulder canyon sucks. Especially in nike runners (my mistake). Definitely use boots on this trail and be prepared for lots of rock hopping.

First let’s start out that this is a great trail with lots of EVERYTHING you could look for in a trail. As the previous hike noted, past the saddle there IS NO trail, and barely any markers. And since no water was to be found except for some pools in the river canyon. Navigation thru the washes was very time consuming. Running low on water, I ended up loosing the trail at the SW boot trying to navigate the boulder canyon and needed to call 911 to get SAR to help me. The red line GPS on the AllTrails app was extremely unreliable after the saddle. You are on you own navigating and finding the trail to the west side loop trail. As the GPS line will tend to drift you away from the loop trail on the SW corner. Do yourself a favor and download and use the SAT layer map to find the trail again. THIS TRAIL IS NOT FOR UNEXPERIENCED HIKERS

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome hike. closer to 12 miles not 11.5 not that it makes a huge difference. Once you hit the ridge it's a bit of choose your own adventure of going boulder hoping or staying low on dirt.

hiking
4 months ago

Reall really great trail, however the turnoff for the falls is quite easy to miss. This trail shares a trailhead with the longer, Reavis Ranch trail. The left split-off trail is around 2-3 miles from the trailhead, after the meadowy hills. Even if you do miss it, there is some awesome country out there, but the falls are worth the trip.

The route shown is to Superstition Mtn. Robber Roost is a right turn when you get to the saddle above Carney Spring. Then like in the youtube video you continue over to Fremont Saddle. This is a very tricky trail to follow until you get out of the small canyon that you follow off the saddle. Basic rule is all ways go right at a junction, except for the couple of times when you go left when you are on top.

Great trail. Easy to lose the trail during the second elevation. Had to do some scrambling to find it. Definitely a tough trail. I saw about 20 big horn sheep when I hiked it yesterday. The view from the top is amazing.

hiking
4 months ago

I say it’s easy till you climb up, then it’s boulder hopping, I had to return for family or else I would of stayed longer. . The views take your breathe away, don’t do this trail in the heat. Bring more water than you think is required, bring snacks and enjoy. It was great to hike with some fearless souls. I will be back!!!!!!

We did this hike over the weekend. In my opinion it's not that hard..... just really long. We clocked 13 miles total roundtrip. But most of it is flat, so it's not crazy taxing. The only real elevation gain is the very end when you climb the battleship. There are a few places where you have to do some rockclimbing. Nothing to where you need ropes, but if you aren't comfortable with 3-4 move bouldering, this hike will be scary for you. The top of battleship is worth the scramble! Gorgeous views of the superstition wilderness! I brought a gallon of water and finished it by the time we reached the car.

Planned to back a over nighter but got stopped by search and rescue on the way to this trail. Search and Rescue warned us NOT to go out there. They had said it is inhabitable and totally overgrown. Just a warning for people that would want to attempt this.

This was a hard hike for sure! The trail down to the mountain itself isn’t bad at all. Once you get to boulder canyon trail follow the tips and stay left so you don’t miss the turn for battleship, although I will say we never really found much of a trail. We made our way up without a path and once we got to the top we saw what looked like a trail. You have to climb a little to get to the actual top, it is not too bad though. We followed the cairns we found at the top down and somehow got lost again lol but finally made it down. Amazing views overall. It says 10.8 but we clocked 12 miles.

It was gorgeous! Absolutely beautiful. Several
Hours of light bouldering as you cross the dry river bed. Important tip for planning: THERE IS NO WATER ACCESS!!!
Also - tough to find the trail once you get to the end of the boot and cut across the saddle. Could use some well-placed Cairns

Really overgrown with cacti and other painful plants. Not much water at the falls but nice to fill up. Though it's longer, the hike to Reavis ranch was much more enjoyable.

hiking
5 months ago

Began with an erroneous boondoggle most of the way to Wave Cave as we got to assisting a couple apparently right near the split in the trail. Knew something was wrong as there were too many people and then we came into visual of the cave....

hiking
5 months ago

Such an EPIC hike!! A lot of people say it’s much easier than Flat Iron, but keep in mind this one is much longer. The stats may seem easier on paper, but this hike is difficult! Many moments where you need to push yourself and keep going for the amazing reward at the end. You start out on the same trail as the wave cave, but it splits off at one point...GO RIGHT! It’s a little ways after the fence you walk through. There is a pile of rocks, but we missed it and had to backtrack a bit. Found our way though with GPS back to the trail. Definitely came in handy having the map downloaded. I added to lots of carins along the way, these helped tremendously. If you see some that have fallen or need a couple extra on top, add to them! And leave your mark :) it helps others who may adventure after you’ve considered this just a memory. It says 6.8 miles but man it felt like so much more...felt more like 11. We were out there all day, so plan for some extra time. Have fun and enjoy all the sisters have to offer :)

hiking
6 months ago

Its a but kicker once you leave the main trail and track up and over into what we called the trail of the deadly cactus. Watch you footing or be impaled, from experience. But the end is great. Camp at the second signs of water, and scramble to the falls from there.

hiking
6 months ago

Don’t underestimate the class 3 rating. I would rate it class 4. Very scary but glad I did it. Lots of exposure and more than 3 move climbing

backpacking
6 months ago

February 2018. The loop itself is spectacular with many phenomenal vistas . The total mileage measured by my GPS was well over the 13.2 miles listed in the guide. We finished with approximately 17.5 miles. A bit more than we had bargained for and the other issue is that the people who maintain the trail had not been out and many portions were overgrown with vegetation and more problem-some, sticker bushes. This is especially a problem on the Rogers Canyon Trail. There is a huge field at Angel basin for camping. Only a few sporadic campsites on the Reavis ranch trail and none on the Rogers Canyon trail. We did this during dry conditions with no available stream water. We carried 1.5 gallons each.

Awesome ride up & down. Comes up as 17,000 steps in the 4x4 and 148 flights up on your Apple Watch. You can make your goal easy. Thanks Tóm and Louise for that rocky Jeep ride.

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing views at the top. Definitely worth the trek. Followed the trail on here for the ascent which was way off. There are cairns marked and I would follow those, although others have said they are hard to find. We found them on the way down which was a much easier trail. Overall worth it if you don’t get frustrated and enjoy being outdoors.

hiking
6 months ago

This trek is lengthy, but most rewarding. Once at the summit the views are breathtaking of Canyon Lake, Black Masa, LaBarge Canyon and of course Weavers Needle. We started the hike at the First Water parking and headed for Second Water. Rock hoping up Boulder Canyon to south most point of Battleship Mountain where you find a large stand cairn. The well defined trail heads towards LaBarge Canyon. Once to highest point of this trail, flattop of trail, proceed to the spine of Battleship Mt.

hiking
7 months ago

This hike was amazing! It is long and definitely a scrambly challenge, but it is certainly easier than its north side sister, Flat Iron. The trail is a little tricky to follow, but with GPS we had no problem. I highly recommend GPS for this trail. Spectacular views of gold canyon and of weavers needle. The best part was we only saw a few other people on this hike and had the summit all to ourselves!! This is a great trail if you want amazing views and a challenge, but also to avoid the crowds of Flat Iron.

hiking
7 months ago

views are 5 star. totally worth the hike.. getting there and back whole other story. The Cairns markings are pathetic and agreed with others hard to find and keep track of. was very easy to get off course. you would be better off pre planning and setting your own way points then try and follow those. best bet know where it ends and make your own path. not sure how this app tracks the route so poorly but Endomondo clocked it at 11 miles. so some prepared for a farther distance. for me personally after 8 miles of constantly being in and trekking over boulder fields was glad to get out of the canyon. I'd say it's a good one timer, doubt I would do it again so many more better ones around..

hiking
7 months ago

Definitely as advertised! Bring several maps or route descriptions with you to cross reference. Start EARLY - you will need all day and you don’t want to caught on the mountain when the sun goes down! Bring lots of water and shoes you’re ready to rock climb in...if it starts to seem TOO scary, you may have gone astray from the trail, so check again...but there are scary bits for sure that can’t be gotten around except by just doing them (especially the two crack climbs, one at the very beginning of the hard part and one very close to the summit, plus the second narrow part aka balance beam of doom!). Be careful out there!!!

hiking
7 months ago

PLEASE READ.......This is not a hike to take lightly it is straight up a rocky climb. You will loose your way a few times. Thank goodness for the good people that placed the carins. I added a few myself, please rebuild the ones that have lost a few rocks it helps tremendously to have obvious carins. There are some beautiful views for sure. This is only a 6.8 mile hike but feels more like a 12 mile hike. Plan on all day so you can take your time and take some breaks. Take plenty of snacks for energy you ll need it. I will NOT do this one again. Be mindful and do not take your dog.

Was i nice hike with a little bit of exposure.

Not much of a waterfall but still beautiful and a very difficult hike. Bring extra socks because your feet will likely get wet.

Difficult and fun!

Two days later and I’m still sore. I’m short though and had to really stretch to reach footholds on the way up and back down. Definitely glad I did this hike as part of a decent sized group and on a cooler day. We lost the trail a couple of times - pay attention as it weaves back and forth across the creek bed so you don’t miss the cairns. Pack plenty of water!! I had taken 3L of water and still ran out about 1/3 of a mile before reaching the trailhead. Also recommend electrolytes on this one.

hiking
8 months ago

I will admit, the first 3/4 of this hike seemed to me like fairly typical "Arizona backcountry"... chaparral environment with a fairly well-walked trail. But then, once I started to descend into the river bottom and traversing the river back and forth, I could start to understand the trail rating. It is almost too easy for an ambitious hiker to lose sight of the cairns marking the uphill part to Battleship. My hiking partner and I walked right by it, and our cellphone GPS were not tracking correctly. The result, following other cairns about 1 mile too far up the dry riverbed, and having to double back. Not a huge error, but the weather was in our favor (overcast and cool). I imagine the frustration and danger that a hotter day could have caused as we would have been sucking down additional water and burning out our legs.
Hiking past the uphill part of the trailhead was our own error. Once we got back on track, the hike starts to take on a very different, "experts only" type of status. The mountain itself is NOT for an inexperienced hiker. Even at the very base of the rock, where you begin climbing up, there are multiple places where a fall would mean a bad injury. The rock is very, very old and made up of a lot of weathered, volcanic stone that easily comes away in your hand, so you should always watch where you grab/step. Additionally, as you head north/northwest out toward the promontory of the rock there are multiple NO FALL zones. Making a mistake here would equal death, no question.
All in all, was this hike exhilarating? Yes! Is it worth the effort to have possibly one of the best "extreme" Arizona hikes that you can make a day trip of? Yes! Should you be very mindful about the skill of your group when considering this hike? YES!!!

hiking
8 months ago

A lot of climbing but what a reward at the summit (many on the way as well). Beautiful views and really cool rock formations. The trail is easy to lose if you are not paying close attention to the carins. I ended up off Trail a few times. I was so glad that I downloaded the map. Having map to guide me back was very welcome. There is no cell service (although I did connect at the summit to send out a few pictures to make people jealous.

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