Explore the most popular hiking 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.

16 hours ago

Beautiful trail! It was my first time backpacking, so definitely challenging for a newbie!!! Plenty of apples that’s for sure!! Make sure to bring a water filter to get water from the stream! Also definitely recommend having a map and compass

21 hours ago

Trail is a bit challenging to find.

Great views.

This is more of moderate/difficult hike.

BEWARE of rattle snakes. Stay on the trail, mosdef.

1 day ago

Awesome hike in the desert! It took around 2 hours to complete the out & back trail.

Weather was perfect and scenery was amazing. Was a fairly easy hike in and out. We went a little higher then the stopping point and that was a bit more challenging. Gorgeous views and not too many people. I would highly recommend this trail.

Was beautiful. Go early ~ less people. As you get into the trail it gets rocky. Wear proper shoes and watch your footing. Was worth the hike.

Lots of rocks. Do not do this with sneakers.

Wish we had started sooner, had to turn back to finish before sundown-but wow! Definitely a challenge, and we somehow got off trail in the beginning-not lost, just off trail. But, If you love feeling like a rock star climbing straight up rock scrambles and catching amazing views from each summit (like we do), this trail is amazing.

Great hike
Lots of apples at the ranch

Fun little quick hike with some scrambling at the end near the cave. We were surprised how big the cave was. Beautiful area!

Great hike until the last few hundred feet, it becomes a little steep. Great views from top and very rewarding

Recent rains have small stream and waterfalls flowing. Good way to shake the summer lack of exercise. No scrambling and moderate incline.

A pretty easy hike, not too much elevation gain with some nice running (not always) water at the end. The hieroglyphs are nice, and I’m pretty sure some people have added their own as well.

one of my favorite hikes. easy to moderate then the last 500 feet is difficult.

8 days ago

went with my dad and two kids. we loved it! the spring is beautiful and the weather was perfect.

9 days ago

Went hiking with wife, kids, and cousin on the first very beautiful day of the fall hiking season. Waterfalls were still running the day after very heavy rains which made it very refreshing to stop and admire the tranquility of the petroglyph area. One of the best trails for the whole family to be found in Arizona!

10 days ago

Very rocky. Wear proper footwear. Some steep inclines but worth the climb. Easy for the first .8 or so but as you get to the base of the saddleback, lots of boulders to get to water pools and petroglyphs.

Great experience. Longer than I expected though. Not in the greatest shape, but my son carried the pack, so I can’t complain! It seems like this trail goes through about three micro climates—brutally rough rock ravine with cacti constantly reaching out for you, then lush almost tropical (for a desert) vegetation on the back side, water seeping everywhere, then finally clean, giant hoodoos standing silent sentinel over the vast Arizona floor. Steep trail down; my legs are still sore. Awesome day.

sweet trail would do it again.

Beautiful Sunrise Hike this morning with some friends....waterholes were full, no waterfall yet, not enough rain. Good Times!

Did this hike today for the first time solo. I have done it before with a group last year as part of the ridge line hike. Today I went to Carney Springs left a little late at 2pm and hit the summit at 5pm. Sunset was at 6pm so I had to use my head lamp for the down hill part back to the parking lot. The trail app saved once it was dark I got turned around and off trail twice. made it down by 730 PM. Saw a coral snake at the top of Carney Springs was cool but alittle freaky. Fun hike harder then the Flat Iron for sure.

15 days ago

I hiked in and camped near the ranch. Wonderful hike, quite moderate and enjoyable. The apples were all over the place as of early October!

trail running
15 days ago

Plenty of apples this year (2018). I would try and make it up during October before they go bad.

15 days ago

16 days ago

A beautiful trail from start to finish. A solid moderate rated trail, I can see where for some it could be ranked difficult. Good hiking shoes with good gripping power is a must. Trail required focus on the path as you walked it, no looking around for me, so frequent stops to take in the amazing views. Path is visibly easy to follow, no markers outside of the trail head. Was light traffic today, ran into maybe a total of 10 other hikers. By the end I had 5.7 miles, so as others noted, it’s longer than the states 4.8 miles. Took me 3hrs 15min, with taking about 15 mins at the turnaround point to take in views. Great hike for views and a workout!! Then treat yourself to food & beverage in Tortilla Flats afterward, it’s a well deserved reward!

17 days ago

Nice trail. Easy-Med. The petroglyphs were amazing to see! If you don't like people this is not the trail for you. There were a ton of people, loud with no "trail etiquette". Litter and graffiti on the rocks next to and over the historic drawings.

on Wave Cave Trail

17 days ago

At the start of the trail, you will come to a fence which appears to discourage you from entering, but you actually have to walk through it. Otherwise you'll get lost and wind up on another trail and have to back track. See attached photo of the fence. You have to walk through it were the orange posts are.

Other than that, it's not too bad of hike. I would call it moderate.

May want to bring gloves as there were some points where you need to grab rocks for balance/footing.

17 days ago

This trail is on the tougher side of moderate for those less seasoned. The ascending climb to the cave can prove to be difficult but “surfing the wave” at the top is well worth it. At the fork, make a left not a right. If you find yourself having to crawl through brush, you went the wrong way!

Great views. I was hoping there would be more than a small water dribble because of all the rain this week. The ponds were all full but only a slight water flow from pond to pond.

20 days ago

Cons: It is extremely easy to lose the trail.

Pros: The trail offers a little bit of everything including beautiful views challenging climbs and cool breezes down the canyon.

22 days ago

This was NOT a moderate hike. It's lovely at the cave, but so hard to get there. Like everyone said, easy to get lost.

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