Superstition Peak 5057 via Hieroglyphic Trail [CLOSED]

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Superstition Wilderness

Superstition Peak 5057 via Hieroglyphic Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gold Canyon, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips.

Distance: 8.2 miles Elevation Gain: 2,992 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

views

wildlife

closed

no shade

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. Note: Users have reported that this trail can get slippery after rainfall. Take extra caution when the trail is wet, since the gravel is already loose near the top of the canyon. Erosion is a big concern on this hike. For now it is fairly easy to do in dry weather as long as you are cautious. Be prepared for the weather. It can change very quickly especially on or near the Ridgeline. One thing to consider is the effect of fog since it can obscure trails that are hard to find and another thing is erosion on parts of the trail that are already slippery.

2 months ago

Heads up, this trailhead is closed right now due to COVID. Amazing trail, I was early enough to get in before they closed the trail. it took 6 hours and kicked my butt and was so worth it. When I came down the entire parking lot is closed until further notice. Surreal experience.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike! After we went by Hieroglyphics we did not meet another hiker up or down. Beautiful view of Weaver’s Needle from the ridge line crest. Thanks to whoever marked the trail with cairns. We were always able to find our new way. Difficult because of the loose rock and some rock climbing. Started at 7AM and back to car by 1:05. Ate lunch at the ridge line.

hiking
no shade
over grown
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

This trail is severely overgrown, and the trail is only marked by stacked rocks. Going up isn’t too difficult, but finding your way down is extremely tough due to the difficulty of staying on the trail. I’m in good hiking shape, and this trail took a total of 6 hours to complete. Due to the scrambling, this is not a dog friendly trail.

2 months ago

bring ur hiking shoes for this one and dont under estimate this trail. this trail is one the more difficult hikes I have done and one of my favorites too. it has all the different challenges from the flat easy to max straight up rock climbing and drastic straight hange in elevation. I have dealt with elevation change on homes from being from Wyoming but as sudden as this trail. this definitely not a beginner trail too...

As other hikers stated, after the hieroglyphics the trail becomes pretty much desolate. We only met about 8 other people on the way and back down from the peak. This is not a trail for beginners or the faint of heart. There was a little route finding but plenty of carins to guide the way. There is some rock scrambling and some slippery spots and loose shale. The elevation gain in the short amount of distance is substantial. We did the trail in middle of March where the weather was in the mid 60s and sunny. Be aware of any inclement weather as rain could make the trail dangerous and fog could make you lose the trail. This was by far my most favorite hike yet!!

hiking
3 months ago

Great calf kicker and workout!! Crowd thinned considerably past the hieroglyphics. There is some loose gravel in a part, but I wouldn’t let it discourage you—all part of hiking in the mountains. Good traction hiking boots will help in this trail for sure. Took me 2 hours to the top at a good pace. There’s a little bit of a climb near the top that could be a challenge for some. Easy to also do some of the superstition ridge trail if you still have some gas in the tank when you start to come down. The crowd at the hieroglyphics when I descended at lunch time was insane! Every type of person in every age bracket will slow you down for the last mile on a nice day. It was crazy town! Total opposite past that en route to 5057.

hiking
3 months ago

Great views, but the hike up sucks! At least the part past the hieroglyphic trail. On the way to hieroglyphics, it's pretty well maintained and busy, with all types of hikers and ages. At the end of that portion of the trail, there are various pools of water and rock outcroppings you can sit on. Sit here a few to enjoy the views. Now past this part, the trail gets a bit more dicey. The trail narrows to single person width and it's a bit overgrown in parts. Also, the elevation starts to get a bit more steep. There weren't many hikers at this portion, probably saw 3-4 peeps. The way up gets gradually more and more steep and more and more overgrown. Take your time to find your footing. You'll eventually get to where the trail goes steeply up and the ground is very loose in rocks. Definitely take your time here. Very annoying to climb up as the ground will shift under you, loose rocks like shale. Trudge on through until you get to saddle. Once you're up on the saddle/ridgeline, then it gets easier. However, you'll still have a few more to go, so keep trucking on. Reach the peak, take in the views, and reverse directions back to return. Not as annoying the way back, but still a pain due to the loose rocks. However, the views are great facing back down.

hiking
washed out
3 months ago

It's a nice hike but I gave it 3 stars, mainly as a caution, because there needs to be a warning in this description to be careful when using this trail after a strong rain. I did this hike in dry weather and even then, every time you step on the gravel near the top of the ravine it adds to the erosion that has already occurred. You are on the side of a steep drop off and the gravel has already dropped to the point where there is nothing but dirt to hold on with your hands. For now it is fairly easy to do in dry weather as long as you are cautious but the conditions will continue to get worse with every rain and every hiker. There was recently a rescue when someone hiked this trail after a large rain. The specific issue with that hike was losing the trail do to fog, but the erosion is also something to look for. I suggest having the trail description say something similar to what the AZ Search and rescue has said for similar hikes: "Be prepared for the weather. It can change very quickly especially on or near the Ridgeline." One thing to consider is the effect of fog since it can obscure trails that are hard to find and another thing is erosion on parts of the trail that are already slippery.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

By far the best hike I’ve done. There’s a lot of switchbacks over the creek and over the waterfalls after a rain. The trail markers are pretty clear, but it does take some looking around to find them. Be careful from about the 3 mile mark on. It gets steep and is all scramble with loose rock. The best advice I could give is to remember that whatever you climb up you must climb down.

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

This was a great hike and I would highly recommend if you are looking for a good challenge with some spectacular scenery at the top. This hike is about 3 Hrs up and 3 Hrs down with a break at the top. I would not recommend this hike for anyone who is not an experienced hiker. Recommend lots of water and start early.

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flooded
muddy
washed out
6 months ago

this is always a fun hike, especially after all the rain, I drank the Jameson in the ammo can

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

This is one of my favourite places in Arizona, and I do hike it often. If you enjoy this route, you may wish to try the south face route sometime as well. It starts at the petroglyphs and heads up the ridge, east to the balancing rock, then up the south face. I submitted the route to Alltrails as Superstition Peak 5057 south face route. It is a faster, more direct route, but is a little more difficult.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail! Longer than the app says. We hiked 11 miles from the Heiroglyphic trailhead to the peak.

hiking
bugs
over grown
8 months ago

As you’re headed up, it’s a good bet to stick to the east on any forks in the trail. I went at 5am over Labor Day. There were a bunch of wasps about half way to the top.

hiking
9 months ago

I did this hike a few years ago. It was a really good hike except for the last half mile. Pretty much hands and feet on the ground because of all the loose Rock. But when you get to the top the view is amazing. I didn't go all the way to the peak. I went to the junction of the Ridgeline Trail and this Trail.

hiking
bugs
over grown
Tue May 14 2019

Extremely buggy this time of year. Trail is over grown and hard to follow past the hieroglyphics.

hiking
bugs
rocky
Sat May 04 2019

Did about 3.5 miles of this before turning back due to time constraints. The first mile to the hieroglyphics are pretty close to a walk in the park, and this section is highly trafficked with many groups and families. Once past the hieroglyphics, there is almost no traffic; you may see one or two other groups, but you may see no one. It was extremely buggy, imagine this is partly due to it being springtime. Some good elevation gain for the mile after the hieroglyphics, but it isn't until 2.5-3 miles in where you start scrambling. At the 3.5 mile marker or so you are on a somewhat steep grade with loose rocks; trekking poles might be helpful during this portion. Will come back to finish. Think the canyon on this route is pretty enough to make this hike worthwhile even if you turn back and do not summit 5057. Did find the trail hard to follow, especially around the 2.5 mile marker; initially thought the trail veered up some steep rocks but realized you continue on for another quarter mile before starting to boulder hop and then scramble up some rocks. Keep your map handy and check for cairns.

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