Superstition Ridgeline Trail

HARD 45 reviews
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Superstition Ridgeline Trail is a 10.7 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Apache Junction, Arizona 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.

DISTANCE
10.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4179 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

no shade

no dogs

hiking
16 days ago

Super fun Super hard

hiking
18 days ago

Good one to..

hiking
2 months ago

Hardest hike I've ever done, but oh the views....!! Went up Flat Iron and came down Carney Springs in the dark. Take more water and food than you think you'll need - it's easy to lose the trail at different points. My legs were so fatigued on the way down - fell several times as a result. It was helpful doing the hike with someone who had been across the Ridgeline previously.

hiking
3 months ago

We were not sure what to expect, started out on a fairly flat trail which turned into the best local hiking so far. Definitely need to be in good physical condition and well rested before attempting to reach the summit, but ok to get a ways up and enjoy the beautiful views

5 months ago

Great, beutifull but you need to know the trail, be in shape, start early morning. If you dont know the trail, start early. Download d trail map. IT was a challenge for me but worthy.

hiking
7 months ago

It was a cool and unique hike. Pretty much a map of trails, I prefer more wood based hikes and this was pretty open with a lot of ground rocks. But still
Beautiful :)

8 months ago

Very challenging but beautiful views.u

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail, best If you plan to set up a shuttle

backpacking
9 months ago

I took the Siphon Draw trail (9p-12a), camped on Flat Iron (1a-4a), woke up and cooked breakfast and hiked just passed the way point (around La Barge, I think) as I was doing solo with 30 lbs of gear in training for a 4 day R2R2R. Ready? Check.
Fair Warning: Do Not attempt Ridgleline unprepared for things to go wrong and without good/great hiking shape. May be a little bushwacking on the way, but nothing bad.

10 months ago

Great views. Yes, you will be poked, stabbed, slapped but it is all worth the view at the top.
Start very early in the morning and you could enjoy sunset when you are coming down to the other end.
You need to arrange shuttle back to where you start. I recommend to start climbing to Flatiron from Siphon Draw Trail since it is tough climbing and you want to get it done while your energy is full in the morning.

hiking
10 months ago

Not an easy Trail to follow but will definitely do it again

hiking
Sunday, May 15, 2016

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

hiking
Friday, February 05, 2016

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
Friday, January 01, 2016

It's was life changing :)

Saturday, November 28, 2015

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
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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
Thursday, January 08, 2015

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
Monday, November 24, 2014

THE hardest hike I have ever done. VERY difficult.

hiking
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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.

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