Superstition Ridgeline Trail via Carney Springs Road

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Superstition Ridgeline Trail via Carney Springs Road is a 11.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Gold Canyon, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until April.

11.3 miles
4,429 feet
Out & Back





nature trips




wild flowers



over grown



washed out

no shade

no dogs

This hike has lots of great views of the Superstition Mountains. This hike is not easy at all. You would need to have some type of map and know how to read it. The trail is easy to find but once you reach Carney Saddle it fades quickly. There are cairns along the way.

3 months ago

sweet trail would do it again.

9 months ago

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.

Monday, January 25, 2016

This is three part video of Carney Springs to Saddle and Roost and then angling down to Fremont Saddle that I found on utube but did not make myself.

Part 2 shows the actual ROOST at about 4 minutes into that video.Part 2 has views of in and out of roost.

We got a dozen scouts in and out of their in 1980;s so this video was more recent reminder of how hard it was to FIND the actual boulder-pile-roost. The views were great all around that area of the mountain above the Peralta Trail.

All day adventure.

Monday, January 25, 2016

In 1980's I hiked up here as helper for a big group of scouts. The Parents mostly gave up halfway up from Carney Springs TH but we had enough senior scouts for corral and help the younger ones. Took short thick rope along to guide the young scouts down into the "cave" which is simply several giant boulders forming a "hiding place for robbers."

This was a day hike after many shorter hikes for these scouts. They also back-packed to Bluff Sprints for overnight adventure with two scout groups, and after many overnight outings their reward was either Havasupai or Grand Canyon tenting at bottom. Down the Kaibab and up the Bright Angel. But Robbers Roost day hike was part of the "getting ready" process. You need better details to really find the bouldered "roost." We went in 1980;s

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

This was my first time to Robbers Roost and I made some changes as we came out on Barks Upper Canyon. Which was a very little used trail but we found our way out. The weather could not have been any nicer. There was just so much to to see on this hike and I plan on doing this one again

1 month ago

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