Superstition Mountains hikes

Five Epic Hikes in the Superstitions

It’s no secret that the Superstition Mountains are my favorite place to hike. The endless shapes, mysterious hoodoos, and wild, rugged landscape simply captivate me.

I won’t claim to have hiked every square inch of my beloved mountains, but I’ve come close to hiking every trail (and non-trail) in the western Superstitions. So I feel pretty confident in saying these are the best and most epic hikes in the Superstition Wilderness.

#1 Superstition Ridgeline

This will always be my number one. Superstition Ridgeline was on my list for so long before the stars finally aligned and I was able to complete it. That day was nothing short of magical. While it was certainly challenging and made me suffer a little, it also rewarded me with 360-degree views of the wilderness that stirred my soul from start to finish.

We met a woman named Annie on the hike who was traveling all over the country by herself to hike the best of the best, and she ranked Superstition Ridgeline in her TOP THREE! Annie, wherever you are, we are kindred spirits.

The stats
10.6 miles
4860 ft elevation gain (east to west)

The full report
Superstition Ridgeline

Superstition Ridgeline Trail
Battleship Mountain in the Superstition Wilderness

#2 Battleship Mountain

Move over Angel’s Landing, here comes Battleship Mountain. Okay, I exaggerate, but at least you’ll have relative solitude here. Consisting of a mile-long fin of volcanic rock, this mountain resembles a battleship cutting through the Superstition Wilderness. Its unique topography means there are steep drop-offs on both sides, and you’ll climb, squeeze, slide, and scramble your way across its back for an exciting and adventurous journey to the bow. The views of Canyon Lake, Weaver’s Needle, and Malapais Mountain are unforgettable.

The stats (from First Water)
11.6 mi
2214 ft elevation gain

The full report
Battleship Mountain

#3 Superstition Peak 5057

At the tippy top of the Superstition Ridgeline sits Peak 5057, sometimes called Superstition Peak. It can be approached from the west via Hieroglyphic Trail or the east via Carney Springs Trail, but either way, it’s a steep climb. The views from the top are 100% worth every false summit, loose scree slope, or mild scrambling you may face. Plus, unlike Flatiron, you’ll experience relative solitude (I’ve never shared the summit with anyone besides my friends) and incredible wilderness views in addition to city views.

The stats (from Hieroglyphic Trail)
7.5 mi
3106 ft elevation gain

The full report
Superstition Peak 5057 (2 ways)

Summit of Superstition Peak 5057
Robbers Roost in the Superstition Wilderness Arizona

#4 Robber’s Roost

Not to be confused with the hike in Sedona with the same name, this hike takes you up to a cool rock grotto hidden between Carney Springs Trail and Peralta Trail. Though this hike is not for the navigationally challenged, those who come prepared will get all the benefits of a vigorous hike to the upper elevations of the Superstition range plus the opportunity to visit a hidden gem. Good luck finding the secret entrance!

The stats
7.5 mi
2143 ft elevation gain

The full report
Robber’s Roost (3 ways)

#5 Three Sisters

You thought I was going to say Flatiron, right? Admit it! While Flatiron once topped my list, that was before I really got to know the Superstition range. Flatiron is too popular, and I really hate having to pay to park. But sitting on the opposite side of the ridgeline, just as stunning, at a similar elevation, and waaaaaaay less crowded is Three Sisters. You’ll still get the epic views and everything you love about the Superstitions without the smokers, amplified music, and pistachio shells.

The stats
7.0 mi
2810 ft elevation gain

The full report
Three Sisters

Three Sisters in the Superstition Wilderness
Summit of Weaver's Needle

Honorable Mention: Weaver’s Needle

One of the most iconic formations in the Superstition Mountains is also one of the most epic adventures to be had there. I could not end this article without at least mentioning the one and only Weaver’s Needle. Once you’ve seen it, you never forget it. Once you’ve climbed it, it’s etched on your heart forever.

Not strictly a hike because it does require technical climbing equipment for trad climbing and knowledge how to use it. It is, however, easy enough for beginning climbers who are with someone who knows what they’re doing. Sadly, we did this climb before we started recording all our adventures, so hopefully one day I’ll add the full report.

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7 responses to “Five Epic Hikes in the Superstitions”

  1. Brandon Avatar

    Wow! These hikes are really pretty! I’ll be sure to check them out!

  2. April Gould Avatar
    April Gould

    I love Arizona so much!!! Such beautiful mountains!!

    1. Stacey Johnston Avatar

      I agree! It’s hard to believe some people don’t see beauty in the desert.

  3. Kristi Avatar

    I feel so cool that I’ve done some of these with you. I want to do Weaver’s Needle!! I hope I can come with you!

    1. Stacey Johnston Avatar

      I hope so, too! Looking forward to it. I love standing up there.

  4. Glenn Avatar

    What no Siphon Draw to Flat Iron? I guess that’s technically Superstion Ridge too. I’d throw in Wave Cave.
    For eastern “trails” (they’re all pretty rugged)
    Rogers Canyon Cliff Dwellings via Southern Reavis Ranch Trailhead.
    Upper La Barge Box Via Red Tanks.
    Reavis Ranch to Frasier Ranch (How you like them apples?)
    Frog Tanks (Extra rough but Northern Rogers Canyon is beautiful)
    Fire Line via Reavis Ranch to Circle Stone
    Honorable Mention: AZT (not that spectacular in my opinion, but the trail is cleared and heavily trafficked)

    1. Stacey Johnston Avatar

      I was once a Flatiron junkie myself, but I’ve come to love the less popular trails so much more just because of the fact they’re less popular. It is a great hike, though, no doubt about it! Wave Cave is awesome, too, but I was really focusing on the longer, harder hikes here. Thanks for the recommendations on Eastern Superstitions. I’ve been to Reavis Ranch and Reavis Falls, but I really need to get out there more. Circle Stone and Rogers Canyon cliff dwellings have been on my radar for a while now. You’re inspiring me to get them done! Thank you!

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