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Superstition Mountains, Arizona

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The Superstition Mountains, popularly called "The Superstitions," is a range of mountains in Arizona located to the east of the Phoenix metropolitan area. They are anchored by Superstition Mountain, a large mountain that is a popular recreation destination for residents of the Phoenix, Arizona area.
The mountain range is in the federally designated Superstition Wilderness Area, and includes a variety of natural features in addition to its namesake mountain. Weavers Needle, a prominent landmark and rock climbing destination set behind and to the east of Superstition Mountain, is a tall eroded volcanic remnant that plays a significant role in the legend of the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine. Peralta Canyon, on the northeast side of Superstition Mountain, contains a popular trail that leads up to Fremont Saddle, which provides a very picturesque view of Weavers Needle. Miner's Needle is another prominent formation in the wilderness and a popular hiking destination.
As with most of the terrain surrounding the Phoenix metropolitan area, the Superstition Mountains have a desert climate, with high summer temperatures and a handful of perennial sources of water. The elevation in the more remote, eastern portion of the wilderness is higher than the western portion, which lowers temperatures slightly. Numerous hiking trails cross the mountains from multiple access points, including the Peralta Trailhead, the most popular. The Lost Dutchman State Park, located on the west side of Superstition Mountain, includes several short walking trails.
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  • We only viewed from Grafton ghost town. Very pretty would like to return and visit the Apache trail.  more »
  • Great drive out of Apache Junction and loved the hikes. Canyon Lake was a nice stop as well as Tortilla Flats.  more »
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  • Hiking Superstition Mountain is the most difficult in the Phoenix metro area in my opinion. It has all kinds of terrain; boulders, steep flat, uneven, and almost completely vertical. This isn't for the out of shape folks and isn't a beginners hike. Love it however and the views of Four Peaks and the surrounding areas are worth the trek. Bring water, maybe food, have good shoes on, and take your time.
  • My husband and I retired to Apache Junction in 2005. We made many trips to Superstition Mountain and have enjoyed every trip, especially showing family when they visited. Tortilla Flat is so quaint and although the drive on past TF is bumpy seeing all the sights are beautiful, especially the Roosevelt Dam. It’s an enjoyable, relaxing drive you won’t regret

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