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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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  • The drive to the Superstition Mountains is easy if you are staying in Phoenix, only took about 45 mins to get to the base of the mountains, which Is important if you are traveling with kids- Phoenix i...  more »
  • I did this trail with the North Mountain Hiking Club. A very scenic hike I’d never done before. Definitely worth the drive out; lots to take pictures of. Bring lots of water and snacks, take time to e...  more »
  • I wanted to go to the grand canyon, but after canyon lake in the superstition mountains I was all crayoned out. This was quite a sight to see. So steep are these canyons I all most lost my lunch. Ther...  more »
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  • Big mountain range within 15-30 minute drive from downtown Phoenix. Great number of hiking options. Visited mostly during the winter time. You will enjoy statuesque saguaros , and majestic valley views. Watch out for jumping cactus!
  • Fun and enjoying hike outside of Phoenix. Can get really enduring so bring a lot of water along.
  • Great hiking but go early in the air as it gets very hot here in Arizona. Be sure to take plenty of water!
  • So pretty here, and the trails are well marked. Just take plenty of water and wear your hiking boots!
  • Amazing scenary with different climates and many hiking trails. I have lived in Arizona since 2004 and I still find this area fascinating. Make sure you bring extra water. Many areas lack cell phone coverage and some are very remote.
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