Just an hour east of Phoenix is the Superstition Wilderness area. The Superstition Mountains can be seen anywhere in the East Valley. It’s jagged walls rise almost 90 degrees from the city of Apache Junction. On top and behind those walls lie some of the best hiking trails in the Sonoran Desert.
On the second Sunday in October, Amy and I decided to hike the Peralta Trail. No not all of it, but a few miles up near the Freemont Saddle. The trail rises gently to get to the saddle. At the saddle you can take a side trip to a scenic overlook of Weaver’s Needle, visit Geronimo’s Cave or you can go further into the wilderness area. Weaver’s Needle is well know as being near the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine. Find it and you’ll be set for life.
You could spend the rest of your life exploring the Superstition Wilderness and never hike the same trail twice. Dozens of trails lead to the south side of the range and just as many on the north side along the Apache Trail. There’s at least a half dozen trail heads with parking on each side as well.