Discussion => Surrounding Areas => Topic started by: Mark W on March 29, 2018, 12:44:45 PM

Title: Arizona: Backpacking in the Superstition Wilderness
Post by: Mark W on March 29, 2018, 12:44:45 PM
I was down in Arizona in mid-March backpacking in the Superstition Wilderness and thought I'd share a few photos and an excerpt of the write-up on the trip I did for TrailGroove on here.

Long before I’d ever shouldered a backpack for a hike into a wilderness area, I found myself intrigued by Arizona’s Superstition Mountains. As the purported location of the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine, I was first exposed to the Superstitions in books about lost treasures and historical mysteries I checked out from my middle-school library. An episode of “In Search of . . .” with Leonard Nimoy that featured the legend and aired as a re-run on the History Channel further deepened my fascination. Hidden gold and lost maps, murders and disappearances, towering rock formations and an unforgiving desert landscape – all made for captivating TV to a city kid in Kentucky. Tales of lost treasure closer to home, like Swift’s lost silver mine and buried Civil War payrolls were more geographically relevant, but the Lost Dutchman’s Mine and the Superstitions had made an impression.


After becoming an avid backpacker, my interest in the Superstition Mountains was rekindled. The Superstition Wilderness is one of the original wilderness areas designated in the Wilderness Act of 1964, is an excellent springtime backpacking destination, and – as far as stunning desert landscapes go – is easily accessible. Despite a few half-hearted attempts to plan a trip over the years, I didn’t get a chance to hike there until recently. Having a close friend and fellow backpacker who lived nearby and was eager to fit in a backpacking trip before the imminent and awesome responsibility of fatherhood was bestowed up him later in the year provided all the motivation I needed. The unlikely yet unique possibility that I might solve a centuries-old mystery while digging a cathole may or may not have factored into my enthusiasm as well . . .


More pictures and the rest of the trip report, featuring hopeful hammockers and a bear canister nightmare, are here:

Title: Re: Arizona: Backpacking in the Superstition Wilderness
Post by: wsp_scott on April 01, 2018, 01:12:49 PM
Looks a little different from KY :)

I read the full report on Trail Groove, sounds like it was a good trip
Title: Re: Arizona: Backpacking in the Superstition Wilderness
Post by: Mark W on April 03, 2018, 03:42:56 PM
Yeah, just a bit different than Kentucky (or Montana).

Would be a great winter destination for all you Kentucky backpackers . . . get a cheap flight to Mesa/Phoenix, rent a car, and be at the trailhead in an hour.