"The wildflowers, the birds and the warm spring sunshine draw me back to the Superstition Wilderness each spring. I've been going there for about 19 years." -- Bill Sheppard, WV leader
Lush canyons with sycamore and cottonwood trees, rugged mountains with pinyon pines and alligator juniper trees, hidden canyons, creeks and waterfalls, majestic deserts and wildflowers, prehistoric ruins, abandoned mines, prospector camps and ranches – all these are found in a wilderness close to Phoenix. The Superstition Wilderness is unlike the image most people have of a desert. It's very mountainous with elevations ranging from about 2,000 ft to 6,250 ft. The famous Weaver’s Needle, a weathered volcanic spire, rises to 4,553 ft. We'll have some minor elevation changes on our hike to camp, both up and down, but nothing too challenging. The trails are generally in good condition, but we'll do some touch-up work to keep them that way. If this winter's storms bring a good rainy season in the southwest, we'll witness a colorful blooming desert with many species of flowers. It's a natural garden!
The history of the Superstitions is fascinating - from the early Spanish explorers and the Apaches to the crusty old gold prospectors. The legend of the "Lost Dutchman Mine" still inspires gold bugs to scratch around in the desert in search of the mysterious mine. Some experts think the Dutchman pulled off a successful hoax, so don't be fooled by any old timers who offer to sell you a "recently discovered" treasure map.
In early June of 2019, the Woodbury fire burned more than 123,000 acres of the Superstition Mountains in Tonto National Forest. Our service project will focus on much-needed recovery efforts on wilderness trails in the Eastern Superstition Mountains. We will be helping the forest service repair trails that were severely damaged after this disastrous fire. The exact trails won't be decided upon until after winter 2019 and the decision will be communicated to volunteers then. Participants should expect to hike no more than 5 miles with 1,000' elevation gain. The project scope will include trail work, rock work, vegetation/fuels removal, and tread work. The local Backcountry Horsemen's group will provide pack support for tools, food, and commissary equipment. Help rehabilitate this wilderness area and get these trails back in commission for 2020!
This project is rated as a strenuous project.
Check out more photos from our prior Superstition Wilderness projects in our gallery.
Mar 29th - Apr 4th 2020
Trail maintenance, tread repair, erosion control
Day hikes, photography, wildflower viewing
Strenuous : Bending, digging, shoveling, hauling, lopping, cutting. Up to 5 mi. backpack, 1000' elevation gain