Join us on a three-day backpacking adventure in the Superstition Wilderness with Arizona Outback Adventures.guides! With the help of your guide you will work on your backpacking skills, learn about the flora, fauna, and geology of the area, as well as the fascinating and mysterious legend and folklore of this mountain range. Get lost (figuratively not literally!) in the wilderness area rumored to have hidden gold mines and secret maps.
Itinerary March 8th-10th, 2019
DAY One March 8th
Meet your guide in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Express in Old Town Scottsdale at 7:00am. Here your guide will do an orientation and distribute gear. Once your backpacks are all squared away, you’ll depart for a short drive to the Peralta Trailhead at the base of the Superstition Mountains. Just an hour from the heart of Phoenix, this popular trailhead quickly transitions us from rush hour to the quiet solitude of the Sonoran Desert. Hiking past towering saguaro cactus, we’ll follow a ridgeline before dropping down into a basin where we set up camp. Tonight we enjoy a campfire (USFS restrictions permitting) and a delicious guide-prepared dinner beneath the stars.
- Hiking: 6-7 miles
- Meals: Breakfast on your own, lunch and dinner included
- Lodging: Camping in remote backcountry area
Day Two March 9th
After coffee and breakfast in the morning, we’ll break camp and begin to stretch our legs on the rocky Red Tanks Trail. Now deep in a remote region of the Superstition Wilderness Area, we’re likely to see some wildlife on our trek today; black-tailed jackrabbit, whiptail lizards, red-tailed hawk, and many others call this place home. We’ll do lunch on the trail to fuel us for a steep climb to a stunning vista where we can take in the whimsical desert terrain around us. Surprisingly lush, the Sonoran Desert has more species of plants and animals than any other desert in the world, including many native plants used by Native Americans as food and medicinal sources as they traveled this same route. Tonight we enjoy our final night of solitude while listening to the great-horned owl announce sunset. Dinner has a celebratory feel as we share stories of the trail with our new friends and adventure companions.
- Hiking: 5-7 miles
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
- Lodging: Camping in remote backcountry area
Day Three March 10th
Our campsite affords us a perfect view of sunrise over the saguaros! Having settled into a backcountry pace dictated by nature’s own timeline, we enjoy breakfast before donning our packs for our final day on the trail. Today’s route completes our loop via the Whiskey Springs Trail. From here we can see Miner’s Needle, a monumental rock spire left over from when this region was just a massive chain of volcanoes and cinder cones. By midday we drop back onto the Dutchman Trail and retrace our first day’s steps to find trail’s end at the Peralta Trailhead. We transfer back to our host hotel, arriving between 5:00 and 7:00pm. Although we’ve left the wilderness behind, we take with us a feeling of accomplishment and memories of our adventure together.
- Hiking: 6-8 miles
- Meals: Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own
- Lodging: On your own
Note about itinerary changes: We do our best to operate each trip as closely as possible to the published itinerary, however there are sometimes forces outside of our control that could require us to make adjustments to the operations of a trip. These include but are not limited to weather, natural disasters, road closures, park closures, campsite availability, emergency guest illness or injury.
- Round-trip ground transportation from Scottsdale, AZ
- Meals starting lunch on Day 1 through lunch on Day 3
- Bottled water and snacks for the drive
- Kitchen and group gear (cooking utensils, stove, fuel, water filter, food storage where needed, dish washing necessities)
- Personal mess kit (bowl, mug, fork, spoon)
- Professional Wilderness First Responder Certified Guide
Permits & Land Use Fees Include
- Tonto National Forest commercial use fees
- Personal insurance and expenses
- Pre- or post-trip lodging
- Breakfast Day 1
- Dinner Day 3
- Airport transfers
- Sleeping bag (available to rent from AOA)
- Sleeping pad (available to rent from AOA)
- Backpacking pack (available to rent from AOA)
- Backpacking tent (available to rent from AOA)
- Trekking poles (complimentary upon request)
- Gratuities to AOA Guides
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