Superstition Backroads

Total Miles
25.2

Elevation

714.27 ft

Duration

1.5 Hours

Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

A short day close to town. Easy Jeep trails takes you to an abandoned gypsum mine and also quite close to the Superstition Mountains. The main trail is 4. A short optional climb is 5 and the Gypsum Overlook Loop is 5. The western end of the trail is close to the Superstition Mountains. There is a picnic site at the top of the optional climb where we occasionally build a campfire and wait for the full moon. Look for a mushroom rock from one of the north spurs and a cave on the other. The cave looks like it should have cliff dwellings. If time is short you can just do the section west of Peralta Road. This is the most interesting section, but the east part is also worth the trip. You may even be lucky enough to see mule deer along the trail. You may also see Bighorn Sheep on the low part of Superstition Mountain. These were at the end of the western spur.

Photos of Superstition Backroads

Superstition Backroads
Superstition Backroads
Superstition Backroads

Difficulty

Uneven, rutted dirt trail with loose rocks, sand, erosion, and washes. Potential water crossings up to 18" deep, mud holes, and obstacles up to 2 feet, including ledges and short, steep grades.

Technical Rating

5

Status Reports

Kevin Hogsed
Apr 13, 2024
2017 KTM 1090
Open
Fun loop, big bike friendly depending on skill level. Only one section of rocky hills, easily managed on my 1090. Very little water, could be a lot harder after some rain. A couple of places you have to cross a wash.
Kevin Hogsed
Apr 07, 2024
2022 GAS GAS EX350
Open
Dusty
Washboard
Dry with a few puddles where the road crossed a wash. Only went to Geronimo trailhead.
Brandon Peterson
Mar 24, 2024
2006 Jeep Wrangler
Open
Muddy/Wet
Daughter and I went out there for something to do and had lunch.
Desert Rambler
Mar 17, 2024
4x4
Open
Muddy/Wet
Great day trail with great views and plenty of spots to stop for lunch. There were also what looked like campsites at the beginning and end of each trail. Some of the trail was rocky and narrow but we also had a full size pickup that did just fine. Did not need 4 wheel drive.

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