Hiking Arizona's Sonoran Desert: Exploring the Superstition Mountains
Hike two icons of the Southwest, the Sonoran Desert and Superstition Mountains, where you’ll join local experts to learn the region’s human, natural and geological story.
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Program No. 19723RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

Experience spectacular desert hiking during five days of exploration amid some of the most beautiful country in the Southwest. Trek through the south, north, and eastern sides of the Superstition Mountains while you make your way through the rugged, cactus-laden landscapes of the Superstition Wilderness, home of the legendary Lost Dutchman Mine and the mysterious Weaver’s Needle.
Activity Level
Hiking 5-10 miles on varied terrain, some rock scrambling, at elevation changes up to 1,200 feet. Elevations of 3,500-5,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Spend five days hiking with experts in the Sonoran Desert’s Superstition Wilderness.
  • Explore the geology, desert ecology and human history of the area as you cover its unique and varied terrain.
  • Journey to the shores of Apache Lake and its resort on the north side where you spend two more days hiking in the Salt River Canyon.

General Notes

For less-challenging hiking in the same area, check out program #6117. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Michael Wichman
Michael Wichman's first trip below the rim in Grand Canyon was in October 2004 and he hasn’t looked back since. He's passionate about the Southwest, and especially Grand Canyon, with a love of hiking, climbing, and paddling on and below its rims. He's dedicated to lifelong learning: an avid reader of all things associated with Grand Canyon, his favorite topics are geology, canyon inhabitants, and river stories. He also loves meeting new people — of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and origins. He finds shared group experiences extremely enriching especially when that experience is in nature. Michael earned a B.A. in psychology from UCLA, where he worked with children with autism. He also studied at Northern Arizona University, focusing on environmental science and policy in the Southwest. Michael looks forward to the opportunity to share an adventure with you!
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Mike Masek
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