Superstition Mountains Backpacking - Miner's Passage

Hiking from one side to the other - seeing it all!

The Superstition Mountains hold many secrets.  It's the historical stomping grounds of native peoples through milennia. In recent history it also became home to Elisha Reavis, or the "Gardner of the Superstitions".  Over time, thousands of people have ventured into the Superstitions to escape the summer heat in the Valley.

Today, the Superstition Mountains are as wild and untamed as they once were.  This backpacking adventure will take us into the heart of Reavis Ranch as well as a visit to an ancient ruin.  Relax by campfire as your guides entertain you with stories of the natives, Elisha Reavis, the old cabin and the Legend of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine.

Duration:  5 days/4nights

Departs:  Old Town Scottsdale @ 6:30am on Day 1

Includes:  Round-trip transportation from Scottsdale, all permits & entry fees, skilled guide(s), meals* (lunch day 1 thru lunch day 5), kitchen & group gear (cooking utensils, stove, fuel, water filter, food storage, dish washing necessities), personal mess-kit (bowl, mug, fork, spoon).

Not-Included:  Personal insurance and expenses; Pre- or post-trip lodging; Airfare to and from Scottsdale, AZ; Airport transfers; Breakfast Day 1, dinner Day 3; Sleeping bag, Sleeping pad, Backpack, Tent (rentals available); Trekking poles (complimentary upon request).

Cost:  $725/person
Price is based on shared occupancy.  Solo occupancy upgrade available for an additional $25/person +tax; A $250/person deposit is required to hold your reservation on any trip. The balance is due 30 days prior to your trip departure date.  Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure.

Skill level:  Advanced - Guests will need the ability to hike on established trails with noticeable elevation change over uneven natural surfaces for up to 10 miles per day. The group will move at a 2 to 3 mph pace with breaks.  The physical exertion on this adventure is considerable as we will be crossing multiple mountain ranges and a good base level of fitness is required.

Notes:  RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.  All backpacking tours are group tours; minimum 2 guests.  Guests will be required to carry their own gear, meals, water and some shared group gear.   Private backpacking tours are available for an additional fee.  *All breakfasts and dinners are freeze-dried meals; lunches will be comprised of various trail snacks including trail mix, candy, granola bars, and various meats & cheeses. Please inquire for available dates.

Trip Itinerary

Overview

Reavis Ranch in the Superstition Mountains is an incredible desert oasis of Arizona. A visit here is worth at least one or two nights so you can get the full backcountry hiking experience. Our professional and WFR certified guides will make this a trip worth remembering.

DAY 1: TRANSFER TO THE TRAILHEAD AND HIKE TO ANGEL BASIN.

Today you will meet your guides and fellow travelers at our host hotel in Scottsdale. After brief introductions, we will load into our van and transfer to the Roger's Trough trail head where we will begin our backpacking trip. Your guide will distribute any rental gear and give a safety briefing and then we start our hike! The route into Angel Basin begins on an established undulating trail.  There will be various creekbed crossings (some may be wet) so sturdy shoes or hiking boots are required.  We'll take breaks along the way, finally arriving at our destination.  We'll cruise into camp and relax around the campfire (when permitted) and talk about our day and what's in store for the next few days.

  • Hiking:  5 miles
  • Meals: breakfast on your own, lunch and dinner provided
  • Lodging: Backcountry campsite

DAY 2: EXPLORING THE SALADO RUINS & HIKE

We'll wake to the sounds of song birds cutting through the slience.  We'll enjoy coffee and breakfast as a group around the campfire before we set out on today's adventure - The Salado Ruins.  These 600 year old ruins were left by a small family group as a reminder of our rich history.  Tucked high in the cliff walls, the daring can scramble to see the structure up close.  After our visit we'll pack up and hit the trail making it as far as we need to to secure an appropriate camp.  This will be one of our shorter hiking days due to the exploration at the ruins

  • Hiking: 7-10 miles
  • Meals: All meals
  • Lodging: Backcountry campsite

DAY 3: CONTINUE ACROSS THE RANGES

We'll arise to the sounds of silence as we're deep in the heart of the Superstitions.  We'll relax around camp for a bit as we enjoy coffee and breakfast.  We'll pack up at a leisurely pace because there's no need to hurry - we're going to be hiking most of the day anyway.

  • Hiking: ~10 Miles
  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch included, Dinner on your own
  • Lodging: Backcountry campsite

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.

 

Request Information

Backpacking is a very challenging endeavor and each route will require a certain level of fitness, capability and in some cases, experience.  Our goal is to ensure that you do not get in over your head to the extent it requires an evacuation.  Our staff is eager to work with you to put together the adventure that's best for you and your group.

STUFF TO KNOW

Cell service & Electricity: While backpacking in the Superstitions, you will not have cell phone service, you should expect to be unreachable by phone. There is no electricity available. Bring a portable battery to charge your phone for photos.

Bathrooms/Showers: During this trip we will not have access to showers or bathrooms. We will use a WAG Bag system to pack out our waste and ensure we Leave No Trace.

Hiking & Terrain - This backpacking trip requires that you carry all you need and a portion of the group gear on your back. Expect to carry about 35-50lbs in your backpack. We will be hiking in and out of Aravaipa Creek over slippery rocks, your feet will be unavoidably wet, and sand will get in your shoes. Trekking poles are very helpful on this trip and gaiters are a must.

Age & Group Size

  • Minimum Age: 14
  • Max Group Size: 10

2019 DATES

  • Tours are available March & April, and October & November, depending on permit availability.  We'll need at least 3-months advance notice to secure USFS permits.

CANCELLATION POLICY

All cancellations must be made in writing via email or fax. Cancellation fees abide by the following schedule:
-91 or more days prior: Full refund for all trips
-61 to 90 days prior: Forfeit of deposit (30%)
-31 to 60 days prior: 50% of trip cost
-0 to 30 days prior: 100% of trip cost (no refund)

 



 

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