Hike Date: April 8, 2018
Distance: 7.7 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,601 feet
Published Difficulty: Hard
Tip #1: Start early if you’re going any time after March. It took about 3 hours to hike this one, and by the end, it was hot.
Tip #2: Have more than one tip when you start a numbered list.
As far as the trail itself: I always love a loop versus an in/out hike as there’s less redundancy. More to discover. On this trail, you make your way to the back of the Superstition Mountain Range via the Central Ave entrance on the North end of the park. Just keep driving.
Alta trail was the first leg, and was definitely the highlight on this one. The trail kicks off on a healthy incline then makes its way along the top side of the mountain for a while. Beautiful views of the park, some random seashells proving that Phoenix was very likely under water at one point in history (or that someone has way too much time on their hands).
From there, you reach Bajada trail, which levels out quite a bit. Still a decent desert view. I’ll admit that the trail got a little “desert-redundant” (as in, not a whole lot of scenery change) at this point in the loop.
Once we hit the last leg (National Trail), I was pretty ready to be done with a little under 2 miles left to go. I would try the trail again, probably in reverse order so that the ending is what you leave with fresh in your mind. And probably when the dogs would be a little cooler.