This 'Arizona Death March' Is Unmarked and Untamed
Known as the 'Arizona Death March', this is one of the toughest trails in the entire state.
The Superstition Mountains separate the sprawl of Phoenix from the harsh interior of Eastern Arizona. Every year people die in the mountains, which makes this trail not one to be undertaken lightly.
The trail, if you can call it that, traverses narrow peaks and offers stunning views of the mountains and canyons. In places the traverse is less hiking and more hand over hand rock climbing. A wrong step here and a hiker can fall hundreds of feet before hitting another rock.
The maze of washes and rock formations can create navigation problems for even the most experienced hiker. But you'll be rewarded with stunning views of Arizona -- the Phoenix cityscape on one side and the diverse topography of the Superstitions on the other.
When to go
December to March. Winter is the best season for hiking. The days will not be as hot and some water might flow in the canyons.
Begin at the Lost Dutchman State Park visitors center. 45 minutes East of Phoenix, take Route 60E, to 88N.Trail ends in the Peralta Trailhead parking lot. 1 hour East of Phoenix, take 60E to Peralta Rd, the parking area is the end of the dirt road, well marked.
Know before you go
- There is no water. Carry at least 5 litres with you.
- The trail is not marked, be aware of the direction you are traveling.
- You must be physically able to climb vertical rock faces, do not attempt if you are not fit.
For more information:
- Hike Arizona is a great resource for planning your trip