The magnificent 29 million years old monolithic haven of the Superstition Mountain is the world renowned insignia that effectually segregates urban opulence and quest of the wild. Towering at 3,000feet, the Superstitious Mountain lies east of Apache Junction Arizona that is perched next to Mesa and is visible from the close by Phoenix.
The Spaniards were the premier Europeans to unearth the Superstition Mountain, and most likely got christened by the initial settlers and farmers who overheard fables of mystery, unexplained on-goings and the Pima Indians who had major trepidations regarding the mountain and would not cross the mountain.
Old and recent folklore surround the Superstition Mountain like that of the Indian myths that believed that it was the abode of the evil spirits who caused the shrilling grumblings audible from the mountain. The Apache and the Pima Indians believed that the mountain was the seating for the earth creator, Cherwit Make who awaited them for judgement day. The Aztlan belief revolved around the thought that the Superstitious Mountains held the primeval abode and the fortunes of the Aztecs. A majority of the new folklore were incited from the three million dollars worth of Gold being taken away from the huge quarry in the mountain.
Though, there are peaks touching 6,000 feet over sea-level higher than the Superstitious Mountains, its wilderness is the most diverse ranging from gorges, huge Saguaro cacti ridden arid areas where one might just have a chance meeting with mountain lions, amphibian forms, black bears, bobcats, coyote and javelina.
It is a cruel play area with tortuous highs and lows in temperature; the ideal time for venturing here is during the much-visited hiking period between the months from September to June when the climate is reasonably moderate.
A great way to explore the outdoors in to undertake a hike across the wilderness trails exploring the desert plant life, seeking out the trails of the vanished Dutchman’s Goldmine, not missing out on the Praying Hands, the Flatiron and the Peralta trail undertaken initially by the Peralta brothers who first uncovered gold there, that spans crosswise through the Fremont Saddle down to the east side wilds. One might just prance upon primordial Indian relics while exploring the depths of the Superstition wilderness.
One can travel around the deserted ghost towns, chronological museums and the huge expanses of hiking tracks amongst the mammoth Saguaro. In the close by Verde River, Canyon and Saguaro lakes one can indulge in some leisurely activities like fishing, boat rides wherein one can soak in the splendorous sights of the gorge walls. One can enjoy the most picturesque rides along the Apache Trail next to the Superstition Mountain and leading to the Roosevelt and Apache Lake.