Carney Springs Trail 

Moderate hike on the south side of the Superstition Mountains. Out and back takes about 3 hours. The hike is far less popular and not as strenuous as the Flat Iron Trail. Temperatures were in the lower 90s this spring day, so we only saw a couple people on our return trip.

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Author: Afriquita
Date: 17 Apr 2011 10:30:12 AM
Source: Trimble Outdoors website
Activity: Hiking
State: Arizona (AZ)
Distance: 1.76 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 1473 ft
Total Loss: 0 ft
Net Change: 1473 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: Apache Junction, Arizona, Superstition Wilderness, Superstitions
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Starts flat through sonoran desert flora, past an abandoned campground  on a well seen trail.  Just as the trees seem like they are taking over the trail, it starts going up the side of the canyon.  The trail starts getting steeper and harder to see. Look for the cairns as you scramble up the slippery flat rocks-the trickest part of the climb,  A false summit offers a good view and makes for a resting spot before proceeding up the final stretch of the trail.  At the top, the other side of the Superstition Mountains can be seen along with a bit of water down the ravine. It took us about 4 hours round trip with lunch and time to explore at the top.

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Carney Springs Trail

Distance: 1.76 mi Points: 96
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
A moderate hike with a few steep sections. Some scrambling and trail finding skills required.

Points of Interest


Location: 33.385721, -111.363076
Park here. Head on the road towards the campground and mountains.

Abandoned Carney Springs Campground

Location: 33.392430, -111.367486
Continue through the campground and fence

False Summit

Location: 33.404034, -111.370291
As you pass the slick rock and carinns,it looks like you're almost near the end, yet it is only a good viewpoint and rest spot.

End of Carney Springs Trail

Location: 33.408129, -111.371385
The steep ascent ends here with a spectacular view. Another trail continues to the west.

Carney Springs Mini Pool

Location: 33.408528, -111.372574
Carney Springs is the source of the various small pools of water in this ravine.

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