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Superstition Mountains 


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Elevation: 2,500'
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Description 

The Superstition Mountains, aka Sierra De La Spuma (Mountains of Foam) are located just east of the Phoenix metro area. Most of the Supes is designated wilderness area and you can really get away from it all if that's your desire. The rock is volcanic in nature and can be pretty bad in places, but most of the established routes in the area are found on at least decently stable rock. Always keep an eye out for those portable holds, though.

The routes in the Supes are virtually all traditional in nature, both gear and the bolted routes. The best multipitch in the area is found on Barks Canyon Wall with several really nice moderate routes.


Getting There 

The Superstitions sit just north of highway 60 as it heads east from Phoenix, to Globe. Climbing in the area mainly starts out either from Lost Dutchman State Park just off highway 88 (the Apache Trail) or from the Peralta Trailhead, accessed off highway 60 (watch for sign) via a 7 mile dirt road.


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Superstition Mountains:
Mother of Invention   V7 7A+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 15'   Southern Superstition Forma... : The Fortress
West Chimney   5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c     Trad, 4 pitches   Weavers Needle
Razor's Edge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   Northwest Pinnacles : The Hand
De Grazia   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 400'   Southern Superstition Forma... : Carney Springs Wall
Spider Walk   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 550'   Suction Gully
The Long Lead   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Barks Canyon Wall
Standard Route   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   Northwest Pinnacles : The Tower
Grandfather Hobgoblin   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 300'   Hobgoblin Spires
Big Bruno   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 300'   Barks Canyon Wall
Stroke it Gently   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 4 pitches   Barks Canyon Wall
Sidewinder   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Flatiron
Field of Dreams   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 5 pitches, 450'   Flatiron
Stardust   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Southern Superstition Forma... : The Fortress
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Unfortunately, this is the one crappy shot I got of this stellar line.  But it was snowing on me earlier that day up there, and I was still suffering in cutting, freezing winds standing in the shade at the bottom, so cut me some ssslack, maaannn!    <br /> <br />March 2008

Tone of a Bell 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  AZ : Central Arizona : ... : Zonerland
Long and awesome. First half is somewhat thin. First crux lies in a left-angling traverse after 3rd bolt to a rest ledge. Feels a bit scary. Second crux comes almost directly after this ledge on some suddenly muy vertical rock. Small pockets for fingers but very thin for feet. Pull through and cruise to the top. Rap off. Jump up and down and give your belayer a cupcake for good measure. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

Photos of Superstition Mountains Slideshow Add Photo
Sunset over Superstition Mountains. February 2003.
Sunset over Superstition Mountains. February 2003.
Caught this great sunset hiking out of the Supersitions, Thanksgiving, 2006.
Caught this great sunset hiking out of the Supersi...
Sunset viewed from the Needle - March 2008.
Sunset viewed from the Needle - March 2008.
Superstition Mountains, AZ
Superstition Mountains, AZ
Sunset on top of the Acropolis Via S/E Ridge
Sunset on top of the Acropolis Via S/E Ridge
Weavers Needle, the classic view from Fremont Saddle on the Peralta Trail
Weavers Needle, the classic view from Fremont Sadd...
Jamee at the top of the climb "Stroke it Gently" at the Sups, Az
Jamee at the top of the climb "Stroke it Gently" a...
Superstitions-posterized. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Superstitions-posterized.
Photo by Blitzo.
Rescue at Fremont Saddle.
Rescue at Fremont Saddle.
Maybe clouds from heaven... <br />January 2008 <br />
Maybe clouds from heaven...
January 2008
On the approach to the Razors Edge
On the approach to the Razors Edge
Bouldering in the Superstition Mountains, photo: Bob Horan Collection
Bouldering in the Superstition Mountains, photo: B...
One more shot of the unknown route.
BETA PHOTO: One more shot of the unknown route.
Does anyone know the name of this climb? <br /> <br />It is located in the area just south of Bark's Canyon Wall  It is North facing, about 100' West of the standard rap behind Glory Road. You can clearly see the webbing in an aclove near the top.   <br /> <br />Felt about 10a/b, 4-star fun.  90' Set of C4's .5-2, + a Blue Mastercam for the opening move sews it up. <br /> <br />Starts with overhanging fingers on gear up through a roof.  Then 3 bolt face to a horizontal placement and a final small roof.  2 bolts with webbing in the scoop just before summit.
BETA PHOTO: Does anyone know the name of this climb?

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By allen simons
Mar 11, 2010

hEY, ANY CLIMBING IN THE FISH CREEK AREA UP PAST TORTILLA FLATS??

By Ian F.
From: Phx
Mar 16, 2010

I was out there a month ago. All I can say is that I saw several bolted routes @ fish creek, below the bridge to the south. I was not there to climb, so I have no idea what the range of difficulty may be. I would only think about it, if I was going out there to hike first, and if I had my gear maybe give something a go. Long drive for a few climbs. Unless of course you are looking for scary choss, death climbs, there are FA's awaiting. A very cool remote place nonetheless. Just not a climbing destination.

By roman d
From: Pasadena, CA
Mar 17, 2010

There are bolts of varying vintage on the 500' face just south of the road xing that follow a water streak most of the way to the top. I came in from the top last February and rapped down in 3 or 4 double rope raps. There is a newish 3 bolt chain anchor at the top, followed by a shitty three bolt anchor with pop-tab hangers and rusty chains, and then newer anchors below.

The lower 2-300' looks pretty mellow with good bolts, while the upper section looks much harder with scary bolts. Some pictures here

By Sendaholic
May 3, 2012

This is a video of Taylor Fowler on one the bouldering problems out in the Superstition Mountains.

By Tim Heid
From: Scottsdale, AZ
Feb 8, 2013

Has anyone been out to the Labyrinth area recently? Any tips on getting there?