Backpack through one of the premier hiking destinations in the Southwest. The Superstition Mountains boast quintessential high desert landscapes: Saguaro cacti rising from the earth, craggy wilderness and rugged peaks against a backdrop of bright blue sky. Beginning at an elevation of 2,420', we climb past the towering Miner’s Needle, an imposing spire of weathered lava. Led by our expert guides, we hike over incredible volcanic terrain and relish panoramic desert views, learning about the history and geology of the area as we venture northward. Hike through deep, narrow chasms, exploring eroded rock spires and blocky sheer-walled mesas. Venture into hidden 19th-century gold mines in the spirit of the legend of the Lost Dutchman’s Gold. Explore the marvels of West Boulder Canyon, dropping our packs for a journey into the narrows of La Barge Box. Ascend the Boulder Canyon trail, which leads us out the eastern ridge of the canyon before cresting and descending back to Canyon Lake. We return home inspired by mountain folklore and fueled by adventure.