Phoenix: Geronimo Cave

This 6-mile dayhike in the Superstition Mountains is a photographer's delight: rocky spires, hoodoos, a desert cave, and sunset light on Weavers Needle.
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This 6-mile dayhike in the Superstition Mountains is a photographer's delight: rocky spires, hoodoos, a desert cave, and sunset light on Weavers Needle.

Mapped by Steffan Fay

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 4.8

Waypoints

GER001

Location: 33.3976402282715, -111.347900390625

Begin mellow ascent N on Peralta Canyon Trail

GER002

Location: 33.4006881713867, -111.348503112793

Cross Peralta Creek?s streambed; continue N into canyon

GER003

Location: 33.4035186767578, -111.34880065918

Trail recrosses wash, then follows canyon NW

GER004

Location: 33.4066314697266, -111.35270690918

Keep climbing NW through cactus- and mesquitecovered landscape

GER005

Location: 33.4104499816894, -111.355796813965

Path briefly dips SW. Ascend between gentle slopes punctuated with rust-colored cliffs and spires

GER006

Location: 33.4135894775391, -111.361099243164

Trail crosses Peralta Creek (seasonal water source). Next, tackle a series of short switchbacks to saddle

GER007

Location: 33.4156303405762, -111.364898681641

Trail crests Fremont Saddle, revealing mesmerizing views of Weavers Needle, a massive rock column that juts into the sky. Next, turn R, heading NE

GER008

Location: 33.4168586730957, -111.362899780273

Turn R onto Cave Trail, an unmarked path that winds SE across ridge; cairns mark this less-traveled route

GER009

Location: 33.4155006408691, -111.361503601074

Slight descent SE; watch out for prickly pear

GER010

Location: 33.4142112731934, -111.358451843262

Cross saddle

GER011

Location: 33.412971496582, -111.355697631836

Geronimo Cave: Look out to crimson hoodoos from this large cavern; retrace route