Hike Rogers Canyon Trail

    5.0
    8 miles 1108 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

    Added by Crystal Sibson

    A beautiful canyon in the eastern Superstition Wilderness that features a seasonal creek and cliff dwellings.

    The Superstition Wilderness is a vast rugged landscape where you can find the cultural remains of ancient Hohokam, Salado, Apache, and Yavapais tribes.  Rogers Canyon Trail takes you to one of the most impressive and best preserved archaeological sites this region has to offer.  These Salado ruins can be found in a series of caves 4 miles into the canyon.  

    The trailhead starts from the Rogers Trough parking lot at the end of a rough four-wheel drive road.  A high clearance four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended to reach the trailhead.  The road goes through many washes and can be prone to flash flooding during the rainy season.  It is also very narrow with only one lane along sheer cliffs going up the mountain.  The hike to the cliff dwellings is an 8 mile out back trek.  The trail descends into the canyon and follows along the creek for the majority of the hike.  You will begin on trail #109 a section of the Arizona Trail and continue for 1.5 miles where you will then make a sharp left onto trail #110, Rogers Canyon Trail.  As soon as you turn onto this trail, it will lead you back down toward the creek.  You will follow along the creek until you reach the caves that house the ruins.  As you make your way along the creek be very vigilant as there is a lot of wildlife in this area.  The Superstition Mountains is home to mountain lion, black bear, bobcats, peccary's, coyotes, coati mundis, deer and many smaller animals.  Be respectful of the archaeological site and remember to practice leave no trace principals.  

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    🥇Top Contributor

    about 1 month ago

    Nice Hike

    This is a nice hike but due to an abnormally dry monsoon there hasn't bee any water in the creek. There is also some areas of burned vegetation from a recent wildfire that swept through the canyon.

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    We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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