The Superstition Wilderness is located just East of Phoenix and offers hikers, backpackers, equestrians, and runners a true wilderness experience without having to travel very far. There is a solid network of trails that connect trailheads in every direction. This area has a reputation of being rather inhospitable at times and even comes with it's own elaborate folklore. The terrain varies depending on where you begin your hike, from low desert environment to apple orchards and pines.
After a long week at work I was looking forward to doing some backcountry running. With the recent rains, the Superstitions had come to life and there were reports of plenty of water. Water is a rarity in the Superstitions, but with rain the washes begin to flow. Following the recommendation of a friend I headed out from the Peralta Trailhead on the Bluff Spring Mountain Loop. The route consisted of 15 miles and approximately 2800ft of accumulated gain. The trail winds through mini canyons, provides grand views of Weaver's Needle, and multiple lush areas. The trail is easy to navigate, has some signage (map and GPS recommended) and the trail is not terribly overgrown. Some of the trails are used less then others, so donating blood may be required. If this is too ambitious of a day hike, the route is peppered with multiple ideal camping spots. To find out more about this loop, see the description here.