|when||Trip Report : March 14, 2021|
|Trip Report : February 23, 2019|
|Trip Report : February 3, 2018|
|Trip Report : March 29, 2014|
|Trip Report : March 19, 2011|
|Trip Report : February 14, 2009|
|Trip Report : April 2, 2005|
|Trip Report : December 9, 2000|
History and legend come alive as we hike from Jacob’s Crosscut Trailhead to
the historic and highly scenic Massacre Grounds at the base of the Superstition
Mountains! On the way we’ll enjoy the spectacular rock formations, vivacious
Sonoran vegetation and wildlife north of the Superstition Mountains.
After reaching the Massacre Grounds, we’ll back track a little and then head west on a social trail to Split Rock and Praying Hands. From there, we’ll continue northwest on the Treasure Loop and Jacob’s Crosscut Trails back to our cars.
... “Oh, no! We’re cliffed out in every direction but west, and renegade warriors are attacking us from the west! If we can’t hold out, the mules carrying our saddlebags of gold will be lost! What are we going to do, Capitán?”
Fast-forward to the 21st century. The Massacre Grounds are peaceful now. They offer awesome views of the wilderness northeast of the Superstition Mountains. You can see the Massacre Grounds from the Apache Trail highway: a tilted mesa nestled up against the east side of the towering Superstitions. The way looks deceptively smooth, as if you could just casually walk up to the Massacre Grounds, or so they thought.
• Sturdy hiking boots
• At least 3 liters of water
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
• Hiking poles
|EC||+-1800' elevation change|
|elevations||2117' (Crosscut Trailhead) to 3082' (Massacre Grounds)|
|on trail||100% — Massacre, “social”, Treasure Loop, Crosscut Trails|
|rating||"B" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||The club allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.|
|meet||7:30 AM at Jacob’s Crosscut Trailhead on First Water Road.
There are no toilets at the trailhead.
Directions from the Red Mountain Freeway (Loop 202):
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