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Massacre Grounds hiking trail

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Location: Apache Junction, Arizona

Difficulty Rating: Moderate

Route Type: Out & Back

Length: 5.0 miles round trip

Usage: Moderate

Trailhead Elevation: 2,117 ft.

Elevation Gain: 1,087 ft.

Park Fee: No fee

Trailhead Amenities: parking, trail map and information

 

Weather for Apache Junction, AZ
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Directions: From central Phoenix, take I-10 east to US 60 east. Exit on Idaho Road, follow Idaho Road north to N Apache Trail, bear right onto N Apache Trail and follow it 0.5 mile past the Lost Dutchman State Park entrance. Turn right onto N First Water Road. Follow this dirt road 0.5 mile where you’ll find a trailhead parking. Parking lot fits about 30 cars and there might be horse trailers used by guided horse tour groups.
 


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March 31, 2019 |

Moonlight Trail / San Tan Trail hiking loop

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Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park

Park Hours: Sun-Thu: 6am – 8pm / Fri-Sat: 6am – 10pm / 365 days a year

Difficulty Rating: Moderate

Route Type: Loop

Length: 3.5 miles

Usage: Moderate

Trailhead Elevation: 1,400 ft.

Elevation Gain: 131 ft.

Park Fee: $7.00 per vehicle

Trailhead Amenities: parking, visitor center, restrooms, gift shop, trail map and information

 

Weather for Queen Creek, AZ
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Directions: From central Phoenix, take I-10 east to US 60 east. Exit Ellsworth Road south to Hunt Highway. Travel east on Hunt Highway to Thompson Road south. Turn west on Phillips Road to the San Tan Mountain Regional Park entrance.
 


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March 16, 2019 |

Second Water hiking trail

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Location: Apache Junction, Arizona

Difficulty Rating: Moderate

Route Type: Out & Back

Length: 7.0 miles round trip

Usage: Low

Trailhead Elevation: 2,258 ft.

Elevation Gain: -368 ft.

Park Fee: No fee

Trailhead Amenities: parking, restrooms (portable), trail map and information

 

Weather for Apache Junction, AZ
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Directions: From central Phoenix, take I-10 east to US 60 east. Exit on Idaho Road, follow Idaho Road north to N Apache Trail, bear right onto N Apache Trail and follow it 0.5 mile past the Lost Dutchman State Park entrance. Turn right onto N First Water Road. Follow this dirt road 2.5 miles all the way to the end where you’ll find a trailhead parking. Parking lot fits about 50 cars, but the overflow “horse lot”, about 0.5 mile back, will fit additional vehicles.
 


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August 16, 2018 |

Miners Needle Loop hiking trail

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Location: Gold Canyon, Arizona

Difficulty Rating: Moderate

Route Type: Loop

Length: 9.0 miles

Usage: Moderate

Trailhead Elevation: 2,400 ft.

Elevation Gain: 800 ft.

Park Fee: No fee

Trailhead Amenities: parking, restrooms (portable), trail map and information

 

Weather for Gold Canyon, AZ
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Directions: From Phoenix take US 60 east all the way to Gold Canyon. Turn left on E Peralta Road. Follow E Peralta Road north east. After about a mile it turns into a dirt road. Follow the road for about 7 miles, all the way to the end where you’ll find the trailhead parking lot, with overflow parking lot 1/4 mile back.
 


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July 22, 2018 |

Treasure Loop hiking trail

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Location: Lost Dutchman State Park

Park Hours: Sunrise – 10:00 p.m. / Park is open year-round except Christmas Day

Difficulty Rating: Moderate

Route Type: Loop

Length: 2.5 miles

Usage: High

Trailhead Elevation: 2,080 ft.

Elevation Gain: 500 ft.

Park Fee: $7.00 per vehicle

Trailhead Amenities: parking, restrooms, trail map and information

 

Weather for Apache Junction, AZ
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Directions: From central Phoenix, take I-10 east to US 60 east. Exit on Idaho Road, follow Idaho Road north to N Apache Trail, bear right onto N Apache Trail and follow it to the Lost Dutchman State Park entrance.
 


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April 4, 2018 |

Wave Cave hiking trail

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Location: Gold Canyon, Arizona

Difficulty Rating: Moderate/Difficult

Route Type: Out & Back

Length: 3.5 miles round trip

Usage: Moderate

Trailhead Elevation: 2,200 ft.

Elevation Gain: 990 ft.

Park Fee: Arizona State Land Department Recreational Permit and Parking Pass is required

Trailhead Amenities: parking only

 

Weather for Gold Canyon, AZ
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Directions: From Phoenix take US 60 east all the way to Gold Canyon. Turn left on E Peralta Road. Follow E Peralta Road north east. After about a mile it turns into a dirt road. Follow the road for about 6 miles, the small parking lot is on the west side of the road.
 


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February 11, 2018 |

Peralta hiking trail

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Location: Gold Canyon, Arizona

Difficulty Rating: Moderate

Route Type: Out & Back

Length: 5.0 miles round trip

Usage: Moderate

Trailhead Elevation: 2,400 ft.

Elevation Gain: 1,380 ft.

Park Fee: No fee

Trailhead Amenities: parking, restrooms (portable), trail map and information

 

Weather for Gold Canyon, AZ
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Directions: From Phoenix take US 60 east all the way to Gold Canyon. Turn left on E Peralta Road. Follow E Peralta Road north east. After about a mile it turns into a dirt road. Follow the road for about 7 miles, all the way to the end where you’ll find the trailhead parking lot.
 


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December 3, 2017 |

Siphon Draw hiking trail

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Location: Lost Dutchman State Park

Park Hours: Sunrise – 10:00 p.m. / Park is open year-round except Christmas Day

Difficulty Rating: Moderate / Difficult

Route Type: Out & Back

Length: 4.0 miles round trip

Usage: High

Trailhead Elevation: 2,080 ft.

Elevation Gain: 1020 ft.

Park Fee: $7.00 per vehicle

Trailhead Amenities: parking, restrooms, trail map and information

 

Weather for Apache Junction, AZ
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Directions: From central Phoenix, take I-10 east to US 60 east. Exit on Idaho Road, follow Idaho Road north to N Apache Trail, bear right onto N Apache Trail and follow it to the Lost Dutchman State Park entrance.
 


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September 15, 2017 |

Hieroglyphic hiking trail

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Location: Gold Canyon, Arizona

Difficulty Rating: Easy / Moderate

Route Type: Out & Back

Length: 2.9 miles round trip

Usage: Moderate

Trailhead Elevation: 2,085 ft.

Elevation Gain: 561 ft.

Park Fee: No fee

Trailhead Amenities: parking, restrooms (portable), trail map and information

 

Weather for Gold Canyon, AZ
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Directions: From Phoenix take US 60 east all the way to Gold Canyon. Turn left on S Kings Ranch Road, follow S Kings Ranch Road north, turn right on E Baseline Avenue, turn left on S Mohican Road, turn left on E Valley View Drive, follow it north onto S White Tail, turn right on E Cloudview Avenue and follow it east all the way to the end where you’ll find the trailhead parking lot.
 


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September 12, 2017 |

Wind Cave hiking trail

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Location: Usery Mountain Regional Park

Park Hours: Sun-Thu: 6am – 8pm / Fri-Sat: 6am – 10pm / 365 days a year

Difficulty Rating: Moderate

Route Type: Out & Back

Length: 3.0 miles round trip

Usage: High

Trailhead Elevation: 2,000 ft.

Elevation Gain: 812 ft.

Park Fee: $7.00 per vehicle

Trailhead Amenities: parking, restrooms, vending machines, trail map and information

 

Weather for Apache Junction, AZ
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Directions: From central Phoenix, take I-10 east to US 60 east. Exit Ellsworth Road, follow Ellsworth Road/Usery Pass Road north to the Usery Mountain Regional Park entrance.
 


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July 22, 2017 |
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