Bluff Spring Loop is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gold Canyon, AZ that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from October until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This trail starts at the Peralta Trailhead on the south side of the Superstition Wilderness.
Great hike, excellent Sonoran desert and desert mountain views. It should not be rated as easy though. It has around 1,000 feet of elevation change, and some very rough/rocky parts of the trail. We recorded it on 2 different devices. As is said in other reviews, it is longer than listed; being between 9 and 10 miles.
Great trail. It was actually 10 miles. Took us about 4 hours.
Hiked this! Honestly this is moderate to advanced in my opinion. 5th hike have been hiking once a week .. And my mother and I felt more like we were rock climbing. I gave it 3 stars because honestly you get to see tons of rocks desert and there wasn't water barely when we went. Wear pants because many trees on trail and tons of large loose rocks . Definitely a steep hike! Wear sunblock ! Even during fall ;) I'm proud of us for completing this hike
I agree that you should wear long pants, even if it's hot. This was my first time in the area and my legs got ripped up. We went counter clockwise from the beginning of the Dutchmen trailhead and looped around. It was a little over 9 miles but beautiful views. I look forward to checking out other trails in that area.
Agree with the long pants. Great trail amazing views and different trails along the way to extend if you want
Nice trail. Wear long pants in the fall--even on a warm day, as my legs got really scratched and scraped. Says it's 6.9 mi but I hiked 8.4 mi doing this loop. Took me 3.5 hrs once at the trailhead. Bring lots of protein and water.
This is a very beautiful hike through some gorgeous terrain in the Superstition Wilderness. We took the loop in the counter-clockwise direction, which dispenses with the steepest climb at the outset. There are many interesting mountains, hoodoos, and other formations. Due to a snow storm a few days before, there were still some patches of snow on the north-facing slopes, and there was water flowing in the creeks. The hike around Miner's Needle revealed poppies beginning to bloom. A very enjoyable time.