Explore the best trails near Apache Junction with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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Scott R. on Flatiron
Did this hike today.. it was great.. but also one of the toughest i have done... but remember to stay in the trail. i got off track and it made it twice as hard going up.. got caught in a thunderstorm on the way down, so that didn't help.. trail became very slippery.. so be careful.... but i will do it again..
I am newer to the hiking scene and I am not in the best of shape. My husband and I took this hike this past weekend with the cold, windy and foggy weather in mind. When we got to the ranger station she advised us to go counter clockwise due to the recent rains. Going down the rocks will be more difficult than going up. We saw all varieties from older couples to kiddos and dogs. It was not easy for us and a few times wandered off the path but was able to get right back on. My boots got a little slippery on some rocks but other than that I was determined to get up that hill to Green Rock. The railroad ties are very helpful too. A few narrow areas and rocky surfaces to cross. It will take me a few more trips counter clockwise before I have the confidence to do the trail clockwise. For those just beginning or getting back into it take your time, take breaks and enjoy!! Look forward to coming back again soon!!
Easy to navigate and well marked. The Meridian Trail is really only the south boundary of the map shown. To follow the entire map, as shown, you need to also follow Blevins and the south section of Pass Mountain trail and portions of Meridian Rd. We did Meridian from Meridian Rd and the Blevins trail back around to Meridian. 4.9 miles of mostly flat trail. Nice escape for a little while, but definitely rated easy not moderate. Very scenic.
Absolutely stunning views from the saddle. A good climb to the top, challenging but not back-breaking. DO NOT attempt this trail after and/or during a rainstorm. The dirt road going inland toward the trailhead will be inaccessible anyway, but also the trail itself runs through a wash which becomes treacherous if flooded.