Explore the best trails near Apache Junction with detailed reviews, photos, trail maps, and driving directions curated by hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
dogs on leash
I attempted this trail on Thanksgiving. it is definitely a challenge and I unfortunately started too late to make it to the summit prior to the sun setting. A few tips while on this trail; there is a 7 dollar fee to get into the park to access the trail for those who do not carry cash or card while hiking. Secondly, after you reach the basin and climb above it, the trail is hard to identify. Spent about a half hour climbing what I thought was the trail before trekking back just above the basin and finding the actual trail. It is identified by fairly large blue and white dots spray painted on the rocks, info provided courteously provided by some repeat hikers. Lastly, it is more climbing than hiking. Definitely plan on making this one of my regular hikes.
I did this a couple years ago, so I don't remember a lot about the details. But I can't imagine doing this on horseback. I found it to be more like rock climbing most of the way. It took 3 hours up and 2 hours down and we burned about 2500 calories! However, I did like it better than Echo Canyon.
Shannon S. on Silly Mountain Park
This was a nice short hike as we wandered around several trails on the Mountain. keep in mind that there isn't much shade and it is very rocky, but nothing sketchy. I took my 2 dogs and made it to the top with no issues.
Joshua F. on Flatiron
Hard and good.