Best Trails near Gold Canyon, Arizona

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on Wave Cave Trail
17 hours ago

hiking

I just did this hike with my older brother this morning. We planned on going around 6 am but had a late start and began hiking around 8 am. This hike taught me a lesson. The trail is not paved too well and it is very east to get lost. If you decide to hike this, be aware of your surroundings (I cannot stress this enough) and look for the stacked rocks, which mark the correct way for the trail. As we got closer to the end, the heat started to take a toll and we sat down to talk about our game plan. After a short 2 minute break, we rehydrated and geared up to finish what seemed like the last 0.5-1.0 mile left. However, on our way up, a bee started buzzing around my brothers head and eventually landed in his head. We quickly tried to shoo the bee away but before either of us knew it, we were being attacked by at least 25 bees. They were all over - clinging to our clothes, hiding in our hair, and buzzing around our faces. Immediately, our sympathetic nervous systems kicked in (fight or flight response) and we started booking it down the mountain. I am not even sure how we were able to make it away from the bees because I was so freaked out and I'm pretty sure I was running with my eyes closed. We got away from the bees, both of us getting stung multiple times on our backs and necks. Unfortunaty, during our sprint down, we lost the trail. After aimless wandering for around 45 minutes, we considered calling for help but decided we would keep searching. After a quick prayer, we found the trail! (funny how that works, huh?) I was so relieved that we started crying. I honestly never thought I was going to make it down the mountain & that we would be featured on the 5 o'clock news after the crazy events we faced.

Like I mentioned before, always be aware of your surroundings. We are both very lucky neither of us are allergic to bees and that we were paying attention to major landmarks along the way. With that being said, we never made it to the top unfortunately.

ALSO, in all of the commotion with the bees, I was finding everything off of me, including my Sperry sunglasses and NAU hat. If you hike this and happen to stumble along these items, I would love it if you would kindly contact me to return them! :)

on Hieroglyphic Trail
2 days ago

Nice incline on this trail. Good workout. Scenery is nice especially when you get up into the mountain. I am new to hiking, this was definitely beginner friendly. Will do this trail again.

on Peralta Trail
3 days ago

backpacking

One of my favorite trails in Arizona, the trails has everything you would want. Not to hard but challenging for a 60 year old guy. As always bring more water than you think you need. I used a 3 liter camel in the middle of Aug. Should have brought more.

on Peralta Trail
4 days ago

hiking

Easily my favorite Phoenix Area hike. Beautiful views at the summit and along the way. Pretty wildflowers along parts of the trail in the spring. Start early to beat the heat, bring lots of water I needed nearly 3 liters, there is a restroom near the trailhead, and the parking area fills quickly on the weekends. Moderately difficult, I used my trekking poles.

on Hieroglyphic Trail
8 days ago

hiking

Great views

on Peralta Trail
10 days ago

Beautiful, with a reward at the top

on Hieroglyphic Trail
10 days ago

hiking

Pretty views, not a difficult trail, but can get really hot!

on Hieroglyphic Trail
10 days ago

This was a great hike. The wind was blowing and the views are amazing. I was happy to see that it had water at the top. The only thing is this is not an easy train. I would say more moderate.

on Wave Cave Trail
16 days ago

Awesome hike, my husband and I completed it in 2.5 hours. Mind you we hung out for a little while inside the cave. Came across a tortoise, which was a surprise. Will highly recommend this trail. We decided to hike just before sunset, weather was perfect.

on Wave Cave Trail
17 days ago

Great hike. A Lil harder than anticipated towards the end. Had no issues following the trail. Very worth it

on Hieroglyphic Trail
17 days ago

Nice views. Would go back.

on Peralta Trail
18 days ago

hiking

Beautiful!

on Peralta Trail
29 days ago

hiking

My favorite hike in the Phoenix area.

on Wave Cave Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Great hike. Wud recommend paying close attention to the trail or u will get lost. Simple as that but cool view wud go back.

on Peralta Trail
1 month ago

on Hieroglyphic Trail
1 month ago

hiking

on Hieroglyphic Trail
1 month ago

trail running

Perfect trail for running except it can get a lil congested.. Not too difficult at all running or walking. Hardly any incline but very rewarding once you hit the top. Very cool to see old hieroglyphics!

on Hieroglyphic Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Trail is well marked. Saw numerous animals/snakes. A lot to see on and off the trail. Take the time to set on the rocks and look back at the valley. Bring water.