Explore the best trails near Gold Canyon with detailed reviews, photos, trail maps, and driving directions curated by hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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It's a great ride lots of connecting trails to challenge any skill level!
The downsides are
1. trail isn't maintained so you have to watch out for cacti
2. Beginning of trail is really rocky and narrow, makes it a hassle when its busy.
3. Lots of lose sand that's hard to ride through unless you have some speed going in.
Went mid October and still hot... definitely no shade until the top. As others have said, not well marked at all... got off the trail once and had to backtrack. There are several rock hoodoos that people have left that actually really help if you pay attention. It's very remote and very beautiful. I do not recommend doing this hike alone. Bees at the cave scared me down quickly after a few pictures.
An easy climb on a clearly marked, heavily traveled trail. Very picturesque. Good exercise for older or beginning hikers. Leisurely, three hour walk if you stop occasionally to take in the views. Mostly uphill on the way in, and then downhill on the way back out.
Definitely not for beginners, but a great hike with an amazing destination. Got off trail on the way up, had to backtrack. Got off the trail on the way down, had to blue line for a while to get back down. Had so much fun that none of the bush whacking seemed tedious or frustrating. GREAT hike.
This trail need to be marked better, saw lots of people hiking off course and had make their way back to the trail. The brush on about the last mile is really dense and a bit difficult of a climb if you are not prepared. The end sight is well worth it, the cave is awesome. Lots of traffic.
Arnold Y. on Hieroglyphic Trail
This is not an EASY Hike, should be rate as moderate. Trail is a constant upward hike to trail end. Lots of loose rocks on trail. Must climb over rock slabs. Mountain views outstanding especially after rains. Able to get up close to view hieroglyphics.
Took my 12 year old and 3 month old and this hike is no joke! Trail is difficult to find at times but like others have mentioned, you should be able to see the cave at all times. Went off path one time but thanks to some hikers on their way down we were able to see where we had gotten mixed up. It's a good climb towards the top, but we saw smaller kids making it up there too. Beautiful views and worth it when you make it to the cave. I was pleasantly surprised at how quiet it was in terms of seeing others on the trail, expected it to be much busier with the cooler weather. Great trail!
JT S. on Hieroglyphic Trail
First hike of the season. Great views and a good starter.