Explore the most popular trails in Hells Canyon Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

A scenic portion of the Hieroglyphic Mountain Range, this area is home to numerous peaks, mostly over 3,000 feet, encircling and isolating Burro Flats from the rest of the world. Hells Canyon is further isolated by private land on its southern, eastern, and northern sides. The most prominent of the peaks are Garfias Mountain at 3,381 feet and Hellgate Mountain at 3,339 feet. Several cliffs on the mountains attract climbers, and the canyons make for relatively easy hiking. Most of this Wilderness is covered by Sonoran Desert vegetation: saguaro, paloverde, barrel cactus, ocotillo, and desert grasses. Easily accessible, primitive camping sites are plentiful.

hiking
no shade
7 days ago

this trail doesn't get used much. in some places you can hardly see it. I had to use the alltrails map several times to stay on trail, even with this being my third time hiking it. I really enjoyed the solitude and desert views. I've never seen anyone else on the trail. it's totally exposed so I wouldn't recommend it during the hot summer months. Great views from the top!

hiking
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
12 days ago

Very scenic and for me being almost 70 kind of strenuous however doable just took me longer. Heck of a view from the summit. There was only a couple of places we lost the trail, however picked it right back up. I had two friends. Amy and Tyler, couldn't find a nicer pair to hike with.

Easy drive with beautiful scenery. None of the roads felt questionable and little to no water. Excellent early morning drive.

Favorite hike in AZ so far. It was a touch difficult to navigate however also rewarding to find your way. It was pretty long with minimal elevation gain until the last third. We brought our Boston terrier with us and he was too tuckered out by the time we had gotten to the saddle but the views were incredible even from there. Neat area!

ohv/off road driving
23 days ago

Great scenery and easy to use. My truck's GPS showed the road the whole trip.

Great hike. Pretty easy to lose the trail in a few places so be careful. Just look for the piles of stacked rocks.

hiking
rocky
25 days ago

It was a lovely hike with some great desert and lake views. Definitely needed all trails. We’d have been lost 5-6 times without it. Marked out in parts. Nice hike on a Saturday afternoon. We did it counter clockwise. Rock was looser on second half so watch your footing.

scenic driving
off trail
washed out
30 days ago

Easy going road. Occasionally, there are both cows and tarantulas so be careful when driving both day and night. The road is always constantly graded, but certain spots do get washed out and be a little bumpy. The scenery is beautiful and you don't need a 4×4.

hiking
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Hiked up to Peak 3465 yesterday. I took the north side of the loop on the way up and the south on the way down. The south side of the loop seemed a lot more difficult and longer. I got lost on it a couple times. This is a great hike. Wear sturdy boots with ankle support and long pants as the trail gets narrow and difficult on the mountain. Also download the All Trails map because it helped me with direction finding several times. Its a long hike, so start early. I think its a hard trail(Peak 3465),so not overrated by All Trails as hard.

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked Governor's Peak on Friday and loved it! Aside from the first little climb, I'd call this an easy hike. The only other person in sight was the new Park Ranger who was just coming off the trail after assessing it. He told me to follow the trail left. It's rather primitive but I liked it that way. There were a few places overgrown or where I had to be very mindful of the cacti. I actually found a few shady spots too. LOTS of Burro droppings but I only heard them far off in the distance. It took about 3 hours round trip and I'll definitely go again soon. It's a new local favorite.

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
washed out
1 month ago

Great hike! Started at 3pm and gets dark a littel after 6pm so decided to hustle it up. The trail starts out pretty well marked after finding the start across the dry creek bed. I wandered in circles for a few minutes. Then followed the giant cairns. Shortly after starting the giant cairns go left and right. Go right. I used the All Trails app pretty much the whole way. Its pretty easy to loose the trail, Especially after the first saddle. The trail gets progressively harder to find and the cairns smaller and smaller until eventually there are no cairns and there is no trail. The the All trails map got me there! Wear long pants, I was wearing shorts and the narrow trail got me poked about 100 times on cactus and thorns The trail is very rocky and has lots of gravel that is like walking on marbles, Recommend sturdy hiking boots with ankle support. Views are fantastic. Saw some burros, which was cool. Late evening summit was fantastic with sun low on horizon. I will defiantly do this one again!. Overall 3 hrs 15 minutes to summit and back. I am not sure this is a moderate. I think hard is better rating. I like hard so was happy.

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

great trail, alot of fun if you like trail finding and going your own way. even with the map from here still lots of off trail unless you keep the map up all the time. either way good hike not difficult and not very challenging getting to the top

no shade
1 month ago

Right side of loop is better marked. watch for carns, there are lots of burro trails, but trail loops around a small hill and general direction is clear. great wildlife, easy to walk. Make sure to download maps and have adequate battery. I had GPS but no cell service.

hiking
1 month ago

So very difficult to keep on trail. Absolutely no cell service and my alltrails app stopped tracking too so it was a little scary towards the end. I eventually bushwhacked up and over the last “mountain”’to find my direction and cut my own path back to the car. I did eventually pick it back up close to the parking lot. I did enjoy the first part of the trail. Got great pics of the burros too. I will not go back alone to this trail.

ohv/off road driving
1 month ago

This was my husband and my first off road jeep trip. It was a very enjoyable drive. We got to look at a lot a scenery, do a few small climbs, cross some very shallow creeks, and go places that we had not been before. This is a great starter trail. There were several OHVs and a few dirt bikes.

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