Garden Valley Trail

MODERATE 47 reviews
#20 of 110 trails in

Garden Valley Trail is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Apache Junction, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.6 miles
672 feet

dogs on leash





15 days ago

absolutely stunning hike with something new around every corner. somewhat easy rather than moderate though.

2 months ago

This trail has a lot of variety, beautiful vistas and impressive canyons. We really enjoyed it. The trail is not marked so make sure to keep directions with you. We made a few wrong turns here and there. We did not run into many folks out there, so don’t get lost.

2 months ago

Fun Trail & scenic

3 months ago

Amazing views!! Breathtaking! I wouldn't rate this one moderate though, it's fairly easy. Will definitely do this one again!

3 months ago

Good hike lots to explore along the way in the washes and canyons, some steep sections but nothing too bad.

4 months ago

Gorgeous hike! We took the advice of some online comments and did this hike clockwise, but would definately do it counter clockwise the next time so we near the end of our hike in the beautiful, cool, canyon creek bed where we can take a break and have brunch. Either way I feel is about the same amount of difficulty (which is almost none). The only hard part for us was staying on the trail at some parts where people have gone off, but using the map provided here as a guide helped us at least stay close enough to follow where we needed to go. 10/10 would recommend and do again.

9 months ago

Most beautiful trail I've been on!

10 months ago

best part is Hackberry spring. super cool water oasis in desert.
requires a bit of route finding

10 months ago

We loved this hike! It was easy, beautiful and relaxing. You can read about the hike in full detail here:

AND... we were 2 of the people that Marti ran into that day (see her comment below! What a fun coincidence to read her comments here!

10 months ago

What a perfect hike! Everything is so green. The weather was amazing. We met a few other hikers, but it wasn't overcrowded like many other trails are on the weekends. Trail is a good variation of different terrains. We brought the dog and she had an awesome time, particularly splashing in the creek. We even saw a gila monster. Our only complaint is that the trail isn't marked well--we accidentally took a couple of detours, but we enjoyed the bonus miles!

10 months ago

Trail a little hard to follow. Easy when it's on Second water, but around the springs difficult. Beautiful place to rest in shade by springs and the flat garden area on the loop is restful. Take lots of water to stay hydrated.

10 months ago

What an awesome hike and so green and beautiful right now. The running water was so nice to hear. Not hard at all until the uphill climb at the end (we went counter clockwise) But nothing too strenuous. Absolutely loved this trail. Will be bringing whole family back!

Monday, January 09, 2017

Nice easy going hike. Great way to spend a January morning. Only took about two hours, we didn't really stop anywhere. Some spots were a little technical and you have to walk up the road at the end a little bit. We went early enough that there weren't many people out yet but by 10:00 the parking area was full of cars.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Was lucky to do this trail the first time with a group who was very familiar with it.
Would definitely rate this Moderate due to quite a bit of rocky areas (small and large).
End of the trail can be done a few different ways, and can be VERY tricky to stay on the trail.
Beautiful and diverse hike, all sorts of terrain and views- amazing how many different types of ground you cover in just the 5 miles.
Getting to the trailhead is doable in a passenger car (don't be worried by the dirt road and bumps, I made it fine in an Elantra Coupe).
Not even enough cell reception to check in at the trailhead (or on the hike) so keep this in mind and make sure to have maps printed out beforehand
If you get the chance to do this with others who know it, jump at the chance!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Amazing hike. Beautiful scenery. Need to be expert wayfinder at the end of the hike

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Nice hike but really hard to find the trail in a few places. Can't beat the views.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Great hike!

Monday, November 02, 2015

Excellent loop trip, trail conditions and history.

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