Hieroglyphic Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gold Canyon, Arizona that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, rock climbing, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
DO NO PARK ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD! YOU WILL GET TOWED! Park in the parking lot area. At the end of the trail are petroglyphs and small waterfalls in early spring.
Great trail if you have small kids. We took the whole family. 4 children ranging from 14-6 years old. They all made it to the hieroglyphics easily. Try to go during the week if you don't want to deal with a lot of people.
NO PARKING at 10am on a Wednesday!
This was a great hike! It was tiring near the end, but once we got to the top it was very enjoyable. The scenery was amazing.
One thing is, watch out for the bee hive once you reach the waterfall. That being said, I loved it and will be coming back.
Very enjoyable hike!!!
Really enjoyed this hike. It was awesome to see the hieroglyphics and the little water fall. There are some loose rocks on the trail. Have to watch where you step.
great trail!! I haven't hiked in over 10 years and this was a good refresher. Very rocky hike up but once you reach the top its very beautiful. Lots of seniors on the hike up and down that seemed to be handling it fine.
Wonderful trail! The end of the trail is great for exploring!
Great hike!! About 2-3 hours round trip with an hour up top relaxing. Pretty moderate
fun and easy
We have a Bob stroller & have hiked many trails. This one however it Not stroller friendly at all!
This was a nice easy-ish hike. I would advise heading up early in the morning because the first 2/3 you are in direct sun and there is little to no shade. It's very rocky and there is lots to trip on, rocks sliding underfoot and shifting as you walk. The top is mountainous, wear shoes with grip or be prepared to use your hands there will be points where you have to essentially climb. The top is definitely worth it, a lazy river and a few pools, hieroglyphs scrawled along the face of the river and lots of shade to hang out and relax. It's a perfect place to have lunch, splash around and hang out. The trail is heavy traffic all morning, lots of people up and down, and it's fairly narrow so there'll be a few times you'll spend waiting on people to pass to continue on but all in all this was definitely worth the drive.
I thought it was very rocky. I did a little bit of the last Goldmine to add distance and liked it much better as it was more of a dirt trail. That said, it's very pretty I don't think I would do it again though, I would do something else, there is so much to choose from. Don't take your dog out in 80° on a rock Trail. Can't believe How many Idiots were out there with hot panting dogs. they can die from heat stroke.