Hieroglyphic Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Apache Junction, Arizona that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 567 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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river

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waterfall

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This is a great trail to do in early February with some wildflower bloom & water in the pools of the smooth rock canyon where the petroglyphs are found. It’s tempting to look up at the landscape but you’ve got to keep your eye on the trail as you go - navigable but rocky - hiking boots are a better choice over other athletic wear. Be prepared for a small bit of rock climbing as you enter the canyon at the end. This combined with the rocky trail, gradual uphill climb and total distance makes this hike moderate. Note: Do not park on the side of the road; you will get towed. Instead, be sure to park in the parking lot area.

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no shade
10 days ago

Great views and fairly easy climb up. Would recommend going going early in the day or later at night. There is no shade and it was very hot, even starting at 8:30am. LOTS of bugs. But fantastic views for the whole trail. Some fun scrambling at the end by where there should be water if you wanted to for the heck of it. And trail is NOT closed!

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rocky
10 days ago

Would definitely recommend going earlier or later in the day, and/or earlier in the season when there might actually be running water. We went in May, midday and it was hot and the bugs wouldn’t leave us alone... and there water was very low, stagnant, swampy, and full of bugs. We also did not make it to any visible hieroglyphics. Maybe that is just past the first water hole.

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rocky
11 days ago

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rocky
18 days ago

1 month ago

Great trail, some elevation gain, but spectacular

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1 month ago

This hike was my favorite one I’ve done since living in Arizona. The view & the water is absolutely breathtaking!!

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bugs
closed
1 month ago

The water was dried. Not a very exciting trail. It also smelled like a dead body periodically through out the train. Maybe go after it rains? I probably would of enjoyed it it it was like the photos others had posted, but it we nothing like the photos as of 4/21. It’s closed so we had to hop a fence and park far away from the trail head. Had some pretty views which is why I gave it 3 ad potential to be cool after it rains.

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muddy
1 month ago

Went about a month ago and was muddy/slippery after rain. Cool trail though. Go early or the parking is way to packed and you’ll get towed if you don’t park in the parking lot.

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1 month ago

Went back in February. It’s not too hard of a trail. Was told there would be petroglyphs and a waterfall but I only found rocks that people nowadays just wrote on and a little trickle. Maybe when it rains more? Lol still, it was worth the hike.

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1 month ago

The trail is open only the trailhead parking area and restrooms are closed. With that it mind there are not many alternate places to park in this area

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1 month ago

Nice trail. No shade but very pretty. Recommended.

1 month ago

Trail is great, family friendly, animal friendly. parking during the week is usually pretty good. As of 4/3/20 it is CLOSED due to COVID-19 :(

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closed
2 months ago

Closed due to COVID-19

2 months ago

Closed.

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rocky
2 months ago

I thought the trail was beautiful and the river is really neat finish to the hike up with carvings along the rocks.

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no shade
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Very busy but fun hike!

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rocky
2 months ago

I would recommend this trail. Waterfall/river is not that breath taking but the trail overall is beautiful!

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