Hieroglyphic Trail

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Hieroglyphic Trail is a 2.8 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 offers a number of activity options 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

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

over grown

rocky

scramble

At the end of this trail are petroglyphs and small waterfalls in early spring. Note: do not park on the side of the road - you will get towed. Instead be sure to park in the parking lot area.

hiking
1 day ago

Great little hike with kids. Was not crowded and nice views.

hiking
2 days ago

Did this hike on a Weekday morning. Only saw a handful of people the entire time. First half of the trail isn't anything special, but the second half makes up for it. Great easy/moderate hike. Spend some time at the top, the longer you look the more petroglyphs you see.

9 days ago

Easy fun trail for the kids.

9 days ago

Nice trail first hike was a bit tough due to distance for me, but fun!!

12 days ago

Decent short trail with a modest payoff at the end. 6.5 out of 10.

hiking
12 days ago

Nice trail with great views of the Superstitions. The petroglyphs are cool and we even saw a rattlesnake.

hiking
16 days ago

Heiroglyphic Trail is a good easy trail, with minomal elevation gain, a good hike for all skill levels, the coolest part was seeing the writings on the rocks at the top of the trail.

hiking
16 days ago

Went on Saturday with a friend. See some cactus flower bloom on the trail. Great work out. Beautiful design on the rock. Only challenge I have is to go around the biggest rock with so many people stand in the way. Not to give anyone access to get on rock my fear was to slide and fall but I did not

17 days ago

Great trail for a hiker with moderate ability.

17 days ago

A short hike to get to an amazing spot! Great photo ops. Go a little further up the the river to get to a very peaceful shaded spot.

18 days ago

Fun for the family. Not hard and has some amazing views, waterfall and hieroglyphics.

23 days ago

Beautiful views, have to do some minor rock climbing at the top but easy for all. Lots of families, dogs and little kids on this trail. Very picturesque! Have some hieroglyphics and the pools of water were mostly dried up in March but still some there to see.

27 days ago

This is a nice, easy hike. Due to this, it is busy.

hiking
29 days ago

Beautiful views of cactus and the valley! Easy to follow and especially amazing hieroglyphics at the end of the trail. Yesterday we were met by many telling us of mountain goats crossing the trail. We missed them, but you might get lucky as the water pools at the hieroglyphics apparently attract them to the trail. This trail can be done by people in a variety of fitness levels with probably a little variation in rests.

30 days ago

Went here last Saturday. It was a beautiful day. Easy trail and beautiful views.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely not bike friendly. My son ended up leaving his bike a little ways in & continued on foot. I wouldn’t call this EASY, but not difficult. My 10 & 5 year old did the whole thing with little to no complaints. Great burn and incline!! Loved this trail. Super cool ending too! Totally worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

I took my in laws who are about 70 on this trail. I would say it’s moderate for someone who’s balance and skill level is not advanced.
Took us about 2.5 hours with a couple scenic breaks.
The views are great and the elevation is steady to the end of the trail. We started early around 8am and the trail was filling up around 10am significantly

1 month ago

Easy trail to hike beautiful sites to see

1 month ago

This was my first time back to hiking in while. I took my five kids, 3, 5, 6, 9, 11. The two oldest went ahead both directions and made friends along the trail. I carried the three year old most of the way, (though he probably could have walked, it just would have taken all day) and the two youngers stayed close by me. We brought a lunch and enjoyed the cool of the rocks in the shade while we ate. Then the kids had a good time exploring the rocks, climbing higher up, until it was time to go back. It was a great easy to moderate hike for me and the kids.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! Although I would not say it’s flat!

1 month ago

Awesome trail!!!!

1 month ago

Great trial, not easy but worth the hike

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail and easy trail. The Hieroglyphics are pretty cool to see. There wasn’t that much water when i was there but after a good rain it would awesome to see. 90% of the trail was even, and easy to walk on. Gradual incline but nothing crazy. Kids can easily do the trail. Can’t wait to go back!

1 month ago

Great Hike! Almost no shade on the trail though, so the sun can be brutal

1 month ago

Great hike. The hieroglyphs were incredible

1 month ago

Great hike and very interesting

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike today with my husband! He rates it as Moderate. Busy today, beautiful as always! Spotted a Lizard :)

1 month ago

Nice easy trail on an early March hike. Many Petroglyphs to see at end of trail. Lots of hikers on weekends. Get to the small parking area early during high season (Jan-Mar).

1 month ago

Great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Fairly easy trail .... loose rocks made it interesting but not difficult. Nice amount of petroglyphs at the end

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