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La Barge Boulder Canyon Loop Trail

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La Barge Boulder Canyon Loop Trail [CLOSED] is a 27.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gold Canyon, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. 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: 27.1 miles Elevation Gain: 4,586 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash



nature trips

bird watching


wild flowers




no shade

There is no access to water on this trail.

7 months ago

Looking to do the entire loop; which i believe is about 26+ miles and wondering if permits are needed to backpack and setup a camp in the hike? Also, if anybody has done an overnight here, is there room to park cars at the trailhead? Our group his about 4-5 guys and we are planning to leave the car at the trailhead, hike for 2-3 days and then finish at the trailhead. Any tips (besides a boatload of water?)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

First let’s start out that this is a great trail with lots of EVERYTHING you could look for in a trail. As the previous hike noted, past the saddle there IS NO trail, and barely any markers. And since no water was to be found except for some pools in the river canyon. Navigation thru the washes was very time consuming. Running low on water, I ended up loosing the trail at the SW boot trying to navigate the boulder canyon and needed to call 911 to get SAR to help me. The red line GPS on the AllTrails app was extremely unreliable after the saddle. You are on you own navigating and finding the trail to the west side loop trail. As the GPS line will tend to drift you away from the loop trail on the SW corner. Do yourself a favor and download and use the SAT layer map to find the trail again. THIS TRAIL IS NOT FOR UNEXPERIENCED HIKERS

Monday, March 05, 2018

It was gorgeous! Absolutely beautiful. Several Hours of light bouldering as you cross the dry river bed. Important tip for planning: THERE IS NO WATER ACCESS!!! Also - tough to find the trail once you get to the end of the boot and cut across the saddle. Could use some well-placed Cairns

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

I attempted this backpacking route November 2017 and found La Barge Canyon to be impassable with so much debris wedged among the box canyon just short of the intersection with Calvary Trail. Luckily another hiker pointed out a path across the ridge at the southern end of Battleship Rock, which allowed me to take Boulder Canyon as an alternate. There are some beautiful pools along La Barge Canyon, but the hiking is rough over loose rock and a fair amount of boulder scrambling that can be challenging with a heavy pack. I agree with a previous poster about long pants due to the heavy brush along some sections of Boulder Canyon trail that can absolutely murder your legs. The views are amazing. Water is quite scarce currently as it hasn't rained in 3 months. Reliable water can be found in a handful of pools in La Barge Canyon and is very tasty. Boulder Canyon, however, was dry. I found a small pool that was heavily coated with algae about 1/3 mile north of the intersection of Dutchman's trail and Peralta trail.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

I am looking for the most up to date blog/chat/forum concerning hikes through here. Namely for water updates. Any recommendations?

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Great trail! Will be returning

Monday, September 04, 2017

I hiked this trail in the spring several years ago with my son, and he returned to hike it with a friend, and we talk very often about going back. The first time we saw a rattler, a desert tortoise, and mule deer; the second time he saw three gila monsters. But: the first time I also slipped on some loose rock crossing the saddle, and 5 miles into the Superstition Wilderness, where there's no cell signal, is not where you want to be with a bleeding head wound. (We saw two people all day, and they were both on the first mile of the trail.) It all worked out, but he was better prepared the next time, and I will be if we go back. It's an extraordinary hike.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Did the "La Barge Battleship Saddle Loop" ( 11.9 miles in 7 hours starting at 5am to mitigate heat (late May Hi 103). 2/3 was off trail and had to work for it, but you can't see some of my photo spots without it. Recommend 4/5L of water depending on time of year and full coverage clothing or you're gonna pay a high price.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Wow What a place We did 16miles in 9hrs Bring plenty of water and snacks to keep you going. The views are spectacular, crossing the river is a constant adventure, be prepared to get your shoes wet. Plan accordingly if you plan on completing the entire loop.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Great hike! Went from the trailhead to the creek and back in about 4 hours. There were a few climbs of moderate difficulty. The views of the canyon and the lake are amazing. Having a trekking pole was helpful. Not much shade so prepare for the sun.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

This is one of the most beautiful areas I've been to in Arizona and I was pleasantly surprised at what little traffic there was on the trail, especially this time of year. I don't recommend it during the summer as there is little shade and once you drop into the canyon the stream of boulders seems the perfect haven for rattle snakes. The Boulder Canyon Trail starts across the road from the Canyon Lake Marina parking lot and immediately ascends to the highest point of this hike in the first mile or so. Soon after, it reaches a saddle before it drops into the canyon. The trail along the canyon bottom is overgrown with bristly shrubs and cactus so I highly recommend long sleeves and pants, and an extra pair of socks in case you take a spill crossing one of the several creek crossings - lots of boulder-hopping!! I hiked approximately 8 miles in, to the junction with the Dutchman Trail and the majority was along the canyon bottom. I rated this hike as strenuous due to the climb back out of the canyon (some demanding switchbacks), especially if you're tired from all the bushwacking and boulder hopping you did along the canyon bottom. It is ALL WORTH IT!!!

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