Lost Goldmine Trail (West section)

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Lost Goldmine Trail (West section) is a 5.2 mile out and back trail located near Apache Junction, Arizona. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.2 miles
396 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


4 months ago

Thought this trail was a little boring. There were some good views of Superstition Mountains from the bottoms of the mountain. Was a pretty long hike. Would be a great hike for beginners or children.

4 months ago

We did this hike when the weather was cooler. Limited parking so you may need to get there early for a spot. We took the trail to the cave. Watch for markers that show you the intersections with the other trails. Starts with a gradual slope and then requires some extra effort for the last few hundred feet. Views from the cave are nice. Nice little memorial cross at the entrance to the cave. Good footwear was helpful to avoid rolled ankles on some loose rocks on the way down.

10 months ago

Pretty standard Phoenix area trail. Obviously bring plenty of water and sun protection! One thing to note is that this trail leads into another trail not marked on AllTrails at this time so watch your mile marker unless you want to continue further. The turn around spot isn't marked so its easy to miss.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Great! Beginners should, of course, come prepared with plenty of water and watch for rattlers!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Visiting from out of state and took the hieroglyphics trail. Took the trail with three kids ages 10, 8, and 5 and they all did great. Very inexperienced hiker and I was tired, but did just fine. Beautiful desert views. Get there early before the parking lot fills up!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Easy trail - inclines are gradual and few. Hiked here again today and did see a rattlesnake on the trail about 1/2 mile in. Tossed a stone near it and it quickly went into the bushes.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Super easy hike. Had three little ones and all did great. We didn't make it to the end, but nice flat smooth path and great get away from the city. We parked on the street as the small parking area was full but we only passed one person. Area is full of saguaros and very picturesque. Only three stars as it isn't the most exciting both in challenge or in variation but for what we needed it was perfect.

Friday, November 28, 2014

We completed this trail with a mixed group, it connects to Jacob's Crosscut and goes up to a cave overlooking the Phoenix valley. That is a very good vantage point for seeing the valley and it would be nice to watch the sunset from here. The trail is very washed-out and the rounded rocks left make it very difficult to walk on. It isn't a great idea to go off the trail as it is not very clearly marked and there are some dangerous creatures in the area- we saw a funnel spider on the trail. The cacti need some respect and space as well. If you get caught up in one, it can be hard to get all the spikes out. Bring tweezers, a comb, water, and band aids. Our friends showed us that a large comb is good for removing the cactus. I fell because of the wobbly rocks on the trail and got splinters in my hand. Also bring a flashlight if you are hiking in the afternoon in case you don't get back as quickly as you planned. If I do this again, I will wear hiking shoes that support my ankles as well and bring more water.

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