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Lower La Barge Box Trail

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Lower La Barge Box Trail [CLOSED] is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tortilla Flat, Arizona that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from September until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.5 miles Elevation Gain: 2,139 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

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nature trips

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3 months ago

Hiked this trail back in February and it was beautiful, but we went in a counter-clockwise loop and could not find the trail once we got over the saddle and back to low barge canyon. We had to rock-hop and bushwhack all the way back to where we initially entered into the canyon area. Made for a fun adventure, though, even if it took us way longer to get back

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6 months ago

Be aware that this supposed loop trail is not a real loop. We went up the west side of Battleship Mountain then made the cross over to the saddle to a fantastic view of the La Barge Creek valley. Spectacular is all I can say. At this point the trail does not really exist to complete the loop. You have to rock hop and bushwhack your way all the way back to where the loop starts and heads back to the trailhead. All up hill by the way. The distance we measured was 11.1 miles and we all ran out of almost 3 liters of water. This is a beautiful hike but very difficult. My legs and body are feeling it today.

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6 months ago

This is a tough hike that requires navigation skills, the ability to boulder hop and patience enough cross the creek more than a few times to get to your destination. I took 4 liters of water and ran out before the 3 mile section back to the car. Next time I will take a water filter and I advise the same mostly due the the length of time this hike takes and the sun exposure tends to wear on you a bit even in milder temperatures. Sunscreen and a hat are good suggestions as well on sunny days. Beautiful hike though and well worth the time and effort. A bit longer that the 9 miles. I tracked it at 12.

10 months ago

It’s fun and long! Will definitely take up most of your day! Take lots of water! Lots of boulders. Stay Hydrated!

hiking
11 months ago

UPDATE 12/1/18: AZ Republic published this informative article about the Labarge Canyon Trail: https://www.azcentral.com/story/travel/arizona/hiking/2018/11/28/arizona-hike-labarge-canyon-superstition-wilderness/2080146002/. I second these two reviews: "Lots of boulder hopping on the (Labarge Canyon) creek bed and you really need to know how to find your way because the trail isn't always well marked - so keep your wits with you.," and " Some of the loop portion really shouldn’t be called a trail - it’s nearly impossible to figure out where to go without gps." Next time I would take the balloon segment starting on the boulder canyon side because you can better plot your path through Labarge Canyon as you descend from Battleship Mountain. You've got a clear view of the entire canyon then and can see the flatter riverbed on the west side. 11.1 miles from the Canyon Lake parking lot. For me this was difficult.

hiking
11 months ago

Stunning and well marked hike up to the campground. Some of the loop portion really shouldn’t be called a trail - it’s nearly impossible to figure out where to go without gps. It is also considerably longer than the indicated 9.5 miles.

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Monday, March 07, 2016

What a great hike but difficult! Bring plenty of water! We did a balloon trail, started at Canyon Lake. When we reached the highest point, maybe 1 mile in, there are amazing views of Canyon Lake, Four Peaks and Weaver's Needle. A little further, there is also great view of the Battleship Mountain before we descended to the dry river bed. Went off trail and reached an amazing emerald pool at the end of the "box". The water was too cold for a swim but nevertheless dipped our feet in and cooled off before we headed back out along a faint trail (there were some cairns) and connect back on boulder canyon trail. Took us 7 hours total.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Well this was a great hike. We did this as a long loop at 15.73 miles. We started at First WaterTrailhead. We head down Second Water until we reached Boulder Canyon Trail. Now we went North first just to see the Indian Paint Mine as we knew this was going to be a loop. And if we didn't see it now we wouldn't see it at all. We hiked on through La Barge Canyon this was the best part of the hike. The canyon was very beautiful in the beginning. Then the hard work started as we worked our way through the canyon. Once we reached the end I decided to take Calvary Trail thru Marsh Valley and connect to the Dutchman Trail. From the Dutchman Trail we connected with Bull Pass Trail until it reconnected with the Dutchman Trail and head back to First Water TrailHead parking Lot. I hope you enjoy the pictures as this was a awesome hike.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

It's a very long trail and rather difficult - mostly due to the distance. Lots of boulder hopping on the creek bed and you really need to know how to find your way because the trail isn't always well marked - so keep your wits with you. Especially on the trail back if you do the balloon loop. Very grateful for the rock cairns. The La Barge box canyon is very beautiful in the morning.

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