Massacre Grounds Trail

EASY 158 reviews

Massacre Grounds Trail is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tortilla Flat, Arizona that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1138 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

views

waterfall

In 1848 Mexican miners of the Peralta family were taking gold from the area when Apaches pinned them down against a black rock wall and the miners died there at a place that came to be known as the Massacre Grounds. The Dutchman Jacob Waltz allegedly came upon their goldmine but took its location to his grave.

1 day ago

Rattlesnakes. Please be careful here.

hiking
16 days ago

Gorgeous trail, phenomenal views. Hiked this yesterday, right after a monsoon the night before. The falls were lightly running.

I know many have said the trail is hard to find here, that was not my experience. There are a few instances where the trail appears to fork but it's rather apparent just by a quick glance which forks off the trail lead to dead-ends.

I did not encounter many standing cairns along the trail; however, there were many locations where it was obvious a cairn once stood but had been knocked down.

My only complaint about this trail would be the amount of insects, primarily gnats, my hiking partner and I encountered along the trail. The gnats made it challenging and unpleasant to stop at any points, for breaks or to simply enjoy the view, because they swarmed in thick clouds. By the time we got to the car, we had the remains of what appeared to be hundreds of dead gnats stuck to our bodies, in our hair, our clothes, and so forth. Bug repellent was no deterrent for those guys, either.

One final note, we did encounter a rattlesnake about a quarter of the way down the trail, on the way back out. It was perched upon a boulder, located directly beside the trail in one of the many thick, bushy areas that the trail winds through.

17 days ago

Hiked up to the falls. Nice trickle of water coming down. Pretty refreshing, since it was a hot and humid day.

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backpacking
3 months ago

Ups and downs. Tough enough to be fun but not overwhelming. Great views. At the Base of many of the rocky out crops lie caves. Interesting but be careful of course.

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hiking
3 months ago

At times this trail gets a bit rugged. But it's easy to follow up and back. And there's a cool bit of history behind it too.

3 months ago

Good trail for my kids and I

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4 months ago

rarely has a waterfall but nice views of weaver's needle. easy.

hiking
4 months ago

Did this trail in March and was lovely. Nice hike. Not much in falls at this time but was still able to climb up and cool down in the little bit of water that there was.

4 months ago

Really nice, not-so-populated trail. Went on a Sunday at noon, and only saw 4 other groups of hikers the whole way. 2 of the groups had young kids so it's a doable family hike. Views were spectacular and the end of the trail is a perfect spot to kick it and have lunch. Saw a lot of lizards, snakes, bunnies, and a squirrel. Great time!

4 months ago

April 9, 2017 the wild flowers and grasses gives you a sense of spring and the joy of nature taking advantage of the abundance given to them. The trail is a gradual ascent and is clearly an easy fast or slow trek. just as any part of the Superstition a breathtaking view 360°

4 months ago

Hiked this trail last Thursday. Could see where the waterfall use to be, but it was barely dripping. Still an awesome hike! I agree that it's moderate instead of easy, just because it feels like a very long hike.