Explore the most popular camping trails near Apache Junction with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Love this hike. it provided a great workout and the view of Weaver's Needle is stunning. We branched off on Cave Trail to hit Geronimos Cave.

This was an awesome hike! Totally enjoyed the climb!

great hike took my nieces alot of climbing up large rocks we really enjoyed the challenge

Lived in AZ for 30 yrs and finally attempted this trail. All I can say is AMAZING! Add it to your list and make sure you take plenty of time to enjoy the views. It was challenging but very rewarding. Enjoyed every minute of it.

This hike was the most challenging I have ever done. More rock climbing than hiking, really. Quite technical in many areas and not for the faint of heart. Nonetheless if carefully approached, can be successfully completed by those of good balance and reasonable fitness. Gloves are highly recommended as much of the “hike” required 4 points of contact. Though short in distance, long in effort!!

At the top are views that make all the strenuous breaths worthwhile. We had a beautiful day and met so many nice people along the way that the time flew by us. The climb up was a bit scary at times, particularly at the very top just before you reach your destination where there was a 6 foot rock face you had to literally climb. But, it is doable even though many people turned back. We were glad we challenged ourselves and were rewarded with awesome views. We also recommended once you are on top to check out the lesser peak for even more views and less people. The trip down was easier for me than my sidekick but my legs were shot so I used my arms to lower my body down most of the rocks. One last tip, bring gloves. I did and was so glad my hands didn’t take the brunt of the abuse from the rocks.

Difficult hike with steady climb. Lots of rocks and loose gravel/rocks. So worth the 1400 ft elevation change for the view!

Amazing and beautiful!

A little busy for me. Plus a lot of people that were amateur knocking rocks loose that made me wary. Otherwise beautiful, diverse, difficult, and Arizona at its best. The crowd made it less than 5 star for me.

My wife and I hiked to Fremont Saddle and beyond to Weaver's Needle. This is a moderate hike, gives a good workout and the views of the Canyon and Superstitious Mountains are amazing. It is a little rocky but solid. View of Weaver's Needle was also amazing. We are in our 60's and had no problem. I highly recommend this hike, will be back

My new favorite trail in the Phoenix area! It's popular, but for good reason. The climb is very gradual over the whole hike and the trail is well marked/easy to follow, so as long as you have decent shoes and are in ok shape this shouldn't be a challenge. We saw some 70 year olds on the trail that were handling it just fine. We hiked this right after a bunch of rain and there was a small creek flowing down the canyon. Head out early to beat the crowds, bring lots of water, and enjoy the beautiful views!

Challenging, but worth it. Scenery from the top is amazing.

Took 5 hours from start to finish, that included half an hour at the top.

My first trail ever hiked in Arizona and I was not disappointed in the slightest. Every step was absolutely amazing l, you could turn around and there was a beautiful view. I do recommend hiking boots because there are strictly rocks on portions of the trail. Going up took 2 hours with frequent breaks to take in the view. 45 minutes down at a steady jog. The view is absolutely worth it.

Beautiful place to hike and a fun drive to get there! There was a lot of people on the trail and everyone is so courteous and nice and gives you your space. My friend and I went for our first time and only went about a mile since we were stopped by the beautiful landscape. Plan on coming back more and more and getting farther and farther.

Loved it! I agree with the rating of the trail based on terrain. At time your hand over hand and not a sure footed as you’d like. The way down can be dangerous if your hasty. Beautiful views, the top is worth the work. I will go back.

good hard hike to the top. well worth it great views will be doung it again

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13 days ago

So nice. Sunset time was perfect

Siphon Draw presents the best valley hike in my humble estimation. I found the up, not as hard as some have written. Truly, if you just take your time this is very doable if you can make it up Camelback without rescue.

The down here is harder than the up, particularly with my so-so knee. At about 3600' or about 500' above the basin, the ground turns very loose and slippery. This poses the greatest danger of the whole hike as falling becomes a very real possibility if you aren't very careful.

One note of significance, is that loose rocks can tumble down very easily on much of the trail. Please be careful of those below you and keep a mindful eye on those above you.

It’s a lot of work. Just make sure you are comfortable with heights and being able to climb up and down rocks. Trail is confusing as mentioned but people are more than willing to help you out if you’re not sure.

Third time hiking here, first time to the top! Really quiet day/low traffic. It was awesome to take in the sounds and scents of the wilderness all the way up. With stops and chill time at the top, this was a 5 hour hike requiring decent strength and flexibility for climbing large step-like boulders, navigating narrow crevasses, and ascending/descending steep, gravelly inclines. Good shoes help!! I was wearing an worn pair of sneakers which didn’t provide a lot of stability, but had thin soles that made gripping rocks easy. Expect to use your whole body on this one! Magical at the top and good core workout.

Not sure why this is saying it’s a loop trail because it’s not. Second water trail is an out and back trail and it’s awesome. This must be second water to boulder canyon to loss Dutchman back to second water.

Awesome hike! Made it all the way to the saddle. Perfect temps 70 for this hike. One note we brought our dog and saw 3 others on the trail. The description says no dogs. And there were 2 rangers at trailhead answering questions, they seemed fine with us having a dog.

Really great, challenging hike! It is very long when starting from the Saguaro Parking Lot in Lost Dutchman's State Park...6.82 miles! This is not a hike for beginners and dogs should not go past Siphon Draw! Wear shoes with trail rated treads. I saw a group of kids that were in Vans and my hiking friend said she saw one in cowboy boots...how the group leaders' allowed this baffles me! Be prepared for rugged terrain and over a mile of boulders! Don't do this trail alone, or join a group you run into. Do this hike when it is cool... remember 3 miles there and 3 miles back...you don't want to be coming down in high heat conditions, nor going up! Bring plenty of water and some snacks. Take your time and allow 5-6hrs to complete! Enjoy the views!

Amazing trail

Went 2 miles farther along ridge at the top

Definitely a hard hike but well worth it at the top. About half way up, when in doubt stay left. There will be small black “X” on the rocks. Eventually they disappear but there are small white paint circles on some of the rocks as you continue.. They were helpful a few times when unsure where to go. One of the best hikes I’ve ever done

spectacular views of the area.

This is the best hard, pure ‘hike’ in the Valley. Hike- meaning the views are stunning, lots to see on the way up. It is grueling but as long as you take it slow and steady, you should be fine. I only would recommend this to experienced and/or very fit individuals. Bring lots of water and some carbs/protein to refuel. It will take a good 4-5 hours to complete if done slowly and taking in the sights.

Tough but very rewarding hike, beautiful views at the top. Start early to get cooler weather.

Getting there- You will be on a dirt road for maybe 20 minutes depending on how fast you drive. It is well maintained so a 2 WD car would be fine. There is a restroom at the trail head.

The hike- Nice, moderate hike. We took our time on the way up to enjoy all the views surrounding us. Hiking through the canyon allowed for incredible 360* views. We did come across 2 small snakes along the trail so keep your eyes open for the wild life. Fun trail overall but as others have said, wear appropriate shoes due to loose rocks.

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