Looking for a great trail near Gold Canyon, Arizona? AllTrails has 34 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Lost Dutchman State Park or Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, we've got you covered. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 17 hard trails in Gold Canyon ranging from 5.4 to 38.2 miles and from 1,669 to 5,045 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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no shade
2 days ago

Great way to spend an easy afternoon. The shack and mine ruins were awesome. The bulls were everywhere and totally unconcerned about the humans. We didn’t see any other hikers on the trail, which is always nice.

hiking
closed
6 days ago

Woodbury Fire. Trail and Peralta trailhead are closed for fire response. 6/18/2019

It’s closed right now due to fires

A couple things to be aware of! The drive to the trailhead is really long and you might need 4 wheel drive. Also, the trail DOES NOT end right at the ruins. My boyfriend and I walked right past them as everyone made it seem like the trail would lead right up to them and stop but the ruins are up on a random spot along the trail on the side of the cliff. There used to be cairns there but someone/something knocked them over. We probably walked almost 2 extra miles before deciding to turn around because the trail was getting so over grown wondering where the heck these supposed ruins were and I just happened to look up randomly on the way back and see them. We put cairns back so hopefully they’re still there. Please don’t climb or carve anything into/around the ruins!! It’s amazing they’re still there and lets keep them that way! And also please don’t knock down cairns! People can get lost and everyone who’s done the drive and hike out deserves to see this place!

Last leg to the top was a nice workout!

hiking
13 days ago

Hiked it many times from both Hieroglyphics Parking Lot and from Peralta TH. One question, is it closed now because of the Woodbury fire in the Superstitions?

Decided to take this back from saddle instead of Peralta. It’s overgrown in places and needs more cairns or other markers. There were some very challenging parts, but I may have been off-trail. Don’t recommend if you are not skilled, but a great challenge if you are.

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bugs
no shade
rocky
16 days ago

Great hike, takes about 2 hours out and back. First part is fairly flat and then it starts to gain elevation. Definitely steep climb near the end up to the cave. Beautiful views and worth the hike. There is no shade so bring plenty of water for this hike.

hiking
bugs
no shade
18 days ago

Good trail overall, it's pretty steep so be prepared for that and there is not much shade until the cave. Also make sure when you get to the sign for wavecave you go straight where the fence is, do not go to the left.

hiking
bugs
no shade
19 days ago

Amazing photo ops in the cave. Cooler in the cave. Great break spot. I brought bug spray & shared with lots of other hikers we saw.

took my wife, 8 yr old daughter, and the dog on this adventure. we came across a rattlesnake sitting in the path on the way up the mountain. on the way down.. a Gila monster and a tarantula hawk. wildlife is very abundant and you should carry protection.

amazing trail.. views from the tree at the end are awesome. coming down cave trail was pretty challenging but worth it

fun hike to do with kids

Amazingly beautiful hike with a great reward of dwellings at the end. Just make sure you have FWD to get to the trailhead.

Very beautiful! 10/10 would do this again. The trail is hard to spot the moment you leave Peralta trail. Lack of cairns or wrong placement so make sure you have the map ready on the app. Also, because the trail starts in a valley, it gets hot very quickly! We started at 8h30am and it was like an oven! 1000000 flies 1000 lizzards 0 snakes

The hiking trail was very clean and maintained. Went one this hike over the holiday weekend and was well worth it. I would suggest going earlier in the day as when I was leaving the trail started to get busier and the parking lot was full by 10am.

hiking
27 days ago

Very well marked and maintained trail. Great to take the kids who like to climb. Some points you may need to use your hands. We saw people carrying babies turn around because of the difficulty. We had an amazing time & the weather cooperated. We will do this again. Great views.

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bugs
off trail
rocky
scramble
27 days ago

hiking
scramble
28 days ago

Great hike. Some scrambling on all fours at the top.

This was a fun hike. We took our time and stayed at the cave for a while. Took the dogo as well. It was only about 80 degrees at the hottest.

hiking
rocky
28 days ago

So many people

Hiked from trailhead to flatiron/syphon overlook and back with a detour up superstition peak. Runtastic said the total was 34km. Took 12 hours of hiking.. got lost a few times - but generally the cairns everywhere are really helpful. I started at 4;30am - just getting light and back to the car at 5:30pm. It was harder and slower than. I expected - the loose shale really slows you down. Took 7l of water - came back with 3 - max temp was below 80. It’s beautiful and so peaceful there - apart from at flatiron only saw 2 people whole day. In summary - was a great thing to do - beautiful and a huge sense of achievement. But doubt I will do it again - it is just a bit too hard and too long

Nice hike Andrew and Ashley Benford. Sandy at the top flat at the bottom gradual incline if you know where to look you can see the cave and wave rock from the parking lot.

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
29 days ago

hiking
bugs
no shade
1 month ago

We started around 11 am and did an afternoon hike at the end of May. Temps were about 86. The bugs at the beginning of the hike were annoying, but the hikers coming off the trail said it was worse earlier. The cave offered a nice shade covering while we ate. The trail was in nice shape. It is steep in areas, but that is to be expected. The bugs had subsided at the cave and the hike down.

Great hike! The road to get to trail head is long and rough but can be done with a two wheel drive pickup

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bugs
off trail
rocky
1 month ago

I started this hike around 9am over Memorial weekend, it was a very fun hike! The first 3/4 is relatively smooth, but the last quarter seems to get a little more rocky. It's an overall rather simple trail and I'm not sure as to why it is rated as Hard. It's a pretty short trail, about 45 minutes one way but can be done in less depending on your need to stop and sight see and breaks taken. The bugs at the start of the hike are very annoying, so be sure to bring bug spray. Once you're up in the cave the view is breath taking and the wave rock formation is very unique!

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

Such a fun trail, so much to see and tons of variation. Definitely wouldn’t recommend to an inexperienced hiker, it was a challenging one. Lots of cactus, and tons of ups and downs. Took us about 10 hours to do the whole thing. So cool to see everything though.

really nice climb. there were a few slippery slopes but great overall experience!

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