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

off road driving
10 days ago

Great day loop out of the city. Fairly easy terrain.

Closed due to the fire

hiking
1 month 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?

off road driving
2 months ago

Awesome terrain changes. Overall neat experience. Took about 4 hours with about an hour of getting lost. Very narrow areas with pinstriping if you have a full size vehicle and do the full loop without detouring back to the 60. Definitely a fun one

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike!! Definitely 12 miles from trailhead to Peralta road but it is a bit harder than easy level if you hike with any heat or pack weight.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Good trail it's gonna take 5 or 6 hours to get you to the early exit if you wanted take the whole entire loop you might be look at 7 hours the views are excellent Recommended to start early in the morning

off road driving
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

One of our favorites. Great trail, and views, long, lots of short ups and downs, as oppose to one long hike up. During the spring the flowers are amazing. Nobody was on this trail either, ran into four other hikers during this multi-hour hike, who parked their two cars at opposite ends of the trail just in case they didn't feel like going out and back, and just wanted to do 3.5-5 miles.

Awesome, and truly breathtaking views, beautiful and varying types of flowers and plants along the way. If you love Weevers Needle, this is a great spot to view it from. Overall a decent hike, I would say the trail is pretty well marked in certain areas, but be cautious. It’s at least mostly marked where the trail isn’t (if that makes sense). It’s very clear once you get in eyesight of the end. There is shade in the beginning but the last mile doesn’t have a lot. For those who haven’t been, when it says “Lone Tree” it’s totally correct. You are not at the end until you’re standing on the edge of a cliff next to a lone tree (huge) and gazing out at Weevers Needle. Happy trails!

hiking
bugs
no shade
3 months ago

lots of bugs/flies on parts of trail. should start hike early in day before it gets too hot.

off road driving
3 months ago

Great trail, did it clock wise. I wouldn’t rate it moderate until the back half. This map is mis leading, when you come down the back side, switch backs, start paying close attention to your map or gps. Roads and trails are not marked, lots of random trails off into the desert, very easy to lose your way and end up in the middle of nowhere backtracking. Other than that, beautiful views, several stream crossing. We clocked 51 miles one way on a Raptor and Grizzly and enjoyed ourselves

off road driving
3 months ago

One of my favorite trails. All day loop. Chilly at top. Bring layers of clothing. Rad trail!!! Pay attention to the map can get lost easily.

off road driving
rocky
washed out
3 months ago

Did the loop, East to West. Going up the East side with the switchbacks was pretty narrow and not the place I’d want to meet another vehicle. Some of the hairpin corners were pretty tight and I’d not want to do that in a full sized truck... in a Wrangler or a side by side, you’d be fine. Most of the trail on this side was pretty washed out and you’ll want to choose your lines thru the bare rock. I didn’t encounter any sections where I needed 4L, but I also have 35’s and limited slip diff, which did kick in a couple times. Nothing major. The top had great views and was easy driving. Coming down on the West side wasn’t bad at all and the terrain eases up so line-finding isn’t as intense. Coming down thru the canyons was scenic and there were a couple of trickling streams to splash thru. More traffic on this side. Overall, great day drive. A couple areas where trees have fallen over into the road that could be trimmed back with a shorty chainsaw. There’s quite a bit of rock, so make sure your struts are services and sway bars disconnected to absorb some of the vibrations.

Beautiful trail! Get there early though cause parking lot fills up quick. And the trail gets quite busy. Sometimes the trail is a bit narrow for too many by-passers. Some spots with shade, especially towards the first part of the trail. And even one spot with a little creek.

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
3 months ago

Nice maintained trail for this easy moderate hike! Enjoyed the sunrise and took in the views, Spring flowers in bloom, lots of interesting rock formations and the Miners Needle is very Cool. Lotsa birds, lizards and spotted Fred enjoying some sunshine ;) No fees, washrooms on site, plenty of parking....Enjoy!

hiking
3 months ago

Very narrow in several areas.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked with Jim and Carol on 4/3/2019

hiking
3 months ago

I was pleasantly surprised with this trail. I was expecting a slightly boring trail based on some of the reviews on here but I thought this trail was beautiful! This is actually a little over a 12 mile trail, not 10.8. Very lightly trafficked on a Tuesday. Most people are on the hieroglyphic trail so this is a pretty peaceful trail. We were warned of a rattlesnake near the first atv crossing but luckily it was gone by the time we got there. Be careful on this trail in the hotter months because there is little shade. Beautiful views of the superstitions the entire way. Would definitely hike this trail again!

hiking
3 months ago

This was an awesome trail! The trail is actually a little over 12 miles not 10.8. Took about 5 hours to complete minus the 1 hour break. There is little shade so just be aware of that. Not that much traffic on the trail so that was nice. Would definitely recommend this trail! My app stopped recording in the beginning 0.3 miles in so that’s why my miles are a bit off on here.

off road driving
rocky
3 months ago

off road driving
3 months ago

Not bad with a couple creek crossings. Water was very low. Good views from the highest point of the trail. Ran this west to east. The east side there were a few interesting looking FRs I’ll go back and see where they go. A lot of SxS.

Had been in the area several times but this is our first time here. We really enjoy the blooming desert. Will come back again.

Great trail, easy on the way in and a little more elevation on the way out. beautiful views.

off road driving
3 months ago

Drove this loop in a stock 4x4 truck. Went in clockwise direction. The first half (west) had some beautiful wildflowers and desert scenery as you climb in elevation. This half of the road could be driven in any vehicle with half decent clearance. The northernmost point is where the turnoff for Rogers Canyon trailhead is located. This was a really nice hike with water running in a creek which is usually dry (I'm guessing). The second half (east) of the driving loop becomes a little more technical with some larger ruts and creek crossings where a little more clearance is useful. A little water in the creeks at this time, but nothing more than ankle deep. Great views on this half of the drive as well!

hiking
off trail
4 months ago

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