Explore the most popular Wildlife 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.

hiking
no shade
rocky
5 days ago

Trail is open now...park ranger said this area is open but Flying Dutchman and ones around Canyon Lake are closed and may remained closed through August.

off road driving
6 days ago

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

hiking
10 days ago

Great trail, hard at the end. Great views, our dogs made it no problem. Hike this last February.

Closed due to the fire

hiking
no shade
26 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
30 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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!

hiking
1 month ago

Last leg to the top was a nice workout!

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?

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.

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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.

on Wave Cave Trail

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
bugs
off trail
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

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