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Hieroglyphic Trail

Gold Canyon, AZ

Hieroglyphic Trail is a 3 mile trail located near Gold Canyon, Arizona. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from September until May. At the end of the trail are petroglyphs and small waterfalls in early spring.

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Lost Goldmine Trail
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13 Completed 8 Reviews

Not bad - pretty easy skinny trail, good for distance. Nice scenery and about 2.1 miles into it there is a jeep trail going up. Follow that til it circles off and some really good views there.

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Hieroglyphic Trail
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10 Completed 7 Reviews

Really quite average. There are better trails (though most are longer). The feature at the end is good, but worth the hike? Not sure. Rated by our group of 15 elders as the worst of the 5 hikes we did. See Peralta trail.

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Peralta Trail
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10 Completed 7 Reviews

We (a group of 15 older folks) did this as a loop including the 3 hours of "bush whacking" on the way back to the parking lot. Of the 5 hikes we did in the local Phoenix area, this was rated by the group as the #1 hike we did. It was excellent. But--- you need to know, the bushwhacking part of this hike is rugged (up load the GPX) and uneven. 3 out of our group fell on this part, though no one got hurt (except my knee that has taken 1+ months to get over). It was an adventure, but definitely need some level of fitness and flexibility to get through. If you do it as an out and back, less of a problem.

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Peralta Trail
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23 Completed 9 Reviews

I hiked beyond the Fremont Saddle to the junction with the Dutchman Trail and back. The portion of the trail from the Peralta TH to the saddle was most enjoyable with changing views throughout (about 2.25 miles). The Needle is pretty spectacular when you first come upon it when reaching the saddle, but if you continue as I did, the additional 4 or some miles to get to the Dutchman junction is unchanging terrain as you go around the entire southern half of the Needle. I had pretty much had my fill of the beautiful hoodoos and the Needle by the time I was done. You will be glad if you wear pants if you decide to go beyond the saddle. There was lots of bristly and thorny overgrowth along that path, including cactus.

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Peralta Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Such a peaceful and fun hike (: great hiking, caves, bouldering, and plants to explore (:
We took our dogs and 7 hours start to finish to ensure we got to see everything!

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Hieroglyphic Trail
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

We loved it. 4And5 year old girls had a blast. Especially once they saw the waterfalls.Great. spring time hike

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Hieroglyphic Trail
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11 Completed 3 Reviews

Beautiful! It's a pretty good ascent, but totally worth it at the top.

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Hieroglyphic Trail
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11 Completed 3 Reviews

Beautiful! It's a pretty good ascent, but totally worth it at the top.

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Hieroglyphic Trail
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4 Completed 2 Reviews

Great trail. We liked the water pools and stream. The petroglyphs on the rocks were interesting too. not a long hike. highly recommended if you are looking for a short morning hike.

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Hieroglyphic Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Lots of loose rock on most of trail that slowed us down. Huge and many Saguaros ! There were 2 big horn sheep up above the waterfall and hieroglyphics! I loved this hike. Have a nice break on the rocks at the waterfall!

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