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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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Hieroglyphic Trail
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6 Completed 3 Reviews

Easy hike that keeps a steady low grade incline. Moderate traffic. Fun small pools at the end and hieroglyphics are definitely worth checking out. I would love to see the pools after rain!

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Peralta Trail
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

This is trail is magnificent. The desert here is truly alive and thriving. The photos of this canyon do not do it any justice, you simply need to go up and experience it for yourself.

The trail starts out fairly easy and works up the difficult as you climb. The final 1/3 of the trail is the most difficult to cover, but it is worth the effort. For the parents out there, my 5 & 7 year old were able to handle the entire trek under their own power. There was a lot of asking how close we were to the car the last mile down, but they didn't need any help other than the occasional navigation of a few 2-3 foot drops in the trail over some rocks.

Don't quit before you get to the saddleback and have the chance to gaze upon Weaver's Needle though, you will be selling yourself short if you do.

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Hieroglyphic Trail
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5 Completed 1 Reviews

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Hieroglyphic Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Short and beautifull trail. Good for beginners.

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Hieroglyphic Trail
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

The hike up can be a little rough as the trail is filled with baseball sized rocks in many places, and plenty of them. My children didn't have too much trouble on the way up, but on the way down they were feeling the effects a bit more.

Lovely views, throughout the trail and the reward at the top is definitely worth the effort. Lot of fun things for kids to explore between a small cave structure created by some enormous boulders, interesting petroglyphs and plenty of space to sit and enjoy a snack.

Highly recommended, just be ready to carry little ones down a bit if you take them all the way up into the canyon near the pools and petroglyphs.

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Hieroglyphic Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

great beginer hike, look for the trail past the water ponds and continue up the canyon for some spectacular water falls after a good rain, kaprox 2 more hours

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Peralta Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

one of my favorite hikes was Peralta Trail to the first water. this was long but so worth it.

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Hieroglyphic Trail
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Very nice trail, not too hard. The surprise at the end is beautiful!

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Hieroglyphic Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Fun trail. Pretty easy and a good one to do with kids.

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Bluff Spring Loop
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10 Completed 3 Reviews

I agree that you should wear long pants, even if it's hot. This was my first time in the area and my legs got ripped up. We went clockwise from the beginning of the Dutchmen trailhead and looped around. It was a little over 9 miles but beautiful views. I look forward to checking out other trails I'm that area.

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