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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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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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Peralta Trail
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

Probably one of my favorite trails in the valley. Such a beautiful hike!

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Weaver's Needle Loop
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Weavers Needle loop is challenging and difficult. Its pretty busy, which is good for confidence building for novice hikers. Great rugged and rocky sections at the basin. Expansive views at the summit. Be prepared with water and snacks for this one! If you have kids like me, be sure to start early in the morning, and do encourage often.

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Hieroglyphic Trail
by John Marshall

2 Completed 1 Reviews

My daughter and I hiked this yesterday morning. Not too strenuous climb into the canyon. The hieroglyphs were fun to see. There are a few small waterfalls to enjoy as well.

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Hieroglyphic Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

ok first I want to say I love Cherry and Ricky, as aquaintances and co-workers, you are a couple of my favorite people and you should hike everytime you get a chance; however you should not tell an out of shape overweight lady such as me that this is an easy trail. While I chug my gatorade and praise God that I made it out of there alive, I should never have gone. It was a gradual incline to be sure, actually probably very easy, but I struggled the whole way up and every step down felt like I was having a heat stroke. It was the wrong time of day to go and the wrong time of the year. I did get some good pictures of the petroglyphs and there's a cave at the end that's neat. And there was a rock balanced on a spike way above us, which was pretty cool, but if you are overweight and out of shape, don't do it in September at 11 in the morning. My hubby is lucky he didn't have to carry me out of there. By the way, it was really all my fault, but I blame Cherry and Ricky for putting the idea in my head.

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Goldmine Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Love riding/hiking this trail. From our start location we can use this bypass to reach Peralta. The Hierglyph end in Gold Canyon can be very congested. We typically park a car on each end and hike it one way.

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Hieroglyphic Trail
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8 Completed 5 Reviews

Excellent hike! About 1/3 of the trail is large loose rock so wear good hiking boots. I went with my 3 year old lab and she had a great time. We did see a few wasps going up and when we reached the pools there were a lot of bees. They didn't bother us as we didn't bother them. But something to be mindful of. The views are beautiful and the hike is moderate to high-moderate in difficulty. I definitely will be back!

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Hieroglyphic Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

This was my first hike with my beau and we were more than excited with our choice. The breathtaking view was worth every step taken on the hike. You will not be disappointed at the history hidden in the mountains and the scenic hike along the way makes the journey worth every step. I recommend this hike if you are looking for a great view with the added bonus of ancient artwork.

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Hieroglyphic Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

This was our first hike, I had heard about the petroglyphs from some hikers at work and figured it'd be good exercise. There were hardly any people out there but that makes sense as it's the middle of summer in AZ. It was definitely worth it, neat little cave at the end too that's a great place to rest up before heading back. I will definitely be back when it's cooler and the water's flowing.

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