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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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Peralta Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

This was my first desert hike and it was awesome. It is a very busy trail and it somewhat narrow at times but overall an awesome experience. We took our Golden Retreiver up the trail and he did great. Make sure you bring enough water! We had amazing, cool weather (~70 F) and we still wished we had brought more water.

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Peralta Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful hike!

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Hieroglyphic Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Really loved this hike! The reward at the end was beautiful. I see why many said to wear hiking boots. Going up in my hiking shoes was fine, coming down was hard on my ankles. Will enjoy this trail again!

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Dutchmans Trail
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10 Completed 9 Reviews

Made this hike (or portions of it) on January 2nd after it had snowed. We left at dark (Peralta trail) and made Fremont saddle by sunrise, with the snow and sunrise and Peralta canyon made for an amazing view and moment... on one side the sunrise and on the other side weavers needle. We hiked down towards the needle in 4 inches of snow.

The Dutchman loop was spectacular but long. We did it in 1 day at it took all of it... from an hour before sunrise to sunset. I would recommended taking 2 days so you don't have to average 3 miles per hour on your hiking and can actually enjoy the views.

Amazing country, fantastic trails.

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Peralta Trail
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6 Completed 2 Reviews

Great Arizona trail a must see for all. Starting with a slow climb out of the dirt lot but quickly climbing over rock and through stream beds cut from the runoff of the hill. Trail twists and drops into foliage then out up onto pure rock faces. The rock face providing the vantage to look back and over your climb. The last switchbacks set you into the saddle which views your climb but the best is the back side which honors Weavers Needle providing a commanding view over the entire valley into the horizon.

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Hieroglyphic Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

We enjoyed a great Saturday afternoon hiking this trail. I took my entire family, 7 kids ages 4-17. The younger kids did fine, they took a few breaks and had me carry them for some of the way. It was worth it getting to the Hieroglyphics, great views, fun rocks for the kids to climb on and water in the pools. Good hike for a family.

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Hieroglyphic Trail
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6 Completed 6 Reviews

Pretty challenging for me but then again I'm a newbie and still pretty fluffy but I made it!! Amazing views over the valley and then hieroglyphs are amazing!!

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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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6 Completed 5 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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6 Completed 2 Reviews

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