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  • Apache Junction, Arizona

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    • Apache Junction, Arizona

      Hike the Dutchman's Second Canyon Loop

      5.0
      16 mi
      To get to the trail head, drive past Lost Dutchman State Park on the 88 and then take the dirt road (on your right) with arrows leading you to First Water Trail Head.  There is an outhouse at the trailhead, so I suggest visiting it before you begin this hike.  I also started this hike about an ho...
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    • Apache Junction, Arizona

      Hike Black Mesa Loop

      4.5
      9 mi
      From First Water Trailhead, a short walk east brings you to the junction of the Dutchman trail and the Second Water trail.  If you follow the Dutchman trail to the right you'll be heading southeast for a while, catching glimpses of Weaver's Needle in the distance.  You can complete the loop going...
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    • Maricopa County, Arizona

      Hike the Goldfield Ovens Loop

      7.5 mi / 575 ft gain
      A Tonto Day Pass is required for this hike as you will park your vehicle at the Blue Point Picnic Area. The trail starts North of the restrooms which are located at the backside of the parking lot. The trail takes you through a mesquite filled area alongside large rock faces. Be sure too look for...
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    • Mesa, Arizona

      Kayak the Lower Salt River

      5.0
      It's not an Arizona summer without time spent on the Salt River!  And there's no better way than by kayak.  Summertime on the Lower Salt is full of people, mostly in tubes and on SUP's.  Getting on the river in the early hours of the morning help avoid some of the crowds. The best launch point by...
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    • Mesa, Arizona

      Horseback Ride in the Sonoran Desert

      5.0
      This picturesque location is truly unique; featuring Saguaro Lake, the spectacular Bulldog Cliffs and the Salt River winds through the Ranch property, and you’re able to experience it all on horseback. What I loved most is that the horses were well cared for, the handlers obviously adored the ani...
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    • Mesa, Arizona

      Photograph the Salt River Wild Horses at Coon Bluff

      5.0
      Wild horses have roamed the banks of the lower Salt River since long before the Tonto National Forest was created in 1902.  It is thought that these wild horses have descended from a herd brought to the area by a Spanish missionary in the 1600's.   In 2015 the United States Forest Service had pu...
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    • Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Superstition Peak 5057 via Carney Springs

      5.0
      7.71 mi / 2831 ft gain
      This is the true beast hike of the Superstitions. If you think Flatiron is a toughy, give this a whirl! You will be poked, prodded, slapped, smacked, jolted, tripped and stabbed the entire way, but rewarded with arguably the finest sights the valley of the sun has to offer: the entire Superstitio...
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    • Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Catch a Sunset at Three Sisters

      5.0
      Three Sisters is a huge rock formation in the southern area of the Superstition Mountains.  This spot is only about an hour outside of Phoenix and it's a great spot to do photography in the evening or morning.This is accessed from the Wave Cave parking lot on the way to the nearby Peralta Trailhe...
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    • Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Wave Cave Trail

      4.7
      3 mi / 948 ft gain
      From the trail-head you will follow the old and wide dirt road for a while until you reach the wilderness fence line. It's easy to get lost. When you reach the fence there's an area to go through. It's difficult to see. Make sure you look closely. DO NOT follow the signs that say "trail". Once yo...
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    • Fort McDowell, Arizona

      Hike the Lower Salt River Nature Trail

      2.5
      2.4 mi
      This scenic loop offers views of Four Peaks, the Salt River & Verde River, and a desert landscape with plenty of wildlife.  Keep an eye out for eagles, wild horses, and other wildlife while you're on the trail.  This trail starts from the Phon D Sutton Recreation site, which is located at the...
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    • Apache Junction, Arizona

      Hike the Boulder Canyon Trail

      4.0
      10 mi / 1500 ft gain
      Parking for the trailhead is actually in the same lot as the marina.  There is a restaurant, campground, and restrooms all in the vicinity of the parking lot.  The actual trailhead is on the other side of the street opposite the parking lot entrance road.  The hike begins an uphill climb.  In a c...
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    • Fort McDowell, Arizona

      Hike Butcher Jones Trail Around Saguaro Lake

      4.6
      4 mi / 300 ft gain
      Butcher Jones Recreational Area truly has a little bit of everything. However, the highlight of the area is the Butcher Jones Trail, a 4 mile out and back trail that is suitable for all skill levels. With minimal elevation gain and beautiful views, it can't be beat!The trailhead is located right ...
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    • Apache Junction, Arizona

      Kayak Canyon Lake Reservoir

      4.5
      Canyon Lake is located in a National Recreation Area. It was created by the damming of the Salt River, in Arizona, specifically by the Morman Flat Dam. The lake sits at an elevation of 1,660' and has a mean depth of 130', and an area of 1.484 mi². We launched our kayaks from the boat launch area ...
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    • Fort McDowell, Arizona

      Kayak Saguaro Lake

      4.0
      If you want to enjoy some paddle time on the beautiful Saguaro Lake, launching from Butcher Jones Recreation Area is your best bet.  If you don’t have your own kayak, you can rent from the nearby Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch and they’ll bring the kayaks to the launch point for you (as well as provide...
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    • Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Weavers Needle

      8.02 mi / 2602 ft gain
      Lace up your boots, stock up your gear, bid farewell to civilization and head out to the wild. This adventure is not one for the faint of heart. It will scrape, snag, trip and stumble you. It will scare, taunt and tantalize you. You will need to earn this one, and it is more than worth the effort...
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    • Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Fremont Saddle via Peralta Canyon Trail

      4.7
      4.53 mi / 1378 ft gain
      After taking Peralta Road all the way to the end, park your car in the parking lot and you'll see the sign for the trail head. Sign in at the register and then begin our hike on Peralta Trail. This trail winds through the canyon and then takes you up switch backs until you reach the saddle. The ...
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