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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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    • Scottsdale, Arizona

      Gateway Loop

      4.5
      4.32 mi / 764 ft gain
      The Gateway Trailhead is one access point into the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy in Scottsdale and is my favorite “Gateway” into the treasure trove of great trails and vistas in the McDowell Mountains. The Gateway Trailhead provides great accessibility for a quick hike or trail run at the end of t...
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    • Scottsdale, Arizona

      Hike Bell's Pass

      7.3 mi / 1700 ft gain
      Starting at 1800 ft elevation, the trail begins at Gateway Loop. This part of the trail will start off pretty flat and be more crowded than Bell's Pass depending on the day and time you are hiking. If you enjoy running this would be the time to do it before you reach Bell's Pass and the incline i...
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    • Apache Junction, Arizona

      Hike the Wind Cave Trail

      4.3
      2.9 mi / 790 ft gain
      This is a great trail for a run or for stretching your legs exploring the caves in Usery Mountain Regional Park. Keep in mind that the trail leads you up to the cave and is the end point. To get better views of the area, you'll have to climb up past the caves, where the trail is not marked.
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    • Scottsdale, Arizona

      Pinnacle Peak Trail

      4.4
      3.87 mi / 896 ft gain
      Pinnacle Peak is a 3.8 mile out-and-back hike along a beautifully groomed trail with a moderate gain of ~1,000ft. This distinctive 600ft granite summit can be seen from most of the surrounding valley and offers spectacular views of the McDowell Mountains, iconic Four Peaks, Granite Mountain and t...
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    • Scottsdale, Arizona

      Upper Ranch and Brown's Ranch Road Trail

      3.98 mi / 154 ft gain
      Upper Ranch and Brown's Ranch Road Trail is a loop trail where you may see wildflowers located near Scottsdale, Arizona.
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    • Scottsdale, Arizona

      Pima and Dynamite Loop

      5.0
      50.27 mi / 2136 ft gain
      Pima and Dynamite Loop is a loop trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Scottsdale, Arizona.
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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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    • 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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    • Apache Junction, Arizona

      Drive Through The Apache Trail

      4.8
      Its about a 40 minute drive to the beginning of the trail from Phoenix, and the trail itself is close to a two hour drive, if you don't plan on stopping along the way. The beginning of the trail really begins at the Superstition Mountains, you'll see a sign that says you are entering the Tonto Na...
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    • Apache Junction, Arizona

      Catch a Sunset at Goldfield Ranch

      4.0
      Although a tourist trap, Goldfield Ghost Town is a place any visitor might like stopping for a little food and a drink if they're hiking in the Superstition Mountains at the nearby Lost Dutchman State Park. It's certainly a place that has plentiful opportunities for some photography.While there y...
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    • Apache Junction, Arizona

      Camp at Lost Dutchman State Park

      4.8
      Lost Dutchman State Park is located near the Superstition Mountains in central Phoenix, about 40 miles from Phoenix. There is a $7 day use fee to enter the park, which is waived if you’re camping ($15/night). The park offers 134 campsites, each with a picnic table, barbeque grill, and fire pit, a...
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    • Apache Junction, Arizona

      Treasure Loop via Jacob's Crosscut Trail

      3.78 mi / 620 ft gain
      Starting Treasure Loop from Jacob's Crosscut offers a slight variation on Treasure Loop as well as ~1.5 miles if you're looking for a little extra distance. This trail is dog friendly on-leash and is used by hikers and runners. 
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    • Apache Junction, Arizona

      Hike Massacre Grounds Trail to Massacre Falls

      5.0
      5.5 mi / 1125 ft gain
      There are many legends of a lost gold and buried treasures within the Superstition Mountains of Arizona.  The most famous is the story of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine.  In the 1840's, the Peralta family from Northern Mexico mined rich gold ore from the area.  In 1848 during one of the families exp...
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    • Apache Junction, Arizona

      Siphon Draw to Flatiron Summit

      4.9
      5.6 mi / 3415 ft gain
      Flatiron is one of the most popular day hikes in the Superstition Wilderness, just outside of Phoenix, AZ. The hike begins at Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction. Once inside the park, drive to the last parking area and look for a sign for the Siphon Draw Trailhead. The Siphon Draw Trail ...
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    • Apache Junction, Arizona

      Treasure Loop Trail

      4.8
      2.34 mi / 571 ft gain
      Located about 40 miles east of Phoenix right off AZ-88 E/N Apache Trail. The initial trail begins at an elevation of 2000 feet within the Sonoran Desert. The trail can be accessed via the Cholla (northern side) Day-use Area or the Saguaro (southern) Day-use Area. Once you're on the trail you wil...
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