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    • Apache Junction, Arizona

      Photograph Cactus Blooms at Lost Dutchman

      4.5
      And there is no better place to experience this beautiful display than at Lost Dutchman State Park. The State Park website shares that visitors can find "chuparosas, poppies, fiddle necks, globe mallow, chuparosa, brittle bush, desert evening primrose, lupine, ocotillo, chicory, scorpion weed, sk...
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    • Apache Junction, Arizona

      Hike to Praying Hands in Lost Dutchman State Park

      4.0
      4.3 mi / 954 ft gain
      Begin your hike in the Cholla parking lot, and start Treasure Loop Trail (this is the north side of the loop, heading east).  Once you get to the base of the main cliffs, and the trail starts to veer to the right, this is where you branch off.  Instead of veering right, go straight and off to the...
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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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    • Apache Junction, Arizona

      White Rock Springs Camp Loop via First Water Trailhead

      4.7
      24.18 mi / 3635 ft gain
      The Superstition Wilderness is a stunning 160,200 acre area outside Apache Junction, AZ, with over 170 miles of (variously maintained) trail networks. There are any number of trips you can design to fit your time and skill level. This adventure offers a three day/ two night backpacking trip cover...
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    • Apache Junction, Arizona

      Hike Battleship Mountain

      5.0
      11.5 mi / 443 ft gain
      Battleship Mountain is nestled within the Superstition Mountains, surrounded by dramatic peaks and desert landscapes. The hike itself is beautiful, and the views once on top of Battleship Mountain are exceptional. The diversity and uniqueness of geological formations in the mountains surrounding ...
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    • Maricopa County, Arizona

      Second Water To Boulder Canyon Camp

      9.12 mi / 951 ft gain
      Second Water To Boulder Canyon Camp is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Tortilla Flat, Arizona.
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    • Paradise Valley, Arizona

      Camelback Mountain via Cholla Trail

      4.5
      2.68 mi / 1158 ft gain
      This challenging hike up the east side of Camelback Mountain has beautiful views of Phoenix and Scottsdale, and is not often crowded. You will begin on switchbacks heading up the mountain, with trail markers to guide you at first. The hike increases in difficulty about 1 mile in, when you reach ...
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    • Phoenix, Arizona

      Climb the East Face of the Praying Monk

      0.5 mi / 200 ft gain
      5.6 Sport climb, up an 80 foot face, 9 bolts to the top.  This was the first outdoor climb for myself. It opened the doors to getting out of the gym and becoming a part of the local climbing community. I highly recommend it, as it is not too difficult, and can be done with a group of people.  The...
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    • Phoenix, Arizona

      Echo Canyon Trail on Camelback Mountain

      4.5
      2.46 mi / 1214 ft gain
      If you live near or around Phoenix, you know that Camelback Mountain is pretty hard to miss. Due to the mountain's height, this hike isn't exactly what you would call easy. There are two sides of the mountain you can hike, Echo Canyon and Cholla Trail. Echo Canyon is shorter, but still an extreme...
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    • Phoenix, Arizona

      Climb the Praying Monk

      4.3
      0.5 mi
      Park at the Echo Canyon Parking Area.From the trailhead, hike up Echo trail until your reach the saddle.  At the saddle, you will turn south and start taking the climbers trail to the headwall, which is just past the sign that says "caution, active bee area."  Once you reach the headwall, there a...
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    • Apache Junction, Arizona

      Monument Canyon and Broadway Cave

      3.6
      3.69 mi / 866 ft gain
      ...Who doesn't enjoy a short adventure to an scenic location?! If I were to guess, I'd say a good majority of us. This four mile, low trafficked hike to the Broadway Cave will lead you to one of the best spots to hang out or watch the sunset. The Broadway trailhead is located by taking Highway 60...
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    • Tonto Basin, Arizona

      Hike to Brown's Peak

      5.0
      6 mi / 1957 ft gain
      Starting at the trailhead you will begin hiking through oak trees and forest. At numerous times throughout the hike Roosevelt Lake can be seen to the northwest. Approximately 3 miles into your hike you will reach a small campsite in the saddle of the mountain. This is your turnaround point if you...
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    • Phoenix, Arizona

      Hole in the Rock

      3.6
      0.27 mi / 200 ft gain
      Papago Park is located right next to the Phoenix Zoo. The park is known for its rock formations and short hiking / running trails. The main attraction, the Hole in the Rock, at the top of the short trail, is a great place to take pictures as it is one of the highest points in the area and it off...
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    • Phoenix, Arizona

      Hike the West Park Loop Trail in Papago Park

      4.4
      4 mi
      This trail begins from the parking lot on the west side of Galvin Parkway. To the east of the parking lot is a single track, dirt trail that heads north towards the big buttes. It continues counterclockwise around the big butte and heads south around the smaller butte. It continues west around th...
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    • Phoenix, Arizona

      Mojave Trail #200

      4.5
      1.88 mi / 430 ft gain
      The entrance for the Piestewa Peak area is located at 2701 E. Squaw Peak Drive. The Mojave Picnic Area & Trailhead is the first parking area on the right. This is a very popular trail when the outside temps drop a bit so get there early for sunset hikes to ease parking. The trail begins on t...
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