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    Top Spots in and near Maricopa County

    • Queen Creek, Arizona

      Hike the Dynamite and Goldmine Loop

      5.0
      4.7 mi / 773 ft gain
      This trail is a moderately-rated hike. It is used for a variety of activities including hiking, mountain biking, running, and walking. To access the trail, it is important to note that there is a $7 cash parking fee, so be prepared! The beginning of the trail is the most challenging part as it ...
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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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    • 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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    • Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Peak 5057 via Hieroglyphic Trail

      5.0
      7.45 mi / 3045 ft gain
      To get to the trailhead from US60, turn north onto Kings Ranch Road where you will begin the winding path through the neighborhoods.  From Kings Ranch Road, turn east on Baseline Ave, north on Mohican Road, west on Valley View Drive, north on Whitetail Road, and east on Cloudview Ave until it com...
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    • Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Hieroglyphic Trail

      5.0
      2.9 mi / 614 ft gain
      This hike is a great beginner hike for those who want to experience the beauty of the Superstitions. I suggest going early in the morning because this trail gets very crowded later in the day (especially on weekends). To get to the trailhead from US60, turn north onto Kings Ranch Road where you ...
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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

      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

      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

      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

      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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    • 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

      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

      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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    • 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

      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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    Camping and Lodging in Maricopa County

    Mesa / Apache Junction KOA Journey
    Apache Junction, Arizona

    Mesa / Apache Junction KOA Journey

    Burnt Corral Campground
    Roosevelt, Arizona

    Burnt Corral Campground

    Frazier Group Campground
    Roosevelt, Arizona

    Frazier Group Campground

    Cholla Campground
    Tonto Basin, Arizona

    Cholla Campground

    Windy Hill Campground
    Roosevelt, Arizona

    Windy Hill Campground

    Picacho / Tucson NW KOA Journey
    Picacho, Arizona

    Picacho / Tucson NW KOA Journey

    Guides, Insights and Stories from Maricopa County

    Marmot Men's Alpha 60 Vest Review

    Marmot Men's Alpha 60 Vest Review

    Kevin Kaminski

    The 5 Best Hikes In Phoenix

    The 5 Best Hikes In Phoenix

    Kevin Kaminski

    7 Hikes You Need to Do in the Phoenix Area

    7 Hikes You Need to Do in the Phoenix Area

    Calvin Weibel