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Full Day - Sunday, April 14

Goldmine Trail/Hieroglyphic Trail Hike (Moderate)
Date: Sunday, April 14
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Apache Junction/Tonto National Forest
Cost: $69 (includes lunch)

Description

This will be a seven-mile hike of moderate difficulty hosted by the Superstition Area Land Trust (SALT) and Tonto National Forest. It is actually two hikes in one and includes a picnic lunch. The Hieroglyphic Trail is a 1.1-mile wilderness hike up a gentle slope to a site with extensive Native American petroglyphs. Some boulder hopping may be necessary to experience these. A Forest Service host will provide commentary on the petroglyphs and natural resources of the area. Bring your camera!

The Goldmine Trail is a five-mile hike with some elevation changes, but no net gain or loss. Stewards from the SALT will host this portion of the hike and provide information about land conservation efforts in Arizona and the challenges in building and maintaining the trail and trailheads. This trail features the beauty of the Sonoran Desert with numerous large saguaro cacti, views of the southern slopes of the Superstition Mountains, and vast panoramas of the valley. Wildflowers and blooming cacti should be abundant.

Difficulty Level

Participants must be physically fit and capable of hiking over seven miles on uneven terrain. Hiking boots, a daypack with water bladder or fanny pack capable of carrying at least one gallon of water, layered clothing including a long sleeve garment for sun protection, and hat are required.

Lunch/Refreshments

Picnic lunch, beverages, and water provided by Superstition Area Land Trust (SALT)

Leaders

SALT Stewards and Tonto National Forest Archaeologist

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