Barks Canyon

Apache Junction, Arizona

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This hike takes you up popular, scenic Peralta Canyon and returns cross-country via scenic Barks Canyon. Start the loop on the well-graded Peralta Trail, which heads northwest up Peralta Canyon, climbing steadily. The trail generally stays near the bed of the canyon, occasionally crossing it. Volcanic pinnacles and stone grottos line both sides of the shallow canyon, and it’s an interesting area to explore.
Hiking Arizona's Superstition & Mazatzal Country

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Hiking Arizona's Superstition & Mazatzal Country

by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)

This hike takes you up popular, scenic Peralta Canyon and returns cross-country via scenic Barks Canyon. Start the loop on the well-graded Peralta Trail, which heads northwest up Peralta Canyon, climbing steadily.

The trail generally stays near the bed of the canyon, occasionally crossing it. Volcanic pinnacles and stone grottos line both sides of the shallow canyon, and it’s an interesting area to explore.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Apache Junction
Distance: 5.2
Elevation Gain: 1,360 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best October to April
Trailhead Elevation: 2,400 feet
Top Elevation: 3,800 feet
Local Contacts: Mesa Ranger District, Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Weavers Needle; USDAFS Superstition Wilderness, Tonto National Forest map
Driving Directions: Directions to Barks Canyon

Recent Trail Reviews

11/22/2009
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We went up the Peralta Trail and down Braks Canyon Trail. The hike was breath taking and we all found our way up easily enough but we managed to get lost three times on the way down. We felt compelled to follow the Cairns (Inookshuks) but they seemd to lead to viewpoints. In the end..we had to bushwack (never a good idea) as we could see the trail we had to be on but could never seems to get there. So...a beautiful hike on unmarked trails. It would be so nice if the Trails were marked like on so many others we have done...worth it though!!!



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