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. Numerous stone pinnacles, known locally as “stone ghosts,” are scattered along the canyon and its rims. The pinnacles are mostly carved from rhyolite, a volcanic rock. The mountains eroded along cracks in the rock, carving out odd-looking fins and pinnacles. The trail steepens somewhat near the head of the canyon, and a few short switchbacks lead to Fremont Saddle at the head of Peralta Canyon.
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by Stewart Aitchison & 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. Numerous stone pinnacles, known locally as “stone ghosts,” are scattered along the canyon and its rims.

The pinnacles are mostly carved from rhyolite, a volcanic rock. The mountains eroded along cracks in the rock, carving out odd-looking fins and pinnacles. The trail steepens somewhat near the head of the canyon, and a few short switchbacks lead to Fremont Saddle at the head of Peralta Canyon.

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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 Districts, Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Weavers Needle; USFS Superstition Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Barks Canyon

Recent Trail Reviews

8/11/2009
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The scenery is beautiful. i went in the middle of August on a weekday and was the only soul out there. There's lots of shade on the trail. At teh beginning of the trail, you come to a clearing. Be sure to go to the right up the rock wall and to not follow the boulders up the canyon.



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