Barks Canyon Hike

Apache Junction, Arizona 85218

Barks Canyon Hike

Barks Canyon Hike Professional Guide

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"For those hikers who want a taste of the possibilities opened up by cross-country, offtrail hiking, this loop is a great place to start.

Highlights include scenic Peralta Canyon and Fremont Saddle, famous for their towering rhyolite pinnacles—the “stone ghosts” of the Superstition Mountains—and the classic view of Weavers Needle. The cross-country portion of the hike follows Barks Canyon downstream to meet a good trail, so navigation is simple."

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Best Loop Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books)
Bruce Grubbs
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"This easy loop from the Peralta Trailhead offers classic views of Weavers Needle in the western Superstition Mountains. The loop uses the Peralta Trail, a short section of crosscountry, and the Bluff Spring Trail to circle through some of the most dramatic scenery in the Superstition Mountains. Hike clockwise because it’s easier to find the return trail. Start the hike on the Peralta Trail, which climbs 1.8 miles up Peralta Canyon to Fremont Saddle."

Barks Canyon Hike Trip Reports

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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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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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Trail Information

Apache Junction
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
4–5 hours
Fall through spring
Superstition Wilderness, Tonto National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Weavers Needle
Local Maps

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