Boulder Canyon Loop from First Water

Apache Junction, Arizona

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This loop ascends from First Water trailhead, climbs through The Garden, then descends through Second Water Canyon to the confluence of Second Water and Boulder creeks. It then follows Boulder Canyon past Battleship Mountain, between Yellow Mountain and the Red Hills, and up into East Boulder Canyon to the junction with Dutchman's Trail. Finally, it follows Dutchman's Trail back to First Water trailhead. The difficulty of this hike is tied to the water level in Boulder Creek. OUTSTANDING FEATURES, Cholla forests, The Garden, mountain vistas, Battleship Mountain, all manner of granite formations, and a plain right out of a spaghetti western.

Boulder Canyon Loop from First Water Professional Review and Guide

"This loop ascends from First Water trailhead, climbs through The Garden, then descends through Second Water Canyon to the confluence of Second Water and Boulder creeks. It then follows Boulder Canyon past Battleship Mountain, between Yellow Mountain and the Red Hills, and up into East Boulder Canyon to the junction with Dutchman's Trail.

Finally, it follows Dutchman's Trail back to First Water trailhead. The difficulty of this hike is tied to the water level in Boulder Creek. OUTSTANDING FEATURES, Cholla forests, The Garden, mountain vistas, Battleship Mountain, all manner of granite formations, and a plain right out of a spaghetti western."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Apache Junction
Distance: 13
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 7.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Boulder Canyon Loop from First Water

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11/16/2014
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Nice trail with beautiful views and landscape changes. Once you get to the loop versus black mesa, the trail markings are less than optimal. GPS recommended. Worth the trip - good variety in terms of elevation etc.



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May 2018