Dutchmans Loop Hike

Apache Junction, Arizona

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This loop hike is very popular, and for good reason. It stays on well-graded, good trails throughout, yet passes through a variety of scenic terrain in the western Superstition Mountains. Highlights include the pinnacles of Miners Needle; the towering triple summits of the Superstition Mountains’ most famous landmark, Weavers Needle; and the “stone ghosts”—volcanic stone hoodoos—of upper East Boulder Canyon and Peralta Canyon. It is an especially good introduction to backpacking for those new to the sport. surface: Dirt and rocks.

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"This loop hike is very popular, and for good reason. It stays on well-graded, good trails throughout, yet passes through a variety of scenic terrain in the western Superstition Mountains.

Highlights include the pinnacles of Miners Needle; the towering triple summits of the Superstition Mountains’ most famous landmark, Weavers Needle; and the “stone ghosts”—volcanic stone hoodoos—of upper East Boulder Canyon and Peralta Canyon. It is an especially good introduction to backpacking for those new to the sport. surface: Dirt and rocks."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Apache Junction
Distance: 16.2
Elevation Gain: 3,330 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 10 hours-2days
Season: Fall through spring
Local Contacts: Superstition Wilderness, Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Weavers Needle
Driving Directions: Directions to Dutchmans Loop Hike

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May 2018