Lower La Barge Box

Apache Junction, Arizona

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This exceptionally scenic cross-country hike starts from an easily accessible trailhead, and takes you into a narrow canyon with towering walls. Rounding a rock spur, the trail drops steeply into La Barge Creek. At 2.4 miles, this is a popular destination for both day hikes and overnight hikes, and there’s usually water in the creek during the cool half of the year. Follow the main trail across La Barge Creek, then upstream. When the trail turns right and climbs away from the creek at 2.9 miles, leave it and continue cross-country up the canyon. At first, the going is easy up the broad wash, but as you enter Lower La Barge Box the walls close in and travel becomes more difficult. At several places, you’ll have to scramble up and around huge boulders. The most impressive section of the canyon begins where there is a sharp left bend, followed by a sharp right bend. Here the walls seem to go straight up.

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"This exceptionally scenic cross-country hike starts from an easily accessible trailhead, and takes you into a narrow canyon with towering walls. Rounding a rock spur, the trail drops steeply into La Barge Creek. At 2.4 miles, this is a popular destination for both day hikes and overnight hikes, and there’s usually water in the creek during the cool half of the year.

Follow the main trail across La Barge Creek, then upstream. When the trail turns right and climbs away from the creek at 2.9 miles, leave it and continue cross-country up the canyon. At first, the going is easy up the broad wash, but as you enter Lower La Barge Box the walls close in and travel becomes more difficult. At several places, you’ll have to scramble up and around huge boulders. The most impressive section of the canyon begins where there is a sharp left bend, followed by a sharp right bend. Here the walls seem to go straight up."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Apache Junction
Distance: 9.4
Elevation Gain: 570 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best October to April
Trailhead Elevation: 1,700 feet
Top Elevation: 2,400 feet
Local Contacts: Mesa Ranger District, Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Mormon Flat Dam, Goldfield; USDAFS Superstition Wilderness, Tonto National Forest map
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower La Barge Box

Recent Trail Reviews

1/10/2010
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This trail is so beautiful.One of my favorites. You get some great views of teweaver's needle and the superstitions if you take the Canyon Lake trailhead. LaBarge Box is really pretty.Can be tricky navigating up the boulder wash


12/11/2006
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Well by the directions we could not find the turh off for this paticular trail. Nothing is marked there, we even had a GPS. Its a very pretty area though and we still enjoyed our time there. No regrets.


2/4/2006
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moderate trail, the begining was a bit difficult to find from the end of the second water trail but my topo map and gps did the trick. excellent views and nice hike to canyon lake



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