Lower La Barge Box Trail

Apache Junction, Arizona

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Starting from the Canyon Lake Trailhead, the only Superstition trailhead on a paved road, this loop with a cherry stem starts on the Boulder Trail then traverses Lower La Barge Box via cross-country hiking. Emerging from the confines of the canyon, the loop continues on the little-used Cavalry Trail and finishes on the Boulder Canyon Trail. Highlights include the awesome narrows of La Barge Canyon and views of Weavers Needle. Hike clockwise to do the cross-country section through Lower La Barge Box near the start of the loop. The Boulder Trail starts across the highway from the trailhead and climbs steadily up a ridge to the southeast. Don’t forget to look back—the views get better as you climb. When the trail turns east, it leaves the ridge crest and contours around the heads of several small side canyons.
Best Loop Hikes Arizona

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Best Loop Hikes Arizona

by Bruce Grubbs (The Mountaineers Books)

Starting from the Canyon Lake Trailhead, the only Superstition trailhead on a paved road, this loop with a cherry stem starts on the Boulder Trail then traverses Lower La Barge Box via cross-country hiking. Emerging from the confines of the canyon, the loop continues on the little-used Cavalry Trail and finishes on the Boulder Canyon Trail. Highlights include the awesome narrows of La Barge Canyon and views of Weavers Needle. Hike clockwise to do the cross-country section through Lower La Barge Box near the start of the loop.

The Boulder Trail starts across the highway from the trailhead and climbs steadily up a ridge to the southeast. Don’t forget to look back—the views get better as you climb. When the trail turns east, it leaves the ridge crest and contours around the heads of several small side canyons.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Apache Junction
Distance: 12
Elevation Gain: 3,600 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2 days
Season: October through April
Trailhead Elevation: 1,710 feet
Top Elevation: 2,490 feet
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest, Mesa Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Mormon Flat Dam, Goldfield; USFS Superstition Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower La Barge Box Trail

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May 2018