Pinyon Mountain Hike

Apache Junction, Arizona

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This hike is a good introduction to the less-popular eastern portion of the Superstition Wilderness. You’ll encounter a wide variety of terrain, from Sonoran Desert to pinyon-juniper forest, as the trail runs along Two Bar Ridge. The loop traverses just below the summit of Pinyon Mountain, one of the highest peaks in the northeastern Superstition Mountains. A side hike to the summit is an easy option. Start on the Tule Canyon Trail, which wanders southwest from the trailhead, working its way through the foothills toward Tule Canyon. After 1.0 mile the trail crosses Tule Canyon, after which it turns more to the west for a while and climbs onto a ridge south of Tule Canyon. Then it abruptly turns south and climbs steeply to the top of a ridge north of Two Bar Canyon. Now follow the trail west along the ridge.

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"This hike is a good introduction to the less-popular eastern portion of the Superstition Wilderness. You’ll encounter a wide variety of terrain, from Sonoran Desert to pinyon-juniper forest, as the trail runs along Two Bar Ridge. The loop traverses just below the summit of Pinyon Mountain, one of the highest peaks in the northeastern Superstition Mountains. A side hike to the summit is an easy option.

Start on the Tule Canyon Trail, which wanders southwest from the trailhead, working its way through the foothills toward Tule Canyon. After 1.0 mile the trail crosses Tule Canyon, after which it turns more to the west for a while and climbs onto a ridge south of Tule Canyon. Then it abruptly turns south and climbs steeply to the top of a ridge north of Two Bar Canyon. Now follow the trail west along the ridge."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Apache Junction
Distance: 11
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6–7 hours
Season: Fall through spring
Local Contacts: Superstition Wilderness, Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Pinyon Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Pinyon Mountain Hike

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May 2018