West Boulder Canyon

Apache Junction, Arizona

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A combined cross-country and on-trail hike through remote and seldom-visited country in the western Superstition Mountains. Route-finding skills and the USGS topographic maps are required for this demanding off-trail hike. All of the cross-country travel is on the first half of the loop, and the return is on well-graded trails. Start by hiking 1.9 miles up the Peralta Trail to Fremont Saddle, then strike off cross-country to the southwest. Your goal is to work your way through the “stone ghosts” to the top of the ridge to the southwest, then down to the saddle at the head of West Boulder Canyon at 2.6 miles. This is complex country, and you’ll need to use the USGS topographic map to find the saddle.

West Boulder Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"A combined cross-country and on-trail hike through remote and seldom-visited country in the western Superstition Mountains. Route-finding skills and the USGS topographic maps are required for this demanding off-trail hike. All of the cross-country travel is on the first half of the loop, and the return is on well-graded trails.

Start by hiking 1.9 miles up the Peralta Trail to Fremont Saddle, then strike off cross-country to the southwest. Your goal is to work your way through the “stone ghosts” to the top of the ridge to the southwest, then down to the saddle at the head of West Boulder Canyon at 2.6 miles. This is complex country, and you’ll need to use the USGS topographic map to find the saddle."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Apache Junction
Distance: 15.3
Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Backpack
Season: Best October to April
Trailhead Elevation: 2,400 feet
Top Elevation: 4,000 feet
Local Contacts: Mesa Ranger District, Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Goldfield, Weavers Needle; USDAFS Superstition Wilderness, Tonto National Forest map
Driving Directions: Directions to West Boulder Canyon

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May 2018