Hieroglyphic Trail

Superstition Wilderness Area, Arizona

Distance1.4mi
Elevation Gain772ft
Trailhead Elevation2,081ft
Top2,666ft
Elevation Min/Max2081/2666ft
Elevation Start/End2081/2081ft

Hieroglyphic Trail

Hieroglyphic Trail is a hiking trail in Pinal County, Arizona. It is within Superstition Wilderness Area. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 2,081 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 772 feet. Near the end of the trail is an attraction.

Hieroglyphic Trail Professional Guides

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100 Classic Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books)
Scott S. Warren
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"For a short and easy jaunt through nice desert terrain to some interesting rock art panels, the hike into Hieroglyphic Canyon is hard to beat. Contrary to what early settlers may have believed, these carvings on the rock walls are not hieroglyphics but rather petroglyphs. From the trailhead, the Hieroglyphic Trail climbs easily up a low ridge to the east. There it intersects the western end of the 5.7-mile Lost Goldmine Trail, which traverses the foothills of the Superstition Mountains before reaching Peralta Road." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles-Phoenix - 3rd Edition (Menasha Ridge Press)
Charles Liu
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"Nestled at the base of Superstition Mountain, Hieroglyphic Canyon boasts one of the best collections of Hohokam petroglyphs in the state. Venture beyond the petroglyphs and follow Hieroglyphic Canyon up to Superstition Ridgeline for astounding views of Weaver’s Needle and the city. Advanced hikers and adventure seekers can continue beyond the petroglyphs and follow Hieroglyphic Canyon up to the Superstition Ridgeline. This optional excursion doubles the hike length and requires scrambling up an additional 1,700 feet. However, the just reward for your toils is an awesome view of the sprawling city below, the interior of the Superstition Wilderness, and Weaver’s Needle." Read more

Hieroglyphic Trail Reviews

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3/19/2016
Easy hike. Great views of Southeast valley. Plenty of other trails to explore from the trailhead.
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3/13/2011
fairly easy trail like the guides say, but very very rocky; lots of cactus & critters on the trail; the petroglyphs are easily accessible, but don't get fooled by all the "modern" ones that people have tried to put up as the old ones are much more subtle; saw several people along the way, but overall a very nice hike for a couple hours
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1/9/2010
Awesome petroglyphs. Lots of families on the trail. Great for kids and dogs. Trail was well marked. A little tough on the way up
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11/8/2009
Nice easy hike. Trail was a little rocky, not a dirt path which made us look down most of the way. The trail guide directions to the trail head were accurate however the cattle guard has been paved over. Petroglyphs were neat and we really enjoyed the hike. Took the whole family kids, 6, 8, 10 and dog and we all had a good time.
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11/25/2006
Nice hike to the hieroglyphics. However, much of the hiking that approaches the Superstition Mountains hikes out of sub-developments, which you can clearly see for the entire hike. Definately worth doing.
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Trail Information

Superstition Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Superstition Wilderness Area
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
Views
Features
Tonto National Forest; Superstition Wilderness Area
Local Contacts
USGS map: Goldfield
Local Maps