Massacre Falls Trail

Tonto National Forest, Arizona

Distance2.5mi
Elevation Gain1,348ft
Trailhead Elevation2,116ft
Top3,185ft
Elevation Min/Max2116/3185ft
Elevation Start/End2116/2116ft

Massacre Falls Trail

Massacre Falls Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Pinal County and Maricopa County, Arizona. It is within Superstition Wilderness Area and Tonto National Forest. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 2,116 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,348 feet. The Crosscut Trail Head parking is near the trailhead. There is also parking.

Massacre Falls Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"An easy hike to the famous location where Spanish miners were supposedly ambushed. A good introduction to hiking in the Superstition Mountains."

"To those who wish to enjoy the Superstition Mountains without scaling steep grades, the Lost Goldmine Trail offers a nearly level jaunt through scenic foothills. Roughly tracing the Superstition Wilderness boundary, this trail skirts rugged cliffs and tall peaks on the southern flank of the Superstitions."

"This easy hike through the desert foothills of the western Superstition Mountains leads to a famous location where Spanish miners were supposedly ambushed and relieved of their newly found gold. Suitable for beginners and families, it makes an excellent introduction to hiking in the Superstition Mountains."

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4/16/2011
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3/6/2010
The author writes how you can drive to the trailhead...this is no longer the case. Park at the Crosscut Trailhead and walk further down the road to the "Congested Area" sign where you can walk in to the trailhead. We ran into a park ranger who told us they had closed off the road to the trailhead to allow it to go back to nature. The author's trail description is pretty accurate and trail is well marked with Cairns along the way. The bluff overlook of the falls is great but we also chose and would recommend walking all the way over to the waterfall! It was a great place to stop and have lunch. We were lucky to have it to ourselve; but met a lot of people coming in on our hike out. There was quite a bit of water as we have had a lot of rain this year! Really enjoyed this hike!
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1/21/2008
Nice hike, moderate terrain, no water at the falls when we went but still some great scenery. Not much traffic. Definetly recommend a higher clearance vehicle than a passenger car to get right to the trail head.
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12/2/2007
If you can do this trail after it has rained, do it. Massacre Falls is about 3 stories high and in a beautiful alcove. If it is running, you can see it in the distance from the Massacre Grounds viewpoint mentioned in the trail guide. I went after 2 days of rain and it was wonderful. Two cautions, however...you must understand cairns (stacked rocks as trail markers) as you can very easily lose this trail at the upper end, I did even though I thought I was careful to look for the cairns. Second, the spur road to the trailhead (off of First Water Road) is very primitive; a passenger car might make it slowly in very dry conditions but after the rain, high clearance was a must. I don't have 4WD but wouldn't have needed it, just the clearance. In short, this is a hike with a good payoff after rain, with few others for company.
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Trail Information

Tonto National Forest
Nearby City
Tonto National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Superstition Wilderness, Tonto National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Goldfield
Local Maps

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Oct 2018