Boulder Canyon Trail to LaBarge Canyon

Tortilla Flat, Arizona

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Some route-finding skills are required for the trek to LaBarge Canyon. Upon arrival at Canyon Lake Marina, make sure you park in the designated trailhead parking against the fence. Walk across SR 88 and begin the hike from a signed trailhead east of the one-lane bridge. The rocky trail hugs the roadside fence and heads east. Keep right at an unsigned fork in the trail, and then turn south heading up a moderately steep hill. Desert plants dominate the hillside, but in spring, colorful wildflowers such as desert mariposa lilies, blue dicks, and Mexican gold poppies can be found here.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Phoenix

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Phoenix

by Charles Liu (Menasha Ridge Press)

Some route-finding skills are required for the trek to LaBarge Canyon.

Upon arrival at Canyon Lake Marina, make sure you park in the designated trailhead parking against the fence. Walk across SR 88 and begin the hike from a signed trailhead east of the one-lane bridge. The rocky trail hugs the roadside fence and heads east. Keep right at an unsigned fork in the trail, and then turn south heading up a moderately steep hill.

Desert plants dominate the hillside, but in spring, colorful wildflowers such as desert mariposa lilies, blue dicks, and Mexican gold poppies can be found here.

©  Charles Liu/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tortilla Flat
Distance: 10.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Year-round; hot in summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS: Mormon flat Dam and Goldfield
Driving Directions: Directions to Boulder Canyon Trail to LaBarge Canyon

Recent Trail Reviews

7/2/2012
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This trail is fun, but it is NOT MEANT FOR people who are not expert map readers, NOT MEANT FOR THE SUMMER HEAT!!, and NOT meant for one to go alone. YOU MUST BRING A SATELLITE PHONE FOR THIS TRAIL! I am a navigations expert, but the heat alone caused kidney failure and I could not keep water or food down. I almost died, but managed to barely get out alive. Someone drove me to the hospital where I took 6 IVs in critical condition. The trailheads are almost impossible to find coming from the north. LOOK FOR AND FOLLOW THE STACKED ROCKS! They show the way to go if you are lost. Trails to the south are easier to navigate. I would definitely do this trail again, just not in any temperature above 80 degrees max.


3/6/2011
0

Finding our way up faint trail was a little daunting, but worth it. This trail seemed secluded this time of year and offered amazing az mountain scenery.


10/9/2006
0

!!BEWARE!! La Barge box dries up easily. I took my girlfriend on this hike thinking the box would be a great place to spend the afternoon. We got to the box and it was dry. The trail also took us over 8 hours to hike. We began to run out of daylight so we back traced the dried up stream instead of bushwacking. We are both in great shape and are experenced hikers. I can not say for certain but I believe the bolder hopping portion of the trail is more like 2 miles. On the up side the vistas are truely amazing. All in all, Great hike but don't expect much out of the box. This trail is not for the faint at heart. Very tough.


9/23/2006
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A nice little hike into the superstition wilderness area. After the first climb, you are greeted with an awesome view of Weaver's Needle. The trail continues into the canyon and meets up with the second water trail. A great alternative to the in & out hike on this trail, would be to use two cars and park one at the First Water Trail head. You can start out on the LaBarge trail and then transfer to Second Water Trail and then onto the First Water Trail. It's a great area to hike.



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