Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Hieroglyphic/Lost Goldmine Trails Day Hike
when Trip Report : January 16, 2021
where Superstition Mountains
the hike     The Hieroglyphic Trail was last hiked by the club ten years ago, on Jan. 30, 2011, so it’s definitely time for a revisit. This interesting and scenic little trail, tucked away in the SW corner of the Superstition Wilderness Area, leads to Hieroglyphic Springs and its extensive collection of petroglyphs. Total round trip length is 3 miles.
    Option 1: We’ll take our time checking out the collection of ancient petroglyphs and then head back down the Hieroglyphic Trail and link up with the Lost Goldmine Trail, about 100 yards east of the Cloudview Trailhead. From there we start hiking east on the Lost Goldmine Trail, which runs parallel with the Tonto National Forest and Superstition Wilderness boundaries.
    We’ll hike the Lost Goldmine Trail for 2.5 miles east to the Turk’s Cap formation and take a lunch/snack break near there, before turning around and hiking back to the trailhead. This will give us 8 miles of hiking for the day.
    Option 2: For those hikers wishing to do a longer hike, in addition to the Hieroglyphic Trail you can hike up to the full six-mile length of the Lost Goldmine Trail, making for a total of 15 miles of hiking, returning to Cloudview Trailhead.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
distance Option 1: 8 miles—3 miles RT on the Hieroglyphic Trail and 5 miles RT on the Lost Goldmine Trail.
Option 2: up to 15 miles, depending on how far you go on the the Lost Goldmine Trail.
time Option 1: 3 to 4 hours.
Option 2: 4 to 7 hours.
EC Hieroglyphic Trail: +-650', Lost Goldmine Trail: +-230' elevation change
elevations 2085' (Cloudview Trailhead) to 2700' (Hieroglyphic Canyon)
type round trip—two separate legs
starting at
Cloudview Trailhead 33° 23.370' N,  111° 25.444' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Hieroglyphic & Lost Goldmine Trails
dogs? no
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
cost The club allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Apache Junction
meet 8:00 AM at Cloudview Trailhead.
•  From Highway 60 and Idaho Road (SR 88) in Apache Junction, continue east and then southeast for about 6 miles to Kings Ranch Road.
Go northeast and then north on Kings Ranch Road for 3 miles to Baseline Road.
Turn right onto Baseline Road and drive east for 1/4 mile to S. Mohican Rd.
Make a left turn onto Mohican and drive north for a half mile to E. Valley View Dr.
Turn left on Valley View Dr. As you drive northwest and then north, Valley View Dr. becomes Whitetail Road before it connects with Cloudview Ave.
Make a right turn onto Cloudview Ave. and drive east for 0.75 miles to the end of the road at the trailhead.

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