Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
LaBarge Backpack,
November 12-13, 2022

This is an easy beginner backpack. This is a good fall hike, nights still be above freezing. We start off in the parking lot for the marina and cross AZ-88 to the trailhead. Even though some of this is off trail, the off trail is the LaBarge creek bottom. So long as LaBarge is not flowing heavily this is a dry easy path. We will start by climbing Frog peak and get a great view of Canyon Lake, Battleship Mountain, and others. Once in LaBarge we will go off trail and follow LaBarge downhill to a riparian area. We will pass many interesting rock formations here as LaBarge has cut down though the rock. There is also a slot canyon here. The riparian area is our overnight camping area.

The next day we will continue downhill until we are close to canyon lake and have to do the hardest part of this hike. We will exit LaBarge and pick up Boulder Canyon Trail to get back to our cars.

•  Distance: 3 miles each day
Time: 2 days
Elevation Change: +-1,000'
Range of Elevation: 1,700' to 2,300'
On trail: 50% — Boulder Canyon Trail (#103)
Hike Rating: "C"
Dogs allowed: no
Cost: When car-pooling, pay your share the cost of gas.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5/non-member.
Weather: Apache Junction
Trip Leader:    Email the leader to confirm.
7:00 AM in east Mesa at the Home Depot on the southeast corner of Power and US 60. Go east on the Superstition Freeway (US 60) to Superstition Springs Blvd., exit 187. Take that exit, turn right and go 1/2 mile east, across Power Road. Then turn left, toward Home Depot, at the second driveway. Park in the southwest corner of the lot, behind Burger King.
Continue east on US 60 and exit onto Idaho Road and take it north.
Then take right turn onto AZ 88 toward the lakes.
Cross a couple of 1 lane bridges.
At the Canyon Lake Marina turn left and then at the first right into the parking lot.
Park near the fence next to AZ-88.
All roads are paved.
Maps provided, if needed.

updated October 1, 2022