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Boulder - LaBarge Canyon Loop

Contributed by ranchez

Starting at the Canyon Lake trailhead, the Boulder Canyon trail climbs steadily to a ridge with wonderful views of the Superstitions, including great photo opportunities to capture one of the best known landmarks in the wilderness - Weavers Needle.  The trail then gradually drops into the LaBarge Creek drainage, which can be followed - to the right - back to Canyon Lake, just below the Boulder Canyon trailhead.

Hiking LaBarge creek is strenuous with lots of bush-whacking and boulder hopping for almost three miles. Count on solitude in this section.  If the creek, is flowing you may have to make the creek your turn around point, going back the way you came on the Boulder Canyon trail.

If you do hike back to the lake via the creek bed, depending on the water level of the lake, you will need to look for beaten foot paths up the ridge on your right, as you come out of the box canyon area and the creek bed opens up as it meets the lake.  It is typically not possible to follow the creek bed all the way back to the bridge and the trailhead.


Drive east on U.S. Hwy. 60; take Exit #196, and drive north one mile on Idaho
Road to Hwy. 88. Drive northeast for approximately 15 miles to the Canyon Lake Marina.

Their parking lot may be utilized, with the trail access located on the south side of the
highway. Use care when crossing the highway!

Trail Accessed: Boulder Trail 103.

Length: 7 miles  |   Rating: Difficult
Activies: Dog-friendly, Day Hiking, Backpacking

Trailhead Elevation: 1680

Trailhead Waypoint: 33.534018 N -111.422332 W

Permit Info: No 

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Management Area(s)
Superstition Wilderness
Tonto National Forest

Maricopa County

Nearby Cities
Apache Junction

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1/19/2009 3:28:47 PM
Rated 4 of 5 by Ranchez

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