Apache Junction, AZ
One day recently we drove up the Apache Trail about fifteen miles to Canyon Lake, the location of the trailhead for the Boulder Canyon Trail. Friends, Hans and Lisa (Metamorphosis Road), had written about this hike and it looked inviting. We parked in the area designated for hikers in the Canyon Lake Marina lot and headed for the trailhead across the road.
The trail quickly gains elevation, providing great views of Canyon Lake behind us.
At the top of the first hill the views are impressive. The stone obelisk in the photo below is called Weaver’s Needle.
The Brittlebush along the trail were in full yellow bloom. And the views all around us continued to grab our attention.
This trail continues for more than seven miles. But we decided, as many others have, to turn around at two and a half miles. As we returned to the trailhead, we were again treated to a great view of Canyon Lake.
The Canyon Trail is a great hike for any level of hiker. The trail is a bit rough, typical of this area, but the many high spots present a number of opportunities to turn around if you have reached your limit.