Boulder Canyon Trail – Superstition Mountains

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.

Start of the Boulder Canyon Trail

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.

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28 Responses to Boulder Canyon Trail – Superstition Mountains

  1. OH my the flowers are beautiful and the sceneries are gorgeous as well. Glad to see you back on the trail, Pam. Great great photos!

  2. jimandbarb says:

    Even more beautiful now that everything is starting to bloom, we cannot wait to get back out there!

  3. Janna says:

    Glad your back let you get out and walk!

  4. Sherry says:

    What wonderful views! I love the flower lined trails. Glad your back is behaving itself for you. This is a hike I would love to take. Great pictures!

  5. LOVE all those flowers! We are never in Southern AZ this late so we always miss them, thanks for letting us in on the beauty! I wonder if the saguaro will be blooming by the time you head North???

    • placestheygo says:

      We were in Utah this time during our last visit so I am thrilled that we are here to see all the beautiful blooms. The hedgehogs, prickly pear, and cholla just started to bloom!! But it is way too hot! I’m afraid we’ll miss the saguaro since we head north to Prescott on Monday and much cooler temps!!

  6. Mary says:

    That looks like a great hike, beautiful scenery. That area is on my list to see for sure. Where do you stay over that way?

  7. Laurel says:

    What a gorgeous hike, even more so with the blooming brittlebush. I love the desert in the springtime! So happy that your back is better, Pam. I know you guys are delighted to be back out on the trails.

    • placestheygo says:

      Thanks, Laurel:) My leg has been fine hiking just a little weak from the pinching nerve so I use my poles to make sure I stay upright:) This is our first visit to the desert with so much blooming. It is just breathtaking.

  8. Ingrid says:

    Wow, what fantastic views. We will definitely keep this trail in mind for next season. Since I was able to do the Peralta Trail without any neuropathy in my feet flaring up, I can’t wait to tackle more hiking trails in the Superstitions. The desert is so pretty when it’s in bloom.

    • placestheygo says:

      You would enjoy this trail, Ingrid. It was very rocky but offered great views all along so it was easy to just choose your length and turn around when you wanted. Actually, the hike back down was the best because you had the lake view the whole time. The desert is so beautiful. Glad we were here to see it.

  9. Jodee Gravel says:

    You have to love that hardy brittlebush. Very unassuming until it bursts forth with those vivid yellow blooms! Great shots of the lake and blooming hillsides – bummer it’s so hot so soon though 😦 We’re already sick of it here.

    • placestheygo says:

      Without the brittlebush color the desert floor in this area wouldn’t have any color right now. They sure do light it up. Yes, it is too bad it got so hot so early. Tough hiking at 90 even if it is dry:)

  10. pmbweaver says:

    Oh, we would have loved that hike. The trail looks so nice. Your photos are gorgeous! Glad, Pam, you are back in the saddle….hehe

  11. LuAnn says:

    I have done lots of boating on Canyon Lake and also some kayaking but have never done this trail. Something to look forward to next time we are in the area. Your photographs are lovely! Pam, so glad you are able to continue to hike as your back heals.

  12. Pam Leonard says:

    The desert flowers you keep showing are making me hungry for things to get blooming here in the Midwest! I’m sure it will be a good month yet though.

    • placestheygo says:

      This is the time of year when green is needed in many areas of the country. We are so lucky to be here to see the desert looking so green and alive with color. There has been just enough rain to green up everything especially all the ocotillo which are now beginning to bloom red:) Hope your warm days aren’t far behind!

  13. libertatemamo says:

    Another great hike! I’m loving those flowers. Nothing quite like the desert in bloom.

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