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5 hiking trails to know about in the Apache Junction area
Silly Mountain Trailhead
Silly Mountain is a promontory immediately east of Apache Junction along the Superstition Freeway (US60). The mountain was named for nearby “Silly Mountain Road.” Silly Mountain Road was named by Harry Cadwalader. Cadwalader was a road grader whose family was the second to have a home on the (then) unnamed road. At one point, Cadwalader asked for, and received permission to, name the road. It is unclear why he chose the name “Silly Mountain” but it has since been applied to both the road and the mountain. A steep road used to ascend most of the mountain, however, this has since been restored by the Superstition Area Land Trust and the City of Apache Junction. The area is now a park and a network of trails allows one to explore all aspects of the small peak (source)
Siphon Draw Trailhead
Check out this 5.5-mile out-and-back trail near Apache Junction, Arizona. Generally considered a challenging route, it takes an average of 4 h 23 min to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking, so you’ll likely encounter other people while exploring. The best times to visit this trail are September through June. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash (source).
Treasure Loop Trail #56
Treasure Loop Trail #56 is such an enjoyably moderate trail that loops in Lost Dutchman State Park. While hiking you will witness some of the most breathtaking geological terrains (source).
Native Plant Trail
A variety of cholla, prickly pear, ocotillo, and more will line your path, with names and pronunciations on labels to guide you along (source).
Broadway (cave) Trailhead
No parking fee or pass required, but spaces are limited.
The trail climbs moderately for most of the trail, but picks up towards the end gaining ~500ft in 1/4 mile. Loose rocks add a bit of difficulty, and trail can be hard to follow at times. Keep an eye out for cairns to help mark the way.
A cave at the end of the trail offers relief from the heat and sun (source).
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