Queen Creek Canyon and Tunnel

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Queen Creek Canyon
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Queen Creek Tunnel
Queen Creek Tunnel
Queen Creek Canyon
Queen Creek Canyon
Queen Creek Canyon

Location

How to Get There
This hike is located near Superior, AZ.

To get to the Trailhead: From the Phoenix area, take US-60 East toward the town of Superior. Drive through the town of Superior and just as you leave the town, take the signed exit for AZ-177 (Ray Road). Turn left here and drive 0.1 miles to the unsigned parking area on the right at the intersection of Magma Ave and Heiner Drive.
addressone
Magma Avenue
city
superior
state
az
Region
Phoenix Area and Central Arizona

Hike details

Distance
4.40 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
4.4 miles for the out and back described.
Time
2.00 [Hours]
Time-details
It took us 2 hours.
Elevation Change
600 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
about 600 ft ascent to the tunnel
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back

Season

Best Season
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
Worst Season
  • July
  • August
Date Hike completed
May 12, 2022

Solitude

Solitude
High
Solitude Details
Really good for such an accessible hike. We didn't see a single other hiker.

Difficulty

Difficulty Rating
Easy
difficulty detail
This is an easy hike along a closed road.

Permits

Be Aware of
road noise, don't block the gate on this road when you park

Hike up Queen Creek Canyon near Superior, Arizona

If you've ever driven from Superior, AZ to Globe, you've probably noticed that closed road down in Queen Creek Canyon. That closed road was the path to Globe up until about 1952 and has now been reopened as an easy walking trail.  

 

From the parking area (be sure not to block the gate, as this road is still used to access the water tank) head up the easily spotted road blocked by a locked gate. This closed road is fast and easy walking with a gentle grade as it climbs up Queen Creek Canyon. To the left across the canyon, you'll see some evidence of mining, with now closed holes and wood sluice systems. Passing over and under bridges you'll appreciate the beauty of this area, with very large Sycamore trees living at the base of the canyon. This would be a particularly nice hike during Spring runoff season or after a rain. At about the half way point, you'll pass a large working water tank where the road starts to get a bit steeper as it heads towards the tunnel. As you walk this section, imagine having to drive this road to Globe.

 

After 2.2 miles, you'll reach the old tunnel. It's worth exploring as it pokes through the wall of the mountain. The trail soon ends at the US-60 road so this tunnel acts as a good turn around point. If you're quiet, you may hear the bats that live here chattering.

When ready, return the way you came.

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