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LaBarge Canyon

LaBarge canyon
Labarge canyon trail
map: Labarge canyon hike
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Views from Labarge canyon


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

To get to the trailhead: from the Phoenix area, take US-60 East. Take the Idaho Road exit and go North. From Idaho Road, turn onto HWY88 towards Canyon Lake. At Canyon Lake, cross two single lane bridges. After crossing the second of the two bridges, park on the left. The trailhead parking is signed immediately on your right as you enter the marina area.
apache junction
Superstition and Mazatzal Wilderness

Hike details

6.00 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
The hike described is 6.4 miles round trip to La Barge Canyon and back.
4.50 [Hours]
It took us 4.5 hours hiking to complete this hike, with a 15 minute stop for lunch.
Elevation Change
800 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
About 1200 ft of total elevation gain.
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back


Best Season
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • October
  • November
  • December
Date Hike completed
January 12, 2011


Solitude Details
This is a popular trail. Don't expect solitude here.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
This is a good introduction to the Superstition wilderness and to hiking in general. The out and back described here is a Moderate Difficulty hike.


Be Aware of
crossing HW88... look both ways :>)

Hike the LaBarge canyon trail near Phoenix, Arizona.

Boulder Canyon Trail #103 from Canyon lake is a popular desert trail for novice hikers. The trail starts on the South side of HWY-88 and is clearly signed as Boulder Canyon Trail #103. The trail climbs through typical Superstition desert steadily onto a ridge, providing excellent views of Canyon Lake and La Barge Canyon as you climb. Once at the top of this ridge, you are treated to 360 views of the Four Peaks, Weavers Needle, and Canyon Lake. If you are looking for a light hiking day, this can be a turn around point.

The trail continues a gradual descent reaching La Barge Creek after 3.2 miles of total hiking. If you still have some energy, exploring off-trail upstream of this point about 0.7 miles gets you to a scenic narrow canyon section of La Barge Canyon. There will be some boulder hopping and scrambing if you choose this option. Otherwise, La Barge Canyon is a good place for lunch and to turn around and head back to the parking area.


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