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Javelina Mine Trail

Javalina Mine
Along the Javalina mine trail
Views from the Javalina mine trail
map: Javalina mine trail
Elevation plot: Javalina mine trail


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

From the Phoenix area, take US-60 East and turn North onto HWY-88 (the Idaho Road Exit). After passing the turnoff to Lost Dutchman State Park (on your right) go an additional 1.7 miles to an unsigned road on your left. Park either along HWY-88 or along the dirt road. This dirt road is between mile marker 202 and 203 (but closer to 203).
apache junction
Superstition and Mazatzal Wilderness

Hike details

6.00 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
The out and back hike described is just under 6.0 miles.
3.00 [Hours]
It took us about 3 hours hiking to complete this.
Elevation Change
300 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
About 300 ft gradual elevation change.
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back


Best Season
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • October
  • November
  • December
Date Hike completed
January 01, 2011


Solitude Details
Surprisingly good. We only saw one other group of hikers.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
The Goldfields are secluded and pretty. Unfortunately, the beginning of this hike is along a road and the litter is pretty annoying. The hike described here is an Easy hike.


Be Aware of
Route finding

Hike the Javalina mine trail in the Superstition Wilderness, Arizona.

The start of the hike is along an unsigned dirt road off of HWY-88. Walk along the easy to follow dirt road through the Sonoran desert. Unfortunately, the proximity of this desert to civilization has brought a significant amount of litter. The litter is in the form of mostly used shotgun shells and the targets of those same shotguns. Luckily, you'll leave the reminders of civilization behind relatively quickly.


After about 0.6 miles of hiking on this road, you'll reach a hard to spot trail junction. Luckily (although unsightly) there is a shot up abandoned wreck of a vehicle on the left side of the dirt road. Directly across from this derelict on your right is the small trail you want (marked Jct 1R on the map). The trail is not easy to spot, but once you get on it, it is easy to follow. If you continue walking on the dirt road to the remained foundations of an old house, you've gone too far.


From the now smaller single track trail, the desert feels much more welcoming and you can enjoy the solitude of the Goldfield mountains. The trail is easy to follow all the way to the Javelina mine, which is found after 1.6 miles of hiking. The mine is on your right and is a small hole in the ground... not very impressive. However, what is impressive are the unobstructed views of the desert without any civilization in site. 


Continuing along the trail, it crosses a wash. On the other side of the wash is a split in the trail. Turn left here and continue through the desert. Eventually you'll reach another dirt road, which is the turn around point for this hike.

When ready, return the way you came.


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