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    Wind Gap Trail

    Difficulty
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    Moderate
    Duration
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    2.5-3.5h
    Distance
    This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
    7.6 km
    Elevation
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    393 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Wind Gap Trail leads you through an area once defined by Arizona’s gold rush. While its storied boom and bust past is fascinating, it draws hikers for its natural beauty above all else. With the Superstition Mountains spread before you on this route, you’ll be able to appreciate Arizona’s desert scenery as it climbs towards the base of the mountains ahead. This route is family-friendly and dog-friendly (leashed). It can get very hot out here, so take advantage of the fountains at the trailhead and fill up your bottles before setting out.

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    Route Description for Wind Gap Trail

    The Wind Gap Trail takes you through a beautiful desert area underneath Peak 5024 in the Tonto National Forest. On this route, you’ll get awesome views without needing to do much climbing at all. This area has a rich gold mining history and is famed for the Lost Dutchman’s buried treasure. While we can’t guarantee you’ll strike gold here, you will love this scenic, family-friendly hike through a region previously caught up in the gold rush.

    As with all hikes in Central Arizona, it can get extremely hot on this route. We don’t recommend trying this hike between June and September and we always recommend bringing more water than you think you’ll need. Bring water for dogs, too. Wear sunscreen and don a hat to keep cool.

    From the trailhead, take Wind Gap Trail as it cruises through the desert towards the mountains. The route climbs up to the base of Peak 5024 to Massacre Falls before returning to the trailhead on the same path.

    Getting to the Wind Gap Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Wind Gap Trail is on Forest Road 78.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      No

    • When to do

      October-May

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Yes

    • Route Signage

      Average

    • Crowd Levels

      High

    • Route Type

      Out and back

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