Gold Canyon Trails System
Descriptors: Hand Built, Mild Tech, Singletrack, Twists, Turns, XC, Wonderland
Access: Apacheland off Kings Ranch Road, Cloudview, Peralta
Options: A plethora
The Skinny: Gold Canyon is a hidden gem of a trail system located just far enough east of Phoenix that most days you’ll have the trails all to yourself. If you don’t show up smiling, a loop that includes K-trail will surely have you clipping out with a smile.
There was a time when gold canyon was one trail… Lost Goldmine. SALT built this beautiful trail years ago that stretches 6 miles to Peralta trailhead. There was also a ton of horse trails on this state trust land, that mountain bikers found and rode. Now there is an entire system of sweet trails to ride.
I could go on and on about Gold Canyon. Just get out there and see for yourself if you haven’t made the trip yet. For East Valley riders, GC just might replace your regular Hawes ride…
For first timers to Gold Canyon, here’s my recommended intermediate route: Map on Trailforks – Park at Apacheland > 2GM > Gila Monster > Diamondback > Saguago Squeeze > Lost Goldmine > K-trail > Jodi’s Dream > K-trail > Tech Loop (CCW) > K-trail > Vortex > Holy Hill > Apacheland