Our legendary, okay maybe not, hike and brunches happen every month here in Phoenix. It's been a little bit of a challenge to get out of the Summer heat, but we have managed. This month we hit the Hieroglyphic Trail in Apache Junction and visited Gold Canyon Cafe for some brunch.
This trail is rated easy, although it does have a good hike up hill at the beginning so be ready for that, but you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the valley and Superstitions. At the end of the trail you'll find a little waterfall and the petroglyphs. You'll hike about 3 miles with an elevation change of 570 feet.
During the Summer get there early as it warms up fast and there is no shade for most of the hike. We started at 8am and it was a little too hot for comfort. Lesson learned!
After hiking we went down the road to Gold Canyon Cafe. Cute little cafe with friendly staff and good food. They handled our group of 14 people beautifully even when we took over half the joint. Be sure to check out the photography on the wall by local artist Joanne West. It's beautiful and we look forward to checking out her studio. The artist just happened to be enjoying breakfast there as we oohed and awed over her work.
Direction to the trailhead: From Highway 60, exit on Kings Ranch Road and travel north 2.8 miles. Turn right on Baseline Ave for .3 miles, then left on Mohican Road for .3 miles, and left again Valley View Drive. Turn north on Whitetail Road for .3 miles, then right on Cloudview Ave for .4 miles to the trailhead.