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Updates- last update 6-1-2017

Trail and GPS Updates

Be sure you set your GPS map datum to the type of map you are using, NAD 27 or NAD 83. In our books and on this website, we always use the NAD 27 map datum.

If you want to convert your GPS coordinate format from (dd mm ss), (dd mm), or UTM to another format, enter the coordinates into your GPS unit as a waypoint and then change your GPS unit to the desired format.

If you want to convert from the NAD 27 or NAD 83 map datum, you can use the National Geodetic Survey site On their home page, select “geodetic tool kit.” On the tool kit page, select “NADCON.” Select “NADCON” again, then select “Interactively Compute.” Enter your coordinates and select “compute.”

Massacre Grounds Trail. FR28 to Massacre Grounds Trailhead has been closed to vehicles for several years. The closest parking is at Crosscut Trailhead. No parking is allowed along First Water Road.

Wooden trail signs at Crosscut Trailhead point the way to a nice trail that takes you 0.9 miles from the Crosscut Trailhead to the former Massacre Grounds Trailhead. This trail will save you some distance and it is much more scenic than walking on the roads.

An open gate (N33 28' 17.3", W111 28' 06.2") in the wire fence on the east side of the Crosscut Trailhead parking lot is marked with the “Massacre Grounds” wooden sign. Go straight (east) through the open gate and walk across the concrete slab that was the floor of the former Salt water tank. Cross the sandy wash and watch for rock carins that will take you up to the north end of a flat ridge. Follow the rock cairns to the south end of the ridge (N33 28' 09.1", W111 27' 47.1"). Another useful waypoint is at the top of the east side of the large ravine (N33 28' 02.7", W111 27' 31.6"). Continue on the track of the rock cairns to the former Massacre Grounds Trailhead at the open gate in the fence (N33 28' 02.2", W111 27' 23.5"). The trail is okay for horses except in a few steep spots, so horsemen will have to scout for an alternate route in those areas.

From the former Massacre Grounds Trailhead it is another 1.7 miles to the end of the Massacre Grounds Trail.

Bull Basin Trail (270). Much work has been done on the trails in the Miles Trailhead area, so in May 2017, we checked the southern end of the Bull Basin Trail. It has been completely restored and it is very easy to follow.

In May 2017, the Bull Basin wooden sign at the junction with Haunted Canyon Trail was still missing, but we heard that new signage was being installed within a few months. The Haunted Canyon Trail sign at that junction is still there.

Paradise Trail (271). We did not travel the complete route of the Paradise Trail, but in May 2017, we saw recent trail work near the south end were it meets the Haunted Canyon Trail and at the summit. Trail crews in the area said that the Paradise Trail has received major maintenance work in 2017.

In May 2017, both the Paradise Trail and Haunted Canyon Trail wooden signs (and signpost) were missing at the junction near the dam and dirt tank.

Haunted Canyon Trail (203). On our May 2017 trip from FR287A, we observed a new the Haunted Canyon Trail sign near the start of the trail. New water bars near Grapevine Spring have been installed where the trail was washed out and the low-hanging tree across the trail has been removed. The trail was in very good condition with well built water bars and cleared of vegetation. Downhill from the dam and dirt tank the trail is still in good shape.

Weavers Needle Crosscut Trail. The waypoint for the junction of the unsigned Terrapin Trail and Weavers Needle Crosscut Trail is (N33 25' 42.0", W111 21' 32.8"). The track of the Weavers Needle Crosscut Trail is well defined at this junction. The rectangular butte on the horizon just to the north is a good landmark to let you know you are in the right area. The trail is marked with cairns and is easy to follow.

Tonto Trailhead. Parking at the Mining Camp Restaurant parking lot for the Tonto Trailhead has been prohibited since December 2016. We think access is still available for hiking and riding, but you cannot park there.

Wash in Bull Basin

Wash in Bull Basin

Reavis Ranch Trail at Rogers Trough Trailhead

Reavis Ranch Trail at Rogers Trough Trailhead

Superstition Wilderness Trails