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LOST - Queen Creek Canyon Segment, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
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Distance One Way 2.25 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,821 feet
Elevation Gain 679 feet
Accumulated Gain 679 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.51
Interest Historic & Seasonal Creek
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Author chumley
author avatar Guides 81
Routes 688
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Trips 1,597 map ( 11,879 miles )
Age 48 Male Gender
Location Tempe, AZ
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Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:36am - 7:25pm
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The "Canyon Segment" of the LOST ( Legends of Superior Trail ) follows the old alignment of US Highway 60 from the town of Superior up the lower portion of scenic Queen Creek Canyon through the historic Claypool Tunnel (1919). It's an easy way to spend a couple of hours and may make an excellent secondary activity for those who visit the Boyce Thompson Arboretum and are looking for something else in the area.

The hike starts at a picnic table adjacent to Queen Creek on AZ 177, just north of the US 60 junction. There is no established trailhead or parking, but there is room for a few cars to park along the dirt road before the gate. Note that the signs on the gate indicate no trespassing, but just to the left side is a LOST trail sign that makes it clear the old road closure signs are not relevant to hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrian users.

Following the old road alignment is easygoing. It's mostly dirt, but parts have fractured pavement from yesteryear. The path takes you across the old Queen Creek bridge and then under the much larger and higher new highway bridge before reaching a large water storage tank. Despite numerous valves and other infrastructure along the way, there is no public access to any water, so make sure to bring your own. In February 2016, interpretive signage was added to educate hikers about history, fauna, geology, etc.

After the water tank, the old highway switchbacks up steeply, and you will pass a couple of signs of another old road alignment before approaching the current highway as it enters the current Queen Tunnel (1952). You will reach the highlight of this trip two miles from the start, the historic Claypool Tunnel, constructed when this road was built in 1919-1922. The tunnel is the official end of the trail, and many will turn around here, but you can continue up another quarter mile until you reach the highway at the east end of the currently used tunnel.

Most will turn around and head back downhill, and the mileage and distance listed here reflect that likelihood, but there is the option to make this a one-way hike if you set up a shuttle at the small pull-out along US 60 just east of the tunnel.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Superior is about an hour east of Phoenix on US 60. The trailhead is 100 yards north of US 60 on AZ 177 at the east end of town.
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