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Meridian Mystery Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
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Distance One Way 2.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,940 feet
Elevation Gain 162 feet
Accumulated Gain 381 feet
Avg Time One Way 50 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 3.47
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Meridian Trail
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1  2019-05-27 DixieFlyer
16  2019-04-12
Peak 3108 Ridgeline Plus
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Routes 953
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Trips 854 map ( 9,576 miles )
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Location Fountain Hills, AZ
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Preferred Dec, Jan, Feb, Nov
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:19am - 7:28pm
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Magical Meridian Mystery Tour
by DixieFlyer

The Meridian Mystery Trail meanders in an east-west direction for about 2 miles. It offers views of interesting rock formations and peaks and ridgelines in the southern Goldfields and the Superstitions.

Forest Service Maps once upon a time showed the Meridian Mystery Trail as Forest Road 3516.

To get to the Meridian Mystery Trail, from the Meridian Trailhead, go north on the Bulldog Saddle Trail for 0.1 miles, and the unsigned Meridian Mystery Trail branches off to the east (make a right turn). Although there is no sign at the junction, the Meridian Mystery Trail is well-groomed and easy to follow.

The mysterious thing about this trail is that it has no destination or end; instead, it merely peters out after a couple of miles. However, once the trail vanishes, a hiker could continue on an easy off-trail excursion for less than 1/2 mile and wind up on the Idaho Pass Trail, near Idaho Road.

A novice hiker might enjoy doing an out-and-back hike on this trail, especially in the springtime when wildflowers are blooming. More advanced hikers might find the trail useful as a springboard to access other areas in the Goldfield Mountains. For example, this guide's author has hiked on a portion of the Meridian Mystery as part of the Ironwood Ridgeline 3108 Loop.

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2019-05-27 DixieFlyer

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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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    Paved - Car Okay

    To Meridian Trailhead
    Meridian Trailhead is located at the north terminus of Meridian Road between Mesa and Apache Junction.

    US60 to Signal Butte. Take Signal Butte north to University. East (right) onto University to Meridian. North (left) onto Meridian to the terminus. There is a small TH.


    Exit 202 Loop at Brown Road and travel east on Brown Road for about 3.5 miles. From Brown Road (Lost Dutchman Rd), travel North on Meridian for two miles to the trailhead parking area at the end of the road.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 34.1mi - 44 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 119mi - 2hr 11mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 176mi - 2hr 56mins
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