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Turks Head is a great hike to build stamina for future treks in the Superstitions and other local peaks. About half the difficulty of Picketpost and a quarter the difficulty of Carney Springs or the Flatiron. The trail can be accessed from the Hieroglyphics Trailhead or the Lost Goldmine Trailhead at Peralta Road just south of the Peralta Trailhead on the West side of Peralta Road. Roundtrip distance is about 1 mile less from the Hieroglyphics Trailhead.
The peak known locally as Turks Head is located along the Lost Goldmine Trail #60 about 2 1/2 miles east of the Hieroglyphics Trail #101. The Lost Goldmine Trail offers some wonderful rolling views of the Superstition foothills and beauty of the unspoiled Sonoran Desert. Elevations fluctuate as you proceed east, giving you ample warm-up. Just before the towering Turks Head, which is on your left, you will arrive at an old jeep road. Proceed to the north on this old jeep road 1/4 mile. At this point, proceed up a drainage wash to the east and up the mountain known as Turks Head.
There is a trail in spots, but this is mainly a bushwhack with no right or wrong way to get to the top. As you ascend to the east and slightly to the north, you will observe a large balanced rock. At this point, upward and toward the southeast, you will start to pick up cairns. Follow the cairns or blaze your way over at least three false tops to the very peak for some outstanding views of the valley below to the south and east and the future challenges behind you to the north, Carney Springs, The Superstition Ridgeline, on over to the Flat Iron.
Turks Head GPS Coordinates
base N33 23.494 W111 24.191
peak N33 23.434 W111 23.788
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