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Round Mountain Park Loop, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Globe > Globe NE
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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Distance Multi-Loop 3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,775 feet
Elevation Gain 426 feet
Accumulated Gain 612 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.06
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7  2017-05-16 fricknaley
30  2016-04-01 outdoor_lover
16  2011-06-22 SkyIslander18
12  2007-04-09 PrestonSands
20  2006-11-22 PrestonSands
Author PrestonSands
author avatar Guides 168
Routes 149
Photos 5,534
Trips 1,317 map ( 6,690 miles )
Age 42 Male Gender
Location Oro Valley, AZ
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Preferred   Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → 8 AM
Seasons   ALL
Sun  6:10am - 6:21pm
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Copper Colored Country
by PrestonSands

Round Mountain Park is Globe's hiking park (sort of a small version of Phoenix's South Mountain Park). Even though the trail is right next to a city, it does have some nice desert scenery and colorful rocks. It features four short, easy trails that all loop together: West Round Mountain, East Round Mountain, Boulder Canyon, and Box Canyon. Conveniently spaced native juniper trees provide some shade on the hike. Round Mountain Park is open from sunrise to sunset. Take a look at the trail map posted on the visitor's center wall at the beginning of the hike. By taking all four trails you can complete a 3 mile loop around Round Mountain, which I'll describe here.

At the visitor's center ramada, begin heading downhill on the East Round Mountain Trail (the trail sign says "East Trail"; most of the brown and white trail signs at the park are abbreviated). It crosses a wash, then begins climbing a low ridge. At the top of the little ridge, take the right fork. Now you're on the Boulder Canyon Trail. The Boulder Canyon Trail lives up to its name, and crosses over a canyon full of copper colored boulders of volcanic tuff. The trail soon meets up with the Box Canyon Trail (turn right). Head south on the Box Canyon Trail for a quarter mile or so through more boulders. Where the trail bends east, you'll come to an overlook of Box Canyon. Lots of boulders here, and an old railroad grade at the bottom. Beyond the Box Canyon, the trail heads northeast and drops into a mesquite lined desert wash. After a half mile walk up the wash, the Box Canyon Trail arrives back at the Boulder Trail. Take the right branch of the Boulder trail as it climbs over a boulder covered ridge. The trail crosses and climbs out of a small canyon, then comes to an end by meeting the East Trail in a little saddle just south of Round Mountain. Turn right on the East Trail, and follow it as it ascends a slope covered in orange and white quartzite rock. The East Trail soon comes to an end in another saddle, where it meets the West Trail.

Before heading down the West Trail, take a left and climb up a short side trail to the summit of Round Mountain. On the rocky summit you are greeted with 360 degree views of the area, including the Pinal Mountains, Four Peaks, and the city of Globe. Head back to the saddle when you are done, and start downhill on the West Trail. The West Trail passes some old mines on the way down, and the rocks along the trail change from orange to red to white. The West Trail drops into a shallow canyon at the base of Round Mountain for its last quarter mile, and soon comes to an end at the visitor's center ramada, where the loop began.

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2006-11-25 PrestonSands
    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.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Round Mountain Park Loop
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    decided to try something different on the way home so we hit up the Round Mountain Park in Globe and did the outer perimeter loop. nice little park with some interesting trails and scenery!

    stopped at the salt river canyon rest area on the way and goofed around a little. beautiful place

    great little mothers day getaway
    Round Mountain Park Loop
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    Recovering from being sick, I needed a break from the house, so I headed to Globe. Had just enough time for a late afternoon hike after arriving in Globe, so I hit up Round Mountain Park. The park is looking great, and there are quite a few signs identifying native plants now. While talking with SkyIslander16 on the phone at the summit, my hand brushed a hornet or yellowjacket nest, and the little bastards nailed me a few times. SkyIslander got to hear me running and cursing as I fled the summit. After the hike, I picked up a ticket for the Globe Ghost Tour, and then headed to La Casita for dinner.
    Round Mountain Park Loop
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    The Day after my Payson Trip, I had to make a Run out to San Carlos, so I planned a little Hike in Globe on the way back. I've been wanting to see this Park since several have done it and enjoyed it so much. I was limited on Time so I just did the West/East Loop with Side Trips to an Arch and the Flag at the Peak.

    Decided to try some Duct Tape on the Foot, to see if that helped out the Trail Runners, but not sure if it helped or not, because I ended up stopping a lot and burning up some Camera Battery on all the Blooms out there. It certainly didn't make anything worse although the existing Blister heated up a couple of Times still....Between the Flowers, the Clouds, and approaching Storm, I stayed plenty busy. I spent more Time than I should have, but it was worth it.... :) No Brace again today, the Trail was very smooth and easy again, so the Ankle did fine... :)

    And just FYI, if you haven't driven 60 between Gonzales Pass and the far end of Globe, what a Pain in the Ass. You may as well Double your Drive Time if you go that way. Road Construction for most of the Way including in the Town of Globe for a Water Main...Certainly would not want to do this Drive on a Weekend, although by late Afternoon on Friday, they had a least stopped and opened up the Lanes in a few Places. There is also a lot of Blasting going on, so you might want to call ahead if you make this Drive during the Week...Luckily, I did this on Friday, as the Day before, the Highway would have been completely closed for 4 Hours....

    Definitely plan on hitting the Rest of this Park when I get around in that Area again.... :)

    The Poppies in Claypool (between Miami and Globe) along Highway 60 are Peaked...Explosive Poppy Color through the whole Section. Lots of different Wildflowers going at the Round Mountain Park. I would say just a tad past Peak. The Flowers are starting to look stressed probably due to not enough Rain and a little early Heat....
    Round Mountain Park Loop
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    Stop #3 on our day road trip.
    We ended the hiking portion of the trip with a fun outer loop around the park.
    A little early yet in the year to see the flowers or Bonker's hedgehogs, but that's ok, still a great hiking park to visit anytime and we shall return a little later this year for the good flora stuff ;)

    A short drive down the Hwy for dinner at Apache Gold Casino and then on home to Safford ended the day.
    Round Mountain Park Loop
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    Well, didn't make it to Pinal Peak; opted for something a little closer instead. Couldn't find all my hiking gear so decided to take a long run instead. Stumbled on Round Mountain Park after leaving the local Gun Show at the Elk's Lodge. Nice little park! Who knew!? It's practically next door to the house...

    I can see the various trails will provide ample variety so I won't get bored too quickly. There's also enough up-down so one gets a good workout. Have to pay close attention to the trails (unlike my old Poway/Vista runs); hate to break an ankle (or worse...) or step on a rattle snake... All in all, a nice place!
    Round Mountain Park Loop
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    Drove to Globe today with family to meet family for a Christmas gift exchange. While the family spent the afternoon at Apache Gold casino, I broke away down the highway and spent a couple of hours hiking at Round Mountain Park. I am always jealous of this cool little hiking park that Globe has, I wish Safford would construct one just like it in the Pinaleno foothills! I completed the description loop + the Bull's Eye Loop under a clear blue sky with perfect temps before driving back to the casino to lose a little more money.

    Seeing family, a great hike & the scenic snow capped mountain views on the drive back home all made for a very enjoyable day!
    Round Mountain Park Loop
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    Grandparents needed their casino fix so I drove them to Apache gold, dropped them off and drove into Globe to do a quick hike around the park. This is such a cool hiking park! Started at noon in 100+ temps and completed the far outer loop along with a trip up to the summit & the bullseye loop. They have completed another trail since my last visit, but it just got way to hot to check it out on this trip. Saw an unbelievable number of Bonker's hedgehogs (none blooming) on the south side of the Boulder Canyon trail & a small fox running through the boulders on the last leg out. Very hot, but very enjoyable 1/2 day in Globe!
    Round Mountain Park Loop
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    Did this hike on my lunch break while in Globe. Whoever built this park put in a lot of good work. Nice trail work, clean and well kept visitor's ramada, and even cold water from the drinking fountain. I found it to be enjoyable, so I'll probably hike this again on another lunch break (but not in the summer! :sweat: ) . I rated this hike as a 0.5 for difficulty because the trail is easy to follow, but you'll get a workout on the loop.

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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From the Highway 60/highway 188 junction in Globe, head east on highway 60 for about 4.8 miles to South Street (South Street is on the left side of the road, right next to the Comfort Inn sign). Turn left (north) on South Street, and follow it 0.5 miles to its end at Round Mountain Park.
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