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Silly Mountain Park

Silly Mountain Park, Apache Junction, Arizona
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Type: Nature & Gardens
Ages: All Ages
Cost: Free

Short mountain trails and ADA nature trail. Trails range from easy to difficult

1 Review for Silly Mountain Park

May 25 2015
1 family found this helpful
"Little Rock Climber's Paradise"

My family of 7 visited Silly Mountain on a mild (80 degree) Memorial Day. We are pretty new to hiking as a family but the older two kids, ages 9 & almost 7, set the pace and did a great job with this hike. My 5-year-old did well on the way up but was getting tired toward the end on the way down. The Almost 3-year-old made it most of the way up before begging to be carried. We saw many other families hiking around this mountain. This is a great hike for families, especially ones who enjoy a bit of a climb.

Upon entering he park, you can choose to go on the nature trail (which is wheelchair accessible) or the mountain trails. We wanted to get to the summit. We took brittle brush trail to old mine trail, then a short but steep climb up the high point trail. Coming down we took high point trail to crest trail to huff and puff and finally palo verde trail back to the trailhead. Having  travelled both ways, I would recommend our original route, starting to the right with brittle brush trail. The first leg of the trail is very easy. The incline is very mild. Little hikers could just do this trail and loop back to the beginning. Old mine trail gets a bit more steep. It is rated as difficult but we thought it was more moderate. Our kids handled it fine and we saw other families coming up that way, too. The last leg of the trail, high point, is rated as easy but it involves some rock climbing to get to the summit. The trail goes along the edge of the mountain, so that was a little scary. Little ones needed to be spotted while climbing the rocks but it wasn't anything too difficult for me to do with a baby carrier on my back (or for the pregnant lady behind) us to handle. At the top there is a large, flatter area to rest and eat a snack. The view is rewarding and includes a beautiful view of the Superstition Mountains and expansive views across the flat valley below.

Make sure to bring plenty of water and wear a hat because there is no shade. Watch for jumping cactus fallen onto the trail and dangerous wildlife. We spotted a Gila Monster sitting on a rock beside the trail.

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