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The Tonto National Forest, Arizona, embraces almost 3 million acres of rugged and spectacularly beautiful country, ranging from Saguaro cactus-studded desert to pine-forested mountains beneath the Mogollon Rim. This variety in vegetation and range in altitude (from 1,300 to 7,900 feet) offers outstanding recreational opportunities throughout the year, whether it's lake beaches or cool pine forest. As the fifth largest forest in the United States, the Tonto National Forest is one of the most-visited “urban” forests in the U.S. (approximately 5.8 million visitors annually). Its boundaries are Phoenix to the south, the Mogollon Rim to the north and the San Carlos and Fort Apache Indian reservations to the east.

4 days ago

More of a bushwhack then a trail. Plan on getting wetting wading the creek. Did it as a break along the scenic drive.

Awesome experience

7 days ago

7 days ago

was good besides not parking in right area, was fun even getting lost if even thats possible, not sure what trails i was on but loved it, lots of bear poop

Nice hike but really hard to find the trail in a few places. Can't beat the views.

Sooooo boring! If you want a 7 mile hike that has no "worth it " destination and just a crud ton of cacti . This is for you. Barely any steepness and just takes you down around the base of some hills/ part of the mtn. Peaceful but at same time not because there are surrounding trails for bikers and motor sport trails for off tossing vehicles near by... check this hike off as completed but wouldn't do again

Picketpost is a great hike. This first 1/3 of the trail is pretty easy, the 2nd part is a nice steep hike, and the last section is a steep climb. Take lots of water and food for the top. The climb is relatively dangerous, so keep that in mind, as the decent is often more difficult.

Did this hike to the waterfall 3 months ago. It's a long strenuous hike, but the water at the bottom makes it well worth the trip. There's even a partially hidden spot to swim just past the falls, inside a little cave. It's beautiful. Take note of the "Don't be a statistic" signs, and be prepared with lots of water and decent hiking shoes. We drank about a gallon of water each.

Nice diversity in terrain throughout the hike. Didn't bring quite enough water (2L + 32 oz bottle). We went clockwise, which we'd advise--you start off with a moderate climb, and then it's easygoing from there.

Great hike!

Challenging and beautiful! Some rock climbing and a decent amount of hand over foot scrambling! Beautiful views at the top! Bring a trinket to add to the mailbox at the top!

Great but difficult hike. Hiking down is simple. Drank no water on the way down. The hike back up is strenuous. Recorded 10 miles round trip. And contrary to all the signs, it does lead to the waterfall and actually connects to flume trail.

14 days ago

Nice hike! Mostly level, a few inclines. Did the 6 mile loop. Lots of Mountain bikers. Would do it again. Not as many scenic views, although Ref Mountain was a highlight!

This is a relatively easy trail to 1000 year old ruins of a Hohokam Pueblo. The trail is well marked and lots of signs provide historical info.

First time here....was a great hike!