Best Trails in Tonto National Forest

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on Water Wheel Falls
1 day ago

hiking

Nice and short hike with numerous water holes/spots to swim. Quite a few people on the weekend.

on Fossil Springs Trail
1 day ago

hiking

A toughie on the way out but otherwise absolutely worth it. Get there early and have the place to yourself before others flood in.

on Silly Mountain Park
1 day ago

hiking

Easy trail- brought small dog on a leash and she loved it

on Derrick Trail
2 days ago

hiking

A nice trail with some lovely views! I would definitely not rate this difficult as it is pretty mild throughout the entire trail. I went on an overcast Saturday and only saw one group of people exiting on my way in. Would recommend if you are looking for something quiet and more secluded.

on Salome Wilderness Trails
2 days ago

hiking

Fun. Bring water. I'd also bring a rope and some type of harness. There was a line to use but weather may one day make it loose it's strength

on Fossil Springs Trail
3 days ago

hiking

This was such a fun hike. A little more difficult than I expected but next time I want to go camping and hang out by the creek!

on Houston Mesa Horse Camp T...
5 days ago

Beautiful loop but about 12 miles leaving from horse camp.

on Horton Creek Trail
7 days ago

hiking

So fun! Took my 2 littles (age 3/4) and they did great. Shaded trail with several spots to walk along creek and enjoy cool water. We didn't quite make it to the end because they got tired but we will be back.

on Butcher Jones Trail
8 days ago

had an amazing time, sights, trails and people were all great!

on Water Wheel Falls
8 days ago

hiking

This hike was pretty crowded but very enjoyable. Lots of little spots to stop and jump in to cool down. Defiantly going back to explore more and bring more friends.

on Horton Creek Trail
8 days ago

Awesome hike, tad crowded today on the trail, however well worth it!

on Horton Creek Trail
9 days ago

hiking

A lovely easy meandering hike with the peaceful sounds of a creek at various sections. Beautiful wonderfully smelling pine trees, butterflies, lizards and toads, everything that makes a hike great. Great for all ages and dog friendly. There is a restroom near the parking lot and the trailhead is across the paved road from the lot, near the camping areas. Bring lots of water, sun protection and beware of quickly changing weather conditions during monsoon season. We were hiking heard thunder, clouds rolled in, saw cloud to ground lightning, headed back to the car, as soon as we got to the main road it was pouring rain. It was 85 degrees while we were hiking, after the rain it was 65.

on Fossil Springs Trail
9 days ago

hiking

This was a beautiful hike, but proved difficult for my younger children coming out. The springs, and the toilet bowl were so beautiful and the water was the clearest i've seen since being on Guam. Bring plenty of water, although carrying one gallon per person was difficult for MOM who carried more than enough for youngers! Can't wait to do it agin!

on Horton Creek Trail
14 days ago

Great hike along a creek. Not too crowded good hike to take a dog