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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.

3 days ago

Not a bad hike on the service road down and back. Nice views and stopped over looking the river and had some lunch. I suppose you can 4x4 down this trail most of the way. Did see a red tailed hawk fly through the river valley. Quiet.

3 days ago

Nice walk! Great for pictures and fun with the dog!!

Nice walk!!!

Great to do after work in the afternoon for some quick cardio,

4 days ago

It was wet, so the drive up and out on the dirt road was muddy, and we were glad to have a vehicle that could handle it. The hike itself had some elevation, but nothing too rough. Fog obstructed the views on the way up, but ithad cleared out by the hike down. We saw beautiful trees, some still damaged by fire. We also found a spring or run-off creating a neat little trickle of water next to the trail. No wildlife sightings, but they might have been hiding because of the weather.

Good walking. Had rained several days prior and the trail had many little ponds and streams throughout. Would highly suggest waterproof footwear. Otherwise great trail not very hard and didn't see a soul out there.

4 days ago

Excellent views of saguaro lake !

Absolutely stunning views from the saddle. A good climb to the top, challenging but not back-breaking. DO NOT attempt this trail after and/or during a rainstorm. The dirt road going inland toward the trailhead will be inaccessible anyway, but also the trail itself runs through a wash which becomes treacherous if flooded.

The trail isn't very well marked along the creek, which when we went was completely dried up. The solitude was nice; we had to turn back 7 miles in because we wasted so much sun looking for the caryns.

8 days ago

It's lovely!

Very nice moderate course. Decent views and not heavily traveled. Right next to Salt River. Great for a hike if you are bored with same ole trails. There is a neat old abandoned mine if your brave. Built into the rock - not held up by wood beams at all but is a lil smelly. :)

Great hike for younger kids new to hiking. We took about 2 hours but we explored and took our time.

Nice easy going hike. Great way to spend a January morning. Only took about two hours, we didn't really stop anywhere. Some spots were a little technical and you have to walk up the road at the end a little bit. We went early enough that there weren't many people out yet but by 10:00 the parking area was full of cars.

Nice trail. Some steep climbs and declines. The trails themselves are well marked and the area is well kept. I didn't see and trash out litter laying around which was nice. Trails are very steep and rocky, so take your time. It's was however more crowded than I like. My biggest turn off is that the historical sites are hard to find. We tried to find the grave and the old mine but there were no signs for them that we could see.

Great hike! Beautiful views. Narrow trail but easy. LOTS of dogs today! My Boxer enjoyed dipping herself in the water throughout the trail.

Great day hike. Pretty views.