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hiking
1 day ago

This is a great, moderate trail with lots of scenery. We did the trip in 3 hours and saw only two other people just as we returned. Lots of great views, 5 stars from me.

I second these two reviews: "Lots of boulder hopping on the (Labarge Canyon) creek bed and you really need to know how to find your way because the trail isn't always well marked - so keep your wits with you.," and " Some of the loop portion really shouldn’t be called a trail - it’s nearly impossible to figure out where to go without gps." Next time I would take the balloon segment starting on the boulder canyon side because you can better plot your path through Labarge Canyon as you descend from Battleship Mountain. You've got a clear view of the entire canyon then and can see the flatter riverbed on the west side. 11.1 miles from the Canyon Lake parking lot. For me this was difficult.

on Boulder Canyon

hiking
17 days ago

Wow is right! Spectacular view at the end, you can continue on if you want a little longer hike. Good hiking shoes an asset. Distance and elevation seem bang on.

The Gila trail is not marked. I mentioned to ranger at the end of my hike. His reply was that it is a ‘social trail and the sticker must’ve fallen off’. Great hike. I was a little concerned about getting lost bc of poor signage.

Stunning and well marked hike up to the campground. Some of the loop portion really shouldn’t be called a trail - it’s nearly impossible to figure out where to go without gps. It is also considerably longer than the indicated 9.5 miles.

30 days ago

Loved the solitude. Not too crowded. Beautiful views, great exercise.

hiking
1 month ago

Wow

trail running
1 month ago

Fun Run. Enough elevation gain to get your heart going!

trail running
1 month ago

Great position along the ridgeline, fun ups and downs. Trail that drops down to National a little faint, some boulder scramblin looking for where to go.

hiking
1 month ago

A beautiful trail from start to finish. A solid moderate rated trail, I can see where for some it could be ranked difficult. Good hiking shoes with good gripping power is a must. Trail required focus on the path as you walked it, no looking around for me, so frequent stops to take in the amazing views. Path is visibly easy to follow, no markers outside of the trail head. Was light traffic today, ran into maybe a total of 10 other hikers. By the end I had 5.7 miles, so as others noted, it’s longer than the states 4.8 miles. Took me 3hrs 15min, with taking about 15 mins at the turnaround point to take in views. Great hike for views and a workout!! Then treat yourself to food & beverage in Tortilla Flats afterward, it’s a well deserved reward!

Great hike in a rare traveled portion of the park

1 month ago

I did this in my 3\4ton extended cab short box Chevy 2" lift and 33's wasn't too bad didn't bottom out at all. I took the FR10 trail after a rainstorm no mud it was almost pure rock, very bumpy. Not much for views.

on Pyramid Trail

1 month ago

Great workout and not as populated as many other trails

hiking
1 month ago

Wow! The views from this hike are phenomenal!!! Watch for snakes, I saw 2.

off road driving
2 months ago

Friend I just drove this, coming in the day after a big rainstorm. No mud at all, but also no dust. We were both in Toyota Tacoma’s—mine which is a 4x4 and his which a 2WD (although it does have rear locker). Couple parts where you need the right line and to take it slow but neither of us needed to use my trucks 4WD.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing views - such a nice trail. It is short enough that you can do it in summer before the sun is really up. And if you are up to extend it, there are many other trail this one connects too.

off road driving
2 months ago

Just ran this trail yesterday in a stock 2001 Grand Cherokee. This is not an easy trail unless you’re in a lifted rig with big tires and even then its a challenge. (I need to note that it had stormed hard the night before and the entire trail was heavy mud and rock down in the washes) The scenery is awesome, way better than I expected. We entered the trail from the Usery Pass gate and finished at the Apache Trail exit. I probably won’t run this trail again after heavy rain until I get a lift and some skid plates. In dry conditions it's probably a moderate trail.

I’d rate as borderline difficult but when I hiked it we went up Lost Mine and down Eliminator, which involved steeper switchbacks- stunning scenery and very cool geology either way!

off road driving
3 months ago

took my DRZ out for a first time ever off road ride. This trail (I took 10 and 3554 entirely) was quite a workout! I would put this as an above average start for someone who hasn't been off road but knows the basics of riding and has been on road for a while. the DRZ handled it just fine and the views were spectacular. if anything, I'd do it again just for the view! for now, I may try to find something a bit more beginning friendly for my second ride. pretty sore after this one. great trail though!

4 months ago

Has an awesome sandier portion with banked turns on the leg between Usery Pass and Phon D Sutton.

go early on morning with a headlamp. sunrise is gorgeous!

mountain biking
6 months ago

Bursera is a cool loop. Great workout on foot and mtn biking. Nice cliffs and fun to catch this loop coming down from the north trails.

mountain biking
6 months ago

This is tough trail riding up, but down is easy, just have to stay slow due to others on trail. Best to ride up and stay legt to make do loop.

A good workout but not the most picturesque area. Other hikes in the Phoenix area are much more scenic. Also, trails are not well marked. We were on a different trail (Bursera) until we asked if we were on Pyramid Trail. If you live in the neighborhood, I guess it’s convenient. I would rather do Mormon Trail to Hidden Valley in South Mountain or head to McDowell Sonoran Preserve or Superstitions.

on Bulldog Canyon

off road driving
6 months ago

First time in Tonto National, pleasantly surprised at the beauty. Saguaros were starting to bloom.
The views of the east and west canyon walls were spectacular. Looking forward to taking the run coming from the southend for a different perspective. Some area will need 4W with full size Jeep. Nice half day run.

off road driving
7 months ago

Had a lot of fun. A few tough parts but nothing beyond 4 High in my TJ on 33's. A few blind spots where you need to be wary of oncoming traffic. There were a couple of spots where the trail was a little confusing but overall it was easy to navigate.

hiking
7 months ago

A great hike to see some of best Arizona landscapes

30 minutes flat, 40 minutes up to top

hiking
7 months ago

Spectacular views of Battleship Mountain, Weever’s Needle and more. The drive to the trailhead is worth doing for the sights on the way even if you don’t hike an inch. Great challenge and worth every drop of sweat for the views!

7 months ago

Awesome hike. Well maintain trail. No markers on trail points. Good workout with up and down inclines.

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