Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Apache Sitgreaves National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

mountain biking
1 month ago

As long as it hasn’t rained in a few days this is a great trail. One of my favorites.

hiking
3 months ago

We went in February so it was a bit cold but that was expected. This was an amazing trail with bits of snow patches and a very well marked trail system. We used our GPS quite a bit to make sure we stayed on the trail and that helped. This would be an amazing trail to do in the spring, summer or fall. We will be back.

Nice Trail to Ride

Love this trail. We even saw a small herd of horses. The mares were interested in our horses but the stallion quickly diverted them.

This is definitely a worth while drive, but be sure to allow plenty of time. It is slow going as there are endless switchbacks and sharp corners along the road. In fact, there are many places where you probably won't be going any faster than 20-30 miles an hour due to this. Very scenic, with access to lots of side roads and trails all over this national forest. I've done this drive many times, both directions. If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, this is your road as it has lots of twistys!! If going south, you will start up in the high country around Alpine. Forest, lakes, streams, meadows and an elevation of around 9000'. And it will drop all the way down to Clifton which has you back in the desert. When you get close to Clifton, the highway actually goes right through the Morenci Copper mine there. You actually have to stop for Haul trucks that cross right over the main highway. It's pretty surreal. And the mine is HUGE. It is the largest open pit copper mine in North America, and the 3rd largest in the world. It is in stark contrast to the beauty this drive has at higher elevations, but is something to see regardless. This is a good way to see how dramatic the vegetation changes in AZ. From cactus to tall pines, or vice versa. Be aware of the weather in winter though, the upper reaches of this road can be treacherous after a winter storm. And there is literally no services for miles and miles!!

hiking
8 months ago

Not too strenuous at all a few hills but nothing too major. Very rocky. Very long took us 4 hours to do the whole loop, we did take a few breaks. Several spots with great views for photo ops. Make sure you follow the white diamonds and you cross over a few dirt roads. There is also a shortcut about 4 miles in - follow the white diamonds with the yellow dot, I'd say this cuts about 4 miles off the 9.3 but I'm not sure, just a guess but it is a significant shortcut

Saw a herd of elk just off the trail

I used to hike this area a lot years ago during the fall grouse hunt. Very steep with lots of aspens. I have not been back in quite a while, and not since the Wallow fire at all. Great spot for fall colors with all the aspen trees it has.

hiking
10 months ago

This was a great trail! It was well marked and maintained, and the trail itself is interesting to follow, with a wide variety of nature and wildlife (including cows). However, be aware that the loop itself is closer to being 13 miles long than it is to being 9 miles.

Was a really beautiful hike. Very green and my kids loved playing at the creek. Highly recommend this hike.

Beautiful out there yesterday

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful trail full of wildlife, aspen groves and thick dense canopy. We took our Cub Scout den and hiked 6 miles of the loop. It was a great time and was not very difficult.

hiking
10 months ago

Makes for a great trail run (5-6 miles) out and back. Plenty of small brown trout in the river if you're inclined to fly fish.

hiking
11 months ago

Directions provided by the link are NOT correct. From Highway 260 it is 17.5 miles to the right turn onto FR 116. It is 4.1 miles on a well maintained dirt road to the parking at Thompson Trail #629 on the right. The actual trailhead is about 100 yards further and on the left.

on Thompson Trail #629

hiking
11 months ago

An amazing gem! We hiked this trail last week and could not get over the beauty. Trail is 5 miles in and out and great for the dogs. The Black River runs along the trail so plenty of water for the dogs and for you if you bring a filter. You will drive on a dirt road for 4 miles before you get to TH. A car can make it but it will be bumpy and very dusty. We will be back again to explore more of the beautiful White Mountains.

hiking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

This trail was very well marked. I agree it is definitely moderate. Not much wildlife except for a few horn toads. We took the short loop, which took us about 3 1/2 hours. Definitely worth it.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Good length for a couple hours hike. Some pretty panoramic views but not as many as you might expect. Not very much elevation gain so good for someone who has bad knees or doesn't want the challenge of a mountain.

Started down the trail of this beautiful hike. We got about 1/3 of a mile in and saw a big cat track that looked somewhat fresh. Were not prepared to be stalked by a mountain lion, or whatever it might be. We turned around and hiked back to the car. No other hikers on the trail. We saw some abandoned cabins about 1/4 mile north of the trailhead. Anybody know the history of those? Pretty dilapidated.

hiking
Friday, December 23, 2016

Tough but fun hike if you do the full 13 miles.

hiking
Thursday, December 22, 2016

My boyfriend and I are seasoned hikers and were in the area looking for a fun long hike. To be honest, we were a bit disappointed. There weren't that many great scenic points for how long the trail was. It was a great length for a good afternoon activity, but I'd say it is more of an easy rated trail for a quiet enjoyable walk through the woods.

mountain biking
Monday, October 31, 2016

Cool trail, although pretty hard for me. If you are out of shape and/or not used to the altitude, it will be a great workout. I am both, so I was really huffing at times. Also, I am an experienced bike rider, but not an experienced trail rider. There are two sections at the beginning and end, which have tons of fist-sized rocks. If you go clockwise, the section after about 2-3 miles is very downhill and the one towards the end is very uphill. I had to get off and walk. Great scenery, great views, fresh air. 9 am on a Saturday, I saw two riders in the parking area, and two horse trailers, but I did not see anyone on the trail. It is well-marked, as are most WMTS trails. Going clockwise, towards the end, the trail criss-crosses a big dirt road and is a bit confusing. Just stay on the road and keep your eyes peeled off the road to the left looking for the white diamonds to start again.

hiking
Monday, October 03, 2016

The trail was a wonderful combination of climbing combined with more easy and open trail. The fall colors were beautiful and some wildflowers. We didn't see much wildlife, but birds were available for viewing. The burned out portion was very stark and made us feel like we were in the Game of Thrones forest, with raven's calling in the distance! Even so, the hike was a challenge for someone who has not hiked in a while and I felt accomplished after it was complete!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Great trail markings

mountain biking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

Awesome trail. Great single track, not very rocky. Follow trail clockwise for the most fun.

hiking
Monday, August 01, 2016

Did the short loop today, wonderful views from the ridge. Well marked and easy to follow. Lucky enough to a coyote and some beautiful wild flowers. Just made it back to the car before an amazing storm hit. So glad we paid attention to forecast and hiked early, parts of this trail are very exposed and would be quite scary in a thunderstorm

hiking
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Enjoyed it! Sad about all the burned trees and downed trees but we thoroughly enjoyed the hike. Took it 2 miles past the road (Mexican hay lake trail). Trail not used a lot so hard to fine in places but beautiful views and fun adventure! Very worth it!!!! Saw no people on a Saturday late morning to mid afternoon. Love the stream and that their was some altitude but not too much.

Nice hike to Big Lake Lookout. Only hiked about a mile past the lookout on the trail -- lots of deadfall and snags. I remember this being a beautiful, lushly forested trail about 10 years ago. Encouraging to see all the new growth Aspen and sad to see the devastation from the Wallow Fire.

The hike from the picnic ground to the river crossing is only about 2.2 miles not 3. There is a lot of poison ivy along the way. The trail at this time is not ideal for mountain biking because of all the downed timber across the trail after the Wallow fire.

scenic driving
Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Great drive. unlimited hiking in the area.

mountain biking
Monday, August 17, 2015

I thought this was a fun trail. The uphill was a bit challenging but you are rewarded by the long downhills. Not too many technical areas. Beautiful ride.

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