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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.

Took a friend from the East Coast and my two dogs, a Golden Retriever and a Border Collie mix on a Wednesday. We saw one couple bringing their dogs out when we got there at noonish, and didn't see another soul on the whole trail. Trail is clean, well maintained, and hosts some beautiful views. Don't let some of the lackluster photos of this trail fool you--its lovely.

Great hike but trail is unmarked and hard to follow. Beautiful scenery. Lots of people. Limited shade. Be careful of flash floods with rain.

A perfect hike for the whole family!

A pretty hard trail if you go the whole way and no waterfall in the summer :( at least not went we went in July. It's a beaut. Take sunscreen, duh. (We didn't and burned pretty bad. Will have these tan lines for the rest of our lives pretty sure.) You feel like you're in the middle of nowhere because the trail goes pretty far into the mountains. If you're into that and pretty views, this trail is for you. Kinda rocky in some places. I tripped regularly.

5 days ago

Fun easy ride. I had my 13 year old son driving the trail. This trail has a little bit of everything in it. From hill climbs, to rock crawling. And every skill level imaginable. From super easy, (no four wheel drive needed) to expert (front and rear lockers required). We only spent a couple hours out there and only saw a fraction of the trail. Just watch out for the bulls running around, those guys don't look very friendly.

8 days ago

The trail map reads 1.5 miles but in reality it is only about 1 mile in distance (one way). There is fencing and "no trespassing" warnings at the end of the approx 1 mile trek. It was a bit disappointing and wish this was included on the trail description or that it included this update.

Other than that, it does have beautiful scenery, lots of people swimming, and very easy.

off road driving
10 days ago

10 days ago

The upper part of the trail is the Horton Creek Trail. The lower part that runs along the creek is the Horton Springs trail.

This is a lovely and easy hike. The destination is a trail marker and a bit anti-climatic, but the trail is full of relaxing, soft beauty for those that want a contrast to the awful Phoenix heat.