hiking

views

nature trips

walking

birding

wild flowers

wildlife

dogs on leash

trail running

kid friendly

forest

mountain biking

river

backpacking

dog friendly

off road driving

waterfall

horseback riding

camping

scenic driving

lake

no dogs

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.

trail running
16 hours ago

Perfect trail for early morning runs. The views are wonderful!

hiking
19 hours ago

hiking
1 day ago

The first mile and half or so is a moderate incline. Then the fun begins and so does the rock climbing! The trail is not marked at all except for the few painted arrows and cairns to guide you the rest of the way. There are 2 ways to the top so watch the arrows! I followed the cairns and it was apparently harder, much more rock climbing but well shaded in the morning. I took the other way down and it was more of a rock scramble and not so easy to see arrows. Either way wasn't easy but glad I did it!

1 day ago

This is one of my favorite hikes! I wouldn't follow the map here! It's only 2.5 out and back. At the end you are rewarded with beautiful views of Four Peaks. The elevation gain is only a couple hundred feet. Don't take all of the spurs to the water's edge. There isn't a lot of shade so wear a hat and bring more water than you think you need. There isn't water at the trailhead.

hiking
2 days ago

A great trail that's not overly crowded. Very scenic. My girlfriend and I stopped several times on the way to Horton Spring to snap some photos along the creek. There are several camping spots along the trail -- none were being used. The last half-mile is really the only stretch to worry about if someone in your group is slower on their feet. The springs are beautiful! We had lunch nearby. Hike out was a breeze.

trail running
2 days ago

Great workout! I run this trail a couple times a week! Awesome views at the top for such a quick hike! Really cool, arboretum type, looping, plant trails at the bottom for the little ones. Has plaques to teach about each plant. My family loves silly mountain!

Gorgeous hike! We took the advice of some online comments and did this hike clockwise, but would definately do it counter clockwise the next time so we near the end of our hike in the beautiful, cool, canyon creek bed where we can take a break and have brunch. Either way I feel is about the same amount of difficulty (which is almost none). The only hard part for us was staying on the trail at some parts where people have gone off, but using the map provided here as a guide helped us at least stay close enough to follow where we needed to go. 10/10 would recommend and do again.

3 days ago

This trail is actually more like 9 miles and isn't very well marked. It was moderate elevation wise but length wise this trail was a bit tough.

Seemed good for mountain biking but April-September I wouldn't suggest it just because of the length alone.

scenic driving
3 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
4 days ago