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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.

Perfect trip. I will hike this mountain many more times

Beautiful walk. Really rocky. The road to the trail head is rough. 1st 1/4 mile easy and not much to look at. After that it gets interesting. A lot of the trail is creek bed with a lot of rock ( boulders). I didn’t find it to hard. There’s not a lot of elevation. It had rained a few days before I hiked it, so some pockets of pooled water. I agree with a former reviewer. This is not a well marked trail. I missed my turn off. In stead of a 3.5 I ended up doing 5 miles. If you are careful with you map you will do fine. I found it a easy to medium difficulty. If you can go with someone that has done it before, would be helpful. I really enjoyed this trail. I wouldn’t hesitate to do again. I wish I would’ve marked it on my map, but a little section (150-200 yards) Of down hill cliff has been badly groomed. Vegetation has been cleared from the edge of trail. Be careful and look for this. Stay to the far right. It’s a long fall. The trail is plenty wide there.

This is a rough hike and should be rated as hard. It's beautiful but you definitely feel it the next day.

Hiked out 3 and back for a total of 6 miles from Seven Springs end. This is a beautiful trail. The gravel road getting there was smoother than expected. Guidebooks don't give an accurate assessment of how far out to drive and whether it is marked. It's a good 10 miles and the trail sign from the road is clearly displayed as trail #4. Beautiful hike from Seven Springs along creek with few people (government shutdown closed the campgrounds). Cool, quiet, great bird watching. Moderate with not much elevation if you are only doing the first few miles.

Great hike. Lots of scrambling. The pay off at the top is worth it.

Nice quick hike, great views

This hike was a nice, easy one. Very little change in elevation with a few minor ups and downs. TONS of mountain bikers. Very easy to follow with wooden markers pointing out the split offs and nice views of red mountains. Actually only did half of the loop and turned back to take the turn off for saguaro trail which was much more beautiful and less trafficked by bikers. I’ll be back to give the whole loop a shot—it would be worth sticking it out past the part where it’s backed by a neighborhood as the other side of the loop seems more desolate.

Great hike! Not a hike for inexperienced hikers! Must know land markings and be familiar with what are trails and game trails and not trails at all! I would consider this a mini Flat Iron!

This was beautiful! We are going to do this again. Thank goodness for the AllTrails app too because there are spots you can get off track so I used the app to record and kept making sure we stayed on the loop. Also, from that parking lot, we went to the right and it was straight up the mountain. Next time, we will go left! It's more sloped and less steep!

Loved this hike! We started at 7:30 AM and returned to the parking lot at 11:30 AM.

Was a great challenge for a beginner like me. It was all worth it. Beautiful!

Great hike, especially for geologists. Lots of conglomerates, a great view of some layered ash deposits, and four peaks.

nice hike, a little rocky in spots and lots of traffic.

Great trail beautiful scenery a lot of bikers on this trail

Beautiful scenery, only drawback was lots of people! Will try this one again in summer, early morning.

So fun to get to the top of this conspicuous Phoenix landmark! Definitely some hands and feet scrambling to get to the summit. Helmets are a very good idea given loose rock and given that there may very well be other people climbing above you.

We found the county road coming up from 188 (east) to be in much better shape than the road that ascends from 87 (west).

What a great loop trail! I did it clockwise; it was such a treat to be high enough in elevation to be able to walk through and past many juniper trees on the way up, a different experience from my last many hikes around Phoenix. The trail was easy to follow, especially when you keep an eye out for the cairns strategically placed. What great scenery! So varied, so may wonderful vistas. As others have said the trail is smooth in many parts, but is also quite rocky in others, as you might expect. Loved it!

great hike

This was an outstanding trail. Everyone stops at the overlook or the lonesome pine. Seeing the Needle from every side is truly a gift. Around every rise or outcropping was a new breathtaking view. I cannot day enough about how beautiful this area is. No need for a permit. The park ranger was waiting at the trailhead and said they no longer charge!

Excellent hike to get your hiking legs back. Elevation is just enough to get your heart pumping and the views are incredible.

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