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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.

hiking
20 hours ago

hiking
20 hours ago

Bartlett Lake was beautiful. This trail is deseaving. The mileage is one way, not round trip and as others state, the trails are not maintained and not marked in many areas. We got off trail several times. Made out about 5 miles till we couldn't find the trail any longer and decided to turn around and head back. Be sure you are using a downloaded map and some kind of clippers to cut back thorny bushes to pass through the trails where it has over grown.

Amazing trail! We ended up doing a 9.6 mile hike. Beautiful views. So peaceful. We went on a Thursday and saw maybe 10 people over the span of several hours. Great place, planning to go back and camp sometime.

hiking
1 day ago

I just hiked here on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. The trail is back open after the flood, though a bit worse for the wear. There are several logjams in the trail, so be prepared for a little extra effort. Still a very easy hike. My two kids were able to make it to the top with no problems (ages 5 and 4).

Make sure to bring shoes that you can get wet--you need to cross the river to complete this hike. It's well worth it though for the awesome swimming hole at the end of the trail! This is definitely one of my favorite Arizona hikes.

Also, in the summer months, pack TONS of water. This hike can get hot. I usually plan on about 64 oz per person to be safe.

Finally, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE pack out your trash. It breaks my heart to see beer cans, etc. marring the beautiful scenery.

An okay trail for just getting a hike in. More bike/ATV friendly than "hike exclusive". Very well marked. The creek and greenery on the west side of the loop is definitely the high point. Hiked midweek and had the trail all to ourselves.

hiking
2 days ago

off road driving
4 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful trail with gradual incline. We arrived on a Saturday at 1 pm and found parking. Stuck to the trail and meandered near the creek for excellent photos. In and out in 4 hours. Loved hearing the wind in the trees and the flow of the creek.

Challenging yet rewarding trail. Keep going up to the east once you reach the col. There is a red mailbox at the highest point. Breathtaking views. Saw a desert tortoise and tarantula on the way up. Recommend trekking poles for the descent. My wife and I made the summit in a little over 2.5 hours.

hiking
5 days ago

Very pretty trail. Got there a little later in the morning, around 9am on a Sunday and it was a little busy of a trail. The hike was nice, however and we enjoyed ourselves.

hiking
5 days ago

Interesting and easy

hiking
6 days ago

off road driving
7 days ago

off road driving
7 days ago

Beautiful drive. Doesn't require 4x4, but some clearance. Toyota 4Runner TRD Offroad.