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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.

Great hike . Moderate hike and enjoyed the view

Beautiful. The hike out to the first lookout is only 2.2 miles, but it’s easy to keep going and turn back depending on how long you want the hike to be. Clear path and no climbing. There were only a few stretches of steep hiking, but otherwise it was not too strenuous. I would say this is a fairly easy hike, even for beginner hikers!

We just finished the trail any high clearance 4 x 4 vehicle could do it the creek was dry so it was easy to cross, doing monsoon season you might not be able to get through.
It’s pretty cool to look around at the old mine equipment that are left and there is an old Dodge truck still there.

Great hike. Hard to follow the trail at some points and definitely a challenge for beginner hikers in terms of climbing rocks, but beautiful views the entire way and lots of fun!

Got stopped by search and rescue on the way to Whiskey Spring Red Tanks Miners Canyon Loop. Planned to do a over nighter there. Search and Rescue warned us not to go out there. They had said it is inhabitable and totally overgrown. So they advised us to do Weavers Needle and it was great.

Even having a physical hard copy map and the AllTrails App open the mileage markers are off. We ended up taking Peralta Trail up to Weavers Needle and camped out off the trail. I posted pictures of potential Weavers Needle back-country camp sites (see my completed list in the profile if you are planning to go back country camping). Great views around, it was a amazing time. It would be my luck though that it would rain. Which lasted 15 hours making the rocks in the morning slippery. The trail has lots of lose rock and minimal cover from the sun. I would agree with others in bringing enough water. Would definitely go back was a amazing experience. Enjoy.

Went here today for quick day hike. I only hiked about 1/3 of way in had to turn around for time sake. Very beautiful and easy on the part I was on. Bring a water filter plenty of places to fill up

3 days ago

This review is about a specific side trail, off this loop (see photos in my profile), to an abandoned mine. As it is almost impossible to find and barely a trail going there, I'm providing the approximate GPS coordinates (per google maps). The tunnel is about 100-200 feet long.

33.498281, -111.433312

This is not for beginners!!! Do not attempt this if you are not familiar with the area. Hike at your own risk.

We did this hike when the weather was cooler. Limited parking so you may need to get there early for a spot. We took the trail to the cave. Watch for markers that show you the intersections with the other trails. Starts with a gradual slope and then requires some extra effort for the last few hundred feet. Views from the cave are nice. Nice little memorial cross at the entrance to the cave. Good footwear was helpful to avoid rolled ankles on some loose rocks on the way down.

Hiked with our dog. Warnings were up because a fox with potential rabies was spotted in the area. We went counter clockwise which meant tackling the steep section first and the rest became an easy walk. Nice view of Superstition Mountains from the top.

Super fun easy hike

5 days ago

More of a road than a trail as far as hiking goes and more so walking than any hiking but it was pretty, easy to walk so I think it’d be great for kids. It was great to take my dogs and nephew on. We will be back I am sure. We went on a Monday and didn’t run into anyone else but I’d imagine it is prob a bit busy on the weekends with off-road Riders and other walkers as it isn’t too far from town.

5 days ago

My wife and I took our four boys (12,9,6,5) today, and it was a great experience. A lot of people along the way, but not enough to feel crowded. Clean trail. The climb aspect of it wasn’t too difficult at all, but a little rocky at some points. Usually we have tears, whining, and scrapped knees, but it was pleasant, and not too difficult for anyone.

This is a really nice trail that has great views and interesting terrain. Many of the previous reviews are spot on; it starts at a Maricopa Trail sign near the road that is across the street from the parking lot. It did get a little confusing the first time I hiked it. If you take your phone and the AllTrails app you will be fine. I hiked the part of the trail with the most elevation gain first and could have missed a turn or two. Not a big deal.

5 days ago

We loved hiking along Saguaro Lake. We did 3 1/2 miles total or so in 1 1/2 hours with lots of stops for pictures and visiting with other hikers and a snack. We turned back before the end because many people saw a rattlesnake and I was afraid I'd scream. I've never seen one. Next time we'll bring chairs for after to dip our feet in the lake. We got our pass at a gas station before we got here. There's a list online of who carries them. We forgot the hiking stick and see many people had them. Trail had lots of hikers on a Monday morning but I like having hikers to help each other like at the beginning you get to a fence, and someone said go through, it's to keep horses out.

6 days ago

Amazing place and a pretty good hike.

This was a fantastic family hike! I did it with my 3&6 year old along with a friend and her 2&4 year olds. We went about half way and back and enjoyed a dip in the lack afterwards! The trail offers exciting corners of lake feels, lake views almost the whole way, small rock challenges, and tree canopy spots. We loved it!

I'm not sure how this is considered dog friendly, but I would consider it very hard. I'm a 30 yr old, avid hiker and found this to be very challenging. the trail going up was almost impossible to follow, I had to keep stopping to see if I could find the next marker. I got off trail several times which made for some really sketchy dangerous climbs. The way down I actually found it easier to spot markers. Whoever said this is like a mini flat iron, I found this to be twice as hard as flat iron. Wear good shoes and don't give up. Use the map on this app as a guide. And be careful!! I got up in 2 hours and down in 2 hours and both included getting lost haha. I wouldn't recommend doing this hike alone... I wish I hadn't... But proud of myself for pushing through.

Awesome hike

Great hike with a spectacular view. Must check it out if in Mesa.

Great trail

We went the first part of March and I felt it was a perfect time to go to miss the crowds and heat. I did this hike several years ago in the summer and it was miserable. This time this hike was fantastic! Yes, it had it’s difficult moments but it was beautiful down and back and the falls were worth everything you go through. Great, great hike.

7 days ago

Mostly just a nature walk through a picnic area

7 days ago

Better known as Arizona Trail Section 23, this trail is a real treasure. Bear Spring around mile 9 has water, as well as Horse Camp Seep near the halfway point. Be prepared for elevation gain and weather changes, as the trail takes you from 2k to near 7k feet. Great for thru-hike training. Also, the last 9 miles is a steady downhill that exits the AZT and takes you to a good pick-up point on Doll Baby Ranch Road (4WD suggested).

I hiked this trail yesterday and I fell in love with it. The views, the little cave, etc. Magical!

I honestly love this hike. It involves a little bit of rock climbing/scaling. Views are pretty amazing. If you go during the spring months be sure to bring bug spray. For the avid hiker, I would give a moderate rating since it does have some climbing. For a beginner, I would say it's difficult. The road up there is the worst part - long & bumpy. That's the only reason why I've only gone once. Otherwise, I'd be there all the time.

One of my favorite hikes. This is one where the view from the top is SOOO worth it. If you are a beginner - it is definitely a difficult hike, so go with a group of friends. For avid hikers, you should be fine. It is definitely hard to follow the trail, watch for the cairns. That will help you on the way up. The way back, it is much harder to find the cairns and you will be looking for them frequently. Look for landmarks on your way up and this will help you down. It also helped seeing other people on the trail and getting to where they were. There is definitely some rock climbing/scaling involved, wear sturdy shoes. Climbing up is pretty easy, be careful on the way down and don't go too fast or you can end up with some bumps and bruises. Also, bring a pen so you can write at the notepad in the mailbox. The mailbox is the ultimate best part.

off road driving
8 days ago

This trail is borderline difficult in places due to erosion and exposed bedrock which makes for very slow progress, but scenic views are awesome.

a different hike from the Arizona normal on the back side of the mountain through the wash and canyon. It's a great horse trai and is being upgraded for hiking.

trail running
9 days ago

It's a very nice trail with a good amount of uphill and some great downhill running. I did get lost at one turn but if you follow your phone you should be good. It's a great run and it's very challenging. Highly recommended:)

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