nature trips



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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.

3 hours ago

This is one of my favorite hiking trails in Arizona; we do it every year. It's wonderful in fall and spring (chance of running water or even icicles!) but we turned back once in summer from the heat. A steady, beautiful climb up into the mountains. A couple of times we've gone a bit past the waterfall just for some more elevation, but scenery is not as interesting after this point.

7 hours ago

This hike is a challenge for those of us beyond 40 years. I would recommend going with a buddy, on a cool day, bring plenty of water, and a snack to sit enjoy the view once you've reached the top. Pay special attention to the pink and blue dots along the way up and more importantly make note of some landmarks for navigating your return trip. Gloves and good hiking shoes are a plus.

off road driving
22 hours ago

Downloaded the GPX for this run. Seen it on a couple of other websites. The first 1/3 of the trail was packed with people staging their UTV's and dirt bikes along with scores more people who utilize the area for target shooting off the main trail. We made it to the river bed with some people camping and more UTV's. Stay to the right. Tons of off chute trails to go down. It offers tons of winding sandy road. There was only 1 uphill climb that was a little sketchy but with the proper line, not an issue. Overall, made it in and out within 1hr.

Pretty great trail. It leads to about four others. Great for a trail run or nice hike but do be cautious to mountain bikers because some of the trails are narrow.

2 days ago

3 days ago

Great trail for all. They need to keep there trail maps stocked.

Great little in and out in a hour or so. Took the Old Mine Trail to the top and then to Highpoint.

Watching the sunset on top of silly mountain is a site to see. Absolutely fantastic way to end your day. Nice little incline so you feel like you’re getting a workout but nothing too strenuous. Lots of trail running on this mountain. It’s in the city so it’s not too far of a drive.

4 days ago

Really beautiful trail and nice to walk around the water in Arizona. Not very difficult, brought my kids along.