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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.

Gorgeous trail along the creek. We really enjoyed seeing all the different colors of trees as they turn before winter. Really beautiful hike overall.

hiking
17 hours ago

Hiked this with the wife for our anniversary. It was a gorgeous day. The Garmin put the hike at a bit under 7.5 miles from parking lot to the Horton Spring. Plan on about 3.5 hours; wife is in decent shape but definitely was feeling the elevation gain on way up.
We both agreed this is a moderate hike; we would be able to take our 10 year old on this trail. Awesome to see a moving creek in AZ, we Phoenicians don’t get to see this often. Will definitely do it again.

mountain biking
18 hours ago

Loved the trails!! Our first time for the wife and I, totally loved it!! Ton of people on the trails, riding and hiking. Definitely going back to do more exploring.

hiking
1 day ago

Stumbled upon this trail so had no expectations. The springs at the end were beautiful!

hiking
1 day ago

great hike!

off road driving
4 days ago

Great trail, reasonable vehicle should have no problem. We tried a side trail and ran into a very difficult side-hill switchback. Would have given it a try if we weren’t solo. Had to back out 100 yards and do a difficult turn around. Note on map.

hiking
4 days ago

Nice trail.

hiking
5 days ago

This is one of the best hiking experiences I’ve had while living in Arizona. I don’t know why it’s listed here as difficult. My experience is that there is a gradual incline that takes you up, up to a Mesa from which you can look back into an astonishing vista, perhaps over one hundred miles. I would estimate it’s three miles in and three miles back, though I’ve met people on the trail who have hiked much further, some back packers and even a deer hunter. One time we encountered a couple who were walking their alpacas, and we got to pet them. The Mesa is a place where you can sit or lie down and just relax and enjoy your accomplishment of such a simple activity as walking and note how beautiful the world can be. The one thing you should be aware of is that the road in can be rough, so you should be extra careful driving in, especially if your car is low to the ground. While on that way you may see some cattle grazing around cactus, another treat for the eyes.