hiking

views

nature trips

walking

birding

wild flowers

dogs on leash

wildlife

trail running

kid friendly

forest

mountain biking

river

backpacking

dog friendly

off road driving

horseback riding

waterfall

camping

scenic driving

lake

no dogs

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
2 days ago

Too bad this is closed. Took my son on his first hike back when he was about 4 years old.

Didn't love it, not a lot to see, but the lake is nice!

Didn't love it, not a lot to see, but the lake is nice!

hiking
2 days ago

Very challenging, but rewarding with the views and wet areas.

Great hike! Last mile takes good climbing skills. It will take a good hiker 4 hours the first time.

hiking
2 days ago

Worth the trip. I love to hear the stream gently rolling over the small falls-and there are plenty.

This was a fun ride. You get some decent views of Red Mountain across the way but most of the enjoyment comes from the twisty up/down flow of the trail. You pick up some good speed through the dips. Will be back here a few times in the future.

hiking
4 days ago

I've completed this loop twice counter clock wise once and in March and May 2017 and would have to say the best way to go ending in the easiest/prettiest part of the trail. I've completed the AT 2016 and lots of trails in Arizona. Dessert backpacking is hard regardless and you have to be smart! That said I've packed 6lts first time no need maybe this time of year. I would say the hardest part of this trail is about mile 8 or 10 when you hit a dry river bed. I couldn't find the trail that route scout had so I found a trail that was marked with stacked stones on the right hand side going up the hill. This part of the trail is over grown with hidden cacti in bushes (Voice Over: “Then it felt like something just jumped up and bit me.”) to the shins. It was some of the coolest valley views all the way to coffee flats. Fyi no were to camp till you hit the stream 3 or 4 miles after the river bed. Distance from the spring before that is 7 to 8 miles if you want a good water source but you can find water puddles along the way. All along coffee flats you can find come good camping the the spring if you look.