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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.
Absolutely loved every step on this trail. We followed the smaller trail next to the creek up to Horton Spring, crossing over the creek a few times to find a trail, some areas we kinda made our own. We eat lunch next to Creek and were entertained by two big squirrels chasing each other. Definitely recommend going all the way to the Spring, it's a nice surprise at the end of trail. We them came back to the trailhead on the main trail, which a small section takes you a little bit away from the creek, but you can still hear it. (You realize just how loud the Creek is when right next to it). The water was very refreshing for sore feet. This trail ended up being closer to 9 miles in/out than 6.8 like the description states. Will be going to this Creek more often!!
Great trail for energetic kids, we had a 5 & 7 year old, not too far mileage wise but lots of climbing and water pools to play in. Spent several hours exploring here! It was a fantastic day and will definitely be coming back.
I would caution if you plan to go beyond the first 1/3 mile this trail is more moderate as there is lots of climbing over boulders and crossing the stream. Noticed there were some fellow hikers struggling with the terrain.
This is NOT a totally rideable mountain bike trail. Many hike a bike areas for a solid intermediate rider. However, this a a very beautiful area. Most of the Trail is well marked. Some areas you may wonder which way to go. Look for red ribbon in trees or a rock carin to find you way to the next sign. I am glad I did it once but will not do it again on a bike. I am an advanced intermediate rider.
I love coming up Browns. It's a great way to see the entire valley (both sides) from a vantage point that isn't crowded. The drive to the parking lot is long and I would say probably requires a 4x4 of some kind. The trail is easy until the very end. I would recommend not getting caught in the dark (I did once and it was a pain getting back down). It's an all day adventure with the drive from Phoenix but totally worth it!