hiking

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nature trips

walking

birding

wild flowers

wildlife

dogs on leash

trail running

kid friendly

forest

mountain biking

river

backpacking

dog friendly

off road driving

waterfall

horseback riding

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.

14 hours ago

Has easy parts but definitely has its rough areas going uphill. Overall very beautiful hike!

15 hours ago

Easy trail does not require 4x4 vehicle during normal weather condition.

this trail is very very Rocky. not like hiking rocky, but like rock slide prone. you have to tip toe down more than 2/3 of the trail so as not to bust an ankle. no thanks! Usery offers much better trails

hiking
19 hours ago

hiking
19 hours ago

This hike offers a variety of features that any hiker new or experienced will enjoy. Kid and dog friendly, the whole trail out and back is just under 7 miles making sure that you get your exercise for the day and contribute to the decline in health care costs. It’s serene and lovely at this time of year with the leaves just beginning to change. The main trail stays on the left side of the creek, but there is the option to walk either along side the creek or on the other side entirely. Due keep in mind that walking along side the creek will take you longer to reach the springs end. It took me four and a half hours to complete this trail. Walking alongside and on the main trail. Happy hiking!

hiking
1 day ago

trail running
2 days ago

Perfect trail for early morning runs. The views are wonderful!

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

The first mile and half or so is a moderate incline. Then the fun begins and so does the rock climbing! The trail is not marked at all except for the few painted arrows and cairns to guide you the rest of the way. There are 2 ways to the top so watch the arrows! I followed the cairns and it was apparently harder, much more rock climbing but well shaded in the morning. I took the other way down and it was more of a rock scramble and not so easy to see arrows. Either way wasn't easy but glad I did it!

3 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes! I wouldn't follow the map here! It's only 2.5 out and back. At the end you are rewarded with beautiful views of Four Peaks. The elevation gain is only a couple hundred feet. Don't take all of the spurs to the water's edge. There isn't a lot of shade so wear a hat and bring more water than you think you need. There isn't water at the trailhead.

hiking
3 days ago

A great trail that's not overly crowded. Very scenic. My girlfriend and I stopped several times on the way to Horton Spring to snap some photos along the creek. There are several camping spots along the trail -- none were being used. The last half-mile is really the only stretch to worry about if someone in your group is slower on their feet. The springs are beautiful! We had lunch nearby. Hike out was a breeze.

trail running
4 days ago

Great workout! I run this trail a couple times a week! Awesome views at the top for such a quick hike! Really cool, arboretum type, looping, plant trails at the bottom for the little ones. Has plaques to teach about each plant. My family loves silly mountain!

Gorgeous hike! We took the advice of some online comments and did this hike clockwise, but would definately do it counter clockwise the next time so we near the end of our hike in the beautiful, cool, canyon creek bed where we can take a break and have brunch. Either way I feel is about the same amount of difficulty (which is almost none). The only hard part for us was staying on the trail at some parts where people have gone off, but using the map provided here as a guide helped us at least stay close enough to follow where we needed to go. 10/10 would recommend and do again.