Explore the most popular camping trails in Tonto National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

attempted to hike this one on 6/2/2018. closed due to extreme fire restrictions.

I just got turned around, it’s closed. Most everything North of payson is closed. South of Payson is open.

Will update rating when I get the chance to go.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike!!!Turn right out of the parking lot cross the bridge to the dirt road on the left go up the hill and the trail is on the left,right across from the small campground!Great walk dog loved it!!

1 month ago

We had a great hike. was short and was finished in 1 1/2 hours and we stopped a bunch of times. trail is difficult to find most the time, but what makes that ok is your walking along the river and you can blaze your own way. passed about 8 families along the way and a group fishing in a large area with about 6 fish on their stringer. it's may 20 and temp was good.(80 degrees)

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. An easy hike, the weather was beautiful, and the creak was running.

Love this trail!!! It was nice and cool all day

hiking
1 month ago

Nice day hike

water was cascading through

Outstanding love this hike

backpacking
1 month ago

Great peaceful hike. Camped overnight... Just beautiful nature.

4 Miles in and 4 miles out. The Creek was very pretty. Worth the drive!

hiking
1 month ago

fantastic hike. Fantastic weather. Water was fresh and clean. Do it again in a heartbeat.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike by a beautiful creek. It was very serene to be surrounded by the sounds of the birds, the wind and the water.

nature trips
2 months ago

An easy and beautiful hike with Creek access!

Nice hike, pretty easy for me. Camped overnight, beautiful and quiet.

hiking
2 months ago

Incredible hike with shade from the pines and sounds from the creek. Didn't want to leave.

hiking
2 months ago

This was such an amazing day! We went with a group who had kiddos so they left us around mile 2 but we ventured on. AllTrails says it’s 6.7 miles but we clocked in 8 miles with a gain of 1,245 feet & so worth it. Although there were a ton of cars in the lot the trail was pretty quiet with just the sound of the water flowing down the creek in the background. There were at least half a dozen little waterfalls along the way & we did stop a couple times for a snack and just for a moment of relaxation; with a nice, crisp breeze to keep you cool. We’d definitely do this one again!

Beautiful. Just beautiful.

So amazing and beautiful! Would definitely hike again!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Took the kids and they had a blast playing in the water. Hike is easy as it slowly increases in elevation. Lots of places to stop along the creek and have lunch, wade in the water. Highly recommend this hike.

Horton creek is dry right now. Was hoping for more water. Park in the lot and then walk up the dirt road (by Tonto Creek) and the trail is 50 feet up the dirt road on the left side. You will see the trail head sign on the dirt road.

Beautiful! definitely be doing this hike again!

hiking
3 months ago

Did the full loop that turned into a total of almost 13 miles and 7 hours. Absolutely loved it! I would rate it easy to slightly moderate. I would suggest wearing pants and very comfortable shoes. You hike mostly on rocks/boulders that started killing my feet. Lots of overgrown bushes and nice ponds of water. The views of the mountains are amazing. Would definitely do this again. There were also very few people doing this trail.

backpacking
3 months ago

Amazing place and a pretty good hike.

backpacking
3 months ago

Better known as Arizona Trail Section 23, this trail is a real treasure. Bear Spring around mile 9 has water, as well as Horse Camp Seep near the halfway point. Be prepared for elevation gain and weather changes, as the trail takes you from 2k to near 7k feet. Great for thru-hike training. Also, the last 9 miles is a steady downhill that exits the AZT and takes you to a good pick-up point on Doll Baby Ranch Road (4WD suggested).

hiking
3 months ago

Really fun trail! We made it almost too the end but we’re getting cold and tired and decided to take a break for lunch and then head back to warm up. Beautiful views! Totally recommend!

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous!

camping
4 months ago

I did not like camping here. It’s too close to the road and you can hear cars all night. I prefer more secluded.
The trail is easy and short

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked to flowing river rd from bridge. Very pretty but trail not maintained, which kinda made it more fun. Definitely not easy hike due to footing and lack of trail maintenance but can’t complain-I’m sure that whole canyon is a rushing river after monsoons and big rains-washing away any trail anyways. Great photo ops, babbling creek and rock climbing. Literally right off the highway- so easy access. Graffiti is limited to bridge-look to the west for giant cave-great for fire pit/camping and chill. Dogs loved it off the leash!

backpacking
4 months ago

This was an awesome hike! We extended it out Friday-Saturday!
The trail is easy to find and pretty fun to hike!

The creek was flowing well and was super gorgeous!

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