Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

Great flat trail. Awesome for a short trail run. Not much water in the creek,but still beautiful.

hiking
1 day ago

It was fun. Love how they do curves and hills. Not steep. Great work out. Just watch out the bikes they ride real fast. But friendly bike riders too. I would go with a hike buddy on that trial. Glad I have one. I really enjoy a lot

Parked at the end of Ernie's road but missed the turn off about 50 yards in to go left. Not sure if there was a more marked trail that way but we bushwhacked around looking for the rim/edge and did not find a grand vista. There is definitely no trail in the location marked on the map here (we had a GPS and crossed the "red trail line" on the map several times near the saddle but did not come across anything. HikeAZ has it right: "Follow this "trail" as long as you can as it quickly disappears near a fence/property line." Just be aware. It's still a nice area though.

hiking
3 days ago

This trail is not within the closure area according to www.FS.USDA.gov. Has anyone been there since the closures went in to effect on the 23rd. Thanks

hiking
4 days ago

Trail is closed until further notice (most likely until it rains).

hiking
6 days ago

Definitely not easy, as rated. It’s short but you are climbing up and down large rocks. Small waterfall at the end, refreshing water if you bring a swim suit. And yes parking cost $9, so bring exact cash.

The trail was okay. A lot of rocks. Very confusing trail. It’s not Silly Trail it has different names and at the near end loop I could not find the trail instead of that I went in Mt Baldy trail to get to my car. I give 3 stars two reason are a lot of rocks but the major reason is the trails are very confusing. Yes I use All Trail Map by the way

Great time. Beautiful country.

Loved this trail

hiking
15 days ago

This is a photo perfect spot for jumping off the cliffs into the creek, however there isn’t a whole lot of creek to jump in, so it does get congested easily. It is a short trail, easy traverse over boulders, like walking up stairs. There is a cave with a waterfall on this trail, where some boulders have fallen. BIG CAUTIONARY NOTE: I have personal friends who have been swept away and killed in flash floods in this area, please try to avoid during monsoon season, you can be easily become trapped under rocks and drowned. This is also an area with a lot of trash

hiking
16 days ago

do you have to pay for parking?

hiking
19 days ago

This was a pretty hike and was more challenging than expected due to our having to climb on and around large rocks.
Since this hike is in a frequent flash flood zone, people have changed the direction they go based on the water level. As a result, there appeared to be multiple trials that make it difficult at times to follow. The waterfalls at the end was very attractive. Beware of the slippery granite rocks around the falls. Even if not wet, they are very smooth. Allow a little longer to do this hike due to the climbing. It took us about 2.5 hours for this three mile hike, even with frequent stops for photography.

Not easy as rated. There is no defined trail and it is unorganized. We couldn’t believe we had to climb over boulders and such to get across. We didn’t know if we were on the right track. It gets hot so I would go early if you go during the summer.

hiking
28 days ago

A beautiful trail of boulder hopping. The sounds of the birds, the coolness of the trees and the many colored rocks. We hiked in 2 hours and back, I would of loved to go further.

Perfect for a warm up for longer hikes. Not much to see but enjoyable

hiking
1 month ago

I look my wife, 4 kids and small dog for this fun little hike. Everyone gave it a 5 star review! The water was warm enough to play in (even in Mid April) and the trail was was well established. Water crossings are a must if you really want to enjoy the trail and stay cool so I wouldn't bring your boots if I were you. The trail was a little more technical than I thought my 4 year old son could handle, but nobody fell or got scared so I guess it wasn't too bad after all.

Did this as a quick sunset hike. Cannot beat the views. Easy trail and quick for those in a time crunch. Small parking lot off to the left, easy to miss.

Nice trail close to home!

Mostly flat. Easy to navigate. Some areas were washed out but easy to get around.
I assumed 3.4 miles referred to the entire loop itself but I stop counting at mile marker 5.
Not a bad trail for a light hike.

The name is a slight misrepresentation of the hike, the cypress trail and boulders trail do not connect back into each other from the fork. Found out the hard way when we reached the end of cypress and had to hike the road all the way to the end and bushwhack through the creek bed back to the boulders trail. Otherwise great hike in mid April!
Make sure you choose which trail you are doing because, once again, they separate and do not meet again. Cypress goes north to the road where the monument trailhead is; whereas boulders is the loop.

hiking
1 month ago

I went at the end of February. Beautiful hike. Being a beginner I will say pace yourself. The way to the falls was easy but the uphill back out was rough. I was with experienced hikers though and was trying to keep up. I can't imagine doing this hike in the summer. I brought more water than I thought I'd need and almost ran out. Definitely need sturdy shoes, I wore trail runners and my toes got beat up pretty bad.

Go in Arizona's short spring season, early in the morning. Everything's in bloom!

So peaceful here. Perfect place to go and get lost in nature!

Great hike! Just enough to get your blood flowing while enjoying nature.

hiking
1 month ago

My dog loved this place! It was beautiful and very well maintained ❤️ I didn’t prepare well so next time I’ll do the whole thing but my dog basically just wanted to swim so I let him play

Don’t forget your cash because it’s no longer $6. It’s now $9/car and we didn’t bring enough cash so we were turned away; opted for the Peach Orchard. Hopefully we’ll get back there soon!

mountain biking
1 month ago

Super fun and quick bike trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this hike!!! Nice blend of moderate and difficultly.

hiking
1 month ago

5.6 miles one-way. Out-n-back. Moderate. Elevation min. 5690' - max. 6087'. Elevation start 6029', end 5808'. Altitude change 220'.
Trailhead location: From Payson 20 miles north on AZ 87, Between Pine and Strawberry, close to Strawberry, milepost 270. Parking for 4 cars, but additional space is the Trail #15 lot a few yards up the road on the left.
At the end it connects to Pine Canyon Trail #26 in Pine Canyon.
http://arizonahiking.blogspot.com/2014/09/bearfoot-trail.html
azhikers.org

Very popular = over crowded on weekends. Lots of family fun!

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