Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

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.

Nice trail, mostly flat but enough elevation to catch a few decent peeks at the Salt River and the Red Mountain.

6 days ago

Wide, well-marked lasso trail. Never saw another person on the entire trail on a weekday, early afternoon hike. Lots of up and down but no scrambling.

6 days 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)

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.

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

trail running
29 days ago

By far my favorite loop at the Hawes Trail System. Not as much elevation as doing the full Hawes Trail Loop, but the views are much better and the trail is way more fun. Lots of rolling hills and undulations - the miles just fly by. Trail is easy/moderate when on the Ridge Trail connector, bumps up to moderate on Saddle Trail, and is more difficult/technical on Saguaro Trail and Mine Shaft.

trail running
1 month ago

Pros - great views, well maintained trails, good terrain and elevation, not too crowded, most of trail is shaded in the afternoon/evening.

Cons - Trail is pretty poorly marked. Thankfully the AllTrails app on my phone was very accurate and I was able to get back on the trail pretty easily.

1 month ago

More of a mountain bike than a hike trail. For hiking it’s pretty easy and very exposed. Not a tad of shade, so better for the winter months. Be aware of bikers.

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.

We hiked down from Strawberry. The views are amazing!!

Nice trail with good views of Salt River and the Red Mountain.

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

mountain biking
1 month ago

Super fun and quick bike trail!

Great little trail if you’re looking for an awesome workout. First mile is nothing special as it parallels the highway before cutting back away from the road, but if your taking it all the way the the FSR turn around, the views from mile 2.5-4 are incredible! My husband loved the wild game tracks and activity, and we saw a small group of Whitetail Deer. Pack lots of water, this hike gets long! Great hike, no big frills, but overall beautiful.

1 month ago

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

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.

Starts at Maricopa trailhead across the street from the parking lot. Decent elevation changes, but for the most part, an easy hike. Lots of bikers, but everyone was really nice and polite.

This is an amazing trail, not much traffic, great views

2 months ago

Great hike but there's a fence that cuts off the trail about 1.5-2 miles up on the ridge. Wasn't too sure about that but we decided not to continue with the trail and found another trail to hike. Still beautiful.

I am a seasoned hiker and would rate this more hard than moderate. My car made it just fine, no need for 4wd. We went clockwise and I would recommend that. Bring snacks and plenty of water. My mile 8 we were all feeling pretty fatigued. Granted I did this with a pack to train for a longer hike. The views were incredible. Some loose rock along drop offs so wear shoes with sturdy tread. Rarely cell service and we only saw 2 other people on the entire trail. The cairns were helpful. Def worth the drive out of Phoenix!

great hike when you need a quick easy one. view from the top shows you the bigger surrounding mountains. absolutely no shade

trail running
2 months ago

Not very crowded. Free. Beautiful scenery. Not much bad I can say about this one.

Good for walking. Seemed better for bikes & ATVs. But fortunately we were mostly on our own.

If you’re looking for a trail that will kick your butt and have great views of the Superstitions. This is your kinda trail! The first part of the trail is a great incline to the top with some of the trail being very rocky. The other parts are taking big steps up into other rocks. Once at the top there’s a couple different ways to take but the overall trail is a big circle. I personally wouldn’t take my dog on this trail compared to others we have taken her on. I would love to do this trail during sunset or sunrise next.

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