Best trails in Tonto National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Tonto National Forest, Arizona? AllTrails has 141 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 74 moderate trails in Tonto National Forest ranging from 0.7 to 89.2 miles and from 1,322 to 7,887 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
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.
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#1 - Butcher Jones Trail
Tonto National Forest
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 20 m
$12 Tonto National Forest daily pass required. The trail has great views of Saguaro Lake.Show more
#2 - Horton Creek Trail
Tonto National Forest
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 5 h 4 m
This trail follows treads along Horton Creek past waterfalls and winds through magnificent stands of pine. Great area to combine other trails to form a loop hike.Show more
#3 - Bob Bear Trail
Tonto National Forest
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 4 h 22 m
A permit is required to drive/hike here from April 1 - October 1. $6.00 fee to go there. The road is closed west of this trail, so visitors must drive from Strawberry, AZ area. Please note that althouShow more
#4 - Water Wheel Falls
Tonto National Forest
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 42 m
Note: The parking lot is closed due to COVID-19 but parking is available along the road. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Please note that local authorities may close the traiShow more
#5 - Blue Wash Trail
Tonto National Forest
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m
Blue Wash Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cave Creek, Arizona that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature Show more
#6 - Picketpost Mountain Trail
Tonto National Forest
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 56 m
This trail allows dogs, but users have reported that parts of the trail may be difficult for a dog to navigate.Show more
#7 - Browns Peak via Brown's Trail
Tonto National Forest
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 3 h 11 m
The road to the trailhead is not paved.Show more
#8 - Barnhardt Trail
Tonto National Forest
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Length: 12 mi • Est. 5 h 49 m
This route starts in the Barnhardt Canyon along a creek. During wet months, you may see a waterfall there. This route can be made into a loop with the addition of the Y Bar Trail. Wear pants to avoiShow more
#9 - Hawes Trail System Loop
Tonto National Forest
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 3 h 28 m
There is no parking lot for this trail. Please park along N. Bush HwyShow more
#10 - Ellison Creek Cascades
Tonto National Forest
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 43 m
Access to the walk can be made from the Second Crossing parking area in a lot just down the road from the entrance to the old dirt road where you can park, eat, and enjoy the creek view! (with bathroShow more
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