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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.

for two 66 year olds it was all we wanted. beautiful scenery

I did a solo hike yesterday, going up it was a little difficult finding the trail. Great scenery, beautiful views from the summit I will be going back soon.

What a great trail. I took my 6 year old out and we saw some wild horses in the back about a mile passed the saddle. Lots of hikerscsaid they could never find where the trails meet.. if you are coming from the mountain pass side there is a cairn that you go right at and turns into bulldog saddle. we went the saddle way and it was easy to stay on the trail. We will for sure do this again.

Gorgeous hike with an amazing sunset while I hiked back down! I don't agree with the person who said you cant take a small car down to the trail. I did it just fine. I've also taken my little car all the way down the 88 to Roosevelt Lake.

12 hours ago

Wonderful hike up to three spring going through the forest following the Horton Creek with some mini waterfalls all along. Very beautiful scenery, very peaceful and relaxing. This hike is at a moderate level.

I forget how much I love this trail. It never ceases to impress me when you come up over the saddle!

off road driving
21 hours ago

Did this trail on a dirtbike. Lots of big rocks and obstacles.

Very fun hike, lots of scrambly off-trail areas.

My favorite hike yet. Beautiful up, at the top, and back. Hope to do it again soon.

Hiked on Sunday 12/3 and could not summit due to icy and snowy conditions. Beautiful hike.

Started Clockwise....ended up all over the place as not marked well at all.....but what a beautiful adventurous hike it was!

We loved this trail. Did it with a 3 and 6 year old. Some of the downhill was hard for the kids, make sure you have non-slip shoes!

Great trails a little rocky, so watch your step. Overall a nice hike with plenty of mountain views.

Great easy to follow loop. This was my first trip into the Superstition Wilderness as well as my first solo trip. After a very dry winter water was a little scarce before I made it into La Barge Canyon. Great views of Battleship Mountain and Malpais Mountain. Camped near Charlebois Spring which was full. Took about 3 hours to get there from the trail head. Took Bull Pass Trail on the way out. The views of the interior and of La Barge Canyon and Weavers Needle were spectacular and worth the extra bit of elevation on the way out.

A great hike today. Love this trail. Dont be scared of it, just get out there and do it.

Started around noon and finished at 5:20. Great hike, I did hike clockwise first up the Fremont ridge. This seems to be a popular hike to the ridge ran into a dozen people or so. But after the ridge I didn’t see a sole. Pure wilderness solitude!

Quick easy hike. Beautiful views and the cave is a nice area to relax before heading back.

Terribly marked trail, but overall a TON of fun. Amazing views from the top and some climbing required. It's easy to get lost on the way down, so make sure you have adequate time for sunlight.

I remember reading a previous review of how awful this trail was but I’d have to disagree. I don’t encounter a ton of animal feces and didn’t walk far to enjoy the hike. We parked a small way up the road on the bridge so it wasn’t long at all. I assume you can park there because there were a couple other vehicles. The trail is obviously more used as a bike path but the hike was calming and not difficult. The views today with the cloud dusted sky were phenomenal & the sun hit Red Mntn just right. We didn’t encounter anyone until the last half mile or so and only 2 bikers but everyone was friendly and considerate of each other. It’s not strenuous and could easily be done with children although there are a couple spots where you get some cardio in.

Really cool hike along the verde river that obviously leads to the abandoned springs (after crossing - river was mid-thigh & we did it barefoot no problem, a little bit of current though if you're bringing kids). Pretty easy with a little climbing. Really nice people at the campground that gave us some advice but you could figure it out anyway. Did meet some nudists but they were courteous & didn't have to share pools since we got there early. The rainbow room was pretty warm but not super hot 11/24/18. Very pretty!

5 days ago

I hiked this trail today out and back. I was not able to record the hike in app because the app crashes when I try to record.
Anyhow very good trail and great views of the Superstitions. GPS on my phone measured the distance from the west trailhead to the east trailhead as 6 miles.

This trail is an introverts dream come true, only saw two other people the whole time I was there! Not to mention the view from the top is amazing

Fabulous trail. Beautiful scenery. About 2 hours to the top, barring breaks.

Nice easy trail that provides a decent elevation gain when you’re looking to get in a fairly quick hike just outside Fountain Hills.

Good ride!!! We did it on Quads. (TRX400) Started on I-17 and Table Mesa Rd and rode to Seven Springs campgrounds and back. Took about 4 1/2 hours and we stopped a bunch of times and also had lunch. Ride is extremely Rocky so take your time in some areas so you don't tear up your bikes. There was about 3 or 4 water crossings along the way, all are very doable. at most a foot of water. Great views and saw a couple deer. There's multiple side roads along the way, but we didn't explore only because we didn't know how much gas the trip would take. Next time we'll take a couple of them. Passed a few Jeep's and a few side by sides. Would definitely do it again.
December 2 2018

5 days ago

The stars speak for themselves... it was a decent outing and fit into my chronically tight schedule. You start climbing right away so it’s good for quick cardio. There are some awesome views of Red Mntn & Four Peaks. I had the place all to myself until the end. You can also connect this short hike to a ton more if you want even more distance.

Great trail with beautiful views up and back down. Moderate difficulty... would be good for kids and people who don’t move as well or as quickly. Lots of rock features and beautiful vegetation all the way up.

Hike in genral gets 5 stars lots of technical terrain and great views. However trail gets a 3 or 4 as it is not marked and if you don't have this app or one like it you will not know where the trail is. Be prepared for some trailblazing but well worth the time once you get into the bottom there is so much to explore. I took my 7 and 10 year olds with me and it didnt slow them down at all. We did also run into a few of the salt river horses in the bottom. Travel safe!

Great for dogs

Great trail to hike. My dad and I enjoy going here when we hike since it isn’t too far from where we live. It is fun and was great for my 50 lbs pit bull who has never hiked.

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