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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.

This trail was . . . Ok. Lots of trash on the first leg by the river, but we did get to see the wild horses and that was a very cool experience. As has been noted by other reviewers, once in the wash it’s exactly like walking along the beach. Your feet will sink with every step and it can be a bit of a slog at times. We completely missed the oven on the way in, but did catch it in the way out. Lots of cool plant life, but so-so views (in my opinion). All in all I am not upset we took the hike, but I don’t expect to do that one again.

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

The trail is also a little hard to find at times. The worst part is the ascent. There are decoy trails to the right Stay to the left. The trail goes straight up in about 200 yards. The ruins are in the right but the trail leads you left in the canyon

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

The trail is also a little hard to find at times. The worst part is the ascent. There are decoy trails to the right Stay to the left. The trail goes straight up in about 200 yards. The ruins are in the right but the trail leads you left in the canyon

Hunters pretending to be hikers when founding hunkering down just off trail, but great hike ;)

hiking
rocky
1 day ago

This is really just Water Wheel trail. You have to go down to the creek to really see anything. Before you get to the end of the road (it's not really a trail), turn off at the sign that cautions about flooding. I recommend just coming up the Water Wheel trail.

We did a segment AZ Scenic Trail from Pine Trailhead to Geronimo TH... SOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL!!! We had 3 more miles left to get to Geronimo but because of time we had to turn back. Lots of shade, definitely some areas no shade. So many different scenic views and trees. Definitely would love to come back and explore more!! Very well marked and maintained trail. A bathroom at the start of Pine TH.

hiking
no shade
2 days ago

hiking
2 days ago

I hiked this trail like 25 years ago before the crowds turned this into a trash dump! The lake itself has good views from a distance. First time I visited this place was 35 years ago and it was stunning and way less crowded! It was cool coming back to visit again.

hiking
rocky
3 days ago

This was an amazing hike! Just for starters, the easy, 2 mile hike down to the Falls is closed and the only way to the waterfall is through the fossil Creek Trail head which is a 4 mile one-way hike with a 1200 foot elevation change. I started the hike at about 11 AM and finished right around 4:30 PM with an hour and a half down at the falls swimming and conversing with other hikers. The trail head says no camping however there were Boy Scouts and other people walking down as I was walking up with their backpacking and camping gear. The water was flowing nicely and at this time it was still relatively cool, not cold, still tolerable. Beautiful hike and an even more beautiful swimming hole!!!

This was a really great hike! We followed the stream for a fair amount of distance and then turned up an old road. There is a mixture of sun and shade. The climb up to the tunnel is a bit tricky because of the sandstone - but very doable with the right foothold- the cairns lead the way to the top. The tunnel was a little creepy but I had to go in anyway- I didn’t climb all the way to the top to just stand on the outside and look in. The scenery at the top is stunning! Great place for a picnic. I was glad I had my poles for the trip and my climbing gloves for the way down. My gps clocked it at 4.5 miles round trip.

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

Good hike took wife seen 2 big bucks

Super fun trail that follows the river with several waterfalls. Some opportunities to “create your own adventure” by taking different routes up the rock to different areas along the trail to view the falls from several angles. Bring cash to park.

hiking
rocky
6 days ago

Good training trail... quick hour workout

hiking
rocky
7 days ago

hiking
rocky
7 days ago

This trail was Beautiful so well Worth it...The way to the waterfall was easy 4 Mile hike with no problem going down on altitude is fun and easier. But on the way back u gotta conserve ALOT energy to make it back is not a walk in the park...Bring lots of water i recommend a camel backpack because we saw people running out of water on the way there we was going back and finished ours.... Beautiful waterfall and toilet bowl .

hiking
rocky
7 days ago

We visited on a weekend in October 2019. I would not particularly recommend this area or hike unless you want to party on the small beach with the rest of the world. It’s very loud from motor sports and lake-goers blasting their music, even in the off-season. Also, there was an overwhelming smell of feces at the entire beach and parking lot. The water itself was green and murky. Together with the stench and noise, there was no appeal to swim or play here. There also was nothing particularly appealing about the hike - it was a typical hike around a lake with some decent desert/lake views, but there really are not any swimming areas off the main beach and the view pretty much stays the same for the entire hike. I think moderate is a good rating, because it’s not super challenging but there are some spots which get slightly technical due to rocks. Overall a fairly disappointing hike. There are much better ones in the area, and it would be worth it to drive twice as far to something better.

backpacking
7 days ago

The trail is roughly 4 miles one way and ends at the Horton Spring. The spring is a beautiful area where clear water rushes from the rocks. Several campsites are available near the spring and along the trail. The trail is a moderate hike but water is available most of the way. Dogs are allowed but should be leashed. Parking is challenging as the lot is very small. A pit toilet is available at the trailhead. Car camping is also available at the trailhead with reservation at the camp ground.

hiking
rocky
8 days ago

Great hike! More like 10 miles though. The hike down was great but did have a lot of loose rocks so the footing wasn’t the best but not terrible. The hike back up was pretty strenuous especially for the first mile to mile and a half. The water and the dam was beautiful. Definitely worth it!

Trails are poorly marked. It is probably a good trail for mountain biking, as there were mountain bikers everywhere. Not great for walking. The nearest parking is about 1/4 mile down the road.

Absolutely love this trail. It is fun, not too difficult to do, but gives you a taste of climbing rocks. The trail is along water the whole time which a lovely accompanying sound for a hike. And, the falls are lovely to see. The watering hole at the end is a very refreshing way to end the hike in. It can get a little busy at times though, and I wish the trail was a little longer. But, overall.... one of my favorite little trails.

This is a very easy and quiet trail. The trail has a great smell of the forest. We went in early October, so the weather was lovely. I bet in the spring this place is filled with flowers. A little too simple of a trail for me to make it a favorite though, and no real vista type point which I love.

hiking
bugs
no shade
8 days ago

Not a fan of the deep sand/rock to start but it’s a great quick hike that’s close and can be done in a couple of hours. Views at the top are worth it. 360* degrees of the whole valley. Pretty much straight up with some switchbacks... would definitely go again.

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