Bulldog Canyon

MODERATE 36 reviews

Bulldog Canyon is a 10.4 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Mesa, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 10.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,059 feet Route Type: Point to Point

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

ohv / off road driving

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

PLEASE NOTE: If you are hiking, biking or on horseback you DO NOT NEED a permit. If you are going to DRIVE in Bulldog you MUST have a permit. Bulldog permits are FREE. Gate codes are changed monthly but the permit comes with gate codes for 6 months. (If the beginning/end of the month is on a weekend or holiday, the codes may be changed on the next business day, so it's good to renew your permit before the last month) Permits are available at the Ranger station (Ingram & Higley) or ONLINE at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/recreation/ohv/?cid=stelprdb5348179 IMPORTANT: Anytime you find the gate open or unlocked, CLOSE IT & LOCK IT! NOTE FOR ALL VEHICLES: There are only 5 legal routes in all of Bulldog. All are MARKED with a route number. If you see a route with no route marking, it is OFF-LIMITS to ALL vehicles. While the Forest Service keeps placing signs designating where NOT to drive, Unfortunately there are too many folks that remove/drive over/destroy the signs.

off road driving
rocky
2 months ago

Super fun took the Jeep out for fun with the Buds fun little place to go.

off road driving
rocky
2 months ago

trail was great..... great views , rock formations.... the trail was great, slow at times, adventurous, rocky... just what you want when you go wheelin

off road driving
rocky
2 months ago

Trail is awesome. Make sure your rig is equipped and bigger tires and lift. The southern most part of this trail can be a bit** if you aren’t equipped right but it still is possible *speaking from experience*

off road driving
2 months ago

Not bad place to kill an afternoon. To busy with idiots on side by sides. People need to learn respect others and the land provided to us for these activities. PEOPLE,, PICK UP YOUR DAMN TRASH!!!!

off road driving
3 months ago

perfect afternoon run

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

off road driving
no shade
rocky
4 months ago

Great trail. Entered it off Usery rd. Found the gate with code. It was unlocked so we entered and shut the gate and locked it. The beginning of the trail was easy. Sandy bottom no need for 4 wheel drive. Beautiful scenery. We took route 10 and it turned to moderate. More hills with rocks to navigate but easily done in 4 low just have to take it slow. Views are mind blowing. Took about 2.5 hours to complete but we stopped to take pictures and switch drivers. This was a great trail to get my feet wet on rocks. Will be doing this again!

off road driving
4 months ago

Good trail same outcome as all three bulldogs just different entrances I would rate it as moderate

off road driving
5 months ago

Simple trails for those starting out in off roading.

off road driving
rocky
7 months ago

Cool trail close to town, good mix of sandy washes, hard packed rocky trails, and forest roads. There was a little traffic from ATV’s etc...but it was a nice spring Sunday so that’s to be expected this close to town. Made the trip in a stock Rubicon JL with no issues. There are several areas to pull off and take breaks/eat lunch.

10 months ago

Fun trail that leads down to the water. Great time!!!

hiking
11 months ago

PLEASE NOTE: If you are hiking, biking or on horseback you DO NOT NEED a permit. If you are going to DRIVE in Bulldog you MUST have a permit. Bulldog permits are FREE Gate codes are changed monthly but the permit comes with gate codes for 6 months. (If the beginning/end of the month is on a weekend or holiday, the codes may be changed on the next business day, so it's good to renew your permit before the last month) Permits are available at the Ranger station (Ingram & Higley) or ONLINE at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/recreation/ohv/?cid=stelprdb5348179 IMPORTANT: Anytime you find the gate open or unlocked, CLOSE IT & LOCK IT! NOTE FOR ALL VEHICLES: There are only 5 legal routes in all of Bulldog. All are MARKED with a route number. If you see a route with no route marking, it is OFF-LIMITS to ALL vehicles. While the Forest Service keeps placing signs designating where NOT to drive, unfortunately we have too many folks who remove/drive over/destroy the signs. Please take care of OUR public lands, show consideration for others and don't litter. Let's keep the area so it will be enjoyed by our children/grandchildren and all future generations! Thanks!

off road driving
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Beautiful day and incredible views.

off road driving
Monday, August 20, 2018

Great trail. Not too difficult but still very fun

off road driving
Monday, April 30, 2018

The off roading trails here are gorgeous!!! I started at Usery trailhead which was mostly sand but breathtaking views. Then I made the mistake of veering off right towards 10 and Wolverine trailhead and oh my God. This is what I would consider like a black diamond trail haha. It was straight moguls and massive rocks for miles. I have a massive wrangler lifted on 35 inch off road tires and it was still kind of aggravating getting jostled for over an hour straight. I prefer mountain climbing and the occasional spot of moguls. But either way. The trail is awesome and theres 3 or 4 more trail heads I'm gonna check out back there.

off road driving
Saturday, February 24, 2018

Tried to get a permit to take this trail. We discovered that the Mesa Ranger Station (Ingram Street) is closed on the weekend. We spoke to the ranger at Usery Mountain Regional Park - where we were staying - and they suggested we check at the Tonto National Forest permit station at Pebble Beach. We drove there and spoke to another ranger who informed us they did not have the gate code and we would have to wait until Monday when the Mesa Ranger Station opened to take the trail. Lesson here....you cannot take this trail on a weekend without getting the gate code during the week. UGH!

off road driving
Sunday, January 14, 2018

Good trail for a quick trip. Don’t forget your permit. We didn’t know and the gate was open when we got there and locked when we returned. Had to wait for someone to come back and got through.

off road driving
Friday, December 29, 2017

Easy to low moderate trail. Mostly sandy and rocky (smaller), 4x4 recommended, low range was not required.

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