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Bulldog Saddle and Pass Mountain Trail Loop

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Tonto National Forest

Bulldog Saddle and Pass Mountain Trail Loop is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mesa, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is best used from October until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.7 mi Elevation gain 1,243 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Hiking

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Rocky

No shade

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Jeffrey Maas
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Cord Smith
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Kelsey Cattelino
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Hiking

We went on a Wednesday at 6:30am and saw only three other people. We tracked 5.17 miles versus 4.7 miles as AllTrails indicates. If you go counterclockwise you’ll do the more challenging part first but if you go clockwise you’ll have the better view. I echo others’ comments about needing to bring bug spray - the gnats would not let up. Positive thing about doing this trail combination versus just the pass mountain trail alone is that there is no parking fee from the trailhead. We would do this trail again when looking for a challenge !

Robert Buntin
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Bug spray is a must. The gnats are non-biting but relentless. I ran into a small swarm of bees 1.3 mi up the eastern half of the loop and noped out. It’s a beautiful trail for most of the year but I’d avoid it until the bugs calm down

Andrew Cook
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Hiking

Bring bug spray if you go. Gnats are thick throughout

Lydia Durnil
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Went early this morning (around 6am and saw very few people, which was awesome! Nice trail, a bit overgrown in parts, but that just enhances the experience. Good views and blooming Saguaros! Started counterclockwise as was recommended, but lost the trail halfway and just decided to retrace our steps instead of searching for the correct way. I'll be back to finish the loop!

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Jay Craghan
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Small bugs on trail this morning

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Regina Di Salvo
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Fun and challenging hike! This starts at Medicine Wheel Trailhead which is just a parking lot, no water or restrooms. I did this CCW and was happy I did as there is a spot where you’re climbing up a rock wall that would have been much scarier to descend. Beautiful views throughout the hike, tons of gorgeous saguaros which are just starting to bloom. Don’t underestimate those uphills! Bring more than enough water plus some extra. Trail was too rocky for running, keep an eye on your footing. Did this on a Monday and only saw a few others the while trail.

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D C
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Good desert trail for a spring hike, lots of wildflowers. Rocky, uneven narrow trail. Good views on both sides of the mountain. Trail is unmarked, with multiple other trails there not shown on the map.

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Jay Craghan
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Mark Buchanan
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Jay Craghan
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Joyce DeAngelo
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lots of bugs today. too rocky but a great hike

Lynn White
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Hiking

Going up to Pass Mountain Saddle and all of the trail on the other side of the saddles is spectacular! Up and down Bulldog Saddle is nice, but not amazing.

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Breanna Macha
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Loved how it takes you around the entire mountain and you are able to run some of it as well. However the end of the hike isn’t clearly marked so be careful of taking a wrong turn!

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Joseph Luke
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This trail was lightly used. We saw 25 others during our entire hike. Wildflowers were still in bloom. This trail is narrow, Single file walking most of the way. It is a rocky trail, pack your boots. Really enjoyed this trail.

sei glass
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Jay Craghan
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Hiking

Fun loop! I saw zero people on the other side of the saddle. There were fields of lavender colored foxtails with a variety of flowers beginning to bloom. Once you get on the other side of the saddle you can’t hear any city noise it’s was great.

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Dale Rugge
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Hiking

Great loop hike around Pass Mtn on April 3rd. 5.1 miles total. There were still a lot of wildflowers, mostly on the north side of Pass Mtn, but they were 2-3 weeks past their peak. Steep at times climbing up to both saddles.

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Rick Raeder
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Hiking

Great trail not to many people

Andrea Wende Adams
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Sara Pearce
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Hiking

Wildflower season!!

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Paul K Lawhorn
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Did the trail today with friend. Great hike. Good for intermediate and beginners.

Victoria Fontenot
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