Sycamore Creek Pretzel Run is a 11 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Fort McDowell, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

11.0 miles
1,095 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash




horseback riding

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving


wild flowers


washed out

Sycamore Creek is lots of fun, can haul butt in the wide sandy bottom creek bed. There is an easier way in, this is the hard way, and you come out further North on the 87 than any other Sycamore Creek run starting at Bush Hwy that I've seen. . The Pretzel is a 1/4 mi challenge that circles from the Sycamore creek bed around an impassable pile of boulders. From there, can connect to fr 1851 to Srv Rd 402 to hwy 87.

off road driving
4 days ago

A little of everything on this trail! It won’t disappoint.

off road driving
27 days ago

Nice and easy trail for the most part. only one area it get a bit tricky. Nice views as well. I would do it again. Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4.

1 month ago

so much fun, plenty of terrain from easy to expert.

2 months ago

Fun trail and challenging run at night. Without the full moon, you can get lost easy. Ended up back on the South side, instead of on the North side of the trail.

Lots of rocky areas in some dried out wash areas. Use caution in these areas. Air down tires is recommended. Initially started to record at the beginning of my journey but ended up, clearing the recording. It took way longer to get back, than anticipated.

Everything after FR-1847 is a blur and I wound up on FR-403, back to FR-1847 South and out the Bush Highway entrance, where I started.

Would be nice to run this with someone who, knows where to go at night or day? Ha ha. Contact me at (tacomarich), if you are a fellow, Tacoma wheeler (4x4) and want to go wheeling?

Use caution, when night wheeling. I got lost at the big, boulders area. I couldn't find FR-1851, or Srv Rd 402!

Must have gotten really off course because of all the pin stripes, from the overgrowth of trees, plants etc...

Will have to run again, in the daytime or night again. If someone would be kind, to donate a set of LEDs? 4x4 highly recommended.

off road driving
2 months ago

Fun, easy trail with some great views and a few obstacles to test your climbing skills .

off road driving
11 months ago

Downloaded the GPX for this run. Seen it on a couple of other websites. The first 1/3 of the trail was packed with people staging their UTV's and dirt bikes along with scores more people who utilize the area for target shooting off the main trail. We made it to the river bed with some people camping and more UTV's. Stay to the right. Tons of off chute trails to go down. It offers tons of winding sandy road. There was only 1 uphill climb that was a little sketchy but with the proper line, not an issue. Overall, made it in and out within 1hr.

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