Explore the most popular trails near Forest Lakes with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.



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Good trail! Small waterfall, would be larger after rain or in spring when snow melts.

15 days ago

Beautiful lake, breathtaking views, wonderful hike. Be careful when taking your dogs, there are quite a few off leash dogs at this lake.

Nice looping hike along the lake. Busy place, but worth the drive.

Good loop around the lake. Easy for kids.

22 days ago

This is a really pretty short hike. At the end, you get to see the beginning of the Christopher Creek and a beautiful small waterfall! the whole way there is uphill, then on the way back you get the reward of going down! it's really nice that it is such a short Trail. A car that rides low will not be able to drive all the way to the trailhead. The road is super super rocky and rough. We did it in a minivan and were fine.

Nice easy hike. At the mouth of the spring we challenged our kids to keep their hands in the water as long as they good, it is quite cold.
As some may have previously stated, the toughest part of this trail is getting to it. Pretty rocky. With that said though, we took our Honda Odyssey Up it with six people and it was just fine. Just drive slow and careful.

1 month ago

Went on a Wednesday morning, arrived around 9:00 AM- did not pass one person on the trail! People were on the shore fishing, but didn’t see anyone on the actual hiking path. In shade most of the time. We left around 11:00 AM, right as it started to get pretty warm (85-90). Perfect day for me and my pup!

Think it was really 3.5 but better than 3. WE got there at 8am on a Saturday and it was pleasantly cool at 71 degrees and parked right at the store. The most noise at that time was coming from the baby cranes in the next on the north side of lake. It was quiet but the first half mile of the shore was completely filled with fisherman. Lots of families with little kids :). First 2 miles was flat, easy and not too entertaining (except for the baby cranes in the trees that we spotted). The last 1.7 miles was more interesting with some rocks, switch backs. Wildlife spotting was somewhat disappointing, the cranes, a few osprey and lotsa stellar jays. The last mile was horrific with noise as inconsiderate hikers descended upon the trail carrying loud music, off leash out of control dogs, etc. The lake looked clean and refreshing and we woulda' loved to have been on the lake in the early am before the crowds got there. When we left at 1130 it was a zoo - people double parking, etc. IT was 77 at 1130. Good little 3.7 mile (exacly on my Garmin) hike with little challenge but enough to get you out of the Valley.

Easy hike, great views, lots of shade

1 month ago

One of the most beautiful trails I’ve hiked

1 month ago

Beautiful, easy a great, quick way to get out of the valley of the sun!!

Fun and Beautiful Hike Today❣️Lots of Bald Eagles, people fishing, kayaking...easy trails with some rock hopping. No Fees. Washrooms on site.

We decided to start from Military & took the way that leads away from the rim first... thought it would be better to end on the gorgeous side & it didn’t disappoint! The back road is kind of boring and follows the road so it’s more like a leisurely stroll rather than a hike but once you cross rim road and head towards the rim the magic happens! The views are spectacular! It’s amazing just how far you can see from 7500 ft and it was a crisp 65 degrees. The only downside, & why I only gave it 4 stars, is that there are several spots that aren’t marked and the insane amount of deforestation that is occurring. It’s a shame that such a beautiful area is being cut down.

I wish I could say I loved it but it ended up being an awful day. We started the trail enthusiastic because it had been a few weeks since our last hike. It started out well with a nice breeze to calm the strong sun. First mistake was taking a right at a fork which ended up being the wrong direction (trail not marked well to direct you). Once we finally made it to the lake I was disappointed in the proximity of the trail to the lake. With only rocky access to the water we continued on the trail, where you can’t really see the water, and we wandered off again due to poor markings. At this point I attempted to use the app which led us through a lot of brush... thankfully without a snake encounter! We finally found our way and trekked the last few miles of sand. In the end the trail ended up being 10.5 miles v the 7.8 which would normally be fine but an extra couple hours of being lost left us thirsty.

Beautiful area!

Excellent trail

The weather and water were fantastic. Great trail.

Perfect for the whole family!

trail running
3 months ago

Tough climb for end of long run. Loose rocks on much of the trail.

Amazing loop hike! This place feels like out of AZ with so much greenery.

Beautiful hiking around the lake.

off road driving
4 months ago

Beautiful pine country. Recovering from fire damage in some areas, but still a gorgeous view. My Backroad Song!

Easy and pretty

6 months ago

Second time I made the trip. Absolutely breathtaking views from the Rim.
Beautiful. If you stay on the blue diamond trail then it’s not very difficult. A few areas of the trail have trees blocking and require traversing but otherwise pretty easy.

Finished it pretty quickly. Easy trail and a nice hike.

6 months ago

Easy and BEAUTIFUL. Hardest part was the drive to the trailhead. Rough road but any SUV can do it. Great creek to follow. Goes through an old burn area that has revived so occasional amazing tree sculptures are great photo ops! Definitely worth the drive from Phoenix.

Moderate hike with great views of Woods Canyon Lake throughout the entire hike.

Beautiful in the fall. All the leaves were red and yellow. Pretty good incline halfway through

Not sure if we found the actual trail, but there were a few gates to pass through along a trail that seemed to be where the trailhead was.

Not very difficult (dogs had no problem)...a couple rocky areas to stretch the ankles but overall a nice trail.

Beautiful trail! Last mile kicked my butt!

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