Explore the most popular birding 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.

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

11 days ago

One of the most beautiful trails I’ve hiked

13 days 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.

Beautiful area!

Excellent trail

Perfect for the whole family!

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

Beautiful hiking around the lake.

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.

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.

I dont know that I would bring my kids on this hike as parts of it were quite difficult and only part of the trail was marked with the blue diamonds. Otherwise its a beautiful location and was lots of fun!

8 months ago

Also accessible by taking the 260 to Christopher Creek and turning left opposite the market. Follow the 2 mile long dirt road to the trailhead. Parking lot has vaulted toilet and has trailhead for paths to the rim road (6 mile one way), the See Canyon trail and the See Spring trail.
Camping is not allowed on the trail, however several man made fire rings are dotted along the trail.
My wife and I did this hike today (early November) and the leaves were in full changing of color. Temperature was mid 60’s with light wind and a little overcast. This was a gorgeous and fairly easy trail!

Enjoyable autumn hike. Although there were quite a few people at the lake fishing, we didn’t see many people on Trail.

Started this hike as a happy accident and it was wonderful. There was only one other family on the trail but besides that it was just the two of us. Amazing views of the lake, forest, and animals such as elk, squirrels and chipmunks.

9 months ago

Great views with a creek. Cool little ways to cross the creek. A few areas it starts going uphill which was a little hard for short legs. Brought 5 & 6 year old. We made it 3/4 of way to the end. Leaves were changing which was cool and a few areas with big rocks and nice scenery.

Short mile up and back off the See Canyon trail. Beautiful and serene not another person in sight on a Saturday. Perfect way to relax by the water.

Only rated it low because the trail has no markings at all. Had to use my phone the entire time, till the battery died. Would probably be beautiful in the spring, but fall time the water is all dried up. Still beautiful back in there though.

A nice well-trafficked trail around the lake. Parking can be an issue during the weekends. Dog-friendly.

Per AZ Game & Fish, April 1st through August 31st a portion of the trail is closed and rerouted due to bald eagle nesting (SW portion of the trail) which you can catch a glimpse of from the opposite side of the lake, bring your binoculars.

Lots of campgrounds in the area ensures some congestion during peak times/seasons. Camp store and boat/kayak rentals as well.

Loved this hike so much. Nature was all around and so inviting.

Pretty easy hike. If you follow the blue diamonds it's about a 5 1/2 mile hike around the lake. Very picturesque. We saw elk s soon as we got off the trail.

11 months ago

I took the advice of some other hikers and started on the west side. We saw the eagles about half mile in! And then for an added bonus saw some mule deer grazing in a meadow towards the end of the trail. I did the trail with 2 kids age 5 and 7, it was a stretch for them but the first portion is the difficult part and then it levels off to a glorified walk in the woods.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Very nice Trail which is well-marked, shady and beautiful. Parking is free and there is additional parking lot a few steps before the entrance.
Will do it again.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

I chose to backpack in the canyon instead of on the top. We started at willow springs lake boat ramp and came out at the south end of chevelon canyon lake. This is one of AZs prettiest places. It's hard as hell and we logged almost 40 miles from end to end. The scenery is gorgeous. Water is available for about 95% of the trail. I say trail but mostly it was game trails we navigated. Lots of water crossings too! I would definitely do it again.

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