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

great walk. a bit muddy from recent rain.

The trail itself wasn’t bad, pretty messed up from the horses walking through. The trail was full of big rocks also. We got to Scott Reservoir and it was nothing more than a puddle and the ice cave was refreshing. We got most of the way to the ice cave and then it started pouring which was welcome. By the time we got back to the truck we were soaked. All in all it was one for books and a nice get away from the hot Phoenix weather.

The driving directions don't take you to a trailhead. There are better trailhead locations for this trail with easier access. Our hike ended up being 10.4 m. with these directions. If interested only in the ice cave, walk the trail clockwise. Shorter access to it this way.

walking
13 days ago

This was an enjoyable “walk in the woods”. Quite a few people around.

Not a bad trail ( despite all the whiners complaining of bourse ruts , cows etc. it’s nature folks, get over it ) and the cold air coming form the lava tube ( ice cave ) is a welcome addition.
We hiked all the way to the junction with Blue Ridge Trail and then turned back for a total 9 mile round trip.

This is 9.4 miles. Not 8.4. Worth it, but still.

mountain biking
19 days ago

great trail but a little bit hard for me right now still recovering from triple bypass almost 6 months ago. should be killing it in no time.

Nice fairly flat, well marked trail. Saw mountain bikers, other walkers and 2 gals on horses. We added the Pat Mullen trail for some steepness. Disappointed at the top-thought the view would be better. But will do it again.

hiking
26 days ago

nice well marked trail with almost no elevation gain. not much to look at, prefer the Country Club trail. should be rated easy.

Lots of horse and cow poop on the trail. My dog kept trying to eat it. I ran into a heard of cows grazing, and they all started mooing like crazy, sounded like a bunch of triceratops from Jurassic Park. They were so close, i thought they were going to stampede me and my dog; can cows charge at you? Idk, but I booked it outta there just in case. There’s an area by the cows you have to cross, where the trail breaks from the creek, it’s really muddy, I tried to jump it but my shoe ended up getting sucked into the mud. That was fun trying to get out. I then came up to Scott Reservoir expecting to see a lake with water...depressingly no water at all. I thought I saw some, but it could’ve been a mirage. After that I turned back around, everything just looked sad and dry. Only the beginning of the trail had the most greenery.

walking
27 days ago

If you’re looking to get a good walking exercise, this is a good length trail. However I didn’t find it moderate, mostly easy. It’s June, and there is absolutely no water in the creek. Was kinda hoping to see some. There’s these little puddle, water creeks here & there but mainly what the cows drink from. Some open meadows, but not much else to look at.

Good trail. Well marked. Not particularly scenic. Pretty heavily used on this Saturday. We parked a vehicle at the trail head and took another to the Blue Ridge trail head just past the overlook. 4-1/2 mile easy hike, mostly downhill. The only advantage is the proximity to Lakeside.

mountain biking
1 month ago

We took the recommendations of other reviewers and rode this clockwise, glad we did! Had a blast on a long rocky downhill which I can't imagine going up. We chose to take the shortcut which was a long steady uphill which had us huffing and puffing since we weren't use to the elevation. Strava said our ride was 7.5 miles. Saw a lone coyote out there.

We did this trail once as a family, we have 2 kids, 9 & 11 and really enjoyed it. My husband and I did it a second time after some rain. It will be even better once the creek starts running.

hiking
1 month ago

It’s an ok hike. Very minimal incline in a couple areas but mostly flat. I would rate as easy. Not much to see. There was a little bit of water but not much due to lack of rain in the area.

1 month ago

Easy hike. A lot of shade in the afternoon. We went counterclockwise so the first half seemed prettier with the creek crossing (dry this time).Took my 13 yo son that’s isn’t really into hiking and he did well.

Trail was narrow and full of large rocks. There is a stables next door so the trail is full of road apples too. I would rate it moderately hard because of all the rocks. We only hiked into the reservoir because our party found it more difficult than fun.

Fun easy hike. Highly recommend hitting the Pat Mullen Mountain to add some more fun. It’s .5 mile one side (a little steep; beautiful) while you are covering the country club loop.

on Country Club Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Nice little hike through the woods. My favorite part was looking out into the beautiful meadow about 2/3 of the way.

It was a fun quick hike BUT Scotts Reservoir is empty. I hate to see such a beautiful area like this falling apart. If and when the lake gets filled up I would change my opinion. All in all it is a great day hike for all ages

hiking
5 months ago

Easy trail for kids. I have a 17, 15, 14, 11 and 9 year old.

Nice Trail to Ride

This was a nice little hike that we took the first part of February on a beautiful day. We didn’t realize that it was primarily a horse trail, which is fine, however the trail was beat up pretty bad and it was extremely muddy which made it difficult to walk and maneuver around the trail, which sometimes took us off the trail little bit to try to avoid the mud. It may be a better hike during the summer months perhaps, but it was still a nice hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Took a group of kids age 5-14. Hike was more of a walk, not strenuous, and the kids had a great time playing on the frozen creek.

Trail was well marked, a little rocky at some parts and a little over grown past the ice cave.

The trail is not as labeled as other trails in pinetop. The only map we seen was at the start, but the scenery is so grateful and beautiful that you cant help to go off the trail and actually explore. You can follow the stream or climbing the mountain on the other side of the stream. If you get lost 3/4 of the trail is surrounded by houses or roads eventually you'll hit a house or road.

hiking
8 months ago

We took the trail backwards...in the order that we did it, the scenery looked the same through 3/4 of the trail. All the scenic parts were towards the end, so it was a nice way to see it. Good trail to take with kids that are a little older (10+).

this trail was safe interesting !!!

hiking
9 months ago

Nice little hike! We went on a Friday morning and there was not much foot traffic. Our dogs loved the trail!

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