hiking
closed
3 days ago

Peralta Road CLOSED for Sawtooth Fire operations.

5-31-20 Beautiful Sunrise Hike! Don’t forget your Tonto Pass and park just a little further down the road from trailhead.....washrooms on site! Views are spectacular of the Salt River at a distance...Don’t miss the Mine, Enjoy!!

Beautiful

This trail was my all time favorite. The drive there was awful, but that may have been just because I get carsick and was riding in an infinity suv. I crossed many cool streams, creeks, and rivers. The trees and plants were so green and beautiful. I only went to the first swimming hole, and apparently there are more. I went in May, and the water was a little chilly, but refreshing. The surrounding rock structure was stunning.

hiking
no shade
4 days ago

It does seem long for only about 4ish miles each direction. Went when it was fairly hot and stopped to help multiple people struggling with heat exhaustion. Bring LOTS of water and maybe some electrolytes. Be careful, we thought it would be a price of cake and it’s more difficult especially in the heat. But the crack was beautiful but busy. Please keep your dogs at home when it’s 100+ degrees, it’s sad I have to say that but saw 3 or 4 dogs on the trail.

hiking
no shade
rocky
4 days ago

Beautiful. We only did about half the trail and just stopped and swam.

Completed this trail May 20, 2020. The hike was not too difficult. The view is breathtaking. The river was cold.

backpacking
bugs
4 days ago

Did this last year on my birthday. Sept 2019, It is an east hike going in, just long since its about 10miles. Just make sure u have enough water and start early to avoid heat exhaustion. We started hiking in and out before 4am and had no problem.

hiking
4 days ago

Went in early spring when the creek was flowing. Took Dragonfly to Spur Cross. Beautiful diverse terrain if you do the whole thing - wildflowers, cacti, grasses, snakes, birds, creek to splash in. Go during the week to avoid crowds.

Nice trail with some shade, very busy with bikes and some walkers. I saw lots of wild life like bunnies, lizards, birds and etc

Gorgeous trail. In warm weather, hike up through the creek instead of on the side trail.

paddle sports
4 days ago

Make this trip every August. Easy and fun, perfect length and we always spot wild horses and birds.

Paved walk along the rim then down an easy trail to the well, cave and along a beautiful shady 1000 year old irrigation system.

Very fun easy trail all the way to where you hike.

running
4 days ago

As a more experienced hiker, I would definitely rate this at the low end of “moderate”. The first 1.3 miles or so are where the views are. As you get further, you’re mostly in trees and brush, lots of shade! Makes for a pretty good running trail. The end of this trail is pretty anticlimactic, you have to just turn around unless you want to take the time to go up finger rock. Didn’t have the time this morning but definitely will do another day.

ohv/off road driving
off trail
private property
rocky
4 days ago

Great road, especially early morning. Moderate in difficulty, would be easy but there are 4 spots with obstacles that require 4x4. There is a sandy wash with some rocks, lots of trees. Decent on pinstripes, nice climb toward the end into 5000 feet high golden grass desert. Comes out on main dirt road back to the highway

hiking
blowdown
snow
5 days ago

Just finished the Baldy loop. We started on the east trail and hiked in about 7 miles and stayed the night right at the base of the peak. There were lots of snow patches and some access to water on the way up. Lots of downed trees on both the east and west trail. Some could be navigated around but most could not. The west trail had lots of water most of the entire length. Obviously going down made the west trail easier, until you get to the crossover. Be prepared to deal with some switchbacks, not terribly difficult, but you are pretty worn out by the time you get to the crossover and those last 3.5 miles seem to drag. I packed 4 liters of water and that was way too much considering the access to the stream; next time i will pack two liters. Some in our group didn’t even bother with filtering it. Mount baldy wilderness is some of the prettiest country in the state. Definitely recommend this hike - end of May is a perfect time. I would consider it difficult especially if doing it with a pack.

Unbelievable beauty waiting at every bend of the trail. It may be an Easy trail but anything but boring!

hiking
rocky
5 days ago

Nice and easy trail. Be sure to end the trail near Buddha beach and bring a picnic! Such a lovely area to soak your feet and chill after your hike. :) The trail begins behind the parking lot. Dog friendly trail

hiking
5 days ago

Hiked this trail yesterday. Parking lot was open, but completely full by 9am on a Saturday. The trail was crowded and tons of people at the final waterfall and swimming area. Beautiful hike, moderately difficult because you have to climb over rocks. My five year old did it with help, but we had to carry the two year old in a pack; it was too difficult for her.

Super beautiful trail.. take into account you’ll double the time going up. If you made it down there in 2 hrs, you’ll make it back up in 4. Initially thought to go all the way down the river but time was crucial for a day of hike without camping. There are 2 rest houses with water and the rangers cabin after the garden- 1.5 miles before the plateau. Beautiful views of the Canyon. There’s no shade on the 1.5 mile hike to the plateau.

Great scenery.

Trail easy to follow. It’s 16 miles round trip from the parking lot. Not sure why everything says 14. Creek is perfect and runs for the first 4.5 miles. We saw a black bear about 2 miles in about 100’ from the trail. Not aggressive but closely watched us. we’ll be careful for camping. Also good to keep dogs on a leash here.

absolutely the best hike I've ever been on. it is definitely hard but so much fun and when u finish u feel like u can conquer any trail lol. will def do it again.

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