Explore the most popular trails near Tonto Hills Subdivision 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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hiking
11 days ago

This trail starts at the very north end of Cave Creek Road at the base of the Tonto National Forest.. Although it was 110 degrees in Phoenix, it is about 8 degrees cooler than in the city. i went on a Saturday morning and had the trail all to myself. There were no trail markings, and I ended up off trail coming back. Thanks to the Alltrails map and GPS I was able to get back on trail fairly quickly. There was no shade until the very end. Disappointed that there was no water at the end of the trail, and, as others have stated, the swarm of bees and wasps kept me from going beyond the boulders. Views were nothing special.

hiking
12 days ago

Short hike, there is shade intermittently, I got 2.8 miles round trip. I was hoping there would be water but no luck today. It was a fun little walk, but with water it will be 100% better. The bees are very active at the area where Falls would be. Saw owls, rabbits.

off road driving
1 month ago

Very simple trail. Final destination at Bridge is nice.

Don’t go here in June. Nothing but flies and wasps. No shade, no flowing water/waterfall. It’s tough to hike on the sand. The sand would probably be great for horses maybe in fall/spring. I’d probably go again in the spring, just because it’s so close by.

Beautiful wash saw deer. No waterfall so dry but lets pray for rain!

nature trips
3 months ago

Easy hike... feels like a movies set because the scene changes so much and it’s so desolate. Really glad we did this hike! Found about a 12” deep pool and gentle fall cascading down the rocks. Still big enough to wade under! Afterword just sat and basked in the sun...

Warning —- lots of bee activity along the trail.

horseback riding
3 months ago

Love this ride for a short 1 1/2 tops ride to the falls and back. Horses can get a drink and you can lunch/snack at the falls. I like the entrance off Cave Creek Road just past the entrance to Tonto National Forest. You catch the Blue Wash here (going east stay to right on trail) and it intersects the Camp Creek Wash at the American Flag. Left to the end where falls are located. Small but easy turn around for trailer. Usually bump into other riders or hikers. Easy on horses feet until near the falls when the rocks appear, but still easy to navigate. You can ride the Maricopa Trail (go right at the intersection) too and it's a beautiful part of the trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice, easy trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Living in Carefree I have logged 5000 miles on my dirt bike on every motor vehicle trail up here and hiked quite a bit. This hike is better from the parking lot under the power lines just before Sears Kay Ruins. You can hike many of the horse trails on the hills or the blue wash trail. I prefer the up and down single track trails better than the sandy washes. If you do come from Camp Creek Wash on Bartlett Dam road you need to stay right once you get towards the end. Another poster made the easy to follow left that took them to the green water coming out of the ground area which is West of Camp Creek. You know your going the wrong way when you see the green rusty poles and foundations used to keep jeeps out of the trail. Plus its very sandy, the camp creek wash has more rocks. The waterfall flows pretty much year round and you can climb past it and hike along the creek if you want. But at some point you need to turn back or you will hit Sears Kay Ranch which is private property.

One of the few hikes close to phoenix that has running creek and water.

Really fun hike. Waterfall was incredible!

hiking
5 months ago

coon creek, not camp. walk up the wash, staying left when there is a choice, EXCEPT when u c the American flag. stay right, near it. There is another trail that comes in from the left wash, by another flag. soon u should c water, gorgeous and amazing.

5 months ago

Multiple trails that seem to end up in the same place. But the trail through the swash is excellent. Waterfall is an unexpected surprise especially during a drought

hiking
5 months ago

This was one of my favorite trail, watch out for the bee though. Once you get to the waterfall, if you can climb to the top there is even more to see beyond.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike. Make sure you make a sharp left and double back just below the flag if you want to see the waterfall. Gravel, rock and sand with a bit of climbing. Several other trails intersect but stick to the wash until the flag.

Trail markers would be nice. It's a long flat sandy hike through a wash and then you get to a small waterfall. Waterfall area is nice and you can climb further up past the waterfall.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful easy family friendly hike. The waterfall was running and we saw a huge tarantula! The trail is not marked at all. Follow the coordinates from the directions link to the trail head. Drop down into the wash and go left following the wash. You’ll see an old car after that it narrows and bends right. Once you come to the American flag turn left and continue to follow the wash. You don’t want to be in there on a day when risk of flash floods is high. Have fun,

Cool local hike. I taught a transformational yoga hike here to 15 adventurous souls. The hike is easy. It rained that night and morning so the falls were going good!

We hiked this trail in September and found water but it was a trickle. So we tried to go further to see if there was more water but the bees and wasps were so bad we had to turn around.

Sand and no water

walking
9 months ago

Walked through sand all the way to then end and no water fall

off road driving
9 months ago

nice views, great trail with a fun end point to hang out. sheep's bridge is nice to camp and such cool little getaway from town.

fun day great beginning trail.. most stock trucks 4x4 real easy going

off road driving
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Scenic drive with many places to camp. We drove in and out in a 4x4 truck... although a small suv, like a Subaru or similar, could make it ok, I recommend a vehicle with a higher ground clearance for the muddier water crossings and some of the worsening sections of the trail. Do not forget to bring extra water in case you get stuck, while there were many people passing along the trail during the day, hardly anyone is out after sunset. We saw various wildlife including javelina, so keep them in mind if you decide to camp overnight or longer. The trip starting from Cave Creek and ending at the Sheep Herders bridge took approximately 3 hours, with various stops for pictures, restroom breaks, etc. I recommend planning for this trip to take at least 6 hours round trip, and that doesn't leave much time for swimming or anything.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

I did the trail as shown on the map. I don't know where all these people saw a waterfall lol I got to the end and there was only a small puddle of green water with a wasp infestation. I did go in June so not sure if that has something to do with it. Be prepared of walking the whole trail in sand.

hiking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The waterfall was running today!

on Blue Wash Trail

Sunday, May 21, 2017

I never found the falls as the trail has no markings that I could find, however I did find the Maricopa trail signs must no waterfall. The flies were bothersome and it's straight sun best part for me was the beginning of the hike. A letdown for me.

off road driving
Friday, May 12, 2017

A lot of nice views.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Bridge is neat. Pretty views. Bump ride not for cars but stock SUV would be fine.

hiking
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Great hike. A little steep and slippy at the start then it's through the wash. Wash is a bit of a workout with the deep sandy gravel and some places are climbing over bigger rocks. But the falls is gorgeous and worth the trip. The kiddos could play there all day!

hiking
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Great day hike. Cool rocks and trees to climb around in. About 1.5 mi in we hit the water and from there to the falls, ware shoes were helpful. The falls were beautiful and perfect for a family adventure!

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