Bring plenty of water, especially during the hotter months, as on-trail water sources become limited. I highly recommend. It was my 1st time hiking completely around Weaver’s Needle. But don't forget your compass! The Coconino National Forest roads and trails are emasculate. Completely surrounded by the nearly three-million-acre Tonto National Forest, with pine-forested slopes, spring-fed creeks, and box canyons, the quiet town makes an excellent base for hiking. Dogs are permitted in the national forest. There is hiking, camping, water activities, etc. Not one for the summer months. Snakes - saw 2 Arizona Black Rattlesnakes on different parts of the trail. Our service project will focus on much-needed recovery efforts on wilderness trails in the Eastern Superstition Mountains. If you are hiking the Tonto National Forest you must pick up this book. We love AZ, and we will do this drive again when we get back out there. Great fall or winter hike with a young family. It wasn’t difficult at all my dog and I made it with simplicity. It was very quiet and made the hike even more enjoyable. The last mile or so to the top, has some hand over hand climbing involved that will make many hikers uneasy. The waterfall was flowing which was cool. The 2020 Sears Fire scorched part of the Deer Flat area of Tonto National Forest northeast of Phoenix, but hiking there still has great scenic value. The hike is medium/moderate and well travelled. Whether you want to do-it-yourself or join a guided trip, the recreation page contains many options for making the most of your visit to the park. It took us much longer than by using I-10 and I-17, but it was such a beautiful drive on State Highway 188. Accessible all year. Phoenix, Arizona, is the gateway to the \"urban\" Tonto National Forest, which boasts landscapes ranging from cactus-strewn desert to forested mountains. Finished the whole thing in about 4 hours. The rest of the year, the Highline Trail in the Payson district provides lengthy legs and many variations for multi-day backpacking trips. We did this hike on 2/16/19 and the trailhead was open. Overall easy and fun!! We went through many parts of this Forest, and saw much diverse scenery. Beautiful trail one hour drive from Phoenix. 8 people found this helpful. Poison ivy - plenty of this seen along creek banks. Nice and cool 65 degrees. The national forest includes eight wilderness areas and both high and low country, making it easy to find cooler temps at higher elevations in the summer, and winter-friendly hiking trails down low. Workman Creek Falls - Sierra Ancha Wilderness, Tonto National Forest. A stock suv with better tires is totally fine. Hiking Trails, Scenic Drives, Horseback Riding Tours. Water everywhere - flowing creeks and springs. Trailhead Traveler’s Recommended Hikes in Tonto National Forest. ★. View my Landscape photography at: Nothing too strenuous and lots of beauty. I've hiked thousands of miles in Arizona over the years but at only 7ish miles (round trip), this is the most difficult hike I've ever done in Arizona. Extraordinary and an amazing experience. climbing and large rocks on trail but the views are fantastic, Fremont Saddle Loop via Peralta Canyon Trail, Mark’s Montana Mountain Ride: Upper Tank, Queen Valley to Reavis Trail Canyon, Pinal County, AZ, USA, New River to Cave Creek (12/2/20, 10:32:44AM), Back way to Mount Ord - Partial (4/12/20), Superstition Mountains Queen Valley 4/2/20 9:07:03 AM. We stayed over an hour just browsing the exhibits. Better choice for a weekday than mid-day Saturday. Tonto National Forest, where the clash took place, is the largest in Arizona at more than 2.9 million acres. Absolutely beautiful hike. Phoenix, Arizona, is the gateway to the "urban" Tonto National Forest, which boasts landscapes ranging from cactus-strewn desert to forested mountains. 3.0 out of 5 stars More overnighters than casual day hikes. Lunch in Cave Creek was great. Going back to make the summit in a couple days though! Three weeks ago, we drove from Tucson to Flagstaff, taking the scenic back route. Explore a National Treasure! In early June of 2019, the Woodbury fire burned more than 123,000 acres of the Superstition Mountains in Tonto National Forest. Such a variety of scenery and history, I did not expect. For more information visit the Hours & Seasons page. Spend days on end hiking, biking, and ATVing through the backcountry wilderness of Tonto National Forest. This was my first hike in AZ and it was very challenging. This is a great quick trail not to difficult at all the scenery is nice not mind blowing but a good fast paced heart rate raising hike kinda rocky in certain parts lots of sand so be aware of that great leg pump lol. Nice out and back hike with a lot of climbing. We traveled from Tonto Basin AZ, trailering our UTV’s 90 miles to the AZ Rim. This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in the United States. We brought a filter and so had plenty to drink. We did it with a jeep Beautiful ride I must do and also a Badge of Honor, for Jeep, 10-18 trail is open all the way from Cave Creek FR24 to FR41 to I17/W. High clearance and 4wd a must. I would not advise this hike in the rain! 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We stopped on many occasions to sample the bounty of the Tonto Basin, much like the ancient Salado would have. Hiking up to the Wave Cave in the Superstition Mountains Tonto National Forest. Great hike to bring your dog with. Watch water level and prepared to be out ALL DAY. Lots of sand and ruts. Going to the cabin means 20+ water crossings, all easy wades. Just two other hikers ahead of me. Water crossings - the rocks weren’t super slick but any time you cross it can be dangerous. Jan 25, 2020 near Apache…, AZ. hotter than up in the forest. It's about like Flatiron, but a little less dramatic. Take water, food and sunscreen. Started to late in the day and only made it just up the granite rock past the waterfall. The bouncing is totally worth the drive because sheep’s bridge is awesome. ★. Helpful. It's like having a hiking buddy who's been there before and knows the way in your backpack. Learn more here. Water crossings could be high/deep after recent rains. Tonto National Forest. L. L. Ward. Scramble to the tunnel but the rest was pretty easy, for the most part! Jan 25, 2020 near Apache…, AZ. Took narrow side trails and exited on Beeline highway. the Deer Flat area of Tonto National Forest northeast of Phoenix, but hiking there still has great scenic value. When the dry creek bed meets the southern boundary fence between the Tonto National Monument and National Forest land, we are at the hiking trail "half-way point". Close to nobody on the trail. Beautiful views, cactus were in bloom. You can find more information here or call the local ranger station for most current availability. The forest road out to sheep’s bridge is a rocky road. Well worth the hike! The view down the canyon with setting sun is excellent. Table Mesa Road...all is passable! Semi full moon. Parts of the Tonto National Forest remain closed through at least the end of the month due to currently active wildfires and high fire danger. The 3,300 foot elevation accounts for the mild temperatures that are ideal for camping, mountain biking in the Coconino National Forest, hiking along the Verde River, canoeing, picnicking, fishing, or just wading in the cool water. Awesome Trail...there was no water in the river yet...I miss that part...another month or two there will be :D. Good hike along old unused 4WD road and then along the newer 4WD road to the top. It was a very demanding hike through dry river beds; up canyon wall; and returning back down. You have to mind your footing and the trail is rocky. This was probably the most technical trip with the guys yet. Track (3/26/20, 12:48:51PM) Butcher Jones OHV- via popercito entrance. Miles of hiking and equestrian trails in this area allow access to beautiful scenery and the Superstition Wilderness, a 160,000-acre landscape of rugged desert plants, haunting canyons and dramatic volcanic upthrusts. This was also the only hike I’ve been on when I didn’t meet a single person on the trail. Great variety of terrain. Went with our rock club, we are extremely lucky to have a husband/wife geologist team! This hike has zero redeeming qualities, just a long walk across a boulder strewn, cow pie riddled, thorny wasteland. Well worth it. There are some very technical areas of you wish such as The Waterfall but you can bypass. A part of the trail goes along the Arizona Trail, making it fun to dream about taking a much longer walk. Great off-roaring trail. About 1 hour to the hwy. There are many turnouts, picnic area, campgrounds, fishing spots, etc. You will cross the river about 5 times. My quaranteam and I went on a hike to find the Salt River Wild Horses in Tonto National Forest. Jan 25, 2020 near Apache…, AZ. We clocked about 12 miles and took us about 2.5 hours in a lifted JKU with 33s. Some things to watch out for: Worked great!! Lots of water, snow and elevation changes! Super easy. The bridge stands 183 feet high over a 400-foot long tunnel that measures 150 feet at its widest point. Make sure you have a high clearance vehicle and or someone to help guide you through certain parts. The waterfall trail is wonderful, a fairly steep climb down, then a manmade wooden bridge takes you to a tunnel with water cascading from above, after the bridge ends, some … Enjoyed the desert scenery. But still a great drive! Fantastic vistas of Weaver’s Needle and Battleship Mountain. Remember, going down is much more difficult then going up. Great hike. More than 14,000 acres of the forest he died in was consumed by wildfire on the day of his death, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Tonto National Monument provides a place to explore and learn about a unique part of America's heritage. ★ I arrived early, just after 7am. Yellow Peak Loop via Dutchman Trail #104 and Black Mesa Trail #241, Horton Spring Loop via Horton Creek Trail #285 and Highline Trail #31, Best Hiking Trails in Tonto National Forest. ★ In early June of 2019, the Woodbury fire burned more than 123,000 acres of the Superstition Mountains in Tonto National Forest. For information on getting to Tonto National Monument, visit the Directions page. Miner's lettuce and peppergrass could find a place at the local salad bar! Sad sight but a very pleasant trail. Wasn’t crowded at all. Awesome trail. The waterfall trail is wonderful, a fairly steep climb down, then a manmade wooden bridge takes you to a tunnel with water cascading from above, after the bridge ends, some people continue & scramble over rocks to get a closer look, and take some great pics! It was chilly and a tiny bit of snow was falling. From October through April each year, urban dwellers take advantage of cooler temperatures and enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, rock climbing and scenic driving throughout the surrounding Tonto National Forest. We took our dogs and so only hiked to the saddle and enjoyed views of the peak. You should find the trail in great shape. Superstition and Four Peaks Wilderness Areas [Tonto National Forest] (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map, 851) by National Geographic Maps | Jan 1, 2019 4.3 out of 5 stars 44 We rode through the forest from Holbrook down to Phoenix. Terrain better than most for their paws. Also had a lot of quail and rabbits. Not a hike. It's not hard driving, just scenic with lots of cactus and rolling desert views. First trip with new tires and lift kit. There are six National Forests in Arizona, and this one is the largest. Hello friends! Those more adventurous types can rappel the falls. 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