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Gems in Tonto National Forest - 2

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gem Favorite This is just a sampling of the hieroglyphics you'll see along the trail.

Hieroglyphs

(21) Apache…, AZ
gem Favorite Cliff jumpers take advantage of the scenery for excellent action shots (we saw one person jump from the top of the waterfall)

Fossil Creek Falls

(16) Pine, AZ

Recommended Routes in Tonto National Forest - 25

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Favorite Along the Peralta Canyon Trail, you'll have a spectacular view of the mountains behind you as you're on your way to Weaver's Needle.
Intermediate/Difficult

Peralta Out and Back

4.5 mi 7.2 km 1,338' Up 407.81 m Up 1,337' Down 407.66 m Down

Gold Camp, AZ
Favorite Dawn from the top of Flatiron Trail
Difficult

Superstition Ridgeline

11.2 mi 18.1 km 3,431' Up 1045.89 m Up 3,286' Down 1001.49 m Down

Apache…, AZ
Favorite Along the Peralta Canyon Trail, you'll have a spectacular view of the mountains behind you as you're on your way to Weaver's Needle.
Difficult

Weavers Needle Loop

12.7 mi 20.4 km 2,643' Up 805.52 m Up 2,637' Down 803.87 m Down

Gold Camp, AZ
Favorite This is just a sampling of the hieroglyphics you'll see along the trail.
Intermediate

Hieroglyphic Trail #101

3.0 mi 4.8 km 571' Up 174.16 m Up 571' Down 173.96 m Down

Apache…, AZ
Favorite Cliff jumpers take advantage of the scenery for excellent action shots (we saw one person jump from the top of the waterfall)
Difficult

Fossil Springs Trail

8.7 mi 14.0 km 1,426' Up 434.7 m Up 1,426' Down 434.76 m Down

Pine, AZ
Favorite Peralta Canyon Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

Miners Needle Loop

8.5 mi 13.6 km 1,190' Up 362.85 m Up 1,220' Down 371.9 m Down

Gold Camp, AZ
Favorite It's a gorgeous view from the top of the Black Mesa Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

Second Water/Black Mesa/Dutchman Loop

9.3 mi 14.9 km 994' Up 302.89 m Up 994' Down 303.06 m Down

Apache…, AZ
Favorite From the peak looking South.
Difficult

Picket Post Mountain Trail

4.3 mi 7.0 km 1,957' Up 596.36 m Up 1,957' Down 596.36 m Down

Superior, AZ
Favorite The Four Peaks segment of the AZT offers great views of Theodore Roosevelt Lake.
Difficult

Four Peaks

12.4 mi 19.9 km 2,074' Up 632.12 m Up 2,074' Down 632.16 m Down

Tonto B…, AZ

Tonto National Forest Running

  • 1,299 Miles 2,090 Kilometers of Trail
  • 25 Recommended Routes
  • 2 Gems Gems
  • 11 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 94 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 27 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Tonto National Forest - 107

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2.4 mi 3.9 km #1Siphon Draw Trail #53
Difficult
Apache Junction, AZ
Difficult
Apache Junction, AZ 44 
8.0 mi 12.9 km #2Superstition Ridgeline Trail
Very Difficult
Apache Junction, AZ
Very Difficult
Apache Junction, AZ
6.2 mi 10.0 km #3Peralta Canyon Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Gold Camp, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Gold Camp, AZ 13 
1.5 mi 2.4 km #4Wind Cave Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Apache Junction, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Apache Junction, AZ 20 
2.7 mi 4.4 km #5Butcher Jones Trail #463
Intermediate
Apache Junction, AZ
Intermediate
Apache Junction, AZ
14.0 mi 22.6 km #6AZT - Passage 24 - Red Hills
Difficult
Payson, AZ
Difficult
Payson, AZ
3.9 mi 6.4 km #7200 Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Payson, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Payson, AZ
21.8 mi 35.0 km #8AZT - Passage 23 - Mazatzal Divide
Intermediate/Difficult
Tonto Basin, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Tonto Basin, AZ
1.7 mi 2.8 km #9Bluff Springs Mountain
Intermediate/Difficult
Gold Camp, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Gold Camp, AZ
17.5 mi 28.1 km #10Davenport Trail #89
Difficult
Payson, AZ
Difficult
Payson, AZ

Photos of Tonto National Forest - 220

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Dawn from the top of Flatiron Trail
Jan 25, 2020 near Apache…, AZ
The saddle above Flatiron Trail, lit by the city, about 2:30AM. For me, the moment the camera earned its pack weight.
Jan 25, 2020 near Apache…, AZ
Moonbow on way up Carney slope.
Jan 25, 2020 near Apache…, AZ
Moonbow halfway up the initial Carney Spring climb.
Jan 25, 2020 near Apache…, AZ
Along the Peralta Canyon Trail, you'll have a spectacular view of the mountains behind you as you're on your way to Weaver's Needle.
Apr 19, 2017 near Gold Camp, AZ
The Four Peaks segment of the AZT offers great views of Theodore Roosevelt Lake.
Mar 27, 2017 near Tonto B…, AZ
Peralta Canyon Trail.
Oct 12, 2016 near Gold Camp, AZ
Looking West
Nov 5, 2021 near Tonto B…, AZ