Heading east out of Apache Junction on the N. Apache Trail, Highway 88, the First Water Road trailhead is on the right-hand side just after entering the Tonto National Forest. The trail is maintained and can be easily handled in a 2wd pickup truck or SUV, but something low clearance like a sedan is not recommended. The trail runs 2.25 miles to the First Water hiking trailhead, where hikers have their choice of 15 hiking trails. Due to Forest Order 03-12-03-22-34, camping is prohibited along the entire route, until at least January 12, 2026.
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