Edward’s Park, FR 422, is a rocky, aggressive, out-and-back trail in Tonto National Forest. It begins at an intersection with Four Peaks, FR 143, northwest of Four Peaks Pass. Unlike the easy drive to the top of Four Peaks, this trail immediately gets difficult with loose rock, washouts, steep hill climbs, descents, and off-camber tracks. The loop at the north end is steep, off-camber, and deteriorated.
Edward’s Park has seasonal stream crossings and offers views of Bull Mountain and Edward’s Peak, among others. Occasionally, there's a peek of Roosevelt Lake and the surrounding Tonto Basin to the east.
The road is also a segment of the Arizona Trail, a hiking trail covering over 800 miles from the Mexican border north to the Utah state line. Be kind to any hikers you see. They have a long way to go.
There are multiple dispersed campsites on this trail. Most will accommodate a few vehicles and have rock fire rings. These are great sites, well off of the beaten path, with pine trees providing a small slice of shade from the Arizona sun.
While this is not a “rock crawling” trail, it is aggressive. A lift and good off-road tires are recommended.
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