Log Corral Trail

4.8/5 (17 reviews)
Fountain Hills, Arizona (Maricopa County)
Last Updated: 07/07/2021

Trail Information


Log Corral Trail is a very challenging off road trail that leads you to the very remote eastern shore of Lake Bartlett. This beautiful trail has something for everyone, hard technical rocky obstacles, water crossings, hill climbs and opportunities to test your flex. The trail follows a very picturesque small creek, climbing up to a high ridge that overlooks Lake Bartlett the ultimate destination. The end of the trail offers a very remote access to camping, fishing and enjoying a great sunset along the lake.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

After reaching the trailhead off of Highway 87, there is ample room to air down and prepare for the trail ahead. The trail follows Log Corral creek and Sycamore creek with several water crossings along the way. A short distance down the creek you will turn sharply northwest and follow the narrowing creek and canyon. Look for the Log Corral trail marker sign at the entrance to the canyon. As you head up the canyon the terrain will get progressively rougher as you reach the most difficult section of the Rock Garden and the Waterfall obstacles. Caution is required here - as body damage and breakage commonly occurs. A good lift, at least 33" tires and lockers are recommended. After completing this section of the trail the road will climb up an uneven trail with lots of opportunities to test your flex. The top of the ridge offers great scenery and a good spot for a lunch break. Once over the ridge you will descend down into a large wash that crosses FR 393 and eventually ends at the shore of Lake Bartlett.
Do not attempt in the rain!!

Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (17)
Rated 4/5
Visited: 11/25/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great little day trail with a diverse range of landscapes. From high desert to lush deciduous forest to high-speed sandy washes to the shores of Lake Bartlett - Log Corral offers it all. By and large, this is a very high-speed trail with only a very small technical section of about 200 yards at waypoint 4. The waterfall obstacle is optional, but there is a mandatory boulder crawl section that can trip up some longer-wheelbase vehicles (see my uploaded photo of the WJ). Recommend something with good articulation. A stock Wrangler Rubicon would be fine on this trail. Once you get past the small rock garden, it's easy cruising with a few sections where you can show off your flex - but by and large, we were pushing 30mph for the majority of the length of the trail.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/28/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun trail
Visited: 04/15/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Came through Log Corral via Back way to Bartlett. Trail was awesome and there was not anyone on the trail. Great scenery and a great time.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/02/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

River crossing, forest to desert. Recommended to definitely go with someone not alone. But overall. This trail is killer. Love it. It is still open. Even after heavy rain. Rivers wasn’t too high but there are some spots that do require attentions.
Official Crew
Visited: 07/07/2021

Arizona National Forests and State Lands are back open for travel. There are still some very important fire restrictions in place. These restrictions can often change by specific areas.

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