Bulldog Canyon 10

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4.5/5 (39 reviews)
Mesa, Arizona (Maricopa County)
Last Updated: 03/24/2023
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Located within the Bulldog Canyon OHV Recreation Area, FR 10 travels through the Tonto National Forest, offering incredible views of the towering cliffs and rugged canyons that make up the Goldfield Mountains. This area is home to one of Arizona's most infamous legends, the Lost Dutchman's Gold. Countless treasure hunters have explored the countless Sonoran Desert canyons in hopes that one might be hiding that mythical treasure.

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4.5/5 (39)
Rated 1/5
Visited: 10/07/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

We wheeled Bulldog Canyon on Oct 7, 2023. It was about 97º, windy and dry. The trail was 90% rocky and rippled from waypoint 2-11. I was rolling 33"s air'd down to ~20lbs in 4H with the swaybar disconnect button pushed on my JKUR. There were very few scenic moments. I don't want to sound angry, but other than satisfying my curiosity, the trail was underwhelming. I imagine that if you can catch it right after a hard rain, the scenery would be a lot better. There was one challenging rock climb (steep) around waypoint 7. I'm rating it harder because it was a test of patience to endure through to the end.
Rated 2/5
Visited: 08/19/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I ran this trail heading from south to north in a stock JT Rubicon. For how bumpy this road is, there is no sense of achievement on any of the obstacles nor is there anything of interest to explore off the main trail. My main gripe isn't the trail itself, but the amount of inconsiderate sxs riders was significantly higher than any other trail I've been on so far. I'd skip this one and try one of other more scenic and less trafficked trails in the area.
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/09/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I ran this trail in a JLU with a 2.5" lift and 35s. I never once heard any scraping or bumping. You'd be fine going through this trail in a stock Wrangler and probably a 4Runner with decent tires. The canyon has some great views, but it's uncomfortably bumpy up through waypoint 9. It's also not so technical that it gives you any sense of accomplishment, relative to the discomfort. I would consider this a one and done trail, as there are more trails in the area with better views and smoother terrain.
Rated 4/5
Visited: 06/12/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran this south to north this morning. I think this is a good trail for sharpening my off road skills without being too difficult. Very good scenery.
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 04/02/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Ran this from North to South and glad that we did. The hill would have probably turned us around had we needed to go up instead of down. The southern half of the trail is VERY rocky and a bit more technical than the northern half. I had no issues with a 1.5" lift and Milestar XT tires on my R51 Pathfinder. We managed to get a brand new Bronco Sport Badlands through the whole trail with minor bruising underneath. I would say this trail rates higher than the app says. At least a 4.

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