Bulldog Canyon FR 10

Mesa, Arizona (Maricopa County)

Last Updated: 07/07/2021
4.7 / 5 ( 17 reviews )
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Status:
Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 14.86 miles
Highest Elevation: 2221 feet
Duration: About 3 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Mesa
Nearest Town w/ Services: Mesa
Official Road Name: FR10, FR3554
Management Agency: Mesa Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Bulldog Canyon FR 10
Bulldog Canyon is part of the "Great Western Trail" in Arizona, traveling through the Tonto National Forest's Goldfield Mountains and the Sonoran Desert. It offers incredible views of the nearby Superstition Mountains and is home to some of Arizona's most infamous legends, like the Lost Dutchmen Gold. At one time, the Bulldog Mine was one of the richest gold mines in the country but has now been reclaimed by the desert. The Goldfield Mountain area is littered with towering cliffs and rugged canyons that are a welcome break from the flat desert valley. You can hike for years in the many unmarked canyons that litter the region. Who knows what you might find out there. The Salt River Recreation areas and Saguaro Lake are nearby to help you cool off in the warmer months. Be sure to have a free Bulldog Canyon Pass to access and enjoy the vast OHV area and a Tonto Pass to park at the recreation sites.

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Waypoints

1. Trail Head / Wolverine Gate (0 mi)
After navigating through the neighborhood, you will encounter the large steel gated entrance called Wolverine Pass. You must enter the four digit monthly code provided on the permit. Travel north on FR 10. Please be sure to properly secure the gate and lock after entering the area. Please note that you must stay on the designated trails only. Do not travel off the main marked trails, the area is in constant threat of closure because of off trail riding.

Directions to Trailhead

Obtaining a permit: This can be done at the Mesa Ranger Station located at 5140 E. Ingram Street, Mesa, AZ, 85205. Phone # 480-610-3300, or at the link provided here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/passes-permits/other/?cid=stelprdb5348179. The following information was derived directly from the USDA Bulldog Canyon Off-Highway Vehicle Area information packet. NORTH ENTRANCE: From Mesa, travel east for 7 miles on the Superstition Freeway (US 60) to Power Road/Bush Hwy/Forest Road (FR) 204 and turn north. Follow Bush Hwy. for approximately 13 miles to the FR 10 junction with FR 2014 west of the bridge at Blue Point Recreation Site. SOUTH ENTRANCE: From Mesa, travel 15 miles east on the Superstition Freeway to the Idaho Street exit. Follow Idaho Street north 4.5 miles to McKellips. Turn right on McKellips and travel 1/2 mil to the Wolverine Pass Road and turn left. Follow it for 7/8 mile and turn right on Tonto Road. Travel north on Tonto Road for 1/4 mile to Cactus and turn left. Follow Cactus to McDowell Road and follow it to the FR 10 gate.

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Land Use Issues

This beautiful and diverse environment is gated for a reason. It has long been used for recreation, target shooting and mining. Target shooting and off trail riding have made some of this areas largest impact on the environment, driving the need for the locked gates. Please do your part and remove any and all trash you encounter to help insure this beautiful area stays accessible to 4x4 vehicles. To learn more ways how you can help please Visit TRAL

Trail Reviews (25)

Questions & Answers (3)

Q: link to TRAL in the "Land Use Issues" section is incorrect. Correct link to them is now https://www.tralaz.org FYI. Thx!
–Chuck Reynolds (12/22/2021)
–Bobby Nelson (12/23/2021)
Q: Couldn’t upload to Gaia GPS. It told me to leave feedback
–Kyle (04/30/2021)
–Bobby Nelson (05/01/2021)
Q: I downloaded the track for FR 10 and it doesn't include any waypoints.
–Todd (01/25/2019)
–Bobby Nelson (01/26/2019)

Writer Information

Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

While living in the Midwest, I developed a passion for searching out new trails and hidden spots. That passion continues to this day in the beautiful southwestern United States. My wife and I are full-time RVers who travel from region to region exploring every nook and cranny we can find. While we're getting to know the locals, we gain insight into these areas, then passing on that knowledge onto our subscribers. We truly enjoy traversing long, beautiful back-country routes with epic campsites, but we equally enjoy pushing the limits on difficult rock crawling trails. Our rig was built to do everything and that's what we hope to share with our subscribers. Please visit our website https://www.xploremor.net to follow us and for opportunities to join us on our adventures. You can also view our vast video library on YouTube XPLOREMOR. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqvpVThlbR-IwMLX4tlRRcg
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