Bulldog Canyon FR 10

Mesa, Arizona (Maricopa County)

Last Updated: 05/01/2021
4.7 / 5 ( 13 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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Route Information

Technical Rating:
( MODERATE )

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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

Trailhead Coordinates: 33.467455, -111.530951
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.

Camping

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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 (19)

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Status: Open
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Ran the trail with a group of WK2s (Jeep Grand Cherokees) mostly stock. The vehicles without the ELSD had to take a few tries at some of the hills due to loose rocks etc but everyone made it through each obstacle. the most challenging obstacle was on the way out (we entered from N. Bush) Highway) on a downhill that had some deep ruts and some off-camber spots that made our non-suspension vehicles teeter totter in a few places. Just take it slow and you should have no issue. No one had any issues in the sand but one of the party developed a small leak as they got some sand wedged in between the the bead and tire. All in all amazing views and we ran it in some rain so it made it even better.

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Status: Open
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Entered at the South entrance and had a great time. Amazing views. Although we had quite a bit of traffic heading south I recommend going north on this trail. A few challenging spots and FUN!

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Status: Open
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Love this trail

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Status: Open
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This trail was the first one we did in our New 2020 JL Stock and was in need of break in and get our Arizona Pin Strip. We entered Usery Pass to Bulldog and exit out Wolverine Gate. It was a fun evening trip with the kiddos and about a 10mile trip with a beautiful thunder storm rolling. . Come Follow along on instagram @crush_jlu_az

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
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Tonto National Forest has been temporarily closed because of extreme fire conditions. This is a link to the official closure notice https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD759503

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Status: Open
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Entered off Usery pass and exited on Bush hwy by bridge. Hiked up EJ Peak/Lone mountain first and then drove in. Saw a few deer down in the canyon area. Short video that shows a hill about halfway through.

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Status: Open
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First time on this trail, I definitely would NOT consider this trail easy. I have a stock '05 Tundra which handled it well, a little rough at times with huge ruts and lots of sharp rocks. There is one hill that was a little tricky as it was in bad shape but with a quick look and a plan in place all went well. This trail, in its current condition, I rate as moderate. Lots of fun and beautiful but in need of repair.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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The Tonto National Forest has changed how you get your Bulldog permit. You have to go online and purchase one for $6.00. The new cost is for maintaining that new function online. Do not go to the ranger station to get one, they do not have them there. Remember to be respectful and always close and lock the gate when visiting the area.

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Status: Open
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Great easy trail run. There we only one spot that required any real thought. We came in on FR 3554 (Point 11) and entered the trail at Point 10. There's a small hill that was a little tricky but not to bad. This was the only hard spot I found. There are many great camping spots on this trail. I'd make sure you look at the weather and make sure that you don't get caught up in a thundershower. I'm sure the canyon floor will flood quickly. Great trail and lots of good scenery.

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Status: Open
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We did this in a rental Wrangler while we were visiting Mesa for a week. Really neat trail with lots of beautiful scenery. Pretty easy trail with a few slightly tricky spots.

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Status: Open
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This is a great 1/2 day trip. We entered FR3554 from Usery Pass then headed south on FR10. Got a little challenging for me in some spots but mostly because it was my first time out with my Jeep Wrangler. It started out easy with driving through the sanding trail. It wasn’t until further in it got a little steep with some rocks to maneuver over or around. This was when I put her in 4x4 and with going slow I surprised myself and handled it like a champ! So much fun!!! I took my 10 year old daughter and we had a great time together! I will enjoy this trail again!

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Status: Open
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Bulldog Canyon FR10 was the first place I brought my new Jeep Rubicon to test her out. This is a really fun road to drive, very easy with the proper vehicle. I switched from a Jeep Grand Cherokee that was relatively 4x4 capable with the air-ride system. Even though I think it would make it there’s plenty on this road that I wouldn’t have been comfortable attempting with my Grand Cherokee. The Rubicon tackled everything with zero resistance and filled me with a ton of off-road confidence behind the wheel. Nothing too serious on this road, lot’s of boulders a few minor obstacles but nothing to worry about. There is one steep hill with some large boulders but simple to power up it. Could experience some minor pin-stripping along the way but again nothing too serious, the trail is in pretty good condition with vegetation. Keep your eyes peeled out here though as there’s a lot of other people on this road including motorcycles and smaller ATVs. One of the exits going south out to Usery Pass Road has some deep sand that could be a problem for some people so keep that in mind before you exit via that route. Overall a really fun road that is close to home with some cool hiking opportunities providing access to canyons, arches and other cool desert features.

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Status: Open
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We headed out to do a trail inspection run today on FR10 and neighboring FR1356. Back in 2017 the Copperstate 4 Wheelers worked with the Tonto National Forest to make some trail repairs. Overall, the trail looks great. There was little to no trash however I did educate some other OHV users on the open areas on the map and staying out of closed areas. Bulldog is our adopt a trail so we will be making frequent runs out that way throughout the year.

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Status: Open
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We took the trail starting at Wolverine Gate and ended at Usery Pass. It was all open and we didn't encounter any problems. The first part of the trail was rockier than I expected, but we got through it. I'm in a stock Land Rover LR3, but I did put the suspension in offroad mode for the extra clearance. There's a hill covered in loose rock that I used low range for because I didn't want to slip. It's mentioned in another offroader's comments below so I took caution.

Author:
Status: Open
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Very first off road adventure

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Status: Open
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On Saturday October 7, 2017 a large contingent of volunteers tackled some trail repair in Bulldog Canyon that included two trail washouts. The first washout was located on FR 3554 and the second was located on FR 10. Volunteers were led by members of the Tonto Recreation Alliance (TRAL) and Copperstate 4 Wheelers. Bulldog Canyon has been adopted by the Copperstate 4 Wheelers. TRAL is the volunteer organization for the Tonto National Forest who catalogs and repairs trails within the forest. You can find out more information and the work that TRAL does [here](http://www.tontorecreationalliance.org/).

Author:
Status: Open
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Loved the write-up on this trail. Was about as expected when I got there. I took a stock Jeep Patriot 4x4 and started from the south gate at Wolverine Pass. I made it in just fine all the way to WP5 and the steep hill. The wash that crosses at the foot of the hill has been all flooded out. Made for a lot of loose dirt and a steep, narrow step up to get started up the steep hill. I opted to turn around rather than get stuck. I'll try again once I get some A/T tires and maybe a lift.

Author:
Status: Partially Open
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First off I am pretty green to off road. We started at the South Gate wolverine pass. Only FR 10 and FR 12 are open. We did about half of fr10. We are driving a stock 2016 wrangler unlimited. There have been recent rain and storms in the area and FR 10 is extremely washed out with large rocks. I was with my daughter and niece. I would not recommend you trying this if you have a 2wd at the trails current state. We turned around at about 3 miles in. I got uncomfortable and it was really clouding up like it was going to rain. Better to be safe than sorry. It is very beautiful out there. We are from Oklahoma and probably would have done the whole trail if it weren't for us being alone and not sure of the weather situation.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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One of our favorite things to do on a week night is to take off the top, doors and cruise through Bulldog Canyon at sunset. Yet again we were lucky to have the entire place to ourselves. We stopped for a while and hiked one of the canyons that still had some large pools of water from the recent rains. The trail was as smooth as can be excepted, there was no tight brush and we only found a couple pieces of garbage, which is always great.

Questions & Answers (2)

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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