Bulldog Canyon FR 10

4.7/5 (29 reviews)
Mesa, Arizona (Maricopa County)
Last Updated: 07/07/2021
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Trail Information

Highlights

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.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

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Trail Reviews

4.7/5 (29 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/17/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

The big hill (I believe waypoint 5 or near it) was in rough shape. There is a huge dip in the middle leaving two narrow lines on the left or right. I chose the right and got high centered with a boulder under my rear diff. Luckily some rocks under the tires and front and rear lockers got me out, but just FYI for anyone visiting the trail in the near future. I’d say the first part of the trail (waypoint 1-7) is harder than the rating in its current state.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/05/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Always a good option running Bulldog Canyon. Ran it today South to North. Seems not as rough as last summer especially going up the big hill at waypoint 5. Only a couple others on the trail this Sunday afternoon.
Trail Review: Bulldog Canyon FR 10 - Todd Harkins
Trail Review: Bulldog Canyon FR 10 - Todd Harkins
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Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 04/30/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ventured out on a Saturday around 9am. Very few other people on the trail which was great. Scenery and trail were beautiful. We went north to south with the more difficult parts toward southern end. Ate at Hackers when we came off the trail. Overall great time! About 3 hours…
Trail Review: Bulldog Canyon FR 10 - Russ Parsons
Trail Review: Bulldog Canyon FR 10 - Russ Parsons
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/25/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran the trail from North to South. The trail is more rocky/bumpy than it is difficult so airing down would be rec'd. Just barely kissed my rear bumper in one area and my slider in another on "harder lines". Slightly steep and rocky in some areas, enough to just brake traction on one wheel. Overall it was a good Thanksgiving! On a random note, there was a maroon Impala on lo-pros down in a valley. No earthly idea how it made it there.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/07/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran this in my 2018 4runner from Usery Pass gate to wolverine. Definitely air down. Ran crawl control in a few tough spots up and down - especially the rutted downhill section at #5. Want necessary, but it's nice not pressing the brake the whole way down. I think a stock 4x4 will definitely hit in sections unless you have perfect tire placement. It was the first time I heard the computer modulating power to each wheel on the uphill when I had rock terrain engaged. I've owned this 4R for a few years, but this is the first time I've seen some of the gadgets actually engage. I think this was tougher terrain than I'm used to. There was a few jeeps, bronco and a ton of sxs out there. Saw 2 bobcats too!

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