Bulldog FR 12 Willow Canyon AZ

Apache Junction, Arizona (Maricopa County)

Last Updated: 07/03/2020
4.4 / 5 ( 5 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 3.6 miles
Highest Elevation: 2000 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Apache Junction
Nearest Town w/ Services: Apache Junction
Official Road Name: FR12
Management Agency: Tonto National Forest
District: Mesa District
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Highlights

Highlight: Bulldog FR 12 Willow Canyon AZ
This trail is a great addition to the Bulldog Canyon trail or for just a short scenic off-road trail run in the Arizona desert. This easy and scenic trail will bring you through just a small portion of what the region has to offer. Accessing the area is easy and offers the user a wonderful 4x4 experience in the Superstition Mountains without all the tourist traffic. It's considered part of the Bulldog Canyon OHV area which includes portions of the "Great Western Trail" in Arizona, traveling through the Tonto National Forest's Goldfield Mountains and 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.

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Route Information

Technical Rating:
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Waypoints

1. Trailhead / Gate (0 mi)
Begin at the gate in the staging area parking lot. You are required to enter the gate code supplied with your Bulldog OHV permit. Please only travel on the marked trails to help preserve our access to this beautiful area.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 33.501147, -111.463046
From Apache Junction, travel 3.9 miles past Goldfield (Ghost Town) tourist attraction on Highway 88, Apache Trail. After passing the blue Needle Vista View Point sign, you will see a dirt parking area on your left. Enter through the locked gate at the back of the parking area.

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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.

Trail Reviews (7)

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Great trail. Really enjoyed all the different scenery and caves. We started late after doing Bulldog so turned back. Can you get to the river?

Author:
Status: Open
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Had an open morning so jumped in my Jeep and my buddy in his Raptor. Beautiful short trails that is pretty easy for the first part. Several good picture points. However toward the end we came to a difficult section and the Raptor had to turn back. I went through with my Jeep (3" lift 33" tires) with careful navigation, but would definitely classify the bottom half as moderate to difficult. You won't get through without a guide and a lift.

Author:
Status: Open
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We really enjoyed this trail. No real big challenges but enough to keep the kids thrilled. This trail has amazing views and is one we will bring our out of town guest on for sure!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
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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

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
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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My wife and I travel this trail with our dog Lance quit a bit. Very nice views, very cool after a rain as the creeks have water in them. We found a nice small lake or pond on our last trip that we did not know was there.

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Status: Open
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Was looking for a quick trail on a Sunday afternoon and found this one on here. For such a short trail, it was just what i was looking for. Has some small rock garden areas and the 30 degree white rock face about a mile in was pretty fun. There are some areas in the wash next to the trail that are extreme. About 1 1/2 miles in you cross the wash where there is some very fun rolling rock terrain to have some fun in and take some some nice flexing shots. When you get to the end of the trail at the cow pond, the trail looks like it continues, it doesnt, dont wast your time. Very fun quick trail and certainly worth checking it out. If you go straight through, non stop, takes about 35-40 min one way.

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Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

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