Bulldog FR 12 Willow Canyon AZ

4.7/5 (13 reviews)
Apache Junction, Arizona (Maricopa County)
Last Updated: 07/07/2021
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Trail Information

Highlights

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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Trail Reviews

4.7/5 (13 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/27/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Awesome trail with just enough obstacles to keep it interesting. It doesn't seem to get much traffic as I only saw 1 other person the whole time and they were on foot. Lots of dispersed camping along the route as well.
Trail Review: Bulldog FR 12 Willow Canyon AZ - Brandon Heyboer
Trail Review: Bulldog FR 12 Willow Canyon AZ - Brandon Heyboer
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 03/05/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Awesome trail and almost deserted on a what is a typically a very busy time for OHV trails in AZ. This trail receives lot less traffic and attention then the other Bulldog Canyon Trails and in my opinion can offer the greatest challenge if optional lines are taken. Just about every difficult section has an easier line but there is enough challenge to keep you from getting bored. Its a little overgrown towards the last mile and the end is no longer clearly marked. We did the official trail although it looks like some have been doing the other extreme trail in the wash that was popular many years ago. Wheeled with a JK, Tacoma TRD, and 4 Runner with mild lifts and 33s on all rigs. The close proximity of all the Bulldog Canyon Trails to the East Valley makes them a excellent option for anyone that is short on time but wants to get their rig in 4wd.
Trail Review: Bulldog FR 12 Willow Canyon AZ - Andrew
Trail Review: Bulldog FR 12 Willow Canyon AZ - Andrew
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/01/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

This trail rating needs to be increased to a minimum of a solid 3, possibly a 3-4 rating, there's definitely nothing easy about it. It was a very fun trail to run, my wife took her 2019 Tundra Crewmax and there were a few tight spots for that size rig and a decent amount of overgrowth in some spots, she picked up quite a bit of pin striping. We had 2 Wranglers(one 2 door & one 4 door), 2 full size trucks (Ford regular cab short bed & the Tundra) and an older full size Cherokee. I'll definitely be running this trail again in the future. Bulldog Canyon is a great place to run trails!
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/15/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

This is a less traveled trail, most likely because it is an out and back. The scenery along FR12 is well worth the journey. Great views of the Superstition Mountains, lots of rocky outcroppings, and just the undisturbed desert. I found the hardest part of this trail to be the white rock downhill at waypoint #4. The right side gets a bit off camber and it gets pretty steep right at the bottom. I ended up coming back up the other side on the way back. I really enjoyed this trail. Only saw a couple other people the entire time. If you want some great scenery, this is the one. Stock JLU Rubicon on 33.
Trail Review: Bulldog FR 12 Willow Canyon AZ - Todd Harkins
Trail Review: Bulldog FR 12 Willow Canyon AZ - Todd Harkins
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Status: Open
Visited: 07/07/2021

Arizona National Forests and State Lands are back open for travel. There are still some very important fire restrictions in place. These restrictions can often change by specific areas.

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