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.
From Apache Junction, AZ at Idaho Road and Highway 88, travel northeast on Hwy 88 for 2.9 miles. Turn left, north on Hackamore Road. Continue down the dirt road until the Bulldog OHV gate. The trail begins through the locked gate. The gate combination is included with your Bulldog Permit.
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.
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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