Deer Hill

Roosevelt, Arizona (Maricopa County)

Last Updated: 12/23/2021
4.5 / 5 ( 7 reviews )
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Highlight: Deer Hill
When combined with Apache Trail and Two Bar Ridge Trail, Deer Hill is a great way to connect two recreation areas located in the Tonto National Forest. The trail connects Apache and Roosevelt lakes while providing an off-road experience in one of the most scenic regions in the Arizona desert. One of the true highlights is the large and rare crested saguaro at Waypoint 5. Though crested saguaros are somewhat rare, this particular one is quite large and easily accessible. Biologists disagree as to why some saguaros grow in this unusual form. Some speculate that it is a genetic mutation, while others say it's the result of a lightning strike or freeze damage. At this point, we simply do not know what causes this rare, crested form. The trail also allows hikers to access the iconic Arizona Trail and Cottonwood Trail 120. The trail leads down to the Roosevelt Lake region, where there are numerous recreation areas that allow access to the water.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trail begins at Waypoint 8 along Two Bar Ridge. Travel uphill/east on FR341.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Globe, Arizona

The trail can be accessed in two ways. From Globe Take Highway 188 for 28 miles. Turn left/south into Roosevelt Lakeview Mobile Home Park, across the street from Roosevelt Lake Marina. Continue on Main St. to 5th street and turn left. The entrance is shortly ahead on the right through the cattle fence. (Reverse Direction) From Apache Junction Travel along Apache Trail until Waypoint 11, Two Bar Ridge Trail. Continue along this trail until Waypoint 8, the beginning of this write-up.


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To volunteer your time or donate to keep our trails open, Please visit the TRAL (Tonto Recreation Alliance)

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Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

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