Forest Lakes, Arizona (Navajo County)

Last Updated: 07/07/2021
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 1.95 miles
Highest Elevation: 7600 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: South
Nearest Town: Forest Lakes
Nearest Town w/ Services: Forest Lakes
Official Road Name: 9569J
Management Agency: Apache Sitgreaves National Forest
District: Black Mesa District


Highlight: FR9569J
The Mogollon Rim Country of central Arizona is a welcome reprieve from the high temperatures of the desert that surrounds it. The region is rich in ancient Native American history. This particular trail allows users access to great high country camping and the nearby White Mountain Apache land (permit required). The trail offers a few campsites that are relatively close to a highway but far enough away to not hear it. You're also away from all the large RV camping areas along 300 Road.


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1. Trailhead 9569J (0 mi)
Travel south. Large camping can be found at the trailhead.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Payson, Arizona - East Highway 260

Head east on AZ-260 toward Heber-Overgaard for 38.3 miles. Turn right at Black Canyon Lake - 300 Rim Road. Continue on Forest Service Rd 300 for 8.3 miles. The trailhead will be on the right/south.



Land Use Issues

The trail ends at Fort Apache Reservation land, and a recreation permit is required to enter this area. They can be purchased online or at specific retail outlets.

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Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

While living in the Midwest, I developed a passion for searching out new trails and hidden spots. That passion continues to this day in the beautiful southwestern United States. My wife and I are full-time RVers who travel from region to region exploring every nook and cranny we can find. While we're getting to know the locals, we gain insight into these areas, then passing on that knowledge onto our subscribers. We truly enjoy traversing long, beautiful back-country routes with epic campsites, but we equally enjoy pushing the limits on difficult rock crawling trails. Our rig was built to do everything and that's what we hope to share with our subscribers. Please visit our website to follow us and for opportunities to join us on our adventures. You can also view our vast video library on YouTube XPLOREMOR.
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