Scenic hike along the South Park Shore of Lake Pleasant.
From the main western trailhead the trail takes off just right of the restrooms. As of this writing signage was absent. A wooden pole and well defined trail let you know you're on path. The trail heads over to the visitors center. Along the way you pass several access spurs to rammadas and the campgrounds. I suspect few hike this end-to-end, rather just accessing the lake. Nevertheless I found it quite enjoyable in mid day heat in July no less. The views heading east to west on the return are borderline phenomenal for moments. The color of the water is unreal.
It's a pretty trashy place. Though about what I expected for a such a popular place. The lake seems busier than the Salt River or Verde lakes. On a hot Thursday in late July I didn't expect to see a Police Command post nor so many people. Yet I didn't cross paths with any on the trail.
I'm glad I got the opportunity to hike this little trail. I wouldn't recommend driving too far. If you live in the NW valley it's worthy if you are looking for an easy family hike. It may be a zoo on some weekends.
A campfire must be extinguished by drowning it with water, stirring with a shovel, and repeating that process until the campfire is cold to the touch. A campfire is still a danger if it has any trace of heat, and must not be left or abandoned. Wildfires can begin by abandoned campfires that rebuild heat on windy days and then blowing embers ignite surrounding grasses and brush.