Overview: Nice exercise trail to make moderate loops or connecting for longer backpacks in the Goldfield Mountains. The Green Thumb is the unusual rock outcropping about one quarter mile into the hike.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
Information is listed below
High Clearance possible when dry
To hike Access by vehicle to the Green Thumb trailhead is via Bull Dog Canyon OHV area and an administrative permit can be obtained at no cost from the Mesa Tonto Forest Office. The permit will allow further access beyond the gate for those with a four wheel drive vehicle. Highway 60 to Apache Junction exit 196, SR 88 ( the Apache Trail )north to milepost 199, turn left on Hackamore, 1.5 miles to the Packsaddle Trailhead. Take the Packsaddle trail north .50 miles to the unmarked Green Thumb Trailhead at the northwest corner of the former quarry.