don't get lost
I saw two coyotes crossing my path, I was far enough away to pay me no attention. There were a lot of prints from deer since the last rain. Two bikes and several hikers also left their prints. Buena Vista Trail generally follows old logging roads. Consequently the trail is generally about five wide. There are a lot of roads, trails and paths crossing the trail. I walked the loop clockwise.
Notice that the solid Blue signs have a Yellow dot at the shortcut; the main trail proceeds uphill on a narrow path; it is almost adjacent to the Shortcut sign, look to your left.
From the 6773 hill I descended and walked cross-country southeast to the east side to the trail. I saw blue fir evergreen trees, Manzanita bushes, Ponderosa pine, and pinyon pine. Because of all the rain in the past three weeks there was lots of mud puddles; but I managed to avoid the mud.
Apparently there is still active logging in the area. Many trees were painted with a blue stripe designating they were to be cut.
Apache - Sitgreaves FS Reports The Buena Vista Trail is a moderately difficult, 9 mile loop trail that follows portions of old logging roads through a hilly landscape covered with oak, manzanita, and pine trees. With an approximate elevation gain of 200 feet, the trail gives some impressive views of the Colorado Plateau to the north, as well as spectacular views of Mt. Baldy to the east. The route includes nine uphill sections and sections of loose rocks, which can be challenging on a mountain bicycle. Be sure to keep your eyes open for trail markers to help keep you on the trail as the trail utilizes and crosses many old roads and trails. Also keep a lookout for animal tracks in the sandy soil along the trail. Some animals to look out for are elk, deer, bear, scorpions and beetles.
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.