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Tonto Tank Trail - MMRP, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,875 feet
Elevation Gain 436 feet
Accumulated Gain 436 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.15
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3  2018-10-12
Wash Day - MMRP
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9  2018-07-13
Wash Day - MMRP
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12  2017-09-22
Stoneman Wash Trail - MMRP
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13  2017-04-21
Pemberton Trail - MMRP
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5  2016-12-18
Wagner - Granite - Bluff - MMRP Loop
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5  2014-11-16
Pemberton Trail - MMRP
topohiker
7  2013-05-26
Pemberton Trail - MMRP
DarthStiller
16  2012-11-05 nahimana222
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Sun  7:23am - 5:19pm
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Nearby Area Water
Stoneman Wash Trail - MMRP
0.2 mi away
4.3 mi
574 ft
Tortoise Trail - MMRP
1.0 mi away
0.7 mi
101 ft
Scenic Trail - MMRP
Scenic Trail - MMRP
1.1 mi away
4.5 mi
441 ft
Pemberton Trail - MMRP
Pemberton Trail - MMRP
1.1 mi away
15.3 mi
850 ft
Wagner Trail - MMRP
1.1 mi away
1.1 mi
124 ft
Wagner - Granite - Bluff - MMRP Loop
1.1 mi away
5.2 mi
459 ft
Bluff Trail - MMRP
1.4 mi away
2.2 mi
335 ft
Cinch Trail - MMRP
1.4 mi away
0.6 mi
-59 ft
Shallmo Wash Trail - MMRP
Shallmo Wash Trail - MMRP
1.6 mi away
1.8 mi
210 ft
Escondido Trail - MMRP
Escondido Trail - MMRP
1.6 mi away
6.2 mi
710 ft
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by nahimana222

Tonto Tank Trail is one of the connector trails available at McDowell Mountain Regional Park. This trail can be hiked as an out and back, or may be used with other trails to hike as a loop. The easiest access is from the Shallmo Drive trailhead via a one mile hike southwest along Pemberton Trail. This trail may also be reached from the campground hiking east via the Granite Trail.


The majority of the hike is flat and smooth, with the exception of one small, steep hill about 15-25 feet in elevation. Tonto Tank Trail is an excellent bike path, as are many of the other trails within the park. Evidence of past fire and mass destruction is evidence throughout the hike, as there are numerous cholla skeletons and burnt tree stumps scattered along the path. This is a common sight among the trails at MMRP, but this trail seemed to have an especially high concentration of skeletons. Nature, though, has endured, and new plants and growth are plentiful. Beautiful views of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve can be seen hiking to the west, and hiking to the east one gets unobstructed views of Four Peaks and the Superstition Mountain range. At the end of the trail, the option exists to continue on the Pemberton left or right for a loop hike.

Viewing Pemberton Pond, located along Pemberton Trail, can also be considered along with this hike; it is only about 0.3 miles to the south of the start of this trail.

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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
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.

Permit $$
Maricopa Regional Parks - Fees more info


$7 per vehicle or $85 annual

$2 walk, bike or horse ride into park


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To hike
To get to the park, from central Phoenix, take Loop 202 east to Beeline Highway (SR 87). Continue northeast on SR 87 to Shea Blvd. Travel west on Shea Blvd. to Saguaro Blvd.; turn north. Continue through Town of Fountain Hills to Fountain Hills Blvd; turn right and travel four miles to the McDowell Mountain Regional Park entrance.
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