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.
To Cottonwood - Bulldog OHV Trailhead This Trailhead is part of the BullDog Canyon OHV area and an administrative permit can be obtained at no cost from the Mesa Tonto Forest Office, see permits. The permit is only needed for driving beyond the gate for those with a four wheel drive vehicle.
From the Apache trail AZ-88 & Idaho Road in Apache Junction go 6.1 miles northeast, one quarter mile past milepost 202 on a blind corner watch for a dirt road on the left. This is the trailhead. No facilities and parking for a dozen cars.
From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 43 min (40.9 miles) From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 1 h 54 min (111 miles) From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 2 h 51 min (182 miles)