Windmill Wash

Total Miles


1,440.84 ft



Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Beautiful scenic loop through the foothills of the Northwestern portion of the Tonto National Forest off of Bloody Basin Rd. The trail circles around Mesa Butte (5125 ft), which is easy to spot and runs adjacent to Bishop Creek with multiple wash crossings. The majority of the trail is technically easy, with some wash crossings and rocky sections that will require higher ground clearance and more precise wheel placement. Enjoy a rare patch of shade trees in mile 5 as the trail runs parallel to Bishop Creek wash. Enjoy this lightly-traveled trail for the varying terrain and plant life and also as a scenic bypass of a section of Bloody Basin Rd, which is more traveled.

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Windmill Wash
Windmill Wash
Windmill Wash


Mostly easy single lane trail. Level 3 technical rating in several spots due to erosion. Mile 3 has a sandy wash crossing with moderate rocks to navigate. Mile 4 has a larger rock section to navigate. High clearance will be needed for these sections.


Windmill Wash lies within the Tonto National Forest. Sonoran Desert cacti and flat lands slowly give way to the highlands of the Mogollon Rim. This variety in vegetation and range in altitude -- from 1,300 to 7,900 feet -- offers outstanding recreational opportunities throughout the year, whether it's lake beaches or cool pine forests.

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Status Reports

Caleb Crabbs
Mar 09, 2024
Several fallen trees and a few creek bed sections require extra vigilance in avoid large rocks and drop offs.
Alfredo Suazo
Aug 21, 2023

Access Description

I-17 to Bloody Basin Rd East. Roughly 13 miles down Bloody Basin Rd there will be a left turn for Wood Camp Rd FR 44 (Windmill Wash). Look for signage.

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