Windmill Wash

Total Miles
6.4

Elevation

1440.84 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

spring, fall, winter

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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.

Difficulty

Easy

History

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. www.fs.usda.gov/main/tonto/home

Technical Rating

3

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.