Bulldog Canyon permit area (FR10, FR1356, FR3554, FR3512)

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Bulldog Canyon permit area (FR10, FR1356, FR3554, FR3512)

Post by -Spike- » Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:01 am

The Bulldog Canyon area is a great place to get out on a trail without going far if you're in the East Valley. AZ Offroading.com offers a nice write-up with lots of pics (and mentions our buddy and TRAL member Joe O. of Arizona 4x4 Off Road Recovery fame!). This area has historically been a problem spot for the Forest Service to maintain as it is very close to the Phoenix metro area. It has suffered from vandalism, dumping, excessive trash, pallet burning, and off-trail travel. In an effort to curb this behavior, a free permit is now required to travel in the area. They are available in person at the Mesa Ranger Station or you can apply for one online.

A couple of Copper State 4Wheelers club members (and TRAL members) recently ran FR3554 and FR10 and reported back that they were amazed at how good it looked, they were very happy that there wasn't much trash to be found. They said the trail is in good condition, if a bit rough (as usual). CS4W and TRAL teamed up last year to do some trail repairs, and those are reported to be in great shape.

If you visit this area, please be especially careful to stay on the designated trails. This is a sensitive area that is under the proverbial microscope.

Contact Richard Lillard at adat@tralaz.org for information about TRAL's Adopt a Trail (ADAT) program.
Contact me via PM or tral.bene@gmail.com if you are interested in receiving training to inspect the trails in Tonto National Forest, offered through the ADAT program.

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