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    323 m
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    16.7 km
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    Bulldog Canyon Hike


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    The Bulldog Canyon hike is a fun trail that starts right from the city limits of Apache Junction, Arizona. The hike takes you beside Dome Mountain, Lone Mountain, and Pass Mountain. The views are awesome and the hike will get your legs working without being overly strenuous. This is a good pick if you want to feel like you’re in the mountains without having to actually climb one. This route is shared by vehicle and horse traffic. Additionally, you can hike just a portion of this route if a point-to-point doesn’t work for you.

    Route Description for Bulldog Canyon Hike

    The Bulldog Canyon hike delivers great mountain scenery without requiring you to climb a mountain and without needing to go very far out of town for those in the Apache Junction area. Departing right from the edge of town, it feels very remote for an easily-accessible hike. This route is also popular with off-road vehicles and horseback riders. Remember to share the trail.

    This route isn’t very well-signed despite its convenient location, so we recommend referring to a GPS track if it’s your first time out. Additionally, this trail doesn’t offer much relief in the way of shade and it can get scorchingly hot in this part of Arizona. Bring lots of water, wear sunscreen, and pop a hat on.

    From the trailhead, take the route ahead, staying left at the fork. Stay right at the next junction and then roughly follow the creek (which may or may not have any water in it) through the canyon with Dome Mountain on your right. At the end of the canyon, take a left to head south and then a right to hike between Lone Mountain and Pass Mountain. This will take you to N Usery Pass Road, the other trailhead.

    Insider Hints for Bulldog Canyon Hike

    • Hikers and horseback riders don’t need a permit for this hike, but OHVers do. Permits are free.

    Getting to the Bulldog Canyon Hike Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Bulldog Canyon hike is on N Cactus Road.

    Route Information

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    • Pets allowed:

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly:

      Older Children only

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    • Route Type:

      One Way

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