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    Bulldog Canyon Short Hike

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    3.9 km
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    82 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Bulldog Canyon short hike is a smaller part of a longer canyon trail that starts right from the city limits of Apache Junction, Arizona. If the entire canyon is too much for you, choose this quicker out and back trip to still get some of the views without needing to work as hard. This route is shared by vehicle and horse traffic, so hike carefully and share the trail.

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    Route Description for Bulldog Canyon Short Hike

    The Bulldog Canyon short 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 toss 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) to the mouth of the canyon with Dome Mountain on your right. This is the turnaround point on this shorter version.

    Insider Hints for Bulldog Canyon Short Hike

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

    Getting to the Bulldog Canyon Short Hike Trailhead

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

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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