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Bulldog Canyon Professional Review and Guide
"A permit is required for this trail. It’s easy to obtain and free. Carry it with you at all times. This is a highly sensitive area and subject to closure. The trail passes through scenic Sonoran Desert with views of Goldfield and Superstition Mountains. Several short, steep rocky climbs that require careful tire placement and some driving skill. Suitable for aggressive stock SUVs with high ground clearance. Go with a friend and carry a tow strap."
--Charles A. Wells, Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails (FunTreks).
This is one of my favorite trails. I did the trail on this date, and once last fall around this time in my lightly modified F-150. My trail partner has done it numerous times in years prior in his lifted JK and says it has been worked on and is not as hard as it used to be.
If you leave in the East Valley, you can head to the trail at first light and be home by lunch. We like to enter off the Apache Trail route 88 on road 1356, then connect with the actual Bull Dog route 10 near the Wolverine Gate, then turn into route 3554 towards Usery Pass, rather than finish 10 and end up at Bush Highway. I haven't been through the northern most part of the trail in a few years now.
The route I described is mostly rock crawling that most 4x4s shouldn't have any trouble with. There are a few steep grades where 4-Low is recommended, but i run the whole trail (except the sand) in 4-low comfortably.. Taking the 3554 to Usery Pass completely changes the style to mostly sand. The early part of 3554 is in a dry river bed with deep sand and plenty of room to play around.
lots of nice semi challenging hills with the occational holy Sh*t hill. Proud to say my stock jeep Grand Cherokee made it all the way through with no hesitations. It would get a 5 if there was any outstanding scenery
This trail is great fun. Easy for 4x4 and can be done with 2WD with good clearance. The views at the beginning of the trail are some of the best in the area. Here is a video of some of the trial highlights:
I took the north entrance in and turned right on the 3554. I have a 1/2 ton crew cab silverado w/33s and a level. I did not scrape once and I had no problems. Very fun and beautiful. Only reason not a 5 star is I did not take anyone with me and was worried about getting stuck otherwise experience was a 5.
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