Scenic Edwards Park Trail (FR 422) follows the Mazatzal Divide, the ridgeline that runs north of Four Peaks to Edwards Park—a distance of just over 10 miles. There are, however, a few good turnaround points. This trail is rated as a 6, mostly because of a few steep rocky sections. On the north end of the trail there are areas with close brush. As the trail follows the ridgeline, it offers expansive views to the east over the Tonto Basin and Roosevelt Lake, to the west into the valley, to the south to the Superstition Mountains, and to the north toward Mount Ord and the Mogollon Rim.
Special Attractions: Boating, swimming, picnicking, and camping at three lakes along the Salt River; Indian ruins at Tonto National Monument; Popular tourist trail that follows Arizona’s first historic and scenic highway. This trail is for experienced four-wheel drivers only. It is potentially dangerous, with large rocks, ruts, or terraces that may need to be negotiated. It may also have stream crossings at least 18 inches deep, involve rapid currents, unstable stream bottoms, or difficult access; steep slopes, loose surfaces, and narrow clearances; or very narrow sections of shelf road with steep drop-offs and potentially challenging road surfaces.
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