We parked at the Blue Point Recreation area (Tonto Pass required) – same place we parked for the Goldfield Ovens, just hiking in the opposite direction. The hounds and I set out on the trail just as the first hint of light was starting to shimmer up from the horizon.
The grass and spider webs were covered in dew, the sunrise was golden, and we didn’t run into any other hikers the entire morning!
The trail meandered through the grass, past a few “campsites” along the edge of the hillsides, and then mostly through desert terrain until it arrived at the road and picked up on the other side. On the south side of the road the terrain had a bit more brush and trees the closer we got to the river.
Herc of course waded into the water – I swear he’d live in water if I let him! As we hiked along the river we found a few outcroppings of rocks that made perfect pit stops for watching the sun rise and enjoying snacks.
Once you're at the river by the large main parking lot (tubing drop off), you can continue following the trail all the way around the hills north to the Goldfield Ovens, but we just headed back the way we came. It was so lovely that I didn’t mind seeing it all again.