How to get there: From the Loop 101 & U.S. 60, head northwest on Grand Ave for 0.7 miles. Turn right onto 99th Ave. and follow it for 4.9 miles. Turn left onto Lake Pleasant Parkway. Follow this for 9.1 miles and then turn left onto AZ-74. Follow this west for 6.6 miles. Turn right onto Christian Church Camp Road and follow it north for 1.0 mile. Staging will be off to the left and right near the end of the road.
The trail: Head north on the dirt road. Almost immediately, the trail enters a wash. Turn left into the wash which you will be following for the rest of the trail. Turning right is a side trip that crosses under Castle Hot Springs Road and accesses other trails along Castle Hot Springs Road. The trail follows the rocky wash until it reaches Bog Ranch off to the right at 3.9 miles. There used to be standing buildings on the site here but they have mostly collapsed over the years. Still, it is a neat place to check out and explore what’s left at the ranch site. When you’re done at Bog Ranch, turn right to continue west along the trail. Stay right at 4.7 miles where a smaller wash goes left. The wash continues in a northwest direction and passes through a gate at 5.9 miles. The trail officially ends at a windmill and tank at 8.0 miles.
Side trips: Once you are at the “end” of the trail, that doesn’t mean your day is over. Several trails head south from the windmill. These are rougher but may connect with Boulders OHV Area just to the south. Going north, the road leaves the wash bottom and turns into Castle Hot Springs Road. From here, it heads northwest and connects to Castle Hot Springs Trail, Anderson Mill Trail, and Hellsgate Wilderness Area. So there are many ways to expand your day after completing this trail.
Summary/Trail Ratings: This trail, to the windmill and tank and back is 16 miles round trip without taking any side trips. Allow for 1-2 hours to complete the main trail and explore Bog Ranch. Easily extend your day by exploring other trails in the area. The trail is rated ‘2’ because of the rocky wash and sometimes deep sand you have to navigate through. During rain, this trail can get quite tricky because it follows a drainage the entire time.
Status: Open | Trail Type: Out & back | Length: 16 miles round trip | Approx. Time: 1-2 hours
Take a trip through a dry and rocky riverbed to see Bog Ranch. Past the ranch, you’ll see an old windmill and have access to Boulders OHV Area and access to Castle Hot Springs.
Page last updated: 5/12/2015
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