Best Hikes with Dogs: Arizona
by Renee Guillory (The Mountaineers Books)
© Renee Guillory/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
The directions need to be cleared up a bit. From 144, take a left on 142 at the 4 way intersection. 142B is now signed, although the sign is leaning over. It's marked as a hiking trail for good reason. It forks several times, keep right. Be prepared to go around fallen trees. This part of the drive almost makes the trail not worth doing. I would have hiked 142B if it wasn't the dead of summer and I had 3 dogs in tow. Leave the way you came in - I let my gps take me out 142 right to Hwy 260 but it took all my off-road skills to get my 2wd truck out of there. The trail itself was very nice. Short but sweet. Heavily treed and little exposure. The rocks in the creek are very slick and the thick vegetation on the banks made exploration limited when not in the creek. High rock walls line both sides. Several pools were deep enough for my large dogs to swim in. The Maxwell trail is supposed to be comparable and if it's easier to get to, I would recommend that instead. The Christopher Creek trail in Payson is easier and similar but tends to be more crowded. Overall, a nice time and a good change of pace. A nice drive in the high country in the tall pines.
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