KP Creek Trail

Alpine, Arizona

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This is a loop from the high, forested eastern Mogollon Rim into the rugged Blue Range country, using the KP Creek and KP Rim Trails to loop around the headwaters of KP and Grant Creeks. Attractions include alpine meadows and a waterfall. Portions of the KP Creek and Grants Creek headwaters burned during the Grants Creek fire in 2003 and again in 2004 in the KP Fire. Expect sections of the trails to be eroded and blocked with deadfall, especially early in the season. The USGS topo shows the trail passing the west side of Moonshine Park, but it actually passes east of the park and a short spur trail leads to the park. There’s plenty of camping but no water. After 2.7 miles, Trail 305 comes in from the left; stay right here and also 0.2 mile farther on, where Trail 65 also joins on the left in Grant Creek. There’s water here but campsites are limited.

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"This is a loop from the high, forested eastern Mogollon Rim into the rugged Blue Range country, using the KP Creek and KP Rim Trails to loop around the headwaters of KP and Grant Creeks. Attractions include alpine meadows and a waterfall.

Portions of the KP Creek and Grants Creek headwaters burned during the Grants Creek fire in 2003 and again in 2004 in the KP Fire. Expect sections of the trails to be eroded and blocked with deadfall, especially early in the season. The USGS topo shows the trail passing the west side of Moonshine Park, but it actually passes east of the park and a short spur trail leads to the park. There’s plenty of camping but no water. After 2.7 miles, Trail 305 comes in from the left; stay right here and also 0.2 mile farther on, where Trail 65 also joins on the left in Grant Creek. There’s water here but campsites are limited."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Alpine
Distance: 21.4
Elevation Gain: 4,750 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2 days
Season: June through October
Trailhead Elevation: 9,080 feet
Top Elevation: 9,080 feet
Local Contacts: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Alpine Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Strayhorse, Bear Mountain, Hannagan Meadow; USFS Blue Range Primitive Area
Driving Directions: Directions to KP Creek Trail

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May 2018