Parker Creek Trail

Claypool, Arizona 85532

Parker Creek Trail

Parker Creek Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Before you leave, be sure your dog is well watered and that you pack plenty of water in; the trail climbs away from the creek past the 0.7-mile mark. Parker Creek flows through the Sierra Ancha Experimental Forest— a name which connotes a very large laboratory with trees under glass. Actually, the research area was established to study different ways to manage forest watersheds. The site was selected because it was representative of several different desert ecosystems, including the chaparral semidesert and ponderosa pine forest you and your dog will travel through on this hike.

The forest shade keeps your dog happy on the trail, and she can have a splash on the way out to cool her pads. The views, particularly on the accessible overlook points at the lower and upper ends of the hike, are spectacular and stretch all the way south to Four Peaks. Closer in, you can see local landmarks like Lake Roosevelt to the south, Armer Mountain, and Carr Peak."

Parker Creek Trail Trip Reports

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One of the best trails I've done in a while. Elevation and difficulty didn't tire me out as much as I thought it would, even though it's the first major hike I've done this season. 20-30 degrees cooler than Phoenix (it was very overcast today). Lots of shade and great views.

Even after an extended monsoon season, the creek didn't have nearly as much water as expected - just a trickle in 2-3 places. Trail needs some maintenance. According to my gps, the waypoints mentioned by the author are WAY OFF! Switchbacks going away from the creek are after 1 mile, not .7. Also, boulder fields appear after almost 2.75 miles, not 1.8. I hiked in 3.8 miles and still didn't get to any panoramic views as written and no end in sight so I turned around. My gps lost reception in a few spots so maybe the author's did too.

Still a very enjoyable trail! I look forward to going back and hopefully completing the whole thing!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,890 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
3.5 hours
Best March through November
5,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,000 feet
Top Elevation
Tonto National Forest, Pleasant Valley Ranger Station
Local Contacts
Aztec Peak USGS
Local Maps

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