Kinder Crossing Trail

Happy Jack, Arizona

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This is a short, historic trail providing access to East Clear Creek. You can explore up- or down-stream from the foot of the trail. East Clear Creek runs year-round, and the deep, clear pools are a delight in the hot days of summer. The Kinder Crossing Trail descends into East Clear Creek by following the ridge to the east, reaching the creek at the confluence of East Clear Creek and Yeager Canyon. There is a large and very inviting swimming hole at the confluence. After cooling off, it’s fun to explore the canyon, in either direction. This trail is one of several historical trails that cross East Clear Creek and other canyons on the forested Mogollon Plateau north of the Mogollon Rim.

Kinder Crossing Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This is a short, historic trail providing access to East Clear Creek. You can explore up- or down-stream from the foot of the trail. East Clear Creek runs year-round, and the deep, clear pools are a delight in the hot days of summer. The Kinder Crossing Trail descends into East Clear Creek by following the ridge to the east, reaching the creek at the confluence of East Clear Creek and Yeager Canyon.

There is a large and very inviting swimming hole at the confluence. After cooling off, it’s fun to explore the canyon, in either direction. This trail is one of several historical trails that cross East Clear Creek and other canyons on the forested Mogollon Plateau north of the Mogollon Rim."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Happy Jack
Distance: 1.2
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best April to November
Trailhead Elevation: 7,000 feet
Top Elevation: 7,000 feet
Local Contacts: Coconino National Forest, Blue Ridge Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Blue Ridge Reservoir; Coconino National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Kinder Crossing Trail

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May 2018