This trail within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest travels to the edge of steep Clear Creek Canyon and overlooks the site of historic Hamilton Crossing, which was originally a stock crossing of Clear Creek Canyon. This extremely twisty trail winds through oaks, cypress, pines, and junipers as it travels along the plateau. The embedded rocks make for a rough, slow ride for the first couple of miles.
Special Attractions: Panoramic views over Clear Creek; Rough, moderately challenging trail. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. Expect a rough road surface with rocks larger than 6 inches, but there will be a reasonable driving line available. Patches of mud are possible but can be readily negotiated; sand may be deep and require lower tire pressures. There may be stream crossings up to 12 inches deep, substantial sections of single-lane shelf road, moderate grades, and sections of moderately loose road surface.
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