Deer Creek

Mesa, Arizona

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This loop hike takes you through several deep canyons in the eastern portion of the Mazatzal Wilderness, and has several options for exploring the several forks of Deer Creek. This hike also starts from one of the few trailheads located next to a paved highway. The trail follows the creek west toward the mountains. Although the stream flow is seasonal, depending on recent rain and snow, the canyon bottom is still delightfully shaded by Arizona sycamores and other streamside trees.
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by Stewart Aitchison & Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)

This loop hike takes you through several deep canyons in the eastern portion of the Mazatzal Wilderness, and has several options for exploring the several forks of Deer Creek. This hike also starts from one of the few trailheads located next to a paved highway.

The trail follows the creek west toward the mountains. Although the stream flow is seasonal, depending on recent rain and snow, the canyon bottom is still delightfully shaded by Arizona sycamores and other streamside trees.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Mesa
Distance: 14.9
Elevation Gain: 2,800 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Backpack
Season: Best October to November, March to April
Trailhead Elevation: 3,200 feet
Top Elevation: 6,100 feet
Local Contacts: Tonto Basin Ranger Districts, Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Mazatzal Peak; USFS Tonto National Forest, Mazatzal Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Deer Creek

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May 2018