Deer Creek Hike

Mesa, Arizona 85207

Deer Creek Hike

Deer Creek Hike Professional Review and Guide

"This loop hike traverses several deep canyons in the eastern portion of the Mazatzal Wilderness and has several options for exploring the forks of Deer Creek. The return portion of the loop descends a spectacular ridge, taking you from pine and fir forest on the crest of the Mazatzal Mountains to desert grasslands and treating you to yet more stunning views along the way.

From the trailhead, start northwest on the Deer Creek Trail (Forest Trail 45) as it climbs onto a low ridge. The Gold Ridge Trail, which will be our return from the loop portion of the hike, branches left. Soon the South Fork Trail also branches left; stay right on the Deer Creek Trail at both junctions. The Deer Creek Trail crosses the South Fork of Deer Creek, then turns west into Deer Creek just upstream of a ranch located on private land. Now the trail follows the creek west toward the mountains."

More Deer Creek Hike Professional Reviews and Guides

"A loop hike through several deep canyons in the eastern portion of the Mazatzal Wilderness with several options for exploring the forks of Deer Creek."

"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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Trail Information

Mesa
Nearby City
15.8
Distance
3,800 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
10 hours-2days
Duration
Fall through spring
Season
Mazatzal Wilderness, Tonto National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Mazatzal Peak
Local Maps