Rock Creek Loop

Mesa, Arizona

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This is an excellent loop hike from the foothills high into the steep country east of Four Peaks. The Chillicut Trail, a former jeep road, climbs gradually southwest up an unnamed tributary of Rock Creek onto a ridge. The climb steepens as the trail swings south toward a low pass. After crossing through the pass at 2.0 miles, the trail contours into Baldy Canyon, crosses the tributary from below Alder Saddle, then starts a steep climb up a ridge. After the trail crosses a spur ridge, the climb moderates and the trail returns to the bed of Baldy Canyon. The climb steepens again in the upper part of the canyon. After passing Chillicut Spring, the trail veers onto a ridge to the east and climbs steeply to the top of Buckhorn Mountain at 5.7 miles. Here it meets the Four Peaks Trail.

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"This is an excellent loop hike from the foothills high into the steep country east of Four Peaks.

The Chillicut Trail, a former jeep road, climbs gradually southwest up an unnamed tributary of Rock Creek onto a ridge. The climb steepens as the trail swings south toward a low pass. After crossing through the pass at 2.0 miles, the trail contours into Baldy Canyon, crosses the tributary from below Alder Saddle, then starts a steep climb up a ridge. After the trail crosses a spur ridge, the climb moderates and the trail returns to the bed of Baldy Canyon. The climb steepens again in the upper part of the canyon. After passing Chillicut Spring, the trail veers onto a ridge to the east and climbs steeply to the top of Buckhorn Mountain at 5.7 miles. Here it meets the Four Peaks Trail."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Mesa
Distance: 13.9
Elevation Gain: 3,140 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Backpack
Season: Best October to April
Trailhead Elevation: 2,900 feet
Top Elevation: 6,600 feet
Local Contacts: Mesa Ranger District, Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Four Peaks; USDAFS Tonto National Forest map
Driving Directions: Directions to Rock Creek Loop

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May 2018