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South Fork of Deer Creek Hike Professional Review and Guide
"An alternative to hiking the more-popular main fork of Deer Creek is to take the south fork, which provides easy access into a seldom-visited area of the Mazatzal Wilderness. You’ll start in the desert grasslands of Tonto Basin and end up in ponderosa pine–Douglas fir forest near the crest of the Mazatzal Mountains. The trail starts in Sonoran Desert grassland and takes you through the chaparral brush and pinyon pine–juniper zone into lush pine-fir forest. Although the entire trail makes for a long day hike, you can hike just a portion of the trail and turn back when ready or do the trip as an overnight backpack. The South Fork is only a couple of miles shorter than the main fork of Deer Creek, and it heads into equally interesting country."
--Bruce Grubbs, Best Hikes Near Phoenix (Falcon Guides).
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