South Fork of Deer Creek Hike

Mesa, Arizona 85207

South Fork of Deer Creek Hike

South Fork of Deer Creek Hike Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,820 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
7 hours
Fall through spring
Mazatzal Wilderness, Tonto National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Mazatzal Peak
Local Maps

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