Y Bar - Rock Creek Loop

Mesa, Arizona

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This is a scenic loop around the highest peak in the range. It passes through a variety of country and offers hundred-mile views in several directions. In the spring, you may be treated to delightful cascades in Rock Creek. None of the springs along this route are reliable. Most years you’ll find water at one or more springs, but in dry years there may be no water at all along this loop. Make certain you have enough water capacity to carry water for a dry camp. Water is most abundant after a wet winter.

Y Bar - Rock Creek Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This is a scenic loop around the highest peak in the range. It passes through a variety of country and offers hundred-mile views in several directions. In the spring, you may be treated to delightful cascades in Rock Creek.

None of the springs along this route are reliable. Most years you’ll find water at one or more springs, but in dry years there may be no water at all along this loop. Make certain you have enough water capacity to carry water for a dry camp. Water is most abundant after a wet winter."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Mesa
Distance: 19.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 5,190 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 days
Season: Best October–November, mid March–mid May
Additional Use: Camping
Features: Views
Local Contacts: Tonto Basin Ranger District, Tonto National Forest, HC02 P.O. Box 4800, Roosevelt, Arizona 85545, (928) 467-3200, and Payson Ranger District, Tonto National Forest, 1009 E. Highway 260, Payson, Arizona 85541, (928) 474-7900 www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto
Local Maps: Mazatzal Peak, North Peak U.S.G.S, Mazatzal Wilderness U.S.F.S.
Driving Directions: Directions to Y Bar - Rock Creek Loop

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