Deadman Creek Loop Trail

Phoenix, Arizona

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Yet another long loop starting from historic Sheep Bridge, this rugged hike uses a section of easy cross-country hiking through the Sonoran Desert foot hills to reach the seldom-used Davenport Trail. Passing the site of historic Club Cabin, an old cowboy line cabin which burned in 2004, the trail climbs to another old cowboy camp on the Mazatzal Mountain crest, then follows an especially scenic portion of the Mazatzal Divide Trail also used for the route of the Arizona Trail. At the park, a ponderosa pine-filled glade, the loop uses the rugged Willow Spring Trail for the return. This loop should be done counterclockwise so that the most difficult route-finding is at the start, on the cross-country and Davenport Trail portions. The Willow Fire burned much of the Mazatzal Mountains in June 2004. Expect eroded trails and deadfall at higher elevations.
Best Loop Hikes Arizona

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Best Loop Hikes Arizona

by Bruce Grubbs (The Mountaineers Books)

Yet another long loop starting from historic Sheep Bridge, this rugged hike uses a section of easy cross-country hiking through the Sonoran Desert foot hills to reach the seldom-used Davenport Trail. Passing the site of historic Club Cabin, an old cowboy line cabin which burned in 2004, the trail climbs to another old cowboy camp on the Mazatzal Mountain crest, then follows an especially scenic portion of the Mazatzal Divide Trail also used for the route of the Arizona Trail.

At the park, a ponderosa pine-filled glade, the loop uses the rugged Willow Spring Trail for the return. This loop should be done counterclockwise so that the most difficult route-finding is at the start, on the cross-country and Davenport Trail portions. The Willow Fire burned much of the Mazatzal Mountains in June 2004. Expect eroded trails and deadfall at higher elevations.

©  Bruce Grubbs/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Phoenix
Distance: 43.1
Elevation Gain: 10,040 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 7 days
Season: March through May
Trailhead Elevation: 2,100 feet
Top Elevation: 6,800 feet
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest, Cave Creek Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Chalk Mountain, Table Mountain, Mazatzal Peak, North Peak, Cypress Butte; USFS Mazatzal Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Deadman Creek Loop Trail

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