Sycamore Creek, Sugarloaf

Phoenix, Arizona 85080

Sycamore Creek, Sugarloaf

Sycamore Creek, Sugarloaf Professional Review and Guide

"This route serves as an introduction to a vast area of trails open to motorized recreation. Ride this route first, then choose an area you like best. We tried to select routes that had relatively few whoops.

We rode a portion of Ironwood Wash west of Waypoint 02 (off map) in an attempt to make a loop connecting with Waypoint 07; however, the giant, unrelenting whoops were absolutely insane. We found them no fun at all and turned back after 2 miles."

Sycamore Creek, Sugarloaf Reviews

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2/1/2014
Of the only few trips I've made since I bought my Jeep a few months ago, this was one of the best. There are very easy places and very difficult places. There were climbs, rocks, deep ruts, long stretches of sand and crossed the creek several times. One spot of the creek appeared to be a bit deep, so I avoided it. Since I was alone, I elected not to attempt that last steep climb at the farthest end of the trail (very close to point "07". I would not recommend entry to this trail as suggested between mile marker 200 & 201. This might have been a legitimate entry point at one time, but now it looks like someone crossed off the shoulder of the highway, taking down a fence in the process. It doesn't look like a legitimate entry point at all. There is not a legitimate cut-through from the Eastbound side of 87 at that point, either. I didn't go on the trails far enough to see, but wondered if there might be a better entry point closer to Bush Highway. I would recommend entry at Four Peaks Road. The weather in Phoenix cooled down a bit this week. I failed to consider that it would a bit cooler up in the Tonto National Forest. I was fine with a light jacket, though. I made my trip on a Saturday afternoon and there were lots of other people out in the trails closest to the highway. So there were dune buggies, quads and a few other trucks and jeeps out today. There were many target shooters out today, too. I found the shooting a bit annoying only because I don't know just how responsible so many people with guns may be. Most of the target shooters were closer to the highway so once I was beyond them the sound of gunfire was lost in the mountains and hills between them and me. And, by point "06", I didn't see another soul. All-in-all, I would highly recommend this trail for 4x4ing. I had a great time and I'd love to return for a 4x4ing/camping trip, soon.
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Trail Information

Phoenix
Nearby City
19
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Difficulty
4 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season

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Sep 2018