Walnut Creek Road

Prescott, Arizona

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This roughly graded road makes a pleasant alternative to driving the full Santa Maria Mountains Loop Trail. It connects the two national forest guard stations of Walnut Creek and Camp Wood. Traveling from the north end, the road is initially smoothly graded as it crosses private land, climbing up onto the flank of the Santa Maria Mountains. Looking to the north, there are views of the steep edge of Juniper Mesa rising abruptly from Walnut Creek Valley. Walnut Creek is named for the native Arizona walnut trees that grow in abundance along its course. Special Attractions: Site of the old Camp Wood National Forest Station; Winding trail through the Santa Maria Mountains; Can be combined with part of Santa Maria Mountains Loop Trail to form a shorter loop trail. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.

Walnut Creek Road Professional Review and Guide

"This roughly graded road makes a pleasant alternative to driving the full Santa Maria Mountains Loop Trail. It connects the two national forest guard stations of Walnut Creek and Camp Wood. Traveling from the north end, the road is initially smoothly graded as it crosses private land, climbing up onto the flank of the Santa Maria Mountains. Looking to the north, there are views of the steep edge of Juniper Mesa rising abruptly from Walnut Creek Valley. Walnut Creek is named for the native Arizona walnut trees that grow in abundance along its course.

Special Attractions: Site of the old Camp Wood National Forest Station; Winding trail through the Santa Maria Mountains; Can be combined with part of Santa Maria Mountains Loop Trail to form a shorter loop trail. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Prescott
Distance: 10.4
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round, best dry weather
Trailhead Elevation: 5,200 feet
Top Elevation: 5,800 feet
Local Contacts: Prescott National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Indian Peak, Seepage Mt., Camp Wood, Prescott; BLM Prescott; USFS Prescott National Forest, Chino Valley Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Walnut Creek Road

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