Deadman Mesa Trail

Strawberry, Arizona

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The route that you and your dog are following is an old pack trail. Use is light and the path occasionally fades along this first stretch, so watch for cairns to guide you. You follow a slight incline at 0.5 mile, then the path levels out again as it winds toward the edge of the mesa. There is a very pretty, arborous grotto at 0.9 mile where the rocks form a small basin that holds water after rains. Another good rest spot is a shady grove at 1.4 miles. Take time to enjoy these respites from your exposed trail, especially on the way out, when you will have just completed a rough climb.

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"The route that you and your dog are following is an old pack trail. Use is light and the path occasionally fades along this first stretch, so watch for cairns to guide you. You follow a slight incline at 0.5 mile, then the path levels out again as it winds toward the edge of the mesa.

There is a very pretty, arborous grotto at 0.9 mile where the rocks form a small basin that holds water after rains. Another good rest spot is a shady grove at 1.4 miles. Take time to enjoy these respites from your exposed trail, especially on the way out, when you will have just completed a rough climb."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Strawberry
Distance: 9.2
Elevation Gain: 1,814 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Best October through April
Trailhead Elevation: 4,440 feet
Top Elevation: 4,485 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest, Payson Ranger Station
Local Maps: Verde Hot Springs USGS
Driving Directions: Directions to Deadman Mesa Trail

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May 2018