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Deadman Mesa Trail Professional Review and Guide
"A seldom-hiked trail through remote country to the confluence of the East Verde and Verde Rivers. The section of the Verde River at the end of this hike is part of Arizona’s only federally designated Wild River, and it’s one of the last free-flowing rivers left in the state.The trail heads south across the broad tip of Deadman Mesa, passing through open pinyon pine–juniper forest. At 2.0 miles and the southern rim of Deadman Mesa, the trail drops steeply down a ridge to the confluence of Hardscrabble Creek and Fossil Creek. After 1.9 miles along the west side of Fossil Creek, the trail crosses the creek and climbs southwest. The trail is obvious where it climbs away from the creek, but becomes faint on the open, grassy slopes above. If you lose it, just head cross-country uphill to the pass, where you’ll intercept the Verde River Trail."
--Bruce Grubbs, Hiking Arizona's Superstition & Mazatzal Country (Falcon Guides).
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