Deer Creek Trail Hike (South of Payson)

Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 08:00
Larry -, 602-789-9548
C- LENGTH: 6 mi ELEV GAIN: 500 ft PACE: Medium

Meet at 8:00 AM. (depart 8:15) at Wendy's in Fountain Hills on Shea Blvd., just west of the Beeline Highway. We will carpool to the Deer Creek Trail Trailhead.

The Deer Creek Trail offers an easy approach to the east side of the Mazatzal Mountains. It crosses the range land to Deer Creek and then follows the creek upstream for about 2.5 miles. There are numerous places to stop, photo and cool off in the creek or enjoy a snack. The trailhead is literally a stone's throw from highway 87. The turnoff to the trailhead is well marked from SR 87, right at the highway 87/188 juncture (where the rest stop is roughly highway marker 235.5. We’ll begin our hike in high desert on an abandoned jeep road with views of the Mazatzals, Four Peaks, Gisela, and surrounding areas. We continue along the creek to a streamside picnic area, where we take a break and return on the same route. Luckily there are sections of shade throughout (some pretty dense), and the trail more or less runs along the north side of a ridge/canyon, so going in you've got ridge/shrub/trees rising to your left, creek to your right.

Expect to stop afterwards for lunch & libations at an eatery in Fountain Hills. Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, snacks and $$ for carpool. Children, well behaved outdoor dogs are welcome.

Cost to non-members is $5.