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 Horsethief Lake, AZ
Description 3 Triplogs 0 Topics
RatedFavorite   Wish List Region
 Black Canyon
Difficulty 1    Route Finding
Distance Round Trip 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 6,105 feet
Elevation Gain 15 feet
Avg Time Round Trip ~1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.08
Author cabel
Descriptions 4
Routes 0
Photos 2,152
Trips 346 map ( 1,959 miles )
Age 51
Location Cave Creek, AZ
Rated Viewed All Mine Friends
5  2010-09-18 cabel
6  2010-06-02
Horsethief Lake
The Eagle
36  2008-08-27
Crown King - After the Fi
Trailhead Forecast
Historical Weather
Forest Prescott
Backpack - Possible - Not Popular
Seasons - ALL
Alternative Routes
Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
direct air miles away to trailhead
0.1  Tiptop Trail #234
0.6  Recreation Trail #201
0.9  Lane Mountain Trail #233
1.4  Horsethief Canyon Trail #30
1.4  Watson Peak - Bradshaw Mountains
1.5  Twin Peaks Trail #240 - Prescott NF
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by cabel

After a teeth shaking ride from I-17 past Cleator and up to Crown King head over to Horsethief Basin Lake. There is much visual evidence of the fire that went through there a couple of years ago but will find no damage at the lake. There is a trail around the lake and several options off from it. If you are lucky you will have it all to yourself and be able to relax and listen to all that nature has to offer. You will find yourself in the company of cat tails, pines and cottonwood trees. This is a birders paradise so stay awhile and watch our fine feathered friends play. If you are going for pictures all you have to do sit still for a little time and the birds and deer all come out to play. Please make sure and practice the ethics of Leave No Trace. You can fish in the lake. I saw plenty of small bass fry. Not so sure that I would swim there as if is full of hydrilla.

From this lake you can connect to plenty of local named trails. The recreation also has several developed campgrounds close to the lake. Drive slowly to and from the lake as I had several close calls with other trucks and ATV's. After you are done return to Crown King for beverage and food at the Saloon. Make sure you visit the general store for some fudge so make sure that you save room.


    Map Drive
    Sun5:53am - 7:04pm
    Preferred Oct, May, Apr, Sep
    RoadFR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay
    Permit $$

    Prescott National Forest Pass
    Only trailheads with six "amenities" have fees. Amenities are picnic tables, trash, toilet, parking, interpretive signing and security.

    Directions To hike
    I-17 to the Horsethief Basin Recreation sign and follow to Cleator and Crown King. Six miles from Crown King on FR 52.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
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