From the trail head 64 sign walk .17 miles to the creek. The path is pretty well traveled and marked. Right after crossing there will be a fork. Stay left at fork, walk about 20 yards and then go right at next fork. At .25 miles you will cross back over the creek. The trail is easily noticeable once you cross. At .46 miles you'll come to another fork and you'll find yourself at what I believe is an old military fort or stage coach stop from Camp Verde to Prescott. The remains of the rock fence that surrounded the compound stand around the perimeter. Huge trees surround the area.
When done looking at the ruins, stay right at the fork at the start of the ruins. You'll pass under some huge trees. At about 40 yards from the ruins and at the final fork under the trees, stay left. Walk about 15 yards to the creek. You'll find some nice big rocks to sit on and listen to the creek flow if it's a time during a snow melt in early Spring or after monsoon storms in Fall. You can also walk up and down the creek for a little bit each way.
Be careful when making your return trip. Although short, this is one of those hikes that looks a lot different on the way back. It's easy to take a wrong turn at a fork or start walking up a dry creek or run-off area from a mountain.
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5:58am - 7:00pm
Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct → 10 AM
FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry
Forest Prescott National Forest Pass
Only trailheads with six "amenities" have fees. Amenities are picnic tables, trash, toilet, parking, interpretive signing and security.
To hike From Phoenix take I-17 North 15 miles past Cordes Junction to Cherry Road/ Highway 169 exit. West on Highway 160 10 miles to Old Cherry Road. Follow Old Cherry Road for 2.3 miles to trail head and 2.4 miles to parking pull out. You will pass a cattle guard at .5 miles and 1.4 miles and you'll see a small brown sign at 2.0 miles that says "entering private land". Don't worry about the sign, you'll pass right by the private land on both sides of the road.
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.