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Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood Creek, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Phoenix NW
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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Loop 9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,787 feet
Elevation Gain 500 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 11.5
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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11  2018-03-24 ThirstyLizard
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Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic Mountains
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7  2018-01-07
Little Jim Trail
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9  2017-12-16
Hieroglyphics - 3465 Pikes & Mill
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22  2017-12-13
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic Mountains
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15  2017-04-09 DarthStiller
10  2017-03-18 Nightstalker
32  2017-02-20
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic Mountains
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Preferred   Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr → 9 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  7:24am - 5:21pm
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Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic Mountains
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic Mountains
0.0 mi away
12.3 mi
2,409 ft
Pikes Peak - Hieroglyphic Mtns
0.0 mi away
11.6 mi
2,296 ft
Peak 2191 - Hieroglyphic Mtns
Peak 2191 - Hieroglyphic Mtns
0.0 mi away
1.5 mi
364 ft
Cottonwood Creek - Hells Canyon Wilderness
Cottonwood Creek - Hells Canyon Wilderness
0.3 mi away
3.5 mi
500 ft
Cottonwood Trail - Lake Pleasant
Cottonwood Trail - Lake Pleasant
0.7 mi away
1.2 mi
93 ft
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake Pleasant
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake Pleasant
0.7 mi away
1.4 mi
399 ft
Little Jim Trail
1.3 mi away
0.9 mi
800 ft
Pipeline Canyon Trail
Pipeline Canyon Trail
2.2 mi away
3.9 mi
552 ft
Wild Burro Trail - Lake Pleasant
2.2 mi away
2.0 mi
110 ft
Baldy Mountain - AKA Francis Rogers
Baldy Mountain - AKA Francis Rogers
2.8 mi away
3.3 mi
960 ft
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Almost heaven
by Bob Gregg

Bees buzzing in cottonwoods and the screams of redtail hawks will greet hikers in the spring along this trail, but keep your eyes and ears pealed for diamondback rattlesnakes. Though drought has had a major impact on wildlife you may still encounter javelina, deer, gila monster, skunk, antelope ground squirel, collared lizard, feral burro, and a variety of birds. Octotillo burst into life after a summer rain, and barrel cactus have a healthy reddish glow. The Hieroglyphic mountains loom on the near horizon as you wend your way through a variety of classic sonoran desert terrain.


From the trailhead hike west along a well worn path and cross over Cottonwood Creek (CC). Follow the trail up the embankment and onto a plateau. Shortly the trail forks - bear right to follow the main trail or bear left and take a scenic side trip(see below). Either way you'll end up on the same trail heading west toward the Hells Canyon Wilderness. After bearing right at the fork hike past ancient mesquite trees until the trail meets up with the sidetrip trail - then bear right(west). From this point follow a single track west crossing numerous washes along the way. At about 2.5 miles cross a little used ranch road and enter the Hells Canyon Wilderness. The trail will take you very close to the base of the high peak which dominates the western horizon - a great opportunity for peak baggers.

This trail winds its way up, down, and all around on its way to God's country so you'll have to pay attention while hiking it. My grandson calls it the zigzag trail, but there is a tread most of the way and where it fades cairns mark the way.

The scenic sidetrip trail - bear left at the fork and cross over CC wash. As you head west along the south side of CC wash search for indian rock art on your right. A large boulder with geometric design can be seen from the trail, but other petroglyphs, including very faint bighorn sheep figures, must be searched for. Pass by a grove of cottonwoods and a small frog pond then look across CC wash and see the trail climbing up a redrock embankment. Stay on this trail. The main trail will intersect it within 200 yards.

Bob Gregg
    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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    To hike
    From Phoenix, take I-17 north to the Carefree Highway (SR 74). Turn left on Carefree highway and drive west to Castle Hot Springs Rd (Lake Pleasant exit). Turn north and drive for approximately 5 miles to a large pull off on the left side of the road. Careful of deep sand in the parking area. The hike begins at the northwest corner of the parking lot on the other side of a fallen barbed-wire fence.
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