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.
Only trailheads with six "amenities" have fees. Amenities are picnic tables, trash, toilet, parking, interpretive signing and security.
To hike The FS lists 3 trailheads in the Horsethief basin Recreation area. From I-17, exit at Bumblebee and take FR 259 to Crown King (27 Mi). From Crown King take FR 52 south-southeast for 7.5 miles to the Turney Gulch Campground turnoff (52F). Proceed 0.25 miles north past the campground. Low clearance should park here; parking for 5 vehicles. From here FR52F becomes 4WD or High clearance for 0.5 miles to the trailhead.. FR 52 and 52F are graded dirt roads suitable for most vehicles in fair weather. (I'd recommend high clearance) - At the waste water treatment facility just north of Turney Gulch campground - Behind the summer home area 0.25 mile NE of the campground. - FR 52, 1.1 miles east of the campground (easiest to access) - The trail can also be accessed from a forth trailhead, located on the eastern end of this trail at the bottom of the mountains. This appears to be a much shorter drive (8 miles) vs. the approx 34 miles vs. Crown King and also lower in elevation 3000' vs 6200'. This is actually the TH for the Castle Creek #239. Here's the waypoint, N34 11.196 W112 12.437. The road getting there was 4x4 in 2013, 2.5 miles before the TH was as close as high clearance got us.