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.
High Clearance possible when dry
To hike From I-17, exit at Bumblebee and take FR 259 to Crown King (27 Mi). From Crown King take FR 52 south-southeast for 6 miles to the Horsethief Recreation Area. Continue past Kentuck Campground for just over a mile to the intersection of FR 52 and FR 697; turn right here staying on FR 52. Proceed south for another 1.3 miles to the turnoff on the right to the ranger tower (North TH) or proceed an additional 1.2 miles to the southern TH.