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South Fork Trail #46, AZ

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Distance One Way 5.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,306 feet
Elevation Gain 2,762 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,808 feet
Avg Time One Way 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 14.96
Interest Historic
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Author Wild Bill
author avatar Guides 2
Routes 0
Photos 56
Trips 9 map ( 58 miles )
Age 60 Male Gender
Location Deer Creek Az.
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Preferred   Apr, Oct, Mar, Nov → 7 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:32am - 7:31pm
Official Route
15 Alternative
Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 Willow 2004117.2 mi*
🔥 2020 Bush Fire193.5k
🔥 2012 Sunflower Fire16.1k
🔥 2004 Willow Fire120k
🔥 2004 Willow117.2 mi*
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*perimeter length in miles

The real Gowan property hike
by Wild Bill

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This trail is a little known or hiked trail, the one thing that made it interesting to me was that the Gowan property is located on this trail and not on the Deer Creek trail. David Gowan was one of the first pioneers in this region, he had a claim on the Verde river just west of the town of Payson. He was also credited for discovering the Tonto Natural bridge, the story goes like this, he was hunting in the Pine creek area when a group of Indians chased him up the creek where he took cover under the bridge, he later gave the property to his relatives, the Goodfellows. A good book I've found for information is Rim Country History put out by the Gila County Historical Society

This hike starts at the Deer creek trailhead, you actually start out on the Deer creek trail but within the first quarter mile you run into first the Gold ridge trail #47 and very shortly after that you come to the South Fork Trail #46 intersection, The trail is nice for the first few miles until it turns south and starts heading up the south fork of Deer Creek, where it's rock hopping for the next few miles, 3 1/4 miles you come into the Mazatzal wilderness for about a mile and a half then back out,about 1/2 mile from the wilderness boundary you come to the Gowan property.

When you reach the Gowan property your about a half mile from the end of the trail at Pigeon Springs on the FR201. A major storm last January 2010 has changed all the trails in this area with fallen trees etc, like all other trails in this area I saw many signs of fresh bear droppings so take extra measures (making a lot of noise) I've personally ran into several bears in the Mazatzal Mountains but have always avoided contact.

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2010-07-20 Wild Bill

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    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Head North from Phoenix on Hwy 87 to milepost 235 at the intersection of HWY 87 / HWY 188 turn left into the Deer Creek Trailhead parking area and let the fun begin
    page created by Wild Bill on Jul 20 2010 4:02 pm
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