The real Gowan property hike
by Wild Bill
2016: This trail has not received much maintenance since the Willow Fire in 2004. It is difficult to follow and gone in areas, most will not enjoy.
History: 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
Hike: This hike starts at the Deer creek trail head, 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.
2010-07-20 Wild Bill
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