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West Fork Campground, AZ

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Trailhead Elevation 7,729 feet
Interest Perennial Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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13  2018-05-20 Steph_and_Blake
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Preferred   May, Sep, Aug, Oct
Sun  7:12am - 5:09pm
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by Steph_and_Blake

Located adjacent to the west fork of the Black River in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, this would be a quiet camping area if your primary goal is to fish for native Apache trout. At an elevation of 7,740 feet, one could quite comfortably “beat the heat” of Arizona’s lower-altitude regions.

Open between May and October, there are no formal, designated campsites (all free with a 14-day stay limit). But there are about a dozen obvious “sites” that folks have used in the past (i.e. fire rings and cleared, flat areas). Note that while the “sites” aren’t crowding each other, there wouldn’t be much privacy as there is no undergrowth below the tall pines. However, all the sites offered dappled shade.

There is one pit toilet (two stalls) in service, but no water or facilities of any kind (including trash removal). At present, no fires (including charcoal) are allowed and smoking is banned. Please check with the Forest Service for current fire restrictions before leaving home. Also of note, all dogs must be in a leash (presumably because of the presence of black bear).

If you’re not wanting to have to drive the Forest Service roads looking for a dispersed campsite and/or want the convenience of a toilet, then this would be an acceptable place to camp. We would particularly recommend this campground if you have a few kids, want super-easy access to fishing that is, generally, above-the-ankle in depth, and want/need an open area for the kids to run around and burn off energy. However, the views aren’t all that great and prettier locations can be found within a few miles.

    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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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To car camp trip
    From Show Low, take AZ-260 east for a little less than 36 miles. Turn right (south) onto AZ-273. Drive around Big Lake to it's southern end. Turn left onto Route 68 and drive for 12 miles. Take a hard right to arrive at the signed campground will be on your right. If you cross a small concrete bridge, you've driven too far.
    page created by Steph_and_Blake on May 24 2018 11:40 am
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