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Pine Creek Trail - Tonto Natural Bridge, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 0.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,556 feet
Elevation Gain -71 feet
Accumulated Gain 11 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 0.54
Interest Perennial Creek
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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4  2019-08-31
Tonto Natural Bridge
12  2019-08-07 MountainMatt
8  2016-10-09
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13  2014-05-12
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5  2010-04-25
Tonto Natural Bridge
Author MountainMatt
author avatar Guides 3
Routes 192
Photos 3,253
Trips 492 map ( 3,285 miles )
Age 28 Male Gender
Location Arizona
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Preferred   May, Jun, Jul, Aug
Seasons   ALL
Sun  5:22am - 7:40pm
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Perennial Pine Paradise
by MountainMatt

Likely In-Season!
A 400ft developed trail that leads down to the undeveloped Pine Creek Natural area within Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.

An easy well groomed dirt trail leads down to a perennial section of Pine Creek. Once down in the creek bottom the method of travel becomes easy boulder hopping following the yellow painted arrows and signs downstream.

A spring fed waterfall, blackberry thickets and cave area will soon come into view to the east which is inaccessible from the Pine Creek Trail but can be reached by the completely separate and short 'Waterfall Trail". This is also where numerous and consistent sightings of coatimundi occur so stay quiet and keep your eyes peeled and you may get lucky enough to see the peculiar creatures.

Near the end of the Pine Creek trail it makes a sharp bend east which is where the only mandatory creek crossing is located.

After that one can proceed further to the natural bridge or head out of the canyon via the 500 ft long "Anna Mae Trail' which will bring you back up top where a paved walking path can be used to loop back to your vehicle at the Pine Creek trailhead located in the northern portion of the park.

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2019-08-06 MountainMatt

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

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    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.

    Permit $$
    Special Use

    Updated 2019
    Adult (14+): $7.00
    Youth (7–13): $4.00
    Child (0–6): FREE

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

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    Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
    Highway 87 (10 miles north of Payson, AZ)
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