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.. Hike a Geology "Candy Store with amAZing Views" ..
For clarification, there are two Deep Creek areas within the Sierra Ancha Wilderness. This Deep Creek Canyon Overlooks hike departs from the northern Sierra Ancha "Billy Lawrence TH". The other Deep Creek Trail #128 hike departs from the southern Sierra Ancha "Bull Canyon TH".
This off-trail hike begins at the Billy Lawrence Park/TH Start. Typically the TH Start for the Sierra Ancha Wilderness Lucky Strike Trail #144, and later connects with the "Center Mountain Trail #142".
This "Deep Creek Canyon Overlooks" hike does not begin on Trail #144. This "Deep Creek Canyon Overlooks" route begins by hiking North from this TH on the visible, un-numbered 4WD two-track mining road, which climbs and parallels a ridge with views and ends ~0.35ml in from the Billy Lawrence Park/TH Start. At this mining road end, it is highly recommended to have downloaded to closely follow this author's posted hike guide, "official" Gps Route.
This moderate, mostly off-trail, but relatively short 3-mile out-n-back hike which does require some route-finding ability, is a true hidden gem of a hike! Our Sierra Ancha Wilderness has a wealth of expansive, short, and distant rugged mountains, peaks, buttes, and cliff views. Combine all this with unique, unexpected, and numerous geological features to enjoy, and you have a true geology "candy store", which this hike is.
The Sierra Ancha Wilderness, part of the Tonto National Forest, is one of the more remote and rugged wilderness areas to enjoy and explore. This particular section which includes the Deep Creek Canyon Overlooks hike, has a significant amount of early to mid-20th-century Asbestos Mining history.
The details of this out-n-back hike are best represented by reviewing this author's 10/28/19 hike:
Photoset (with individual pic captions, tag notes, and geocoded pics);
Gps Route "official" (edited for correctness with key waypoints included);
Seasonal with only known perennial Cienega Spring within proximity, adjacent to FR235 (2.2mls down FR235 from the Billy Lawrence TH).
For this hike, backpack camping is not recommended but for in vehicle and/or tent camping, please view the following FR235 HAZ - Hike Guide writeups:
Camp Grasshopper - Sierra Ancha FR235-C/Site#1
Camp Grasshopper - Sierra Ancha FR235-C/Site#2
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.