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Correjo Crossing, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance Round Trip 6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,300 feet
Elevation Gain -160 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.8
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Historic & Perennial Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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10  2009-07-19 azbackpackr
author avatar Guides 27
Routes 460
Photos 5,498
Trips 821 map ( 5,873 miles )
Age 69 Female Gender
Location Needles CA
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Preferred Oct, Apr, May, Sep → 8 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:34am - 7:09pm
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A drive-by hike on the way to Escudilla
by azbackpackr

I decided to re-visit the Correjo Crossing Trail along Nutrioso Creek on a cold spring day. I wanted to find some respite from the chilly wind, which had been blowing almost every day throughout the springtime. Since this trail winds along the bottom of a canyon, it is usually somewhat protected from March gales. Although a few patches of snow remained in shady spots, the sun was warm on my face. It was easy to imagine that summer, my favorite season, is just around the corner!

In years past I had ridden along this trail on a mountain bicycle with some friends of mine, all of them better riders than I ever hope to be! The trail has some rocky, technical sections, which are tough to negotiate unless one is a pretty accomplished mountain biker. I noticed during my hike that the trail has not been maintained at all in recent years. This is too bad because at one time it was designated as a foot and bicycle trail by the Forest Service. Maintenance and new signs are badly needed here.

This day I had chosen turned out to be warm and sunny, a nice break from the chilly weather we'd been having. I took my two dogs, Molly and Bubba, along for company. I have often seen elk and deer in this area, but this day I saw only a pair of mallard ducks. They flew up suddenly from one of the pools along this slow-moving little creek, quacking noisily.

The trail is fairly easy to follow. It starts as a very rough two-track, but soon branches off to the right and follows the creek, while the two-track goes very steeply up the hill to the left. Take the right fork and soon it becomes a single-track path. In places, if you seem to have lost the trail, look for the small rock cairns placed there by previous hikers and cyclists. Eventually the trail contours up along the side of the hill, away from the creek. At the end of the trail, it's back by the creek again. The trail ends at a barbed wire fence, beyond which is private property.

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2009-07-19 azbackpackr
    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 hike
    From Phoenix, get yourself to Springerville, via either US 60 through Globe, Salt River Canyon, Show Low OR via SR 87 to Payson, then 260 to Show Low, turn right on 60 go STRAIGHT to Springerville. Turn right at the stoplight by McDonald's. Go about a mile and a half to Eagar, to the stoplight, turn left(east) onto SR 260, which merges with 191/180 on the outskirts of town.

    From the Eagar stoplight, it is 6.5 miles to the trailhead. PASS MILEPOST NUMBER 406 and turn left onto a small HARD TO SEE dirt road. IF YOU GET TO MILEPOST 407 YOU HAVE GONE TOO FAR. Go down this road to the turnaround and park. Walkthrough the opening in the fence here, this is the beginning of the trail. Be sure to follow the creek trail, not the ATV trail up the steep hill.
    page created by azbackpackr on Jul 19 2009 5:21 am
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
    prehydrate & stay hydrated

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