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Whites Crossing - Black River, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 0 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,900 feet
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Perennial Creek
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2  2012-04-19 Roxyflute5
7  2009-06-27 ssk44
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San Carlos Reservation
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Reservation San Carlos
Preferred   Apr, Oct, May, Nov
Sun  6:07am - 6:16pm
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Overview: Beautiful segment of the Black River, within the San Carlos Indian Reservation. Activities consist of camping, fishing, and hiking. Hiking this particular river segment is easy to moderate with a defined trail both upstream and downstream. The camping/parking area is located along the river with excellent shade from large ponderosa pine and oak. Recommended route is downstream.

Lat. 33 Degrees/32'/19.93"/N & Long. 109 Degrees/42'/25.63"/W

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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.

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Whites Crossing - Black River
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My husband and I go to this area almost every year for fishing (which includes a little bit of hiking when you take "government trail" rather than the pump station stairs). It is a beautiful area still, but the fishing has been devastated by the AZ Wallow Fire from last year. The fishing was terrible this trip due to the silt and ash that has collected along the river banks. Hubby got stuck up to his knees in the mud and almost lost his shoes it is so thick at the bank's edge. The next day we woke up to an inch of glorious snow on the ground which we are not used to at our home in the more southern part of AZ. The photo opportunties are endless in the pristine area where we (only) saw antelope, mule deer and javelina on the drive into and out of our campsite.

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San Carlos Indian Reservation Black & Salt River Permit required.
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Map Drive
High Clearance possible when dry

To hike
From Globe (junction at US60), drive southeast along US70 approximately 24.2 miles to SC-8. SC-8 to Point of Pines is a paved highway. There are NO services of any kind at Point of Pines. Drive along SC-8 for approximately 53.5 mile to SC-4. The turn for SC-4 is just outside of Point of Pines. The remainder of the drive to Whites Crossing is gravel/dirt. If it's raining, be prepared for horrendous mud. The area around Point of Pines can be rather confusing. Keep your eyes open for Black River signs and stay on the main roads.

From the SC-4 turn you will continue east/northeast along SC-8 for approximately 11.8 miles to SC-2008. SC-2008 is an un-maintained high-clearance road. Drive northeast along SC-2008 for approximately 2.5 miles down to the camping/parking area along the river at Whites Crossing. There will be a fork just before reaching the river. Turning right will head to the crossing. See attached topo maps for clarification of the area along SC-2008.

!!WARNING!! Whites Crossing is a remote location, deep within the San Carlos Reservation. The nearest cell phone signal is over 65 miles away. Use caution and discretion during ALL activities. You're on your own!
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