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Gobbler Point Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Distance One Way 2.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,770 feet
Elevation Gain -2,070 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5-2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.15
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🔥 2018 Rattlesnake Fire26.1k
🔥 2011 Wallow Fire29
🔥 2009 Reno Fire24.9 mi*
🔥 1971 Junction Fire15.0 mi*
🔥 1971 Bull Ridge Fire19.4 mi*
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Black River Views
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Good views of the Black River drainage and San Carlos Indian Reservation provide a scenic send-off for this trail into the Bear Wallow Wilderness. From the trailhead, views stretch to Mount Graham in the Pinaleno Range 80 miles to the southwest. This striking panorama accompanies you a good portion of the way of down the steep switchbacks that begins the trail's descent into a side drainage of Bear Wallow Creek and eventually to the canyon floor. Gobbler Point is the steepest trail leading into the wilderness. It also provides the shortest route to the creek's downstream reaches, which could be important to those interested in fishing the stream's pools and riffles for the stocked population of native Apache Trout.
In addition to panoramic views, a mixed stand of conifers, ponderosa pine, and aspen provide a scenic setting for the trail's upper reaches. Those tall upland species gradually give way to clumps of Gambel oak, red-osier dogwood, and bracken fern as the trail loses altitude. At the junction with Bear Wallow Trail on the canyon floor, the trail is set in a park-like community of ponderosa pines and canyon hardwoods, including Arizona ash, alder, and box elder. A sprinkling of wildflowers usually adds a splash of color.

The humble fence that marks the boundary of the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation is just a half-mile downstream from the point where the Gobbler Point Trail meets Bear Wallow Trail. Bear Wallow Creek flows into the Black River another one and a half miles downstream from that. If you'd like to complete your tour of Bear Wallow Creek and take a look at this remote section of the Black River, be sure to get a permit in advance from the San Carlos Apache Tribe. Notes:

No motorized or mechanized vehicles (including mountain bikes) are permitted in Wilderness. The trail is steep, exposed to direct sun, and drops 2,100 feet in 2.7 miles. Be sure to carry enough water. A special use permit from the tribe is required for entry onto the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation.

Trail Log:
0.0 The trail heads west from the parking lot at the end of Gobbler Point Road (Forest Road 8154)
0.9 Drop into the drainage and continue the descent to Bear Wallow Creek and Trail.
2.7 Junction with Bear Wallow Trail #63.

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To hike
Drive south on US 191 approximately 28 miles to Forest Road 25. Head west on Forest Road 25 about 7-miles to Gobbler Point Road, #8154, on the left (south) side of Forest Road 25. Follow this road left at the first forks and right at the second forks 3-miles to the end of the road. The trail begins at the trailhead poster board.

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