Below Buffalo Crossing the Black River and the road part company as the stream begins to drop more steeply toward its confluence with the White River deep within the Fort Apache and San Carlos Apache Indian Reservations. The river enters a large canyon here, and the streambed becomes more rocky with fewer pools and longer riffles. Forested slopes close in to narrow the streamside riparian zone and access becomes more limited.
This area is popular with trout anglers trying to find better fishing along more remote stretches of the stream, but it also attracts other forest recreationists as well. The scenery is great and there's a good chance you'll see some interesting wildlife, including black bear which are relatively plentiful here.
This section encompasses the East Fork below Buffalo Crossing and the mainstem of the river from the confluence of the east and west forks to the reservation boundary.
0.0 Buffalo Crossing, trail heads downstream
5.0 Bear Creek confluence
11.0 Centerfire Creek confluence
11.4 Jct with Fish Creek & Fish Creek Trail
12.9 Wildcat Bridge
15.0 Junction with McKibbons Pond route
19.0 San Carlos Apache Indian Res Boundary
Buffalo Crossing, Hannagan, Hoodoo
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