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Towel Creek Trail #67, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Distance One Way 9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,100 feet
Elevation Gain -1,323 feet
Accumulated Gain 953 feet
Avg Time One Way 3.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 12.18
Interest Ruins & Perennial Creek
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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14  2021-04-23
Towel Creek Ruins - West Access
35  2019-10-21
Towel Creek Ruins
13  2016-03-05
Towel Creek Ruins - West Access
16  2014-04-29
Oxbow / Cold Water Loop
3  2012-02-04 toddak
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Routes 17,031
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 24 Male Gender
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Apr, Feb
Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:36am - 7:29pm
Official Route
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Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 2021 Backbone Fire114.9 mi**
🔥 2005 Bull Run Fire8.5 mi*
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Grazin' Beauty
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This trail is unique among those on the Coconino National Forest. It leads through an area of picturesque buttes and low bluffy mountains that is quite different from that along any other trail on the forest. It is also one of the few trails on the Coconino that leads to the Verde River, a great place to camp out or cool your feet before starting back to the trailhead.

The main vegetation type in this rugged country is high chaparral. It consists primarily of manzanita, scrub oak, and cliffrose. There are hackberries, for which nearby Hackberry Mountain is named. Cottonwoods, sycamores, and willows cluster near the few seeps and springs, while stands of pinyons and junipers cling to the higher elevations.

The Towel Creek area has been grazed since the latter half of the nineteenth century. You'll see evidence of its cattle growing past, present, and even its future along the trail. One thing you might notice is that the grass cover is comparatively healthy here despite being grazed. That's the result of a progressive management program being used by the local rancher. The Towel Creek Trail is used to move cattle between seasonal ranges.

About 3 miles from the trailhead, a short side-hike leads to Towel Spring. 3.5 miles further along, you'll see an old line shack that cowboys still use. From here, it's two more miles to the Verde River and its cool waters.

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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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FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

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Location: 65 miles south and east of Flagstaff (14 miles east of Camp Verde) on paved and graveled Forest Roads.

Access: Drive 50 miles south of Flagstaff on Interstate 17 and take the Middle Verde exit. Drive east through Camp Verde on Forest Highway 9 and continue about 6 miles to FR 708. Turn southeast on FR 708 about 9 miles to the trailhead near Needle Rock.
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