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Kinder Crossing Trail #19, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 1.95 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,914 feet
Elevation Gain -535 feet
Accumulated Gain 584 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 - 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.9
Interest Perennial Creek
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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12  2018-04-25 Stoic
8  2016-09-05 arizona_water
9  2016-08-31
Kinder Horse Loop
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25  2016-07-16
ECC-Horse Crossing-Blue Ridge Loop
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5  2015-09-12 friendofThunderg
39  2015-05-29
Kinder Crossing Trail #19 - East Access
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16  2014-08-17 Lost
22  2014-08-09
Kinder Horse Loop
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Preferred   May, Jun, Aug, Sep → 10 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:58am - 5:20pm
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Nearby Area Water
Kinder Crossing Trail #19 - East Access
0.6 mi away
2.0 mi
584 ft
East Clear Creek - FR95 to Kinder Crossing
East Clear Creek - FR95 to Kinder Crossing
1.4 mi away
4.5 mi
350 ft
Horse Crossing Trail #20
Horse Crossing Trail #20
1.5 mi away
1.5 mi
500 ft
Horse Crossing Trail #20 - East Access
1.7 mi away
1.8 mi
667 ft
East Clear Creek - Horse Xing to Leonard
1.7 mi away
12.5 mi
200 ft
Blue Ridge Reservoir - CC Cragin
Blue Ridge Reservoir - CC Cragin
2.5 mi away
Blue Ridge Campground
3.1 mi away
Moqui Group Campground
3.1 mi away
Rock Crossing Trail #18A - Blue Ridge
Rock Crossing Trail #18A - Blue Ridge
3.2 mi away
0.4 mi
-338 ft
Rock Crossing Trail #18B - Blue Ridge
Rock Crossing Trail #18B - Blue Ridge
3.3 mi away
1.4 mi
389 ft
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Deep in the Arizona Forest
by Paintninaz

Note
Page stats reflect full the true one-way trail from the popular western trailhead to the less used eastern trailhead. The popular out-n-back hike from the western trailhead to the creek and back has nearly identical stats.


Intro
Looking for a "beat the heat" getaway? Try Kinder Crossing Trail # 19 in the cool pines North of Strawberry/Pine. A group of us went up on a mid-August Sunday morning and spent the day hiking, playing in the water and just enjoying the cooler temps.

Hike
The trailhead at the top of the canyon is well marked and points you to the right across a small meadow of fallen trees to where you will begin your descent into the canyon. This first portion of the trail is pretty easy as you gradually slope down the canyon. There is an overlook point where you can get a good glimpse of your destination point, East Clear Creek, below. From this point it sure looks like a long ways down! As the trail continues on, the terrain becomes a bit more rocky and the grade a bit steeper, the trail then turns into a series of switchbacks which are lined with boulders and large slabs of rock, all of which remained steady and didn't pose any slippery footing problems for anyone in our group. Almost before you know it you're at the bottom of the trail and are greeted by a picturesque creek surrounded by steep canyon walls, awesome rock formations and a beautiful little swimming hole!!

The trail continues to the left along the creek a little ways, and with some searching through the bramble patches crosses the creek. Here we found a couple of large webbed cocoons, which proved useful as markers for us on the return trip as the crossing is even less distinguishable from the other side of the creek! Once across the creek, several larger swimming holes offered even more picture opportunities and tempted a couple of our group members to shed their shoes and test the waters. WARNING: the crawdads in these waters were very aggressive and on the attack, make sure to count your toes when you've finished swimming! With the canyon walls and the creek on one side of you, the other side provided a campground and a large grassy pasture and what appears to be the remains of a house foundation, just enough to stir up the imagination!

Follow the little marked trail back to the creek, and allow several attempts to find that crossing and you're back at the base of the trail looking up at what will become the actual "hike". Sure you came down that way, it seemed short, remember? Well, the trek back up is a bit more work, making you glad it was a short trail after all!

Paintninaz
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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
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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Directions
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FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

To hike
From Strawberry, drive north on Hwy 87 just past the Blue Ridge Ranger Station. Turn right (south) on Forest Rd. 95, follow this dirt/gravel road 4.2 miles to the signed Kinder Crossing Trail turnoff then turn left. Continue on this dirt road about another 0.75 miles to the trailhead sign.
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