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Horse Crossing Trail #20, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance One Way 1.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,942 feet
Elevation Gain 500 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 3.17
Backpack Yes & Possibly Connect
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Photos Viewed All Mine Following
Collective Slideshow
9  2016-08-31
Kinder Horse Loop
25  2016-07-16
ECC-Horse Crossing-Blue Ridge Loop
14  2016-07-16
ECC Blue Ridge to Horse Crossing Loop
5  2015-09-12
Kinder Crossing Trail #19
39  2015-05-29
Kinder Crossing Trail #19 - East Access
22  2014-08-09
Kinder Horse Loop
6  2014-07-03 BDanger
3  2013-09-15
Kinder Horse Loop
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Preferred   Oct, May, Apr, Sep
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  7:31am - 5:37pm
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5 Alternative
Nearby Area Water
East Clear Creek - Horse Xing to Leonard
0.4 mi away
12.5 mi
200 ft
Horse Crossing Trail #20 - East Access
0.9 mi away
1.8 mi
667 ft
Kinder Crossing Trail #19 - East Access
1.0 mi away
2.0 mi
584 ft
Kinder Crossing Trail #19
Kinder Crossing Trail #19
1.5 mi away
2.0 mi
584 ft
East Clear Creek - FR95 to Kinder Crossing
East Clear Creek - FR95 to Kinder Crossing
2.9 mi away
4.5 mi
350 ft
Mack's Crossing via FR#137
3.2 mi away
5.5 mi
600 ft
Moqui Group Campground
3.5 mi away
Blue Ridge Campground
3.6 mi away
Victorine Crossing #101
Victorine Crossing #101
3.8 mi away
1.6 mi
560 ft
Happy Jack - AZT #28
Happy Jack - AZT #28
3.8 mi away
29.4 mi
2,600 ft
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Fauna Nearby
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Geology Nearby

East Clear Creek is what gets crossed in this case. It's a perennial stream that flows through a picturesque canyon and eventually ends up in the Little Colorado River. The trail that leads to the crossing drops down a gradual slope through an open forest of ponderosa pine and Gambel oak.

East Clear Creek is small, but great for wading and splashing around. A few of the deeper pools are big enough for swimming and fishing. All of them make great reflecting pools for the rock bluffs that form the canyon walls, so bring your camera.

Just above the creek you'll find the remains of an old cabin set on a rocky bench. It's hard not to imagine how enjoyable it must have been to live in such a beautiful place, with peace and quiet as big as the landscape. If that's the way you feel, you might want to give it a try, at least for a while. There are a number of backpacking campsites in the trees near the crossing.

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FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

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Location: 70 miles (about 2 hours) south of Flagstaff in the cool pinesof Mogollon Rim country.

Access: Drive about 55 Miles south of Flagstaff on Forest Highway 3. Drive north 9 miles on AZ 87 to FR 95. Turn south (right) 4 miles to FR 513B. Turn left on 513B about 2 miles to the trailhead.FH 3 and AZ 87 are paved. All other roads are graveled and suitable for passenger vehicles except FR 513B which can be muddy. FR 95 is closed every winter.
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