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West Fork Trail #628 - Black River, AZ

AZ > Alpine > Eagar S
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Guide 32 Triplogs  1 Active Topic
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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.35 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,900 feet
Elevation Gain -318 feet
Accumulated Gain 153 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 2.86
Interest Perennial Creek
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Author desertgirl
author avatar Guides 20
Routes 5
Photos 3,098
Trips 440 map ( 3,112 miles )
Age Female Gender
Location Chandler, AZ
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Preferred   Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep → 9 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:34am - 7:12pm
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Riverside jewel
by desertgirl

Likely In-Season!
This is a short and mostly easy trail that leads you to a picturesque grassy meadow on the West Fork of the Black River.

From the developed trailhead, the trail heads out at an easy grade through mixed forests of pine, spruce, fir and stands of aspen. At about 3/4 mile from the trailhead you run into the 1st of 2 meadows - Neck Tank. The meadow had quite a bit of flowers (iris) blooming and the dog had a blast chasing large yellow butterflies. The green meadow, flowers, buzzing bees and fluttering butterflies, dappling warm sunshine and the dense forest beyond presented quite a sight. The trail continues on and encounters another meadow. This is a smaller meadow and had similar ambiance as the earlier meadow. Done with chasing butterflies, we continued on and at about the 2-mile mark the trail reached the edge of the canyon the west fork of Black River... vistas opened up to dense slopes of coniferous trees that descended sharply to the river. You proceed along the rim for a bit taking in expansive views. After the 2.5-mile mark, the trail descends gently. You cross a wooden footbridge across a scree slope. It becomes steeper and rockier at it progresses down the slope; switchbacks at a reasonable grade quickly take you down to the river and a welcome swathe of greenery. The river is fairly narrow and you find quite a few boulder-hop paths across. This a welcome break from this hike down and there are many points along this river for a quick break. At many locations you see the work of the industrious beaver as water spills over their dams. Greenery glittering under the crystal clear water, the babbling brooks and darting fish, trees like willow & alder add to the beauty of this shimmering green riverside community. This is in stark contrast to the surrounding mountainside environment.

After, spending a few hours playing in the water and catching up on snacks, we headed up the slope back to the trailhead. It was a quick walk back and along the way we encountered some mountain bikers - the trail is open to mountain bikes so watch for them.

Note: This trail can be accessed from Indian Springs Trail.

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2003-06-30 desertgirl
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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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Map Drive
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

To hike
From Eagar drive west on 260, turn south on 261 & drive 18.3 miles to turnoff for 273. Turn left and continue to end of 273 and start of Forest Road 249 (You should see turnoff for Big Lake camping areas at the end of 273). Head down Forest Road 249 for 0.7 miles and you will see turnoff to right for Forest Road 249E. Turn right onto 249E and drive 2.2 miles to where FR68. Follow this road 1.5 miles to developed trailhead for West Fork Black River. ( At 0.5 miles down this road is the trailhead for Indian Springs loop)
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