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Reynolds Creek Trail #150, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,250 feet
Elevation Gain 1,253 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,375 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3.5 hours
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Renolds Crk Trl 150 to Knoles Hole
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Author aaronhales
author avatar Guides 6
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Trips 7 map ( 47 miles )
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Location Chandler, AZ
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Sun  5:13am - 7:37pm
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by aaronhales

Glenn Reynolds built the first house on this creek. For many years he was a prominent Gila County cattleman. In 1888 he was elected sheriff of Gila County. On November 2nd, 1889, he was escorting Apache prisoners and killed by the Apache Kid.

HAZ Note
Stay to the left at the parking area, and ignore the road/trail that continues to the right. If you have not crossed the split-log bridge in the first minute or two of your hike, you are on the wrong trail!

For the past few months, I had been planning to get around to hiking Reynolds Creek, but after seeing it as the "Hike of the Month" in a recent Arizona Highways, that was the final straw. Now I HAD to go.

This hike starts at the terminus of FR 410 off HWY 288. At 6000+ft in elevation and being in a nicely shaded canyon, the ponderosas are plentiful and big. I started at about 7:45, and after about 5 minutes of hiking, I heard some rustling in the brush down below and saw three black bears, a mother, and her cubs, much to my surprise. They immediately headed to the other side of the canyon and into the woods. I treaded a bit more cautiously after that to make sure I didn't run into any more bears.

The trail heads east along the north face of the canyon, passing Reynolds Creek Falls. It was no more than a trickle when I was there, but they are about 50 feet in height and would be quite impressive after snowmelt or heavy rain. Eventually, the trail crosses the creek and heads southeast towards Aztec Peak. At about the 2.5-mile mark, you encounter a beautiful aspen covered area called Knolls Hole. Let me tell you; the falls colors were in abundance. The pictures can attest!

The trail travels about 1/3 of a mile through Knolls Hole before leveling out at a saddle at about 7500 feet. You've gone almost 3 miles at this point. Also, at this point, the trail forks. You can continue straight and head eastward and downward on the official Reynolds Creek Trail, eventually meeting up with FR 487a near Murphy's Ranch, but I did not go that far. The trail kind of petered out, so I turned around and took the fork that headed right (south) and eventually ran into the Abbey's Way #151 trail ( at this section, it appeared to be an old mining or logging road). If you follow TR 151 in a south/southwest direction, it leads you to a nice overlook where you can see Aztec Peak and Peterson Ranch down below. At this point, I turned around and headed back to the trailhead. All in all, it was about 8 miles round trip.

As a side note, after getting back to HWY 288, I headed back south about 2 miles and headed up FS 487 towards Workman Creek Falls. If you go past the falls about a 1/2 mile, you will encounter the Abbey's Way trailhead that you can follow for about a 1/4 mile north from the road, and it will lead you into the basin where Peterson Ranch is located. The ranch is long gone, but a nice field and an apple orchard remain. I took plenty of them home!

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2004-11-25 aaronhales
    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 / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To Reynold Trailhead
    Take Hwy 60E to Globe, then turn north HWY 88 towards Roosevelt Lake. After 25-30 miles, turn right onto HWY 288 and follow for about another 25-30 miles north until you reach FR 410. Turn right again FR 410 and follow east for about 6 miles to it's end. At it's terminus, Reynolds Creek Trail begins.

    2007-10-14 Grassohopper writes: Take Hwy 60E to Globe (at MP247) turn north on HWY 88 towards Roosevelt Lake. Drive 14.7 miles (at MP229.4) turn right onto HWY 288. Drive 27.6 miles north (at MP286.4) to FR410. Turn right on FR410 and continue for 3.5 "slow/rough/high clearance" miles to it's end. At it's terminus, Reynolds Creek Trail#150 begins.

    2012-03-15 glutz writes: There is room for 3-4 cars if they're cozy. And several fire rings.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 128 mi, 2 hours 39 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 151 mi, 3 hours 26 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 206 mi, 4 hours 6 mins
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