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Red Creek, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 8.25 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,665 feet
Elevation Gain -457 feet
Accumulated Gain 870 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 12.6
Interest Seasonal Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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10  2018-12-24 Peter_Medal
25  2018-12-24 CanyonWanderer
29  2018-11-11
Red Crk - Wet Btm - Highwater - Verde 11
15  2017-11-05
Verde River / Red Creek
25  2016-04-30 survivordude
40  2015-03-13 AZWanderingBear
20  2014-12-09
Red Creek - Western Verde River Trail
25  2014-11-29 skatchkins
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Preferred   Sep, Oct, Nov, Apr → 8 AM
Seasons   ALL
Sun  7:33am - 5:41pm
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Wet Bottom Trail #269
Wet Bottom Trail #269
0.5 mi away
10.6 mi
3,350 ft
Highwater Trail #20
Highwater Trail #20
2.2 mi away
4.5 mi
555 ft
Red Creek - FR18 to FR16A
Red Creek - FR18 to FR16A
2.6 mi away
5.5 mi
500 ft
Tangle Peak
Tangle Peak
4.9 mi away
2.8 mi
1,325 ft
Dutchman Grave Trail #22 - Mazatzal
Dutchman Grave Trail #22 - Mazatzal
5.8 mi away
11.3 mi
3,800 ft
Midnight Mesa Loop - Mazatzal
Midnight Mesa Loop - Mazatzal
5.9 mi away
36.0 mi
7,800 ft
Verde River Trail #11
Verde River Trail #11
6.0 mi away
31.0 mi
6,720 ft
Sheep Bridge / Mountain Spring Loop
Sheep Bridge / Mountain Spring Loop
6.0 mi away
22.6 mi
4,505 ft
Willow Springs Trail #223 - Mazatzal
Willow Springs Trail #223 - Mazatzal
6.1 mi away
16.6 mi
5,260 ft
Long Peak - Mazatzal/Verde
Long Peak - Mazatzal/Verde
6.4 mi away
1.0 mi
450 ft
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by cabel

This is an easy and enjoyable hike which follows a creek bed through a canyon for almost the entire way. One word or caution, it can be used by ATV people on the weekend however we had it all to ourselves. Part of the fun is just getting to the start. The last 2 miles needs to be with a high clearance vehicle. Park before the Forest road begins a STEEP decline to the creek. This is the only elevation of the entire trip. Beautiful reddish cliffs close in on you as you begin the hike. You can stay in the creek bed for the entire trip or follow the Jeep trail that cuts back and forth. Keep your eyes open for wildlife! We saw plenty of deer and prints of turkey, mountain lion, and bear. The creek flows well but is never deep.

It was neat to have cactus on one side and lush green reeds on the creek banks. Fall is a beautiful time of year for this hike as Cottonwoods line the creek most of the way. At 3 miles in, the creek goes underground all at one time. Which leaves you the next mile walking through a deep sandy wash that leads to the Verde River. You could ford the river here and hook up with Verde River Trail #11 and make this a very long loop or even a backpacking trip. The river is very fast flowing at this point and one should use caution if attempting to cross. I would filter any water before drinking. This reminds me of a hike through Sedona but with less hassle of getting there. There are a few deep pools that you could soak in but nothing big enough to swim in. If you can avoid the ATV's and have it all to yourself, this is one of the most beautiful trips close to Phoenix.

    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
    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    Take Cave Creek Road north until the paved road stops and continue on as it is now Forest Road 24. From Carefree at the intersection of Scottsdale/Tom Darlington Rd it is 35 miles. FR 24 will end at FR 269 Turn right and go 3 miles to FR 18. This is where it gets fun. FR 18 is a very unmaintained road continue 2.3 miles and park at the start a STEEP decline to the creek.
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