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South Fork-Deer Creek Loop, AZ
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South Fork-Deer Creek Loop, AZ 
South Fork-Deer Creek Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 26 2014
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking18.12 Miles 3,415 AEG
Hiking18.12 Miles   8 Hrs   11 Mns   2.40 mph
3,415 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Don't ask me why I have never done either of these two trails. It's an absolutely beautiful area.

I started by heading up the South Fork Trail. It was manageable and easy to follow for the first few miles and then it became a route finders dream. The next few miles was a cross between trail hunting and boulder hopping. I was looking for the Gowan Cabin remains around the 5 mile mark but didn't find anything. Then I discovered the strange holdout spot that is mentioned in some previous trip logs from 2012. It was really odd to say the least. Someone was living there and didn't want to be found. They had the setup covered quite well. They also has an interesting plumbing system in there with black drip line hose. I checked out the area for a good bit and it's evident that nobody has been there for awhile. It did smell of death in that area. Not sure if an animal died or a Cornish hen was placed there to rot? All I know is it smelled terrible. Then I continued on for a couple more miles and popped out on FR201. This road leads to the Mouth Peeley Trailhead.

My plan was to hike to the Trailhead. If I crossed paths with anyone that could donate a liter of water I was going to go up to the top of Peeley. If not then just head back on the Deer Creek 45 Trail. As I approached the Peeley TH I saw a blue FJ Cruiser but nobody around. I had plenty of water for the trip back but not enough for an extra hour and a half.

So down I went. The Deer Creek Trail is Awesome for the first couple miles down to Gowan Camp. It had me wondering why I had never been on it. Just beautiful! Shortly after the nice meadow of Gowan Camp things went from real good to real challenging real quick. Once again I was on a trail hunt as I made my way down the boulder strewn creek bed. It is so pretty thru here but it is also a slow go. I would find trail bits here and there and plenty of cairns along the way. It went like this for about 2.5 miles and then boom good trail! The good trail lasted for about 4 miles which took me all the way back to the Jeep.

Man I really liked both trails and especially the Deer Creek one. If there was ever a trail worth restoring I would say this one is it. It really just needs about two and a half miles worth of heavy trail work. The rest is easy cat claw trimming.

Awesome Hike!
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