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Hunter Creek - Bear Flat - Gordon Canyon Loop, AZ
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Hunter Creek - Bear Flat - Gordon Canyon Loop, AZ 
Hunter Creek - Bear Flat - Gordon Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 14 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking21.92 Miles 3,727 AEG
Hiking21.92 Miles   10 Hrs   25 Mns   2.33 mph
3,727 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break16 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
As others that have mentioned, park off the west side of Colcord Road .3 mile off Rt260 in the small dirt area. Pass through the gate and pick a route west to get down to the creek area.

Hunter Creek Falls
This is a pleasant stroll, generally following the creek bed. There are areas where a tread may be visible, more than likely due to game. On our hike there were scattered pools of water and some minimal flow in spots. We had to cross 4 or so barb wire fences but there was nothing to indicate private property. The falls area while interesting was lacking... a waterfall.

Christopher Mountain
From the Falls area we went off trail and uphill for a short bit to catch FR146. This climbs steadily to Christopher Mountain and has some nice 360 views

Mail Trail
The first of two planned off trail segments ended up being a trail. This made the 1000' 1 mile drop much easier.

Bear Flats Trail
This trail roller coasters through stands of pine, juniper and oak. Quite nice

Gordon Creek Falls
This was the second section of planned off trail. Once again, we found trail the whole way. Some was well worn, some was marked with very old blazes in the trees. This was the gem of the day. The southern portion of this does not see much traffic, but if more knew about it, it would. It'd be a great place to spend the day hiking and swimming through the pools. We had to hike back to Gordon Creek Falls, which is nice, but the south portion of the canyon made the day.

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Gordon Creek Falls

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Bear Flat Trail Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Christopher Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
One of the larger Tanks you'll see

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Gordon Creek Falls Light flow Light flow
Large pool below the falls

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Sharp Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
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