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Deer Creek Trail #45Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Jun 15 2008
nonot
Backpack5.00 Miles 800 AEG
Backpack5.00 Miles2 Days         
800 ft AEG
 
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Tried to escape the valley heat and revisit some of the places we discovered in the Mazatzal Wilderness on our last trip. The heat and the near-absence of a trail prevented us from attempting to repeat the experience. Desertroux and I took an extra hour and twenty minutes (about two hours total and nearly an extra 2 miles) to find and carefully map the Deer Creek Trail from the Peeley trailhead to the confluence with Deer Creek. This area, like the others devastated by the Willow fire within the Mazatzal Wilderness boundary, has received no maintenance since then and has become severely eroded and overgrown in many sections. The forest service map is not accurate enough to be of assistance in the most difficult sections.

This trail is a navigational challenge from this side, so I recommend that any individual undertaking this section take no less than a gps programmed with the route I will submit.

Te-wa proceeded down the drainage once the trail became too hard to follow and it took him a little over an hour and a half on the way down, so the disoriented hiker has some hope at least of connecting the two. A short distance past the end of the gps route, the trail appears to cross the creek and it is not clear where it emerges on the other side, so if someone could add that section one day I would appreciate it. I believe somewhere near the end of this route is where one could pick up the Davey Gowan trail, however no sign was found of the junction.

Climbing out on the second day, we completed the ~1.6 mile section in just under an hour on the "trail", navigating by the previous day's log in the difficult sections. The heat cranked up to skillet level (90+?) and we were all glad to get back in the shade of the car and head home to air-conditioning.
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