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East Fork of the Little Colorado, AZ
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East Fork of the Little Colorado, AZ 
East Fork of the Little Colorado, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2009
azbackpackr
Hiking4.00 Miles
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.00 mph
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Mileage given is round trip. This was a very little hike up the actual East Fork of the Little Colorado, a non-official trail. It is very near the official trail of the same name (see linked hikes.) It seems that everyone who lives in Greer knows this trail because on a Tuesday we saw a whopping 8 other hikers! That's a lot of hikers for around here, especially on a Tuesday! It is absolutely gorgeous, while it lasts. It tends to die out and become pretty much bushwhacking, although I was told you can follow the drainage to the rim if you are persistent enough. I was with a group of retired ladies who hike on Tuesdays, and they weren't up for the scramble. But at least now I know it's there.

I can't tell you exactly how to get to it because we went through several people's back yards. You take the road to the Montlure Summer Camp and there is a link to this trail near the camp. I was told you can also start at the regular, official, East Fork Trailhead, near the end of 373, but don't go up the switchbacks, just cross the river and they say you can find it??? I will have to go check that out.

The official trail does not follow the creek but the unofficial one does. The unofficial trail just follows the East Fork, the east side of Amberon Point (see Big Lake topo map) whereas the "Official" trail switchbacks up the west side of Amberon Point, tops over the rim, goes to Marble Spring and East Baldy Trail. In addition to Big Lake topo you should use Greer topo.

I tried some different settings on my camera, and did use flash on a couple, as suggested. But it tended to give a washed out look, such as when I took photos of ferns on a log in the shade. Perhaps I should have changed the exposure setting as well??? Thanks for previous suggestions, y'all!

(Edit, post Wallow Fire, 2011. This trail will never be the same in my lifetime.)
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