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Indian Creek Trail, AZ
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Indian Creek Trail , AZ 
Indian Creek Trail , AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2009
writelots
Hiking8.25 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking8.25 Miles   5 Hrs      1.65 mph
1,000 ft AEG
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My first trip out - think I'm going to need one more before I can officially write up this trail. It's a winner, though - especially in the fall.

Left the Old Pueblo just before 8am with two trucks, three people, a lab mix (Lilo), a Boxer (Ollie) and an overweight Chihuahua (Pecky). After some difficulty finding our road in San Simon (I know - how do you get lost in a town that doesn't even have a stoplight?) - getting directions and some great advice about what to do if you're bitten by a rattler from the locals (what ever you do, don't run) and wandering around a ranch populated with chili-pepper eating horses, we finally found the unmarked northern trailhead. The directions from the forest service were only minimally helpful in this task.

It's a very pleasant walk up Wood Canyon. Much of the trail is an old wagon road - and though it's wide in some spots and there is evidence of the old ruts, for the most part the canyon has reclaimed the track, so it's shaded and woody. The only disappointment was the extensive evidence of cattle. Often it was difficult to tell the trail from the cow paths. Luckily, they all stay in the confines of the canyon, so you'll still get where your going. Sycamores and oaks create a much more forested feel than the dry hillsides that surround the canyon. As you get deeper, remains of homesteads litter the bottom of the canyon, including rusted out wagons, automobiles and machinery. Even deeper, you get into some narrows which look to have water most of the time (but were dry this year), and patches of maples which were just past their peak of pinkness. We went as far as a signed junction for a trail that isn't on any map or guide (Overton Canyon) before we turned around. Am already planning the next trip out to finish the last ~5miles of the trail, check out the canyon next door (Emigrant Canyon) and enjoy this very isolated, wonderful little spot again.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
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