Inner Basin Trail


Inner Basin Trail

Inner Basin Trail is one of my all time favorites! With miles and miles of an aspen forest this trail feels like magic with every step. October is the best time to go, due to the color change of the leaves. The trail is about 4 miles round trip and is a nice incline within the trees.

To get there…

From Flagstaff, go north on U.S. Route 89 for 12 miles and, just past the Sunset Crater entrance, turn left onto Forest Road 420. Continue on the dirt road and follow the signs to Lockett Meadow Campground; the trailhead is well-marked. Enjoy the trail till you hit the open meadow at the top of the mountain!

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Verde Hot Springs


Verde River Hot Springs

Along the Verde River in Arizona is this hidden gem known as the Verde River Hot Springs. For years I had heard of this magical location and was lucky enough to experience it myself! Now I must warn you, 4 wheel drive is a MUST!!! I am the type that attempts to take my car everywhere but high clearance is needed when driving down to the verde river campground.

To get there…

The Drive In |  Take I17 to exit 285 (General Crook Trail), go east for about three miles, then turn right on East HWY 260. Go about 8 miles and turn right on Forest Service Road 708, where the sign says “Fossil Creek & Verde River.” Now comes the 19-mile drive down a dirt road. The road quality varies from OK to downright dangerous, so go slow. At the intersection with Forest Service Road 502, turn right.

You’ll go past the Childs Power plant, and the sign above till you end up in the Verde River Campground. You will want to park on the right side of the campground, nearest to the power plant.

By Foot | Once you’ve parked and waved at a few hippies, follow the trail in front of the truck in the image above! This trail will soon break off into two directions…keep right letting the trail lead you near the power plant and up to the road. Follow this road until hitting a giant fallen cactus in the road, there should also be a X spray painted on a rock. This is when you must go left, following a not so traveled trail toward the river. This trail will lead you to a banked area where the Verde River is low enough to walk across.

I’m 5’5 and the water only came slightly above my knee! After crossing take the trail leading to the left, if you spot palm trees you’re headed in the right direction. Pass the palms and before you know it you’re in the middle of a desert oasis! I must warn you, people are often times nude… at first it was uncomfortable, but they are very respectful!

Have a safe trip!

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Colonel Devin Trail

Colonel Devin Trail Tunnel Trail


 

Colonel Devin Trail #290

Colonel Devin Trail is along the Highline Trail, which can be found within the lush Northern Arizona forest. While trekking to the top of this trail, you will be treated with spectacular views, Arizona history, and even a calming creek.  This trail leads you up the side of the Mogollon Rim which is located in Payson, Arizona.

To access the Colonel Devin Trailhead, park in the Washington Park Trailhead. There is no fee for parking here, and space shouldn’t be an issue.

Colonel Devin Trail

To the very left of the parking lot you will find trail information, behind these two signs is where you must begin to access Colonel Devin Trail.

Colonel Devin Trail Arizona Trail

Colonel Devin Trail

Follow the trail directly behind the Washington Park Trailhead sign.

Colonel Devin Trail

Be sure to leave your mark!

Colonel Devin Trail

Colonel Devin Trail

Colonel Devin Trail

Colonel Devin Trail

Colonel Devin Trail

Colonel Devin Trail

After hiking for about 1.75 miles you will reach the Railroad Tunnel Trail Loop sign, out of curiosity my mother and I took this path. However, if  you would like to continue on the Colonel Devin Trail continue straight.

Colonel Devin Trail

Colonel Devin Trail

Colonel Devin Trail

Fair warning, when reaching the switchbacks DO NOT climb up the path that looks like it will be shorter (when faced with this split go on the less inclined route) this path is very dangerous. Luckily my mother and I made it up safely, but once at the top we could not find a trail which caused slight panic. All in all by taking this “path” we became closer to each other and lucked into stunning Rim views.

Colonel Devin Trail

Colonel Devin Trail

Colonel Devin Trail

Colonel Devin Trail

Colonel Devin Trail

By climbing to the highest point on the Mogollon Rim I was able to spot a Rim Road 300, which lead us to the parking area to General Springs Cabin.

This area is filled with Arizona History. The Battle of Big Dry Wash happened here over 130 years ago. General Spring’s Cabin is still standing tall for hikers to explore.

Colonel Devin Trail

Colonel Devin Trail

Colonel Devin Trail Tunnel Trail Payson Arizona Natalie Nicosia 4

Colonel Devin Trail Tunnel Trail Payson Arizona Natalie Nicosia 3

The neat part about General Springs Cabin is that Arizona allows visitors to explore the two room log cabin free of charge!

Colonel Devin Trail

Colonel Devin Trail

 To find your way back to Washington Park Trailhead, follow the signs leading back to Tunnel Trail. This trail will turn into Colonel Devin Trail.

Colonel Devin Trail

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Baldwin Trail

Baldwin Trail Sedona Arizona Hiking


Baldwin Trail

Hiking in Sedona, Arizona is absolute magic. With Red Rocks and Energy Vortexes, Sedona is home to first class hiking trails that will leave you speechless. The Baldwin Trail starts across the road from the south side of Red Rock Crossing (Crescent Moon) parking area near the end of the Verde Valley School Road.  To access the Baldwin trailhead, simply cross the dirt road and you will see the signs across from the parking area that indicates the start of the trail.

Sedona Arizona Hiking Trail

Sedona Arizona Hiking Trail

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Baldwin Trail curves along the side of spectacular red rock mountains.

Sedona Arizona Hiking Trail

The trail is slightly shaded in certain areas but in the sun for the majority of your travels so be sure to put on sunscreen before heading off!

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One thing to note if you being your four-legged pal, they will be covered in red dirt by the time this trail is competed. This red dirt is extremely hard to get out, I learned the hard way and had to give this little guy two baths!

Sedona Arizona Hiking Trail

Sedona Arizona Hiking Trail

Baldwin Trail is a giant loop, in the image below I mapped out the route I took. Instead of doing the loop I actually went back the same route I had originally started on. Baldwin Trail bumps right into Cathedral Rock Trail, this was the trail I came to Sedona to conquered so I made this trail longer than originally was. To explore the Cathedral Rock Trail with me click here.

Baldwin Trail Sedona

Sedona Arizona Hiking Trail

Sedona Arizona Hiking Trail

happy trails

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Bursera Trail

Brusera Trail South Mountain Az Hiking


Bursera Trail, South Mountain

Located at the edge of Ahwatukee, is a trailhead that runs throughout the South Mountain desert landscape. To reach Bursera Trail, you must enter at Pyramid Trail Head. This can be located at the west end of Chandler Blvd. and 19th Ave.

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Head down Pyramid Trail for about a half a mile. Brusera Trail will be on your left hand side.

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This trail is all most all up hill, yet I would rate this trail difficulty to be easy.

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The total hike is 2.8 miles one way.

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This trail is quite busy with people coming up and down, although I hiked this on Mothers Day with my mom so that could be the reason.

This trail is Simba approved! He got to meet many new friends on this trail, I highly recommend a leash if you choose to bring a dog.

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One of the coolest things about hiking South Mountain, is the variety of trails offered! Many of these trails connect which makes it easy to hike the whole day away while staying on South Mountain.

From the highest point of this trail you’re able to see the a spectacular view of Ahwatukee, and if you look hard enough in the other direction you can spot The Lost Ranch Ruins in the mountains.

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Telegraph Pass South Mountain Trail

Telegraph Pass South Mountain Trail Hiking


 

Telegraph Pass Trail

To access Telegraph Pass Trail travel to located Desert Foothills Parkway (north of Chandler Boulevard) and Seventh Street. There will be free parking available at this location. To start the trail off with a textured concrete surface for the first.5 mile.

When the trail turns into dirt it will split off to two different trails: Telegraph Pass, and The Desert Classic Trail.  Curve left to take Telegraph Pass Trail. The first portion of this trail is relatively easy. Once .75 miles into the trail you will find a turn off to the left to view a signed petroglyph site.

Trekking up the next 1.15 miles of Telegraph Pass to the Bench can get a tad steep. Be sure to wear shoes with a strong grip, the dust settles on these rocks making it easy to slip. The Bench is a nice resting location before hiking to the Rock House.

Telegraph Pass South Mountain Hiking Arizona

Once rested, follow the curve of the road to the left to find the opening to hike to the Rock House.

Telegraph Pass Arizona Hiking

The Rock House is about 1 mile from the Bench. This extra mile makes a world of difference! The views at sunset are stunning but be sure to have a head lamp to hike down in the darkness.

Telegraph Pass South Mountain Hiking Arizona

Telegraph Pass South Mountain Hiking Arizona

Telegraph Pass South Mountain Hiking Arizona

Telegraph Pass South Mountain Hiking Arizona

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West Clear Creek Trail

West Clear Creek Trail Hiking Arizona Camp Verde AZ Fossil Creek


West Clear Creek Trail

Beat the summer heat by taking a creek side hike!

To find West Clear Creek Trail drive 40 miles south of Flagstaff on Interstate 17. Leave the highway at the AZ 179 exit and turn east under the freeway. Drive about 9 miles on FR 618 to FR 215 and turn east about 3 miles to the Bullpen Ranch trail head. Head straight down this dirt road until you hit the parking lot. There will be free parking with restrooms at the entrance to the trail head.

West Clear Creek Trail AZ

West Clear Creek Trail AZ

West Clear Creek Trail is stunning! This hike gives you a little taste of everything. During your hike you’ll experience areas of thick tree coverage, open meadows, breathtaking Red Rocks, and of course West Clear Creek.

West Clear Creek Trail AZ

And so the fun begins! On this trail you must cross the creek a total of 4 times. For the creek crossings I always take off my shoes and socks because I usually fall in. Water shoes would be extremely useful on this trek.

West Clear Creek Trail AZ

The water isn’t too deep so if jumping rocks isn’t your forte, just walk slowly through the water.

After the first crossing, you will end up in a large open fielded area. Down this path you will find some ancient ruins of a house.

West Clear Creek Trail AZ

Continuing on you will soon arrive at the second creek crossing.

West Clear Creek Trail AZ

West Clear Creek Trail AZ

If you stay on the trail you will not miss this crossing. My hiking group tends to wander so we had to make the second crossing at an alternative location.

West Clear Creek Trail AZ

At the second crossing I was thankful that I carried my shoes across. One of my legs slipped into the water soaking my jean leg.

West Clear Creek Trail AZ

West Clear Creek Trail AZ

The day we went hiking it was raining off and on which made areas with lots of rock extremity slippery. Be careful when the rocks are wet!

West Clear Creek Trail AZ

The sun popped out for about 20 minutes of our 3 hour hike and I was truly overjoyed!

West Clear Creek Trail AZ

My hiking  turned around at the third creek crossing. This crossing had no path across that we could find. The only option would be to walk through the water.

West Clear Creek Trail AZ

West Clear Creek Trail AZ

I would not recommend taking a furry friend if they can’t cross the creek on their own! You may have to carry them across the crossing which can get quite tricky.

West Clear Creek Trail AZ

West Clear Creek Trail AZ

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Horton Creek Trail

 

 

Horton Creek Trail Payson Arizona Hiking


 

Horton Creek Trail

To find Horton Creek Trail head east on Highway 260 to forest road 289. Travel down this dirt road until crossing the skinny one car bridge. The trail parking will be immediately on the left after crossing.

Horton Creek Trail Payson Arizona

To find the trail head you must walk across the bridge and toward the camping ground on the left. After going up the dirt incline you will see the trail head sign straight ahead.

Horton Creek Trail Payson Arizona

 

Horton Creek Trail is absolutely stunning. You walk along the forest floor beside the stunning creek. This hike is a great hike for beginners!

Horton Creek Trail Payson Arizona

Horton Creek Trail is extremely puppy friendly and Simba approved!

Horton Creek Trail Payson Arizona

After hiking for 3.25 miles you will arrive at the stunning Horton Spring! The water is crystal clear, and so very peaceful.

 

Horton Creek Trail Payson Arizona

Horton Creek Trail Payson Arizona

Horton Creek Trail Payson Arizona

happy trails

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Lost Dutchman State Park

Lost Dutch Man Arizona State Park Hiking Flatiron Superstition Mountains


 

Lost Dutchman State Park

In the magical Superstition Mountains you will find many stunning hiking trails that take you on a journey through the majestic history and beauty of Arizona. To find Lost Dutchman State Park head north down the beautiful scenic route of Apache Trail which is also called Highway 88. The drive up is curvy and shortly turns into a well maintained dirt road. On the way up, you will pass Goldfield Ghost Town on the left, this is a great place to stop with the kids!

Just a few miles north of Goldfield Ghost Town will be the entrance to Lost Dutchman State Park. Once turning right you will have to purchase a day parking pass which is only $7.  When you pay be sure to pick up a Park Map, this came in handy when I managed to get lost!


Picking the perfect hiking trail: 

Native Plant Trail: Located near Visitor Center, this 1/4 mile trail features desert plants along an accessible paved trail.

Treasure Loop Trail (#56): Length 2.4 miles round trip, rated moderate, elevation change of 500 feet. Ends at either picnic area.

Prospector’s View Trail (#57): Length 0.7 miles, rated moderate. It connects Siphon Draw Trail with Treasure Loop Trail & also connects with Jacob’s Crosscut Trail.

Jacob’s Crosscut Trail (#58): Trail runs 0.8 miles along the base of the mountain, rated easy. It connects Treasure Loop Trail with Prospector’s View Trail, and continues 4.5 miles past the park area along the base of the Superstitions.

Siphon Draw Trail (#53): 4 miles round trip. Trail winds into a canyon known as Siphon Draw, with a 1,000 foot elevation gain to the Basin area. It’s possible to continue hiking to the Flatiron (6 miles roundtrip), but note trail is not maintained past the Basin. Plus, there’s a 1-mile, 2,000 foot elevation gain from Basin. Only experienced hikers in good shape should attempt the Flatiron hike. Trail is very steep and difficult. Allow 5–6 hours to hike to top and return.

Discovery Trail: Connects campground & day use areas. Features information signs, a wildlife pond, bird feeder and viewing bench.


Starting off…

Lost Dutchman State Park

Originally I planned on hiking up Treasure Loop Trail, but quickly realized I made a wrong turn. I hiked along the mountain biking trail until running into Siphon Draw Trail.

Lost Dutchman State Park

When reaching this trail, I continued up moving closer toward the mountain base until I hit a fork in the trail. At this fork I turned left proceeding up Prospector’s View Trail.

Lost Dutchman State Park

Hiking this area of the trail in March is STUNNING the Yellow Brittle Brush is in full bloom and the landscape is an sea of yellow flowers.

Lost Dutchman State Park

Once at the peak of Prospector’s View Trail there is a bench for the perfect photo!

Lost Dutchman State Park

To get back down I followed Treasure Loop Trail back to the parking lot.

happy trails

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