Disappointing - unable to get there with an ordinary car. After exiting at table Mesa Rd and crossing to the west, you turn right immediately up to a gate that states "trust land permit required" the gate is easily opened but the rugged track beyond is impassible without 4WD. maybe one day I can get to the trail, it sounds lovely.
I took my mastiff to Lake Pleasant this March, and while she played in the water, I followed alongside on land. Shoreline is rocky and quite a bit of brush. Lovely clear lake for swimming. I was driven closer to the water by a park ranger who told me there had been several rattlesnake sightings in this area recently. Apparently the early warming from El Niño has brought out plentiful snakes. Watch where you step! I deducted one star
r/t no beach without risk for snakebite.
i did the pipeline trail and loved it! its a short trail but has plenty of views and wild life you do have to buy a permit for 6 dollars not bad. but the fishing was great and not only hiking the trail i backpacked in so my trip was about 4.5 miles 9.0 miles round trip been waiting to do it again
Just completed a short 1 mile in (From the South trailhead to just after the bridge) for a moderate 2 mile round trip. The scenery is really nice with lots of lake views. The Bridge adds an element of interest, and you may be lucky to see some fish. Lots of evidence of wild burros which are common around the lake. Please note there is a $6 entrance fee to the lake area.
We started on the Pipeline Canyon Trail at the south trailhead which was just so-so. We then took the new spur on Yavapai Point Trail. Yavapai Point trail is a new trail. The Yavapai Point Trail is 3 miles total, 399 feet elevation change I believe, and was totally worth the hike up. The views over the lake were awesome! The grand opening celebration for Yavapai Point Trail is November 17th.
I've 4 wheeled the back way to Crown King 5 times. Every time with a group of good friends. We didn't make it a 6th time but we tried. It was snowing pretty hard and the 1st big hill we couldn't make it up!! The snow flakes were the size of silver dollars!! If I had lockers I could've made it but it would have been extremely dangerous. Going again very soon!!
This is a very nice hike. Only accessible during the fall to early spring when the Agua Fria River is low. To get there, exit I-17 at Table Mesa Road and take Table Mesa Road westward for about 4 miles, taking the left-hand road at each fork. There are signs for Agua Fria Conservation Area which lead to a parking area. From there follow the trail down and across the Agua Fria River, then parallel to the river. At about 2.5 miles, there is a path off to the left that leads to the top of a distinctive hill (Indian Mesa) with light colored rock on top. The climb is steep but short to a saddle. From there take the left fork up to the top of the hill. Here there are well-preserved ruins and beautiful views of Lake Pleasant and the river valley below. Follow the same route to return to the parking area.