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Cool trail. Had some water in the creek. Definitely take tough pants and even long sleeves (even if it's hot) or you're going to get scraped up by thousands thorny bushes that cover the trail path.
There's a creepy abandoned shed a few miles in and abandoned machinery. The actual trail also crosses over what appears to be a man-made set of roadways (maybe for horse and cart when the trail was fully operational?). If you look to the east side of the creek at the ~3 mile marker, there is another shed on the opposite side (could get to it if you hike the creek instead of taking the trail). There is a man-made pathway on that side as well, which took impressive effort. Interested in the history of this place but couldn't find it online.
The trail eventually ends where a forest fire did damage a few years ago. The rock cairns at this point are obviously destroyed and withered, as the trail at this point is mostly abandoned. You'd have to rough and tumble your way further down the trail.
With that said, the overall walkable trail is probably no more than ~6-7 miles and receives quite a bit of traffic since it's so close to Bumble Bee Ranch and Crown King.
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.
This hike drops down into the valley between the hills giving shade for most of the hike. It is a great day hike that crosses Poland Creek a few times. A sturdy vehicle suggested for the road out to the trailhead. The beginning of the trail had some snow left when I was there. Wearing pants is advised due to the brush. Lots of wildlife and very beautiful.
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.