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.
An all day trail that is worth the trip. The views are awesome while the trail is a good challenge for those in locker-less vehicles. Good little hill climbs, rock garden, and some tippy spots add to the fun. You are out in the middle of nowhere so make you have at least some water (like Gallons worth) and tell somebody where you went. I would not recommend going alone. Worth the trip.