Explore the most popular trails in Castle Creek Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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off road driving
muddy
no shade
19 days ago

Bored and went driving aimlessly again.

off road driving
no shade
off trail
26 days ago

I started on crown king road and ended up going all the way to bumblebee and then back on the highway.

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

The trail starts at the Algonquin Trail trailhead, on the left side of the Crown King road. It follows Algonquin Trail for 1.5 mile. It is steep descend (around 1,000 feet). When Algonquin Trail reaches Poland Creep, the trail diverts to the left and follows the creek (downwards). This part is pretty challenging, since there is no maintained trail. Just follow the creek. Sometimes it requires scrambling over boulders or big rocks. There are several swimming holes on the route, some of them may be swimmable even during the summer. After 0.7 miles trail ends on the 30 feet high waterfall, called Big Dipper. There is a great swimming hole below the waterfall. It is quite hard to get there: easies way could be found on the left side of the creek. Return the same way: ascending 1,160 feet may be a challange, especially there is no shade.

off road driving
5 months ago

love this trail, found and seen some amazing things. father up to prescott drove through allot of snow, was slick on some spots but drivable amazing scenery.

well worth the drive, even though beginning is a little scrubby it's still a fairly well marked Trail considering. I also love how the exposed dirt is made of mica, in the sunshine it's like walking on a disco ball.

hiking
over grown
6 months ago

off road driving
7 months ago

Good road to Crown King. Most cars will have no problem with the road. If you want to go north from Crown King to Prescott you’ll need a 4x4. Great scenery on the trail and stopped at a few spots. Good easy drive if you do an out and back trip. Watch for bikes and ATVs.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice little hike in the snow. This is a nice, single-track trail that takes you out overlooking the hills. There are off-road vehicle trails in the distance. We were lucky to find this trail during a snow storm. There was 1-2 inches of snow covering the easy trail. This was really fun. I will come back to try it again when the weather is warmer. We drove to the parking lot that has a brown forest service sign, telling us a little about the trail. Go 1/3 mile past where the directions tell you to stop. Parking lot is off to the left. I think this would also be a pretty decent beginner mountain bike trail.

off road driving
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

I read reviews prior to going to this trail and do find it to be moderate. Several reviews commented that it was hard. Personally felt it was easy down and moderate back. I drove past the trailhead as it was not marked. I would not make the 22 mile drive just hike this trail. Not piling on about the trail itself. Just seems like it is something to do while you might be spending The Weekend in Crown King.

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

A good trail but definitely should be rated as difficult due to the long steep descent/ascent and very rocky narrow path. As others have stated, be sure to wear long pants and long sleeves.

hiking
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Beautiful views. Amazing workout. Be sure to wear pants and long sleeves. There are shrubs with thorns that are terrible on bare skin!!!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Great hike and workout with amazing views. Be sure to wear any type of pants as the ground shrubs are full of thorns and brutal on the exposed legs...

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

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.

backpacking
Monday, June 27, 2016

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.

hiking
Monday, March 14, 2016

Awesome hike! I would definitely recommend pants, and a good dirt road vehicle, but the views are totally worth it. Be prepared to hike uphill the whole way out!

hiking
28 days ago

off road driving
1 month ago

off road driving
5 months ago

on Algonquin Trail

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

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