Bear Flat Pleasant Valley Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Young, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,866 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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From the Bear Flat Trailhead, the first thing you'll need to do is cross Tonto Creek by following the concrete road that leads to a home on private property. You'll see a large white sign with red letters that warns of "No Trespassing." Just before the sign, veer right and follow the creekside edge of the log fence. At the corner, you'll see a trail sign. This junction can be especially confusing. What you'll want to do is make a 90-degree turn to the left and follow the fence uphill toward an old jeep road. The wide road then climbs the hellish half-mile through a forest of mixed conifers to the wilderness boundary, and eventually leads to Bear Flat's intersection with the Mescal Ridge Trail, which veers right. That's where you're headed.

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8 months ago

Trail head is extremely difficult to find. If that person had not posted the instructions they found I would not have been able to continue. Those instructions are accurate except for one thing: someone has now placed a barbed wire fence across the path up onto the old Jeep trail. I crawled underneath. First bit was extremely steep and rugged, and the trail was very poorly marked, but ultimately this was worth it — perfect weather in October and not a single person on the trail.

Mon Sep 26 2016

Trailhead is difficult to find..steep areas with loose gravel...trail is poorly marked.

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Sat Mar 08 2014

We could not find the trailhead despite going up/down the creek. Is is poorly marked. However after we returned, I found this in Arizona Highways (wish they had a sign about this at the trailhead). "From the Bear Flat Trailhead, the first thing you'll need to do is cross Tonto Creek by following the concrete road that leads to a home on private property. You'll see a large white sign with red letters that warns of "No Trespassing." Just before the sign, veer right and follow the creekside edge of the log fence. At the corner, you'll see a trail sign. This junction can be especially confusing. What you'll want to do is make a 90-degree turn to the left and follow the fence uphill toward an old jeep road. The wide road then climbs the hellish half-mile through a forest of mixed conifers to the wilderness boundary, and eventually leads to Bear Flat's intersection with the Mescal Ridge Trail, which veers right. That's where you're headed."