Bear Flat Pleasant Valley Trail

HARD 2 reviews
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Bear Flat Pleasant Valley Trail is a 15.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Payson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

15.2 miles
3,205 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips


bird watching


wild flowers


Monday, September 26, 2016

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

Saturday, March 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."