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Deer Creek Loop Trail

HARD 9 reviews
#58 of 125 trails in

Deer Creek Loop Trail is a 15.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Payson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 15.9 miles Elevation Gain: 3,566 feet Route Type: Loop

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wild flowers


Monday, June 18, 2018

After 4 miles you have to be very careful for trail marking. Lots of big boulders and fallen trees are on trail. Also carry a lot of water. If you are not into long hikes don’t attempt this trail. I completed whole loop and have not found any other hiker. So if you are planning to do whole loop carry a lot of water and carry other hiking essentials, most likely you will be by yourself.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Beautiful scenery can't be enjoyed due to a poorly kept trail, requiring you to go off trail to make some decent progress even then the loop can't be finished realistically in one day due to the terrain. did 9 miles of this trail and had to turn around due to giant Boulder and fallen trees in the way making it difficult to keep a constant speed.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Only had 2 hours to hike this morning. Went in about 3 miles Flowers are blooming. Creek is flowing a little low. A nice morning hike. Will definitely go back and make it a full day. The part I did was pretty moderate.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Myself and a friend did the hike as a one night backpacking trip. I would not recommend doing the full loop as a day hike, the elevation gain and loss combined with the trail conditions (Deer Creek Trail is all but gone in the middle portions) make this a very challenging trek. We did it in spring so it was very green with lots of water flowing in Deer Creek. The loop shown here is actually a combination of two trails (Deer Creek and South Fork). We did a counter clockwise loop but came down Gold Ridge Trail (parallels South Fork but stays on the ridge line). These three trails converge near the top of the mountains at a the AZ trail (dirt road access) and the are plenty of camping spots. This hike is only rated poorly because few people have the skills to keep going past mile 5/6. Be prepaired with a quality top map, to stay a night if you do a loop, and be careful because it is a monster climb in tough terrane.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The trail isn't very well marked along the creek, which when we went was completely dried up. The solitude was nice; we had to turn back 7 miles in because we wasted so much sun looking for the caryns.

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