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nice hike, park at the parking lot and hike through the wash usually dry unless it rains and follow the road till it end then follow foot path to Indian Mesa and up to it nice views and easy to get to, shade at the first half of the hike but not other half so bring water and watch for wildlife always see something when I go

The most difficult part of this trail is finding it. The trailhead isn't marked, but it's about 1 mile North of the Sunset Point rest stop on 17N. Look for the windmill as others have mentioned. It's right off the freeway, so be careful pulling in and out. The gate was locked but we just squeezed through. This is really more of a walk than a hike, but there are some trickier areas of you go off-trail and explore the mine ruins a bit. Wear sturdy-soled shoes!

Thanks to the reviewer who mentioned the windmill and gate. Between that and the GPS, it was easy to find. We weren’t sure if we should go in, the place to squeeze though the gate had barbed wire. However some of it was cut so we went for it. We didn’t do the full thing, probably a mile in and back. Very pretty views, a couple of ruins (well a foundation) it was a nice easy hike. Complete solitude, except a few cows on the way back. I’d go again and go farther.

Nice outing. A little hard to find. Park in spot between the road and the windmill then squeeze thru the fence and you're on your way. There are some nice things to see. We added a little to the hike and went off the trail to see the mines up close.

Gates off the highway are locked. If you want access you will have to park on the outside and walk in from the highway.

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.

hiking
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Took me a minute to figure out where it is. If you pass a windmill and what looks like a tin storage container you've gone too far. There is a lot of cows around and I think I even saw a long horn as well. Make sure you wear shoes that you don't mind getting fecal matter on...there is a lot of cow poop out there. Other than trying to find the entrance it was a good 2.5mi hike/walk! Would definitely do this again. I highly recommend this for beginners or someone's who's looking to get active and kill some time!!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

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.

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
Saturday, February 06, 2016

This is a very interesting hike in the Agua Fria National Monument. It follows an old forest road and mining road to a collection of archeological sites. Petroglyphs, an ancient pueblo, and the remains of a mining operation can be found near the trail.

hiking
Monday, May 27, 2013

Ok trail- not ver well marked. It's actually a jeep road. Stay to the left to go to the old fork for two miles

hiking
Monday, February 11, 2013

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.

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