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    This reflects the total elevation gained throughout this route as measured by the GPS file. This includes all ascents and descents, and is higher than what is quoted in most route guides, which simply measure the distance between the starting-point and high-point of the route.
    1,080 m
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    29.5 km
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    Deer Creek Loop Trail


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    The Deer Creek Loop is a challenging day hike or backpacking route with 29.5 km of rugged trail on offer. This route has spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, including Mazatzal Peak, Pine Butte, and Mount Peeley. The vistas are breathtaking, but the journey to find them will test you. This route is subject to extensive overgrowth, so bring a machete or good clippers or you may struggle to get through at all. It’s worth the work!

    Route Description for Deer Creek Loop Trail

    The Deer Creek Loop is an interesting route with unique challenges that yield unique rewards. The views are some of the best you can find in this part of the Tonto National Forest, but the trail is very rugged and sometimes nearly impassable due to overgrowth. Nothing a machete can’t fix! While clippers or a machete are recommended, you should also consider wearing long pants and sleeves. This route can be used for longer day trips or for backpacking. While the distance is solid, the elevation gain feels fairly gradual throughout. Bring plenty of water as the creek may or may not be flowing depending on recent rainfall.

    From the trailhead, the route splits. Go right to follow it to Deer Creek. Once it reaches Deer Creek, it follows the south side of the creek, making creek crossing unnecessary. As you hike further from the trailhead, the canyon narrows and the route mostly sticks to the hill above the creek. After rounding the far end of the loop, you won’t be following the water anymore. Look for cairns to lead you to the steep descent that precedes your arrival at the trailhead.

    Getting to the Deer Creek Loop Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Deer Creek Loop Trail is near the junction of Claypool-Jakes Corner highway and State Route 87.

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