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    308 m
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    15.6 km
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    Red Creek Trail


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    Red Creek Trail is a 15.6 km route in the Tonto National Forest that sees little traffic despite its pleasant scenery. This trail is nicely shaded under a canopy of trees as it meanders along the creek, making for a lovely view. There are camping sites along the trail if you want to backpack. Watch for motorized traffic and free-roaming cows on this route. You may need a high-clearance vehicle to reach this trailhead.

    Route Description for Red Creek Trail

    The Red Creek Trail is a route not often travelled despite its pretty views and secluded feel. This hike enjoys a canopy of trees overhead that provide shade, with plenty of birds to watch and other wildlife wandering about. The camping sites near the end of the trail make backpacking a nice option.

    You’ll need to watch for motorized traffic on this route as it’s a signed 4WD trail frequented by ATVs and side by sides. There will also likely be free-roaming cows around the trail, but they generally keep to themselves.

    From the trailhead, head out along the path. Where it meets up with Red Creek, you’ll turn right to dip into the canyon. The terrain is mostly rocky with a few sandy sections as you wander alongside the creek underneath the trees. The route continues out of the canyon to the junction with the Verde River Trail, where it terminates shortly after crossing the Verde River at a Y-junction.

    Getting to the Red Creek Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Red Creek Trail is at the end of FR 181.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground:

      Various backcountry sites

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    • Pets allowed:

      Yes - On Leash

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    • Route Type:

      Out and back

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