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Arizona, Gobbler Point Trail

Gobbler Point Trail

State: Arizona
Location: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
Length, One-Way: 2.7 miles
Trail Type: Out and Back
Minimum Elevation: 6700 feet
Maximum Elevation: 8770 feet
Best Season: Spring to Fall
Difficulty: More Difficult
Usage: Light

Natural Land Bridge

Trail Information

Good views of the Black River drainage and San Carlos Indian Reservation provide a scenic send-off for this trail into the Bear Wallow Wilderness. From the trailhead, views stretch all the way to Mount Graham in the Pinaleno Range 80 miles to the southwest. This striking panorama accompanies you a good portion of the way of down the steep switchbacks that begins the trail’s descent into a side drainage of Bear Wallow Creek and eventually to the canyon floor. Gobbler Point is the steepest trail leading into the wilderness. It also provides the shortest route to the creek’s downstream reaches, which could be important to those interested in fishing the stream’s pools and riffles for the population of native Apache trout that have been stocked there. In addition to panoramic views, a mixed stand of conifers, ponderosa pine and aspen provides a scenic setting for the trail’s upper reaches. Those tall upland species gradually give way to clumps of Gambel oak, red-osier dogwood and bracken fern as the trail looses altitude. At the junction with Bear Wallow Trail on the canyon floor, the trail is set in a park-like community of ponderosa pines and canyon hardwoods, including Arizona ash, alder and box elder. A sprinkling of wildflowers usually adds a splash of color.

The humble fence that marks the boundary of the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation is just a half mile downstream from the point where the Gobbler Point Trail meets Bear Wallow Trail. Bear Wallow Creek flows into the Black River another one and a half miles downstream from that. If you’d like to complete your tour of Bear Wallow Creek and take a look at this remote section of the Black River, be sure to get a permit in advance from the San Carlos Apache Tribe.

Directions

Drive south on US 191 approximately 28 miles to Forest Road 25. Head west on FR 25 about 7 miles to Gobbler Point Road, #8154, on the left (south) side of FR 25. Follow this road left at the first forks and right at the second forks 3 miles to the end of the road. The trail begins at the trailhead poster board.


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