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Mill Creek Trail

State: Arizona
Location: Tonto National Forest
Length, One-Way: 3 miles
Trail Type: Out and Back
Minimum Elevation: 5280 feet
Maximum Elevation: 7200 feet
Elevation Change: 1920 feet
Best Season: Spring to Fall
Difficulty: More Difficult
Usage: Light

Trail Information

From the Bobtail Trailhead, hike about 0.5 miles down the Bobtail Ridge Trail to the fork where the Mill Creek Trail begins. The Mill Creek Trail heads northward through a thick stand of pine. After another 0.5 miles, a series of switchbacks drop down to a dry wash which is the upper end of Mill Creek. Follow this wash west. After 1.3 miles from beginning, the Mill Creek Trail swings south and follows the creek. The trail is sometimes difficult to locate in this area due to flooding. Two miles from the beginning, the trail crosses the creek and widens. After another 0.5 miles, the trail begins to climb out of the creek and follows the ridge on the north side. The trail ends at a spur of Forest Road 221.

The Pinal Mountain is noted for its scenic beauty and ruggedness. Almost the entire length of this trail is shaded offering good examples of riparian habitat. This trail offers excellent views of Bobtail Ridge and the Basin Area are offered.

Directions

From Globe:
Drive south on Forest Route 112 for about 3.5 miles to Forest Road 55. Turn southwest and travel on FR 55 to its junction with Forest Road 651. Follow FR 651 until it ends near the Bobtail Ridge Trailhead. From the Bobtail Trailhead, go about one half mile down Bobtail Ridge Trail (#194) to the fork where Mill Creek Trail (#199) begins.


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