Difficulty: Easy to moderate.
Description: There’s few ways to get to the creek and all the trails. You can enter through FR 402 across from Four Peaks area, there is an entrance (FR 403) from Hwy 87 southbound about a mile before Bush Hwy, or you can take Bush Hwy exit and go north on a wide dirt road that connects to FR 403. You can spend as much time as you want riding all the small trails as soon as you hit the creek.
Time & Distance: The creek is less than a mile from the highway. Spend as much time enjoying this area as you want.
Trail Conditions: Tonto N.F., Mesa Ranger District. Call (480) 610-3300.
Remember: trail conditions, fire restrictions, weather, and land ownership change constantly so everyone must take responsibility for themselves, both for their safety and complying with all laws. Please understand that means YOU.
Directions to the Trail: Take Hwy 87 northeast from Mesa. Use exit 199, turn left and go through a gate, or follow Hwy 87 past mile marker 203 and turn left on a well marked FR 402, just across from Four Peaks area.
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Get yourself and your TOY ready for the trip: Make sure both you and your vehicle are ready for your next adventure.
Before you venture out on your offroading trip you need to make sure you are prepared for emergencies. Even if nothing happens to you or your vehicle, you might come across someone who needs help. Short of always having your full-on Bug-Out-Bag with you, you should at least have some basic emergency items. It might seem obvious to some, but you should get yourself a tool box with appropriate tools and leather gloves, good first aid kit, fire extinguisher, set of jumper cables, emergency blankets (stored in heavy plastic bag – both are useful), flashlight, tow strap and some extra water. I would also suggest a recovery strap, a military folding shovel, heavy duty garbage bags, and a hand crank self powered weather radio. These items are not expensive, but they just might save your day.
Another thing you should definitely do before you leave is to save Joe’s number in your cellphone in case you find yourself in need of recovery in the middle of nowhere. Joe is the owner of Arizona 4×4 Off Road Recovery and has become a real hero to many in the Arizona offroad community. His number is (602) 697-8306.
If you’re ready for a next adventure and want to plan it right, check out some of these trail guides – Arizona has so many awesome destinations to explore!