Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Clover Creek Day Hike
when Trip Report : August 3, 2019
  Trip Report : June 16, 2018
  Trip Report : June 26, 2010
where Mogollon Rim
the hike     Clover Creek is part of the West Clear Creek Wilderness area and is a tributary of West Clear Creek. The trail is an easy walk along Clover Creek as it meanders through a beautiful green meadow with stands of Ponderosa and Douglas Fir on both sides as it winds down toward West Clear Creek. We will cross the creek often (easy crossings) and there are some fallen trees over the trail but overall it is fairly easy going. Eventually the canyon starts to narrow and there are cliffs of Kaibab Limestone on both sides.
    We’ll plan on going as far as we can without major bushwhacking or rock climbing. At the end point we will stop for a lunch and rest break.
    Please bring raingear with you, since this is summer monsoon season and intermittent rain showers are a very real possibility.
distance 5 miles
time 3-4 hours
EC +-500' elevation change
elevations 6846' (Trailhead) to 6686' (creek)
type round trip
starting at
Clover Creek Trailhead 34° 30.461' N,  111° 21.745' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Clover Creek Trail
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
dogs allowed no
weather Pine
meet 7:00 AM in the parking lot of Target Center on the south side of Shea Blvd., about a mile west of Highway 87 (Beeline). For those leaving their cars behind, please park up against the northernmost curb facing Shea Blvd. opposite the Target store.
•  From the intersection of State Routes 87 and 260 in Payson, go north on SR 87 to mile marker 285, where you’ll see a small parking lot and a series of Forest Service signs in a meadow.
Do not park here. Instead, turn left onto Forest Road 142, set your odometer and drive 0.5 mile to an unmarked road on the right—it’s easy to miss; look for a sign that reads “no trailers, dead end."
Do not take FR 611. Stay right.
Continue on the unmarked road for 0.6 mile to the trailhead marked by a brown metal cattle gate and a sign that reads “closed to all vehicles.”
Go through (or around or under) the gate and follow the informal footpaths along the water.
When you get to the ruins of an old bridge/dam, veer left and follow the creek as far as you like.
100 miles from Fountain Hills to Clover Creek (200 round trip).

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