South Fork Trail #97

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Cool water, great views and three seasons of use make the South Fork trail one of the most rewarding trails on the District. A round trip hike adds up to 14 miles so many people like to leave a vehicle at each trailhead. Click here for printable information and map.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open, with advisory TRAIL NOT CLEARED OF HAZARDS, USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Please note that the campground has been converted to a day use area. No overnight camping is permitted.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: April through November, depending upon snowpack
Restrictions: Day use only
Information Center: Springerville Ranger District
(928) 333-6200
TTY: (928) 333-5397

General Information


From the Eagar stoplight, travel west on AZ Highway 260 for 5 miles to CR 4124. Turn left (south) on CR 4124 for 2.4 miles. Once in South Fork Day Use Area turn right across the bridge. The trailhead is at the far end of the campground. Additional parking is off AZ Highway 261 at milepost 405.2 on FR 70B. This road is not maintained and may not be accessible for all vehicles.

General Notes:
  • The primary trailhead is located in the South Fork Day Use Area on the west side of the creek Parking is limited at this time.
  • Another trailhead is located on the north side of Mexican Hay Lake
  • The roads to that trailhead can be very muddy during the spring runoff and summer rains. If this is the case, park by the gate near the highway and walk to the trailhead
  • The trail is open to horseback riders, bicyclists and hikers

  • Limited, 3 cars
  • No Trailers

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14 miles, round trip

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  Elevation : 
7,500 feet - 9,000 feet