Horse Crossing Trail No. 20

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

East Clear Creek with Snow in April

In this case, East Clear Creek is what you're crossing. It's a perennial stream that flows through a picturesque canyon and eventually ends up in the Little Colorado River. The trail that leads to the crossing drops down a gradual slope through an open forest of ponderosa pine and Gambel oak.

East Clear Creek is small, but great for wading and splashing around. A few of the deeper pools are big enough for swimming and fishing. All of them make great reflecting pools for the rock bluffs that form the canyon walls, so bring your camera.

Just above the creek you'll find the remains of an old cabin set on a rocky bench. It's hard not to imagine how enjoyable it must have been to live in such a beautiful place, with peace and quiet as big as the landscape. If that's the way you feel, you might want to give it a try, at least for a while. There are a number of backpacking campsites in the trees near the crossing.

Rating: Moderate

Hiking time: 1 hour


  • No motorized vehicles

At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Happy Jack, AZ
Operated By: Mogollon Rim District - 928-477-2255

General Information


Location: 70 miles (about 2 hours) south of Flagstaff in the cool pines of Mogollon Rim country.

GPS (Map): 34°35'01.4"N 111°07'51.0"W

USGS Maps: Blue Ridge Reservoir.

Access: Drive about 55 Miles south of Flagstaff on Forest Highway 3. Drive north 9 miles on AZ 87 to FR 95. Turn south (right) 4 miles to FR 513B. Turn left on 513B about 2 miles to the trailhead.FH 3 and AZ 87 are paved. All other roads are graveled and suitable for passenger vehicles except FR 513B which can be muddy. FR 95 is closed every winter.


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1.5 miles

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  Elevation : 
6389 at west crossing