Apache Creek Trail #9905

Apache Creek Trail #9905 is the only maintained trail within the Apache Creek Wilderness. It runs north-south along the western edge of this remote 5,600 acre area where rolling hills of juniper and pinyon pine are interspersed with granite outcrops. Several miles of this trail weave back and forth across Apache Creek, which supports a diverse riparian plant community. Walnuts and willows line the banks and offer shade. The lush vegetation and availability of water, along with the overall remoteness of the area, support plenty of wildlife, including deer, jackrabbit, mountain lion, and bear. Just past its final and most significant creek crossing, this trail ends at its junction with Graver Wash Trail #9904 in a wide open meadow studded with shade trees.

This trail lies within the Apache Creek Wilderness. Motor vehicles and the use of any mechanized equipment, including bicycles, are prohibited. Wilderness is an important resource and national heritage—please, leave no trace. There may be water in Apache Creek, but it has not been tested for quality.


Printable Trail Description and Map (595 KB PDF; 8.5” X 11”)

At a Glance

Fees: No
Open Season: Spring
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Approximately 1 hour from Chino Valley, AZ
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.

General Information


From the intersection of Hwy 89 and Outer Loop Road, take Outer Loop Road for 6 miles to Williamson Valley Road (also County Road 5). Turn right and continue on Williamson Valley Road for 13 miles to Camp Wood Road (also County Road 68). Turn left and travel 15.4 miles to the junction with Forest Road 95. Turn right onto FR 95 and go 1.4 miles to FR 95B, on the left. Turn onto FR 95B, bear right at the fork, and go 2.5 miles to the junction with FR 95A. Turn left to stay on FR 95B and continue 0.5 miles to the trailhead on the right. Parking is poor. High clearance 4WD necessary on FR 95B.

General Notes:
  • Connecting trails: Graver Wash Trail #9904 and Upper Graver Wash Trail #9906: see Apache Creek Loop
  • Maps:
    • USGS Map: 7.5’ quads for Camp Wood, Indian Peak, and Juniper Mountains
    • Prescott National Forest Map, west half
  • Average hiking time: 3 hours, one way


Day Hiking

  • This backcountry trail can be paired with other routes to create a number of different loop hikes.
Difficulty Level: Moderate


  • This long trail lies within the Apache Creek Wilderness, a remote area well-suited for extended backcountry travel.
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Horse Camping

  • There is an old corral located in a grassy floodplain at the junction of Trail #9905 and Trail #9906. Please note that it may be difficult to access this and nearby trailheads while hauling a horse trailer.