Turkey Creek - Mormon Creek

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Arizona, United States, North America
Route Type:
All trailhike.
Time Required:
Half a day
Class 1. Trail is sometimes faint.

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Created On: Aug 28, 2003
Last Edited On: Jul 21, 2005


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Route Description

From the Mormon Creek trailhead off of Turkey Creek Road, walk past the large parking area and generally stay flat for about 1/4 mile until coming to a sign pointing the way to the top. Turn left and hike up an old road about another 1/2 mile that leads to a small brick building near Mormon Spring. Pay attention here as you hike up: a few side roads meet this main road and hiking down you may not remember which road you came up on!

After passing the small brick building, a trail continues up the canyon gaining at a steady moderate grade through the trees. There may be a trickle of water in this drainage at various times of the year. Eventually you reach the headwall and follow the trail, faint in places, as it switchbacks up to the top of the headwall at elevation 8762. Other trails meet here, and I met a couple having come up the 'higher' Mormon Creek trail (TH is farther west on Turkey Creek Rd but offers no parking).

Turn right and contour to another junction. A trail actually circles the peak and you can choose your route. I made a hard left and achieved the saddle to the north of the peak, south of Anita Peak. A large fire from the mid 1990s is still evident here. From this saddle follow the route to the top. The summit is wooded and the benchmark is on a boulder that isn't too secure.

Stats: about 11 miles r/t and about 3,000 feet of gain. Took me right about 6 hours.

Essential Gear

Just good boots, the usual. Some parts had loose rocks.

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Turkey Creek - Mormon Creek

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