Chamberlain Trail

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Chamberlain Trail runs from just below the Mogollon Rim in the north to Pleasant Valley in the south, descending nearly a thousand feet. The Ponderosa pines give way to juniper and scrub oak. The well-maintained dirt road has washboarding throughout. Near Fisherman Point, the trail is a narrow shelf road with blind hairpin turns. The shelf road section provides excellent views into Haigler Canyon. Near the southern end, the trail enters the parklike Pleasant Valley with broad grassy meadows dotted with junipers. A couple of miles from the southern end, look for a sign marking the grave of a Navajo herder killed during the Pleasant Valley War, a deadly 10-year battle between the two rival groups of area ranchers.

There is very little dispersed camping along the trail. The best camping is the free Haigler Canyon Campground on the banks of Haigler Creek. The campground has approximately a dozen sites suitable for one to two vehicles. Tent camping is also possible. There are picnic tables, fire pits with grills, and vault toilets. A nearby picnic area serves those just wanting to stop and play in the gurgling creek.