Workman Creek

4.7/5 (4 reviews)
This trail, situated in the heart of Tonto National Forest, is a great trail off of the Desert to Pines Hwy 288. The trail travels next to the stream bed, through the forest, up a ridge-line, and ends atop Aztec Peak at the Forest Service Lookout Tower. The real gem of this trail is the waterfall 3... Read More
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Highlights of Workman Creek

Camping Category Icon Camping
Forest Category Icon Forest
Mud Category Icon Mud
Rock Category Icon Rock
Scenic Category Icon Scenic
Highest Elevation
7738 ft
Shape of Trail
Out & Back
Typically Open
Year Round
Best Direction
N/A
Official Trail Name
487
Nearest Town
Roosevelt
Nearest Services
Roosevelt
Management Agency
Tonto National Forest
District
Pleasant Valley Ranger District

Overview

This trail, situated in the heart of Tonto National Forest, is a great trail off of the Desert to Pines Hwy 288. The trail travels next to the stream bed, through the forest, up a ridge-line, and ends atop Aztec Peak at the Forest Service Lookout Tower. The real gem of this trail is the waterfall 3 miles in. It flows nearly year-round and is very scenic. You must take some time and take in the view. It is worthwhile to travel this trail in differing weather conditions. The views are absolutely beautiful in the sunshine, from the Workman Creek Valley to the top of Aztec Peak. It is also stunning to experience in rainy or snowy conditions. Take care as the trail becomes very slippery. However, to see the clouds roll over the cliffs at the waterfall is amazing. You can stand at the edge of a rock shelf at the stone furniture and feel the water as it rains up the slope during windy and rainy conditions. It's awesome to witness. The Workman Creek sprouts several hiking trails that lead into the Sierra Ancha Wilderness. From there you can see the Devils Chasm and cliff dwellings from above. It's truly awe-inspiring. Camping is not allowed at elevations below the falls due to the radiation exposure potential. There are abundant campsites above the falls though. If you are into hunting or just watching the animals, you may find whitetail deer, bear, elk, turkey, javelina, mountain lion as well as other species.

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2 Trail Concerns
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