Walnut Creek

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Walnut Creek gets its name from the small but reliable tributary at its northern terminus which has numerous old walnut trees along its banks. The trail begins in the tall Ponderosa pines common to the Arizona high country, where the wind sings a relaxing song as it slips through the needles of the...Read More
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Highlights of Walnut Creek

Camping Category IconCamping
Forest Category IconForest
Scenic Category IconScenic
Highest Elevation
5716 ft
Shape of Trail
Straight Through
Typically Open
Year Round
Best Direction
N/A
Official Trail Name
95
Nearest Town
Chino Valley
Nearest Services
Chino Valley
Management Agency
Prescott National Forest
District
Chino Valley Ranger District

Overview

Walnut Creek gets its name from the small but reliable tributary at its northern terminus which has numerous old walnut trees along its banks. The trail begins in the tall Ponderosa pines common to the Arizona high country, where the wind sings a relaxing song as it slips through the needles of the highest branches. The sound is guaranteed to soothe even the most frayed nerves. Aberts squirrels dart across the trail in front of you. Deer look warily from the shadows as you pass. Stream crossings offer opportunities for making a splash. The road descends slowly and enters the high chaparral biome with juniper, Gambel oak, and manzanita replacing the pines. The trail is a bit rockier here. The views of Juniper Mesa north of the Walnut Creek valley more than makeup for the increased jostling. All too soon the drive is over, but perhaps one of the many nice campsites along the way would make a good place to set up camp and enjoy an evening under the stars in the Prescott National Forest.

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9 Waypoints
29 Trail Photos
1 Trail Concerns
2 Community Reviews
1 Video
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