Sycamore Creek Loop

Fountain Hills, Arizona (Maricopa County)

Last Updated: 07/07/2021
4 / 5 ( 12 reviews )
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Highlight: Sycamore Creek Loop
This route is a wonderful get away from the Phoenix congestion and is a VERY popular place for the locals. The area is comprised of many different trails connecting for an incredibly beautiful, yet challenging tour of the desert. The large Sycamore Wash has the challenging Widowmaker hill climb as well as sweeping panoramas of the Four Peaks Region in Tonto National Forest. The Sycamore Creek and Four Peaks region combined, create an incredible place to play at any time of the year. The region has many double and single track trails to explore for days. The trails in the area wind through sandy wash canyons, up steep hill climbs and over rock strewn mountain tops, all while being within an hours drive of the Phoenix valley. The entire area has limitless free camping, but please try to reduce your impact by using an existing campsite area. The area is popular for target shooting and can become crowded on holiday weekends. Please be very cautious when traveling the trails, all trails are TWO WAY and collisions do occur, resulting in deaths, please slow down!


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1. TRAILHEAD (0 mi)
Enter through large steel gates and cattle guard onto the gravel forest road 1847. Continue northeast along this road 1.5 miles to fr403.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Mesa Hwy 87 and Hwy 202

Traveling from Mesa 22 miles northeast on highway 87, use exit 199, Bush Hwy. Turn left at the stop and cross over the highway to the large steel gate entrance, trailhead.



Land Use Issues

It's evident in many areas that the locals have been target shooting here for decades. Annual clean-up events happen each year now but please pick up after yourself and more if you can, to help reduce the impact on the area. Only through volunteering are we able to keep the trails clean, identified and open for public use. Please help by joining us on an upcoming run or at any one of our great events. Follow the link for more information.

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Questions & Answers (1)

Q: I have a 2018 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. Planning on installing a 2 inch lift and 225/65/17 K02s. Would my Renegade be capable enough for this trail? This would be my first time off roading.
–Glenn Hernandez (09/26/2018)
–Bobby Nelson (09/26/2018)

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Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

While living in the Midwest, I developed a passion for searching out new trails and hidden spots. That passion continues to this day in the beautiful southwestern United States. My wife and I are full-time RVers who travel from region to region, exploring every nook and cranny we can find. While we're getting to know the locals, we gain insight into these areas then pass on that knowledge to our subscribers. We truly enjoy traversing long, beautiful back-country routes with epic campsites, but we equally enjoy pushing the limits on challenging rock crawling trails. Our rig was built to do everything, and that's what we hope to share with our subscribers. Please visit our website to follow us and for opportunities to join us on our adventures. You can also view our vast video library on YouTube. Xploremor YouTube
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