East Clear Creek serves as the gateway to the heart of the wild and wonderful Mogollon Rim area of the vast Coconino National Forest. The road draws its name from its crossing of the picturesque mountain stream of the same name. The stream's deep canyon, with its soaring sandstone cliffs, is a perfect natural barrier and only one road crosses it. The East Clear Creek crossing offers a chance for the kids to splash in the shallow water and chase crayfish under rocks. Anglers hike along the stream locating deeper pools in search of trout. Beyond the crossing, a variety of fantastic adventure opportunities await. The Cabin Loop, a series of interconnected trails, is one of the top backpacking destinations in Arizona because of its beauty and the sheer number of reliable springs along the route. Campsites set among the pines, fir, and spruce provide a basecamp for exploring down into canyons or driving the seemingly endless maze of forested trails. It's almost a certainty you will see elk and lots of them during your time along this trail and all the smaller roads and trails that branch from it. Finally, the road drops you off near the vertical precipice of the Mogollon Rim, 3000 feet above the northernmost reaches of the Sonoran Desert below. The views from atop the Rim are truly inspirational. Snagging a campsite right on the edge of the Rim is a highly unique experience. East Clear Creek is indeed the gateway to this amazing section of the Mogollon Rim, a virtual magic carpet to adventure. Take a ride on it and see what adventure you can find.
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