Turkey Creek - N PHX
Welcome all, this is not a maintained trail, there is a 100% chance of AZ pinstriping. Otis a beautiful trail that runs from Bumble Bee AZ to Cleator AZ using Turkey creek.
Its not an easy trail, river crossings and small boulder fields are all along the way with a few obstacles thrown in.
I would recommend min of a 33 inch off road tires, rock sliders and skid protectoion is always a bonus, but not necessarily required with careful driving.
Working 4 wheel drive is a pre-requisite for sure.
Pack a lunch as there are some great spots to have a bite under the shade trees, there is Cleator Saloon at the end of the trail for some delicious beverages, where your Trail Leader will regail you with a live Didgeridoo performance.
Trail should not take more that 4 hours to run, obviously depending on getting stuck or breakages. ?
I did hear Game and Fish were thinking of closing this trail, but did not hear any firm dates. Will keep all posted.
We will meet at the I-17 and Bumble Bee turn off at 8:30 for a 9am departure.
CB Channel 34
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Turkey Creek trail is a very scenic trail located about 30 miles north of Phoenix, near Bumble Bee Arizona. The trail travels above and eventually winds through a wide canyon that offers a mild challenge for most 4x4 vehicles. In the early 1900's, the area was once a rich silver and gold mining region but only a couple small operations remain to this day. Along the way you may choose to divert down a very steep ledge road to the stone cabin ruins found in the wash below. There are also many beautiful sections with towering shade trees offering relief from the desert sun. Always remember to pack extra water for trips such as this.
This trail is wonderful traveling in either direction, both offering great views of the surrounding Bradshaw Mountains. Either way, be sure to plan for a stop at the very unique Cleator Bar and Yacht Club where you'll be greeted with a one of a kind bar experience. At this point you can explore one of the many trails in the area or continue up the mountain to Crown King and Senator Highway.