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Arizona Creek Trail #6026

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Climb out of and back into the trees on this long but generally easy trail.


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Map Key

7.7

Miles

12.5

KM

Point to Point

9,184' 2,799 m

High

6,904' 2,104 m

Low

2,533' 772 m

Up

254' 77 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

39%

Max Grade (21°)

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Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Beginning in Grand Teton NP, Arizona Creek Trail is a very mellow track as it works its way past Sheffield Trail all the way to an intersection with Colter Creek Trail and Wolverine Creek Trail.

Starting near the termination of Arizona Creek, its namesake trail winds at an easy grade below Mount Reid (7,855') to the west and the creek itself to the east. Once the trail almost exactly lines up with Reid, it winds east, crossing Arizona Creek twice in quick succession without the aid of footbridges - prepare to get your feet wet!

Continue hiking north now, paralleling the creek as the trail begins to rise in earnest. Once you reach an intersection with Bailey Creek Trail and you've popped out of the dense tree cover, you'll be at the top of the bench and the hardest part of the trail will be behind you.

Continue northeast as the trail contours, rising slightly around the base of Wildcat Peak (9,086'). Ford the creek again and the trail will rise again, pass West Pilgrim trail, Sheffield Trail and start descending with Rodent Creek.

From here, Arizona Creek Trail drops back into the woods and meanders, following Rodent Creek, past Middle Pilgrim Creek. Ford Rodent Creek one last time and rise slightly until the trail forks - left being Wolverine Creek Trail and right being Colter Creek Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Summer brings trumpeter swans, sandhill cranes, ducks, geese, and songbirds. Grizzly bears, grey wolves, mountain lions, and bison wander across meadows. Golden and bald eagles, grouse, coyotes, beavers, martens, bobcats, porcupines, otters, and mink make
their living here.

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Shared By:

Tom Robson

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