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Hke #24 – Diamond Creek Tank Road

Diamond Creek
Diamond Creek

Location: From the Pinetop Post Office on SR 260 (map):

  • Drive 4.7 miles east on 260 to the Hon-Dah casino and SR 73.
  • Turn right on 73 and go down 14.6 miles to Alchesay Fish Hatchery Road on the left.
  • Turn and drive 1.2 miles on Alchesay Road to Diamond Creek Road on the right.
  • Cross the bridge over the North Fork of the White River and drive 1.4 miles on Diamond Creek Road (rough gravel) where you will come to a bridge over Diamond Creek.
  • Select one of the following options:
    • Option 1. You can park on either side of the bridge to the left and walk up Diamond Creek on either side on dirt roads as far as you wish.
    • Option 2. But for this hike, continue driving over the bridge up Diamond Creek Road another 1.2 miles and find a dirt road on your right as Diamond Creek Road bends to the left. If the road is muddy, park off on the right side of the road and walk from here. If it is dry, proceed on this small dirt road for about 0.2 miles to an open field on the right. Park here.

Trail: The whole trail is on a rarely used rough gravel and dirt road.

Trailhead and Directions: From the parking area 0.2 miles up Diamond Creek Tank Road, walk to the left up the rise along the left side of the grassy area and near the rock ledges to the left. Continue up this road as far as you wish and return the same way. There are a few seldom-used roads off of the main trail. The first is about 0.5 miles up the main road and goes to the right. This road dead ends in about 0.3 miles and takes you up to about 6,000 feet and the distance from the parking area to the dead end is about 0.8 miles. If you walk 1.5 miles up the main road, the elevation gain is about 200 vertical feet and you will be near the high point in this road.

Access: Hiking, bicycles, horses, high clearance 4 x 4 vehicles. Not handicap accessible. We have never seen anyone else on this road. You will need a day-use permit from the Apache Reservation.

Distance: If you walk from Diamond Creek Road 1.5 miles that is about at the summit of this section of the road and back, your total distance will be 3 miles.

Difficulty: The first half of the walk is uphill, steep at first, but then easy most of the way. After a rain, parts of the road will be muddy.

Features: The road goes through forests of pine, Douglas-fir, walnut, ash, locust, and oak. There are many species of flowers including Prickle Poppy, Mexican Hat, Purple Loco, White Prairie Clover, Pineywoods Geranium, Toadflax Penstemon, Arizona Grape, Sanddune Wallflower, Red Cinquefoil, Sweetclover, Showy Goldeneye, False Hairy Goldenaster, and many others.

Birds of the forest are here including chickadees, Red-breasted, White-breasted and Pygmy Nuthatches, Steller’s and Western Scrub-Jays, kinglets, Spotted Towhee, warblers, American Robin, Western Bluebird, Townsend’s Solitaire, Red-backed Dark-eyed Junco, Wild Turkey, and others. We have seen tracks of deer, elk, and Black Bear on each hike but have never seen the bear!

Connections: None.

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