Explore a 1,000 foot deep canyon, and splash through a cool stream. Hellsgate Wilderness was once the home of prehistoric American Indians and now offers some of the most exhilarating hiking trails in Arizona.
Hellsgate Wilderness makes up 37,440 acres of emerald pools, perennial streams, and lightly ventured terrain. Established in 1984, elevations range from 3,000 feet along the lower segment of Tonto Creek to 6,400 feet on Horse Mountain.
With more than 10 trail networks, ranging from moderate to rigorous, this is the perfect spot for experienced hikers and adventure enthusiasts alike. Throughout your trek catch a glimpse of natural wildlife, such as black bears, gray foxes, javelinas, beavers, trout, and catfish.
Venture to Hellsgate Wilderness in the spring and fall to optimize your hiking experience, and make sure to bring your best hiking boots, as the backwoods trails have been known to be a bit unruly.
Listen to the babble of the Haigler Creek at Haigler Canyon Campground, which is next door to Hellsgate Wilderness. Or take a day trip from the town of Payson, which is about a three hour drive away, and offers lodging options.
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