East Eagle Trail Horseback Riding
The 12th most popular equestrian trail in Arizona.
Tuesday 26 July 2016 03:52 GMT
North of Clifton in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, the 12.6 mile East Eagle Trail is a nice trail since it is less steep than many in the area. The access road to the trailhead passes by the location of an old sawmill camp. Not much remains except for a few pieces of machinery and vehicles.
Some good loop opportunities exist using East Eagle Trail as a starting point. The trail was partially reconstructed and re-routed in 1994 with support from the Arizona State Trails Heritage Fund and the Trailblazers, a local volunteer group from Greenlee County.
Sawmill Cabin is reached after 7.5 miles. This cabin is maintained by the grazing permit holder but is open to the public. You are asked to leave it as you found it or better. West of Sawmill Cabin the canyon widens out. Previous floods have washed away much of the trail so you will need to pick your way through the rocks. The trail ends or starts west of the cabin at Honeymoon Campground.
0.0 Junction with Eagle Creek Road #217
2.0 Junction with Dry Prong Creek and East Eagle Canyon
6.0 Junction with Salthouse Trail #18. This concludes six miles of jeep road.
6.25 Junction with Hot Air Trail #15 which heads south
8.25 Junction with Crabtree Trail #22. Elevation 6000
12.6 Junction with US 191 at 7200 feet
To reach the horseback riding trailhead from Clifton take Highway 191 north 67 miles to trail #33, turn left onto the dirt road and proceed about 1/2 mile.
Overall, East Eagle Trail is the 12th most popular horse trail of all 49 horseback rides in Arizona. Several of the better horse trails are nearby East Eagle Trail including AD Bar Trail, Arizona Trail - Highline Horse Trail, Highline Trail, Woods Canyon Overlook, Reynold Trailhead and Cascade Recreation Area.