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Hance Creek

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 4.0 (8)

A well defined trail taking you from Horseshoe Mesa to the junction of the Tonto and Hance Creeks.


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Map Key

1.5

Miles

2.3

KM

61%

Runnable

5,011' 1,527 m

High

3,762' 1,147 m

Low

225' 69 m

Up

1,434' 437 m

Down

22%

Avg Grade (12°)

105%

Max Grade (46°)

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Features Cave · River/Creek · Views

Description

This trail is best accessed by working your way along the Grandview Trail. Just over 2.5 miles into that trail, and shortly after reaching Horseshoe Mesa, you'll reach a trail intersection. At that junction, you go to the right (headed East) and you are now on the trail that leads to Hance Creek, the appropriately named Hance Creek Trail.

After an initial short, flat stretch along the east rim of the mesa you begin to descend. The trail is easy to follow, as it is well-established. The trail continues to descend and after about 1/4 to 1/2 of a mile, you'll reach the opening shaft to an old abandoned mine. There some remnants of 100-year old mining equipment sitting there, which makes for a spooky and interesting stop. You can go into the shaft about 300 feet until the closed gate. This can be a nice stopping point if you want to take a break in the shade.

After the mine, you continue down for another 1/4 mile to where the Page Springs trail spur leads to the perennial water source called Miners' (or Page) Spring. Back on the main trail, you'll continue down for about another mile until the trail dead ends into the East Tonto trail on the edge of a dramatic cliff overlooking Hance Creek.

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  4.0 from 8 votes

#13

in South Rim

#9303

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#13

in South Rim

#305

in Arizona

#9,303

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Photos

Canyon walls tower above the East Horseshoe Mesa Trail (aka Hance Creek Trail).
Jan 13, 2017 near Grand C…, AZ
Old Machinery is displayed near the Last Chance Mine below Horseshoe Mesa.
Jan 13, 2017 near Grand C…, AZ

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