Brushy Spring (Campaign Creek)

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Fall colors along Campaign creek
Fall colors along Campaign creek
Campaign creek
Campaign creek
elevation plot: Brushy Spring
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Location

How to Get There
This hike is located near Roosevelt, AZ.

To get to the trailhead: from the Phoenix area, take US-60 East towards Globe. Just after Miami and before globe, take HWY-88 (or 188 depending on the sign) left towards Roosevelt. After 20 miles on this paved road, turn left on the graded and well signed FR449 (near mile marker 235). There is lots of private property in this area, so please respect that property and follow the signs so hiker access isn't threatened. After 1.9 miles on FR449, take a left on FR449A. High clearance and 4 wheel drive is recommended here because the road crosses the creek several times, can be quite sandy, and there are steep grades. After an additional 5.2 miles, you will reach a signed trailhead and parking area. Please follow the signs to the public parking and leave the school undisturbed.
city
roosevelt
state
az
Region
Superstition and Mazatzal Wilderness

Hike details

Distance
8.60 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
The hike described is 8.6 miles round trip to Brushy spring and back.
Time
5.00 [Hours]
Time-details
It took us 5 hours hiking to complete this hike, with a 30 minute stop for lunch.
Elevation Change
1,000 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
About 1000 ft elevation gain.
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back
Special Features
Water

Season

Best Season
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • October
  • November
  • December
Season Details
Recommended in the fall when the leaves are changing. Do not try to get to this trailhead after a recent rain. The road will likely be impassable!
Date Hike completed
March 12, 2003

Solitudue

Solitude
High
Solitude Details
Amazing. Five hours of hiking and we didn't see another hiker.

Difficulty

Difficulty Rating
Moderate
difficulty detail
Gradual climbing along a perennial stream. The out and back described here is a Moderate hike.

Permits

Be Aware of
4wd and high clearance vehicle required. Grazing cattle.

Hike up Campaign creek to Brushy Spring in the Superstition Wilderness, Arizona.

I'm continuously amazed at the amount of lush green trees in the Superstition mountain range where there is perennial water. There are plenty of Sycamore and Cottonwoods along this route. This is another fine hike to take during the fall while the leaves are changing. There are a good amount of grazing cattle here, some with sharp horns. Give the nice cows a wide birth.

This hike starts next to the Revis Mountain School. Follow the marked signs for the Campaign Trail #256. This trail takes you around the private school and back to the creek. The trail follows the perennial creek, meeting the Revis gap trail after 0.7 miles (JCT_1L on the map). Stay left on the signed Campaign Creek trail. The trail crosses the creek a few times, but keeping your feet dry should be no problem.

After 2.7 miles, you will reach the Pinto Creek Trail Junction (JCT_2R on the map). It is tough to find the right junction, but the clear trail is to the right, which is also where you want to go. So stay right again and continue another mile down Horrell creek to Brushy Spring. Brushy spring can be tough to find depending on the time of year, but it's really just an arbitrary turn around point to make a lovely day hike in the Superstition Wilderness.

Return by the same route. 

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