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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Trek a White Mountain trout stream

Show Low

Silver Creek originates from an underground spring and cuts a meandering course through bucolic White Mountain juniper grasslands.  The creek is managed by Arizona Game & Fish and is part of an 840-acre wildlife/fish hatchery area that’s open to the public for hunting, fishing and bird watching.  Although not usually billed as a hiking destination, creek side fisherman’s trails serve the needs of trekkers in search of great photo opps and wildlife encounters.  Both banks of the short waterway are hike-able. Although the west side is less overgrown, the east side—where slender footpaths are obscured by lush grasses----- offers solitude and a plethora of wet meadow wildflowers. 

LENGTH: 2.5 miles one-way
RATING: easy
From Show Low, travel 5 miles east on US60 to Bourdon Ranch Road near milepost 347.  Turn left (north), go 5 miles to Hatchery Road, turn right and drive 0.3 mile on the good gravel road to the parking area at the hatchery complex.
FACILITIES: restrooms, picnic table, no fees. Fishing license is required for anglers.
HOURS: Open dawn to dusk daily.  Closed
Fish hatchery complex
Thanksgiving & Christmas
INFO:  Arizona Game & Fish, 928-537-7513

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