Tempe, AZ artist / blogger Ellen Pierce offers some great views of beautiful Arizona. This particular trail is part of the Sierra Anche Wilderness in the Tonto National Forest. It’s a tough 5 mile trail that reaches into the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Its lowest point is about is 4000 feet and the trail climbs nearly another strenuous 3000 feet. It’s not for the meek or untrained hiker for sure. The nearest town is Young, AZ, population 561. This tiny Gila-County village, surrounded by mountains, is 130 miles northeast of Phoenix and 60 miles southeast of Payson. To get there from Phoenix you’d take 10E to 60, and then along the Apache Trail by way of Globe. This is a slow and winding but beautifully scenic trip.
Directions (courtesy of Outdoor.com): From Young to Billy Lawrence Trailhead:
Drive south on State Highway 288, turn east onto Forest Road 410 (Reynolds Creek) and travel 2.5 miles to the junction of FR 410 and Forest Road 235 (Cienga Springs Road). Follow this road for 0.5 mile, then east 2.5 miles to the Billy Lawrence Trailhead. A high clearance vehicle is recommended for this road.From Young to Lucky Strike Trailhead: Travel south on State Highway 288, take Forest Road 203 (Cherry Creek Road) 26.6 miles to the trailhead.