Hike of the Week: Deer Flat in the Tonto National Forest

Mare CzinarMarch 3, 2023
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An under-the-radar dirt road north of Carefree ascends 900 feet to mountain saddle overlooking the Verde River Valley and peeks at the distant Superstition Wilderness.  

LENGTH: 5.7 miles round trip 

RATING: moderate 

ELEVATION: 3,585 – 4,493 feet 

BEST SEASON:  October – April 



From Loop 101 in North Scottsdale, take the Pima/Princess Road exit and go 13 miles north on Pima Road to Cave Creek Road.  Turn right (east) and continue on Cave Creek Road (a.k.a. FR 24, Seven Springs Road) to Forest Road 1099 located between MCDOT mile markers 9 and 10.  The road is signed but is easy to miss—it’s on the right.  There’s a dirt parking circle a few yards in.  Roads are maintained dirt suitable for all vehicles.