Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
4,781.00 ft (1,457.25 m)
Trail type
30.80 mi (49.57 km)
Please respect the outdoors by practicing Leave No Trace. Learn more about how to apply the principles of Leave No Trace on your next outdoor adventure here.

Mazatzal Divide Trail #23 is a 30.8-mile point-to-point that runs south to north through the southeastern edge of the Mazatzal Wilderness. It is located almost entirely within a designated Wilderness area within Tonto National Forest about halfway between Phoenix and Flagstaff. This route starts from the Peeley Trailhead at the southern end of the trail and ends at the Mineral Creek Trailhead located off of Forest Road 414. 

The trail begins with a steep climb up a number of switchbacks along the east side of Mount Peeley. The trail works its way up and around the mountain and then follows a ridgeline with incredible views. It skirts deep canyons across steep slopes and passes through old growth ponderosa pine, alligator juniper, and scrub oak. 

It passes under the steep, red-rock cliffs of Mazatzal Peak and climbs through thick manzanita. There are multiple seeps and springs, as well as numerous scenic backcountry campsites. It crosses a number of trails with access to some of the high peaks of the Mazatzal Mountains as well as other areas within the Wilderness.

Completing this long trail from point-to-point would involve arranging a shuttle. It is a moderate to strenuous trek with a couple steep climbs and an overall elevation gain of 4,781’. Mazatzal Trail #23 is a shared route with the well-marked, and well-maintained,  Arizona National Scenic Trail which  is accessible for  hikers, trail runners, long-distance backpackers, and equestrians (mountain bikes are prohibited in the Mazatzal Wilderness). 


  • Bail out at mile 14.60: Option to exit early and take Rock Creek Trail #42 to the Rock Creek Trailhead (shuttle required). 


The Mazatzal Wilderness is also one of the oldest and largest wilderness areas in the state of Arizona. To protect this beautiful natural area there are specific Wilderness restrictions  in place. Please make sure to do your research and know before you go how to practice Leave No Trace and recreate responsibly when visiting the Mazatzal Wilderness. 


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Logistics + Planning



Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Scenic vistas. Views of Mogollon Rim. Backcountry camping.


Peeley Trailhead may be difficult to access in regular car after a recent rain.

Trailhead Elevation

5,577.00 ft (1,699.87 m)

Highest point

7,150.00 ft (2,179.32 m)


Backcountry camping
Big vistas
Horseback riding
Bird watching
Old-growth forest

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Lodging + Camping

Superstition Mountains Area, Mesa, Arizona
Superstition Mountains Area, Mesa, Arizona


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