Sara Jean

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SJ's Hike of the Week: Cibecue Falls

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Cibecue Falls via Cibecue Creek Trail

Distance: 3.5 Miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Elevation Gain: 439'

Dog Friendly: If they can swim...

Permit/Pass Required: Yes - A Cibecue Falls Access Permit for $30. Purchase one HERE.

Getting There: See Map.

Tips: You are GOING TO GET WET. This trail follows Cibecue Creek through the canyon which means crossing back and forth multiple times (during my visit I counted almost a dozen but water levels will determine that). Make sure to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the time of year. Also - trail access requires a high-clearance vehicle with all-wheel or 4-wheel drive. Take it slow and be careful around the one lane curves.

About the Hike: I'm a waterfall chaser. So when I heard about Cibecue my ears lit up. For me, $30 to have a trail practically all to myself and the serenity of a waterfall at the end is well worth every penny. So off I went on a 50 degree winter day to the White Mountain Apache Reservation north of Globe for a very memorable adventure. The Cibecue Creek trail is...well, a CREEK. And as the creek meanders through the canyon, so will you. Crossing back and forth, judging rapids and depths. You will get wet. And on a day like the day I WILL get cold. I can imagine summers make this trail even more amazing as a cold dip in a waterfall at the end would be quite divine. Not so much in the dead of winter. But again, it was worth it. Once you are 1.25 miles in you'll hear it, and then you'll see it...a beautiful 40 foot waterfall breaking through the canyon walls. Stop, savor it and take in the beauty this protected land has to offer before heading back to your car. I promise, this is a hike you don't want to miss.

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