Aspen Creek is dry, and aspens are absent altogether, but that doesn't preclude a beautiful hike on the Prescott National Forest's Aspen Creek Trail No. 48. Allowing hikers, horseback riders and bicyclists, the trail stretches three miles (one-way) at an average elevation of nearly 6,700 feet through ponderosa pine, oak and manzanita.
A moderate hike, the trail winds around Mount Francis with plenty of ups and downs after an initial short, steep climb. It meets with Trails 9415 and 260.
Spectacular views of Spruce Mountain, the San Francisco Peaks, the Bradshaw Mountains and Mount Union, the highest point in Yavapai County, will awe trail users.
The area is prime wildlife habitat, and has become increasingly attractive to deer and even elk because several years ago parts were treated with herbicides to improve grass production.