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Poland Creek

Poland creek
Poland Creek
Nice swimming hole at Poland Creek
Map: Poland Creek
Elevation plot: Poland Creek
Poland Creek
Hiking the Algonquin trail
Views from the Algonquin trailhead
Poland creek


How to Get There
This hike is located near Crown King, AZ.

From the Phoenix area, take I-17 North to the Bumble Bee exit (#248). After driving on a paved road for a bit, this road (FR259) becomes good graded dirt. About 25 miles from I-17 (and 3 miles from the town of Crown King) just before and within site of mile marker 25, there is a pullout on the left side of the road. There is a small trail sign here. It may be difficult to see the trail here right away, but within about 100 yards of hiking, there is a sign and trail registration.
crown king
Phoenix Area and Central Arizona

Hike details

3.00 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
3.0 miles round trip.
3.50 [Hours]
It took us three and a half hours with a 30 minute stop for lunch.
Elevation Change
1,000 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
about 1000 ft decent into the canyon
Special Features


Best Season
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
Season Details
summer ok too (because swimming available)
Date Hike completed
January 05, 2004


Solitude Details
Great solitude here. Once we got off of the very popular FR259 road, we were all alone with the desert critters.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
The solitude is great on this hike and the opportunity for secluded swimming is a real bonus. This is a Moderate hike.


Be Aware of
Rattlesnakes, bounder hopping, swimming opportunities

Hike to Poland Creek near Phoenix, Arizona.

It's a pretty drive (and long) to get here, but once you start hiking off the FR259 road, the solitude quickly surrounds you. The trail drops 1000 ft into the canyon home of Poland Creek. Within the first few hundred yards, you will pass a few signs and a trail registration. The signs tell you that you are on the Algonquin Trail. The trail doesn't appear to get much use, but is easy to follow. We stumbled upon a happy sleeping rattlesnake who was napping right in the middle of the trail. Since there was no way around him, we had to ask him politely to move to another bed, which he did, but not without letting us know (via his rattle) that he wasn't happy about it.

After walking down about 1.2 miles, the trail crosses Poland Creek. The trail continues up Horsethief Canyon and deeper into the Bradshaw mountains, but we left the trail here and headed downstream. Here the hiking turns to boulder hopping. During the spring, you can find pool after pool here, all looking inviting for a swim. We found what we thought was a nice swimming hole here and were about to dive in when we noticed a large bee hive in the tree overlooking the pool. We quickly relocated. Not to worry, there were plenty of pools to choose from.

After a lunch and a refreshing swim, we headed back up the 1000 ft climb to the car.


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