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PLATEAU POINT TRAIL

(3800')
Indian Garden
to:
Distance from
Indian Garden
 in miles
Elevation
in feet
Water Toilet Emergency
Phone
Ranger
Station
Designated
Campsite
Tonto Trail Junction .75 3700 No No No No No
Plateau Point 1.5 3770 Yes No No No No

     A great side trip from Indian Garden is the trail out to Plateau Point.  The trail begins by the mule holding pens on the north side of Indian Garden.  Proceed to the west and cross the creek and then head north on the well established trail.  It has a few ups and downs at the start, but there is little elevation change after that all the way to Plateau Point.  The total distance is 1.5 miles each way, but it seems a lot farther because much of the trail is sandy, which makes walking difficult.  The Tonto Trail junction is at the half-way point.  When you reach Plateau Point, make your way to the guard railing for fantastic views in all directions and of the Colorado River looking straight down about 1300 feet.  If heights do not scare you too much, you can go about fifteen feet to the east of the guard railing and jump down on a ledge.  There is no railing here, but if you creep over to the edge, you can see a waterfall looking down to the southeast toward the Devil's Corkscrew that is not visible when hiking up the corkscrew.  Extreme care should be taken if you elect to attempt this view.  The last time I was out there, the wind was blowing quite a bit and buffeting us around so much that I could not safely get close enough to the edge to see the waterfall.

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