There’s a tiny town in northern Arizona called Pine. There is tons to explore in and just outside of the town. Be sure to check out THAT brewery for my favorite beer! Theres also a lot of hiking and biking trails in the area, and this particular one is called the Barefoot Trail. I believe it about 12 miles round trip, or you can link to the Pine Trail and go back to the Pine trailhead.
Drive up the highway 260/87, they are the same road for a while leaving Pine. Pull off the road around mile marker 270, there is a small dirt parking area near the fence. The hike starts there and follows a ridge for a while and eventually dips into a wooded area. At the mid-point of the hike you will end up in a creek with a nice new bridge built to cross the creek, and this is where I rested, took everything in and after a while turned around to head back.
This is a beautiful trail and if you end up in the Pine/Strawberry area of Arizona, you should try to do this hike. Take a lot of water and snacks if you plan to hike it in the summer time, other than that, enjoy the hike! Happy Trails.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tzu