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Houston Bros Trail #171 / McFarland Spr Loop
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Houston Bros Trail #171 / McFarland Spr Loop, AZ
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Payson, AZ
 
Hiking4.80 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns    1.15 mph
587 ft AEG   
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Our Mogollon Rim- Cabin Loop Area is a great location to practice GPS route finding skills. My camping friend Gary has had a nice Garmin GPS for one year+ and has only used it for a bare minimum of it's capability. From HAZ-Tim's recent 6/20 "off trail" trip log using this same trail, I got the idea to also do some "off trail" exploring and navigating off this same trail as did Tim, and also take the time on this planned loop hike to teach Gary some additional uses and features of his nice Garmin GPS. With at least two hours of free instruction from someone still learning too, we succeeded in doing both! :D

We were on a 6nt/7day car camping and hiking trip in this Cabin Loop Area, camped up FR139G. Our hiking loop route for this day was: From/back to our FR139G campsite via FR139 to Aspen Spring/Cabin to connect with Houston Brothers Trail south to off-trail to perennial McFadden Spring to off-trail to FR139 north to off-trail from FR139 through Dick Hart Draw back to our beginning campsite waypoint location. I instructed Gary on how to use his GPS "go to" waypoint function and he did most of the successful "leading the way" on the off-trail segments. I do believe I have now made a gpsjoe believer of Gary: "Become a skilled GPS user and it will set you free!"

Please see my posted pic set/captions and posted GPS Route/notes for more hike details.
Wildflowers Observation Moderate

Aspen Spring Gallon per minute
Flowing nicely this day with clear water from source;

McFarland Spring Gallon per minute
Flowing nicely this day and clear water from source;
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