Overview: This is a very pleasant and short loop hike with Parking/TH Start originating off FR139G (.25ml from the FR139G entrance road/gate to perennial and historic Aspen Spring/Cabin Complex). Hike to and through this entrance gate and down this entrance road .25ml to Aspen Spring/Cabin which then connects with Houston Brothers Trail to later "off-trail" the short, easy to navigate distance across Houston Draw to perennial McFarland Spring. From McFarland Spring this loop hike connects with old logging road FR9616E to later connect with FR139, then up FR139 back to FR139G and .5ml up FR139G back to Parking/TH Start. Note: see posted 6/21/10 default GPS Route and geocoded 6/21 pic set/captions for further hike details.
Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.