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Houston Bros Trail #171 / McFarland Spr Loop, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,315 feet
Elevation Gain 100 feet
Accumulated Gain 331 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.76
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Historic & Perennial Creek
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Author Grasshopper
author avatar Guides 46
Routes 483
Photos 8,859
Trips 547 map ( 5,404 miles )
Age 75 Male Gender
Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Preferred   May, Oct, Sep, Apr
Sun  5:31am - 7:31pm
Official Route
6 Alternative
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🔥 2019 Hart Fire5k
🔥 2016 Pinchot Fire3.9k
🔥 2009 Tucker Fire2.6k
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by Grasshopper

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This is a very pleasant and short loop hike with Parking/TH Start originating off FR139G (0.25mi 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 0.25mi 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 0.5mi up FR139G back to Parking/TH Start.

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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.

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2018-07-14 Grasshopper
    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.

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    Map Drive
    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    From the PHX area: Take the Beeline Hwy 87 all the way past the small community of Clints Well, continue on Hwy 87 past the right turn for signed Blue Ridge Reservoir, continue on Hwy 87 past the signed right turn for Moqui / Blue Ridge Campgrounds, continue on Hwy 87 past the Blue Ridge Ranger Station to the next signed FR right turn onto FR95; Turn Right onto FR95 and follow signs for FR95 South to FR95/FR96 intersection at East Clear Creek Bridge; "Stay on" FR95 (~right turn SSW) and continue until you reach signed FR139; Turn left onto FR139 and continue south on FR139 for ~3.5mls to signed FR139G on your right side; Turn Right onto un-maintained FR139G and continue driving slowly for .50mls to Parking/TH Start just off Right Side of FR139G at way point N34.48887 W111.18831; Note: Also see posted 7/3/10 GPS Driving Route for more details;
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