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Los Caballos Trail #638, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Payson > Show Low W
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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance Round Trip 16 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,629 feet
Elevation Gain 555 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,650 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 24.25
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2  2018-09-25 larbrad
12  2015-09-23 topohiker
2  2013-09-08 TrekSafari
Author TrekSafari
author avatar Guides 7
Routes 24
Photos 16
Trips 14 map ( 58 miles )
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Location SunCity,AZ
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Preferred   Oct, May, Apr, Sep → 8 AM
Sun  6:08am - 6:17pm
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The entire trail is a loop about 16 miles long. But it can be done in segments. From the west trailhead, I have walked along the north leg and also along the east leg.

The trail is generally along tall Ponderosa pine trees. In some areas fire has eliminated the trees and their shade. On the north leg, I recommend parking a vehicle at the east trailhead and starting the hike where the trail crosses Joe Tank gravel road.

Walking along Joe Tank road is okay, very little traffic; but often not much shade.

This trail may not be comfortable walking in the heat of July. During the early fall months it may rain daily especially in the late afternoon; the rain can be accompanied by thunder and lightening.

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2013-09-10 TrekSafari
    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.

    Most recent Triplog Review
    Los Caballos Trail #638
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    I started the hike from the "East" Trailhead off of Forest Service Road 136 - it was more like 2.6 miles from the junction of US60 & 260 as you're heading toward Heber/Payson. It was a perfect day - almost - to have taken this entire loop (the "almost" is only mentioned because the brief but strong rain created some havoc on the trail). There seemed to be more horse use than foot use evident on this trail. The trail is well marked although careful observance of the white diamond trail markers is essential in a few places. I did have to backtrack one time to make sure I picked up the trail. The clouds were a little grey and the forecast gave a 20% chance of rain. Well, it began to sprinkle and I thought, "this is heaven". But, then it let it down pretty hard and soon the trail was running full of water making it impossible to stay on the trail and slowing my progress. As is typical of Arizona rains, it soon stopped, the water stopped running, but then I continued to contend with the slippery mud - needing to stay off the trail for a mile or so. As the loop turned south, I found dry ground again and picked up the pace. I didn't observe any wildlife, but there were tracks all over and I could hear a bugling elk. I say no wildlife, but I did run into about a half dozen cows with calves who simply gave me the curious eye but could care less I was there. I didn't see another soul the whole day and it was a peaceful although tiring walk. There are portions of the trail that require you to walk on small river rock and it pained my feet dearly. If you don't have time to do the full loop, I highly recommend going south out of the trailhead parking lot as if doing the loop backwards (clockwise). If you do this, you can enjoy a wonderful serene, flat and smooth walk through some great ponderosa pine forest. However, doing the full loop counter-clockwise does take you into some sections of the burned area (I believe from the Rodeo-Chedeski fire) which is interesting. This trail could be quite warm if taken in the full summer sun because good chunks of the distance are in relatively open terrain - mostly scrub oaks. By and large a great trail and well worth taking.

    Temps were in the 60's & 70's, I didn't observe any leaves changing colors yet.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    West Trailhead
    From Show Low drive about four miles west on AZ-260 to Joe Tank Road. The first section of this road is paved; then it becomes gravel. Drive one mile to the trailhead.

    East Trailhead
    From downtown Show Low, drive two miles west. Turn right on State Highway 260 towards Payson/Heber. Drive 2.9 miles. After crossing Bagnal Draw, turn left on to Forest Road 136. Forest Road 136 is not marked. Drive 0.6 miles to the trailhead on the right.
    page created by joebartels on Sep 10 2013 10:44 am
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