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Lakeshore Trail #340, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Loop 0.65 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,740 feet
Elevation Gain -20 feet
Accumulated Gain 40 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 0.85
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:49am - 5:19pm
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by PrestonSands & ryan321

Overview
The Lakeshore Trail #340 circles around Riggs Lake (a.k.a. Riggs Flat Lake), in southeastern Arizona's Pinaleno Mountains. This loop hike next to a beautiful mountain lake makes for a brief and easy outing, and is easy enough for small children to hike. Because of its proximity to Riggs Lake and Riggs Flat Campground, this trail is popular with fishermen and campers.


History
Riggs Flat, where the lake is today, was once the home of the Riggs family. The Riggs' were early inhabitants of the Pinaleno Mountains, who built a log cabin and grew potatoes in this high mountain valley. Long after the Riggs family abandoned their mountain top farm for the Sulphur Springs Valley, the Arizona Game and Fish Department constructed a dam at the lower end of Riggs Flat, creating Riggs Lake in 1957.

Warning
Do not park your vehicle in a Riggs Flat Campground campsite, or you will be subject to the camping fee.

Hike
There are no signs identifying this trail, but it is easy to follow, as it sticks close to the shoreline of Riggs Lake.

From the end of the campground, where the road makes a 180 degree turn to the left, a concrete walkway heads off to the right, towards the wooded lakeshore. After passing a popular fishing spot, the walkway turns to dirt, and the Lakeshore Trail straightaways across Riggs Lake's earthen dam. The trail crosses a little wooden bridge over the spillway, before reentering the coniferous forest bordering the waterfront.

Rounding the north shore, the trail becomes a narrow footpath that ambles among tall ferns and marshy inlets. The fire scarred summit of Merrill Peak can be seen rising above the lake to the south.

Turning south, the trail crosses a marshy area, where a nameless creek supplies the lake's water. Alder thickets and giant leaved cowparsnip plants crowd the trail here.

The trail soon reaches the broad, grassy, south shore of Riggs Lake, near the campground, where many people enjoy fishing from. The boat ramp and parking lot soon come into view, where this short little hike comes to an end.

PrestonSands & ryan321
    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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    Coronado Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)


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    To hike
    From Safford, head south on U.S. highway 191. Turn west onto state highway 366 (Swift Trail). Follow highway 366 approximately 32 miles to the signed turnoff for Riggs Lake. Turn left at the Riggs Lake sign, enter the campground, and follow the paved campground loop road past Riggs Lake. The unsigned trail begins where the road makes a 180 degree turn to the left. Look for a concrete sidewalk heading down to the edge of the lake. This is the start of the Lakeshore Trail. (see hike description)
    page created by PrestonSands on May 15 2008 10:00 pm
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