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McFarland Spring - Mogollon Rim, AZ

Guide 6 Triplogs  2 Topics
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Distance Round Trip 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 7,407 feet
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Seasonal Creek
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5  2022-07-08 ALMAL
7  2020-06-12
Aspen and McFarland Springs - Mogollon Rim
15  2020-06-12
FR139G TH to Aspen Spr and McFarland Spr
8  2019-06-13 Grasshopper
7  2014-06-16 Grasshopper
8  2011-09-30 Grasshopper
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This usually reliable perennial spring and backpack campsite Option is often approached by a short, easy to navigate off-trail #171 hike from the Houston Brothers Trail #171 connection at Aspen Spring. I recommend downloading and utilizing this out-and-back GPS Route which begins on FR139G.

This description provides the short 4WD driving route (now hiking route only) from FR139 on FR9616E to reach this spring area. From the intersection of FR139 / FR9616E, this is an "official" out and back hiking route to the perennial McFarland Spring and Backpack Camping Area. FR9616E is no longer legal for any motor vehicle access.

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2019-05-06 Grasshopper & HAZ_Hikebot
    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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    Strictly 4x4

    To 4x4 trip
    (Park/TH Starts off FR139G)
    From the PHX area: Option 1- 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 Left Side of FR139G at waypoint N34.48887 W111.18831;

    From the PHX area: Option 2- Drive Hwy 87 north through Payson, Pine, and Strawberry.. approx 10.5 miles north of Strawberry on Hwy 87 at MP281.1, turn right at signed FR300 (the Rim Road), and continue ~16 miles on FR300 to the signed intersection with FR139. Turn Left on FR139 and continue for ~4+ miles to the signed but easy-to-miss intersection with FR139G (34.482725 -111.186375). Turn Left onto un-maintained FR139G and continue driving slowly for .50mls to Parking/TH Start just off Left Side of FR139G at waypoint N34.48887 W111.18831;

    Note: Option 1 Drive is an additional +20 miles one way on Hwy 87 but not much additional driving time difference from driving in from Option 2 Drive on FR300;
    page created by Grasshopper on Oct 08 2011 8:40 pm

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