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Houston Bros Tr Loop via U-Bar Tr-FR139G, AZ

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Distance Loop 3.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,296 feet
Elevation Gain -292 feet
Accumulated Gain 335 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.1
Kokopelli Seeds 5.18
Interest Historic & Seasonal Creek
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Bear Canyon - Houston Draw Loop
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Overview: Starting from FR139G/FR9738N, the "back way" loop hiking route to access historic and perennial Aspen Spring/Cabin complex, then connect to north Houston Brothers TR#18 to perennial Pinchot Spring to historic Pinchot Cabin; From Pinchot Cabin connect with U-Bar TR#28 to less vehicle traveled FR139G South to end at Park/TH Start;

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Houston Bros Tr Loop via U-Bar Tr-FR139G
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    Bear Canyon - Houston Draw Loop
    Kyle invited me for a walk in one of his favorite areas. Do I want to spend the day at 106 or 76 degrees. Duh.

    We dropped into Bear Canyon off of FR95 at FR9737M (as depicted on the TOPO maps) There was actually a Forrest Service sign for this road, but no road. We picked a pretty good route just making our way down the side of the canyon.

    The Bear Canyon drainage was flowing pretty good the entire length we were in it. It was green, green, green! You can find game trails to navigate most of the way, but still need to cross over the drainage many times. It's easy making your way down there, but slow going.

    We crested a bit of a rise in the drainage, to a small grassy meadow. We were both surprised to stumble on a huge Bull Elk, still in velvet, feeding in the grass, not more than 50' away. He was gone before I could get the camera going.

    We only had one spot where we had to go up to avoid a swimmer. Would have been a good swim if it was warmer.

    Out of the drainage and on our way to Pinchot Cabin, it started to rain lightly. Perfect timing as we'd planned to stop at the cabin for lunch anyway. It rained and thundered while we ate lunch under the awning of the cabin. It was actually a bit cold.

    On the Houston Brothers trail we made up some time.

    We dropped into East Bear Canyon following a side canyon down. The Elk have made a decent path to the hill. A few more miles in the canyon and I was ready for the climb out.

    A pretty hike, in great temps. Lots of tiny strawberries along the entire hike. Lilly did great on the hike. Even all the off trail stuff. Thanks for the hike and driving Kyle.
    Houston Bros Tr Loop via U-Bar Tr-FR139G
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    After an early Saturday morning Monsoon lingering rain shower, Larry, his son-in-law, and I planned a late morning hike start.

    This was Larry's first visit to our Mogollon Rim- Cabin Loop area trails and I thought it an excellent idea to first introduce he and his son-in-law to one of the more popular and historic areas. This planned, short loop hike takes the back way into the scenic, historic, Aspen Spring meadow area, perennial Aspen Spring, and the Aspen Spring Guard Cabin complex, then north onto the Houston Brothers Trail to perennial Pinchot Spring and on to the historic Pinchot Guard Cabin area before connecting with the U-Bar TR#28 to FR139G to complete the loop.

    This loop hike turned-out to be very enjoyable with cooler temps and with the wetness of the days Monsoon rain just enhancing the peacefulness and beauty of this area :D
    Houston Bros Tr Loop via U-Bar Tr-FR139G
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    My last full day of seven, car-camping/hiking on our Mogollon Rim-Cabin Loop Area I decided to enjoy a short loop hike again on this Houston Bros Trail. This time hiking north from my campsite on FR139G to connect down to Aspen Spring/Cabin then take Houston Bros TR north to Pinchot Spring then on to Pinchot Cabin to connect with the U-Bar TR#28 back to FR139G south and back to my TH Start.

    Thanks to Steve(nonot) for bringing-up some extra ice two days prior to allow me to spend an extra day & night in the ponderosa pines at 7350' before needing to return back to the real heat. Think I would still be there today IF I had an endless amount of water and ice to last through the summer.. ;)

    Please see my posted pic set/captions and posted GPS Route/notes for more hike details.

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    To hike
    From the intersection of FR139/FR139G: Drive FR139G for .70mls to the fenced-off and "closed to vehicle traffic" FR9738N (at 34.4921 -111.18811); Park here off FR139G and pass through the fenced cut for hiker access to FR9738N; Please also see posted 7-14-12 "FR139G Driving Route to Park/TH Start";
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