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Nemo Spring Trail #9405, AZ

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Distance One Way 4.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,347 feet
Elevation Gain 542 feet
Accumulated Gain 895 feet
Avg Time One Way 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.58
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Charcoal Gulch Loop
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April 2020 Note
The FS website says Temporarily CLOSED for rehabilitation following the Goodwin Fire. Work is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. Obey all official signage.

Notably used with Charcoal Gulch Trail #9419 for a lasso loop. Southern 0.7 mi to FS 9404T is unlikely used by anyone driving over 50 miles for a hike.

From the North
Park at Green Gulch TH. Take Charcoal Gulch Trail #9419 0.45 miles. Turn left/south onto Nemo Spring Trail #9405.

In 60 yards, the trail crosses Green Gulch, which is an intermittent creek. If you came in search of shade, this is the nicest opportunity. The trail is 99% uncovered.

A little over a half-mile in, you enter a wide firebreak for Dewey-Humbolt. The moonscape is within the last three years. The 2017 Goodwin Fire boundary is about three miles south of this trail.

Soon you visit ❤ Joe's Tank ❤. The trail climbs aggressively up and away from the tank. Fear not, it's over quick in 75 vertical feet. You are back in the firebreak for almost a mile sandwiched on the edge of the mountains/west and Dewey-Humbolt/east.

Fain Tank is the next hurrah. The trail seems to go directly through the tank. Getting around isn't an issue. Then it's a steep grade up, leaving mom, apple pie, and Dewey-Humbolt. Tread is rocky. Not horrible for hikers going up. I'd imagine semi-undesirable descending and a mess for mountain biking in either direction. The ascent is 0.75 mi / 500 ft. Then you dip through a gentle contour before a short steep descent on route to the namesake.

Nemo Spring is extremely popular with the local bovine community. The trail skirts a tank. A water trough in eyesight was kinna gross on my visit. The spring itself is about 200 ft west according to topo. I did not come prepared to wade through ankle-deep cow-shit-infused mud to check it out.

0.3 miles further is Charcoal Gulch Trail #9419 and the end of this trail for most. Nemo does continue 0.7 mi down to FR 9404T.

Intriguing for me on a cool morning, no desire to return. A mile of my hike was between two clicks of angry cows, entertaining.

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2020-04-27 joebartels

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    Prescott National Forest Pass

    Only trailheads with six "amenities" have fees. Amenities are picnic tables, trash, toilet, parking, interpretive signing and security.

    Map Drive

    To Green Gulch Trailhead
    TH is the terminus of Newtown Ave on the edge of Dewey-Humbolt and large enough for many trailers. Trails from this TH are OHV designated. Trail #9419 starts at the domed ATV Cattle Guard.

    0) Dewey-Humbolt 0.68 mi N on 69 from 169/69 (Mortimer Farms is SE)
    1) Kachina Pl → 0.4 mi
    2) Continue on Horseshoe Ln → 0.1 mi
    3) Left on S Pony Pl → 495 ft
    4) Right on Henderson Rd → 2.1 mi
    5) Continue on Newtown Ave → 1.1 mi

    Huge lot for cars and trailers.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) - 2 h 5 min (109 miles)
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) - 3 h 32 min (214 miles)
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) - 1 h 55 min (97.5 miles)
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