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Willow Spring Trail #244 - Mazatzal, AZ

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Distance One Way 0.36 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,873 feet
Elevation Gain -268 feet
Accumulated Gain 15 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 0.41
Interest Perennial Creek
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Sheep Bridge / Mountain Spring Loop
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Willow Springs Trail via Sheep Bridge
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Author jacobemerick
author avatar Guides 33
Routes 77
Photos 1,293
Trips 189 map ( 2,206 miles )
Age 37 Male Gender
Location Gilbert, AZ
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Sun  5:33am - 7:32pm
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🔥 Willow 2004117.2 mi*
🔥 2004 Willow Fire120k
🔥 2004 Willow117.2 mi*
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Spur Trail to a Mazatzal Paradise
by jacobemerick

Short spur trail that drops off the main Willow Springs #223 to a dependable spring in the western Mazatzal Wilderness.

The start of this trail is 6.8 miles from the western end of Willow Springs #223, on a shallow saddle right before a hefty climb. The junction is marked with an old sign and cairn, though the post may be knocked over. It heads southeast along the side of a ridge for a short distance, passing through brush and a few short trees.

At 0.2 miles it reaches the end of the ridge, switching back and forth a few times as it drops 200' and crosses a shallow drainage on the way to Horse Creek. Two appealing campsites show up above the creek and then the foliage around Willow Spring shows up, narrowing the route to a narrow path between lush grass with branches hanging low. This is effectively the end of the trail - once you're done with the spring and/or camp areas, return up the hill to continue on your larger adventure.

Water Sources
Willow Spring is the cleaner of two water sources along Horse Creek and Willow Springs #223, making this spur trail well worth the mild elevation drop needed to get to it.

At least two campsites are located on the bank of Horse Creek above the spring, one along the trail and exposed to the open air and the other a bit more tucked under the trees.

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2018-07-25 jacobemerick

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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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    Map Drive
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To Sheep Bridge Trailhead
    Take Cave Creek road east and follow the directions to Seven Springs - Cave Creek Road turns into FR24. Take FR24 35 miles until it ends at FR269. Take FR269 another 12 miles to the southeast until it ends at Sheep Bridge. NOTE: the last 8 miles or so of FR269 is unmaintained! While it may be passable by car - I would urge something with more clearance and designed suspension.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 105mi 3h 38m
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 182mi 4h 50m
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 119mi 3h 44m
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