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Lost Spring Trail #279, AZ

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Distance One Way 0.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,080 feet
Accumulated Gain 20 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 0.37
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35  2018-09-03
Midnight Mesa Loop - Mazatzal
47  2017-12-27
Willow Springs Trail via Sheep Bridge
5  2010-11-07
Midnight Mesa Loop - Mazatzal
author avatar Guides 33
Routes 78
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Trips 192 map ( 2,216 miles )
Age 37 Male Gender
Location Gilbert, AZ
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Sun  5:37am - 7:27pm
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🔥 Willow 2004117.2 mi*
🔥 2004 Willow Fire120k
🔥 2004 Willow117.2 mi*
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A Spring Better Off Lost
by jacobemerick

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

The start of this trail is 10.5 miles from the western end of Willow Springs #223, just over a mile above the appealing Mountain Spring. Trail junction is marked with an aged sign. It swings into the rocky and overgrown wash before heading south, following the hillside.

For the most part, the trail stays relatively level, following the contour of the hillside. Due to low traffic, it may be hard to follow at times, especially for the last few hundred yards when deadfall and thick brush become a problem. Just follow the contour and don't get discouraged when the tread fades. There are a few game paths that swing below the thick brush - follow at your own peril.

At the end of trail is an empty trough. Above the trough are several seeps that compose Lost Spring, though they've been recently (2017/18) fouled by wildlife. Enjoy the views, glance at the water, and then return the way you came in.

Water Sources
Lost Spring is a poor source of water compared to the nearby Mountain Spring and Wet Bottom Creek (along Midnight Trail).

No defined campsites and few flat areas. Hammock campers may enjoy the area, especially with the extensive views down into Deadman Creek.

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2018-09-20 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.

    Permit $$

    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
    page created by joebartels on Sep 20 2018 9:21 pm
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
    prehydrate & stay hydrated

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