A Spring Better Off Lost
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 fairly 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 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.
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 big views down into Deadman Creek.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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