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Brown Spring Trail #199, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1.81 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,452 feet
Elevation Gain 466 feet
Accumulated Gain 469 feet
Avg Time One Way 45 min
Kokopelli Seeds 3.37
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Hamburg Brown Loop
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Routes 16,052
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Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
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    Brown Spring Trail #199
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    Hamburg Brown Loop
    Took a daytrip down to the Huachucas. This range never fails to surprise me, and keeps calling me back.

    I spent a few minutes loitering with the others and then decided to explore a few areas I hadn't previously been. Managed to knock out the remaining portion of Hamburg that I hadn't done before, connected over on Brown Canyon, and cut back on Brown Spring. I'll have to come back and check out the mine and get up to the fort boundary on the ridge.

    Colors were nice in the canyons, and water was flowing.

    Note about the Brown Canyon Trail ... the old trail cut as marked on topo maps (and the hikebot route here) is no longer active. A newer cut heads down the Brown Canyon drainage more directly starting at the 6020 contour and ending at the Wilderness Boundary at Brown Spring. It's a very well-built and maintained trail with nice switchbacks and used regularly. Irrigation piping is found the length of the trail connecting several different enclosed and locked small spring structures that divert the water for ranch use downstream.

    I investigated the old trail cut, which is reasonably visible, but is overgrown and hasn't been used in years. There were branches placed very deliberately in the old tread every few feet for the first 300 yards of the old trail. While I assume this old cut was decommissioned by the forest service, it was abundantly clear that somebody was making an effort to prevent travel on this old route, and not knowing what might be ahead of me, I stuck with my gut and turned around. (Backpacks and trash are fine, but I'd rather not meet their owners if I have the option not to).

    The turkeys were out in full force, and I encountered three different rafters of over a dozen each. Apparently there aren't enough predators here. I saw a handful of deer, including one that was so carefree I think it would have eaten out of my hand. We did see a nice grey fox on the drive out. Not sure it's big enough to take down a turkey though.

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