..Shortcut to Access Cabin Loops - East & West..
A highly recommended access "shortcut" TH Parking and Hiking Route to connect with the historic Cabin Loop - Houston Brothers Trail #171 at the original site of the Aspen Fire Cabin Complex and perennial Aspen Spring. Day Hiking or overnight Backpack access is via a short, scenic, and family friendly 0.5 mile "one way" hike on now closed to vehicle traffic but signed FR9738N. TH Parking (for 1 to 3 vehicles maximum) and TH Start begins from this easily missed intersection of FR139G/FR9738N (at way point coordinates 34.492092 -111.188192).
The Houston brothers were ranchers who used this connector Trail #171 for moving livestock from one part of their range to another. The Forest Service used the Aspen Spring Fire Cabin Complex adjacent to this trail #171 to move fire guards into a number of isolated forest cabins such as the remnants of this one at perennial Aspen Spring where they were on twenty-four hour duty during times of high fire danger. Evidence of both of these pages out of the trail and area history is visible at a number of locations along the Cabin Loop - Mogollon Rim trail system which provides an opportunity for Coconino National Forest visitors to relive an aspect of Forest history while they enjoy the area's natural beauty.
Day Hiking or overnight Backpack access to connect with Cabin Loop - Houston Brothers Trail #171 is via a short, scenic, and family friendly 0.5 mile "one way" hike.
Perennial Aspen Spring and perennial spring fed Houston Draw/Creek
This large area of Quaking Aspen, Pine, and Oak shaded "Aspen Fire Cabin Complex" with adjacent, perennial "Aspen Spring" is one of the most popular and scenic overnight backpack camp locations within the entire Cabin Loop trail system.
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.