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Houston Brothers Trail - Aspen Spring Access, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 7,295 feet
Elevation Gain -128 feet
Accumulated Gain 150 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.75
Interest Historic & Perennial Creek
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Houston Bros Tr Loop via U-Bar Tr-FR139G
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Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#3
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Location Scottsdale, AZ
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🔥 2019 Hart Fire5k
🔥 2016 Pinchot Fire3.9k
🔥 2009 Tucker Fire2.6k
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..Shortcut to Access Cabin Loops - East & West..
by Grasshopper

Overview
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 waypoint coordinates 34.492092 -111.188192).


History
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 several 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 several 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.

Hike
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.

Water Sources
Perennial Aspen Spring and perennial spring-fed Houston Draw/Creek

Camping
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.

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    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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    Directions
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    To hike
    From the PHX area: Option 1- Take the Beeline Hwy 87 all the way past the small community of Clints Well, continue on Hwy 87 past the right turn for signed Blue Ridge Reservoir, continue on Hwy 87 past the signed right turn for Moqui / Blue Ridge Campgrounds, continue on Hwy 87 past the Blue Ridge Ranger Station to the next signed FR right turn onto FR95; Turn Right onto FR95 and follow signs for FR95 South to FR95/FR96 intersection at East Clear Creek Bridge; "Stay on" FR95 (~right turn SSW) and continue until you reach signed FR139; Turn left onto FR139 and continue south on FR139 for ~3.5mls to signed FR139G on your right side; Turn Right onto un-maintained FR139G and continue driving slowly for .50mls to Parking/TH Start just off Left Side of FR139G at waypoint N34.48887 W111.18831; Note: Also see posted Gps Driving Route for more details;

    From the PHX area: Option 2- Drive Hwy 87 north through Payson, Pine, and Strawberry.. approx 10.5 miles north of Strawberry on Hwy 87 at MP281.1, turn right at signed FR300 (the Rim Road), and continue ~16 miles on FR300 to the signed intersection with FR139. Turn Left on FR139 and continue for ~4+ miles to the signed but easy-to-miss intersection with FR139G (34.482725 -111.186375). Turn Left onto un-maintained FR139G and continue driving slowly for .50mls to Parking/TH Start just off Left Side of FR139G at waypoint N34.48887 W111.18831;

    Note: Option 1 Drive is an additional +20 miles one way on Hwy 87 but not much additional driving time difference from driving in from Option 2 Drive on FR300;
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