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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
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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11  2021-09-04 jillyonanadventu
7  2020-06-12
Aspen and McFarland Springs - Mogollon Rim
15  2020-06-12
FR139G TH to Aspen Spr and McFarland Spr
20  2019-06-13
Houston Bros Tr Loop via U-Bar Tr-FR139G
24  2018-07-18
Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#3
7  2016-08-06 Dirt4dinner
4  2014-08-10 chumley
15  2014-05-17
West Cabin Loop
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Author Grasshopper
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Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Preferred   May, Oct, Sep, Apr → Any
Seasons   Late Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  6:13am - 6:22pm
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4 Alternative
Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 2019 Hart Fire5k
🔥 2016 Pinchot Fire3.9k
🔥 2009 Tucker Fire2.6k
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..Shortcut to Access Cabin Loops - East & West..
by Grasshopper

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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.

Water Sources
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.

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2013-06-25 Grasshopper
    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
    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    From the Phoenix area: Hwy 87 to Payson and continue on Hwy 87 "past" Pine, Strawberry, Clints Well, Blue Ridge Reservoir, and the Blue Ridge Ranger Station to the next right turn intersection of Hwy 87/FR95. Turn Right (SE) onto FR95 and continue on FR95 eventually heading downhill crossing the East Clear Creek Bridge. Continue on signed FR95 to the intersection of FR95/FR139. Turn Left (SE) and continue to the intersection of FR139/FR139G (Note: from Hwy 87/FR95 "to" FR139/FR139G is approx 12.25 total miles). Please also see this posted GPS Driving Route for additional reference and download.
    page created by Grasshopper on Jun 25 2013 3:36 pm
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