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Good Enough Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 0.75 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,721 feet
Elevation Gain 500 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 3.25
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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15  2017-09-23
Author alexandy
author avatar Guides 2
Routes 4
Photos 8
Trips 111 map ( 528 miles )
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Location Mesa, AZ
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Preferred   Oct, Apr, May, Sep → Any
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:09am - 6:31pm
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by alexandy

Likely In-Season!
This is a short, one and a half mile round trip, trail in the Tonto National Forest. The trail is not an official Forest Service trail and is not shown on any maps that I have seen. Regardless, the trail is fairly well marked and maintained.

The hike starts adjacent to a residential area in the community of Pine at the western end and intersects with the Pine Canyon Trail #26 as its eastern terminus. To start the hike, go through and close the gate of the fence that seperates the Forest from the homes along the Forest boundry. The gate is directly east, and within twenty feet of the end of Manzanita Drive. At the beginning, the trail goes through a thinned out Ponderosa forest, with numerous wood piles. The cutting was done to provide a fire protection barrier for the adjoining homes. Continuing east, the forest becomes more dense. Much of the trail follows a drainage uphill and has switch backs, which are marked with cairns.

About one-quarter mile from the trailhead, Wild Bill's Spring appears, (GPS 34 23.728N, -111 26.191W), providing a reliable water source for the wild life. Continue east for about one-half mile to the junction with the Pine Canyon Trail #26, (GPS 34 23.737N, -111 25.819). From there you can return to the Trailhead, or go on the Pine Canyon Trail #26, either North or South. Dripping Springs is about one-half mile going South and Camp LoMia is two and one-half miles North. One advantage of the Good Enough trail is that it provides an alternative access to the Pine Canyon Trail #26, near the Southern end. It eliminates the long hike on the exposed, rocky road when starting from the Pine Trailhead. Judging from the numerous paths in the area, particularly between the homes and the spring, the site is fairly popular.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2008-11-06 alexandy
    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.

    Most recent Triplog Review
    Good Enough Trail
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    Denny and Joe refused to hike with me 2 weeks in a row.
    The Dbacks kept me up late. I slept in until 6:00 and didn't hit the trail until 8:00.

    Got dropped off at the Good Enough Trail. First time on this one. It's in decent shape and a short steady climb to The Pine Canyon Trail. Passed up Wild Bill Spring on the way up.

    Pine Canyon Trail #26 yields great views down to Pine and back into the canyon. It's a super highway. A brief stint on the Highline trail and I was at the Pine TH.

    I had not been on the Oak Spring Trail #16 in over 7 years, since we did the AZT in 2010. It really has a lot to offer. You get to peak at "The Narrows" (on my list) on your way to the picturesque Bradshaw Tank and meadow area. The blind has been changed up from last time through, with the same familiar note inside.

    The drop and views into Oak Spring Canyon is what I'd remembered most about this trail. It did not disappoint.

    I was going to take a side trip to relive the Butterfly Whisperer moment [ photo ] [ photo ] , but I was on a timetable.

    I'd forgotten everything about the Walnut Trail #251. I'm sure there may be some walnut trees here, but most of what I saw were Oaks and Maples on the cusp of their seasonal turning. Worth a visit for sure.

    The Pine Strawberry Trail #15 is a MTB highway, yet I saw none. This is an enjoyable trail that has had some slight reroutes since my last time through.

    I finished up on the Bearfoot Trail.

    I saw 4 hikers total on an absolutely perfect weather day.

    Walnut Canyon's maples are just starting to turn.

    Permit $$

    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    Take SR 87 to Pine. Turn right (East) on Whispering Pines Rd. and then turn right on Manzanita Dr. Park at the end of the road.
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