It's good enough for me
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.
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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