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Four Springs Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 3.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,647 feet
Elevation Gain 1,480 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,811 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 9.14
Interest Seasonal Creek
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Author markthurman53
author avatar Guides 162
Routes 683
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Trips 532 map ( 4,888 miles )
Age 67 Male Gender
Location Tucson, Arizona
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Preferred   May, Sep, Aug, Oct
Seasons   Early Spring to Early Winter
Sun  5:18am - 7:31pm
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2, 4, who's counting
by markthurman53

This trail does not appear to be listed as an official trail but it is there none the less and is used and talked about enough that it deserves its own description. The Four Springs Trail connects Kent Spring to the Florida Crest Trail via the saddle just north of McCleary peak.

The Trail starts at Kent Spring where the Kent Spring and Bog Spring Trails meet. The unsigned trail heads up the hill to the Southwest and climbs steadily over the ridge and along the ravine to the Southwest of Kent Spring, crosses back over the ridge and eventually ends up along the upper reaches of the Kent spring canyon. The trail does about 6 switchbacks climbing 700 feet to Shovel Saddle, 1.8 miles from Kent Spring. This is a very picturesque saddle with pine trees and good views, mainly up to one of the saddles along the Florida Crest. So far the trail has been easy to follow but as the trail continues on toward McCleary Peak it is a little overgrown just north of Shovel Saddle. The trail is there, just need to look through the abundance of pine tree saplings and a couple tree falls, one fairly large one. The trail becomes easy to follow once past this area (Couple hundred yards) all the way to the Saddle north of McCleary Peak, 2.5 miles from start. There are good views from this saddle, especially of Elephant Head Rock. There is a route that takes off to the north to McCleary Peak. The Four Springs Trail heads east from this saddle down a couple of switchbacks toward Armour Spring and the Florida Crest Trail, 3.2 miles from Kent Spring. The trail from the Saddle to Florida Crest Trail is along the north side of one of the peaks on Florida Crest and can still be in snow even after most of the other trails are clear. Armour Spring is marked with a sign and isn’t much more than a little water from under a huge rock, there was actually more water in the creek just .1 miles east of the spring. There are good views to the north from along this trail. The trail from the Florida Crest Trail at least to the spring is listed as Armour Spring Trail #71, not sure if this official trail goes just to the spring or continues on to the saddle near McCleary Peak.

No matter how I count it up there are only two springs along this trail and that bothers me, so I made up a route that would get me four springs. From the Bog Springs trail head, hike to Bog Springs, then Kent Springs, continue on along the Four Springs Trail to Armour Spring. At Armour Spring Return to Kent Spring and take the Kent Spring Trail past Sylvester Spring and back to Bog Spring trailhead. Now I have four springs and this makes for a nice 10 to 11 mile round trip hike. This is a great spring hike just check snow conditions.

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2017-04-10 markthurman53

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    $8 per vehicle per day
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    There are four specific day use areas that require a Coronado Recreational Pass or a National Pass/America the Beautiful Pass.
    1) Sabino Canyon - located on the Santa Catalina Ranger District (520)749-8700
    2) Madera Canyon - located on the Nogales Ranger District (520)281-2296
    3) Cave Creek - located on the Douglas Ranger District (520)364-3468
    4) Mt. Lemmon at 11 day-use sites.

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    2021 Sabino Canyon Tram is $12 extra. [ website ]

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Green Valley, Arizona and take Continental Road to Madera canyon. In Madera canyon, park at Bog Spring camp ground trail head parking. Take the Bog Spring or Kent Spring Trail to Kent spring.
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