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Aspen Nature Loop, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 1.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,300 feet
Elevation Gain -333 feet
Accumulated Gain 131 feet
Avg Time One Way 40 min
Kokopelli Seeds 2.04
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Author Mountain Ginger
author avatar Guides 1
Routes 0
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Trips 8 map ( 56 miles )
Age 39 Male Gender
Location Flagstaff, AZ
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Preferred   May, Jun, Jul, Sep → Any
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:34am - 7:32pm
Official Route
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Super easy scenic loop
by Mountain Ginger

Likely In-Season!
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Heads Up
As of July 2020, this trail is being rerouted. The current Official Route is projected.

This 1.5-mile hike through Hart Prairie is excellent for those short on time or those who prefer scenery over adventure. It's also a good test route for elevation acclimation.

This hike is on the western face of a gigantic mountain range and is more prone to inclement weather than the southern and eastern faces. Check the conditions before you head out. If rain/ snow is forecasted, head out early. If strong winds are forecasted, stay home, or be very, very cautious.

I rated this hike as 1.5 out of 5 for difficulty assuming you're acclimated to elevations above 8,000 ft. Bring water, Tylenol, caffeine, and a snack if you're not used to high elevations. My genius friend swears by smoking a cigarette before a high altitude hike because nicotine increases blood flow. Don't try it if your under 18 or if you're not a fan of lung disease.

Start at Humphreys summit/ Aspen nature loop TH (North side of the parking lot - West of hart prairie lodge at Snowbowl. Kendrick, Sitgreaves, and Bill Williams mountains are visible from the trailhead and throughout the hike. The initial decline snakes westward in and out of aspen, cork bark fir, and pine for 0.5 mi until its fork (this is the loop) head left (Southwest)for 0.4 mi until you reach the Arizona trail junction. Head right (north)for about 0.25 mi to the aspen loop junction - make another right at the junction, and it's 0.8 mi back to the trailhead. This is a technical description for such an easy hike, so follow the signage clockwise, bring your binoculars, and enjoy the view!

Water sources / history lesson
The Spanish Explorers called this place "Sierra sin agua" translation: mountain without water. Just about every significant water source on the mountain is the property of the Flagstaff municipalities. Don't expect any along the trail. However, agua and carbonated sugar water can be purchased at Snowbowl's Hart prairie lodge just East of the parking lot and trailhead.

It's possible to continue north or south along the Arizona trail from the Aspen nature trail, in which case camping is possible, permitted, and praised.

Car Camping
Consider nearby FR 522, Freidlein Prairie. Designated sites are available.

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2009-05-20 Mountain Ginger

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To Humphries Trailhead
    From Flagstaff follow Highway 180 West 7 miles to FR516. Turn right onto FR516 (N. Snow Bowl Rd) and follow 6.2 miles to the first large signed parking lot on the left.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 164 mi - about 2 hours 41 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 269 mi - about 4 hours 9 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 16.0 mi - about 31 mins
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