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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Oct 9th to Dec 31st
Trail #609 is a short connector trail in the eastern Primitive Blue Range. The trail provides a convenient connector for backpacking in the area as well as a nice section of trail for completing day hiking loops out of Bear Valley.
Trail 609 intersects with the Little Blue Trail less than a mile downstream of Bear Valley. The trail junction is not marked. Trail 609 travels primarily through a mixed forest of hardwoods and healthy ponderosa, however, some nice views of the unique geology of the Little Blue can be seen early in the hike. The trail mainly travels parallel to an unnamed drainage that is dry for most of the year. The trail is well marked and relatively easy to follow. As one nears the top of the trail, the forest gives way to juniper. The trail is perhaps a little more faint through here and it may take a minute to identify the intersection with the Cow Flat Trail #55.
There are no permanent water sources along this trail, however, Bear Spring near the trail´s beginning is reliable.
There are several opportunities for camping along the trail.
Auger is decommissioned. Albeit unmaintained, it is open to hiking as of this writing.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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