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Auger Trail #609, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 1.45 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,654 feet
Elevation Gain 344 feet
Accumulated Gain 352 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.62
Interest Seasonal Creek
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Author friendofThundergod
author avatar Guides 23
Routes 291
Photos 8,252
Trips 780 map ( 8,671 miles )
Age 37 Male Gender
Location AZ
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Preferred   May, Jun, Sep, Oct
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:13am - 7:30pm
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by friendofThundergod

Overview
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.


Hike
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.

Water Sources
There are no permanent water sources along this trail, however, Bear Spring near the trail´s beginning is reliable.

Camping
There are several opportunities for camping along the trail.

Note
Auger is decommissioned. Albeit unmaintained, it is open to hiking as of this writing.

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2020-05-27 friendofThundergod

    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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    Directions
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    To Largo Canyon Trailhead
    From Alpine head east towards New Mexico on highway 180 to FR 281 (Blue River road). Turnoff is across from Luna lake. Head approximately 23 miles to the Blue Administrative site and that's were the TH starts. On drive down Blue River road you will pass numerous awesome car camping sites. You'll have to ford the Blue river in your vehicle to get to the TH. I've been to the TH between 5-10 times and the Administrative site has always been vacant and locked. No services in Blue.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) - 278 mi, 6 hours 42 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) - 260 mi, 5 hours 44 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) - 232 mi, 5 hours 14 mins
    page created by friendofThundergod on May 27 2020 5:29 pm
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