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fairly well shaded
Here is one of the newer trails to the White Mountain Trail System. Signage states that it was completed in 2016, in part, from funding from Arizona Game and Fish Heritage Program. The official TH for this hike starts from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The trail begins from the NE corner of their parking. There is signage at the TH that gives a little bit of history on this trail name's origin. The trail is reasonably well marked, having metallic blazes nailed to trees so that one is never out of sight. Every 0.25-miles ablaze will have the initial OH indicating the trail you are on (Old Hatchery, in this case) and a number indicating what quarter mile you are at (0.25=1, 0.5=2, and so on).
The trail starts off descending, heading north. Within a few hundred yards, a side trail provides access to the sidewalks along 260. The main trail will continue to descend, dropping about 50ft and passing the trail's namesake remnants. The foundations of the hatchery will be visible just to the left of the trail. Just after this, at about 0.3 miles, there is a bridge that crosses a small stream. There is also additional parking at this spot with room for about four cars. From here, the trail takes off in a SE direction. There is a short climb (30ft) as the trail goes above stream level to parallel the trail for most of its remaining 0.5 miles. As you follow the trail, there will be evidence of hatchery remnants along the way: a stone waterway (that looks almost Neolithic) and several concrete flood control walls that have become obsolete. The trail does some very gradual climbing as it passes through two gates on its way to connect to the Springs Trail. The trail is composed of compact dirt and is quite rocky throughout. The trail is fairly well shaded throughout by pine and Gambel Oak.
This trail is not fantastic. But it does provide an excellent way to access some of the interior trails of the White Mountain Trail System (Springs, Blue Ridge, Country Club) and does have some history behind it.
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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.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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