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.. Prime Autumn "Big Tooth Maple" Bliss ..
"Park / TH Start" is on the uppermost end of FR9731W at the intersection of FR139.
FR9731W is not legal for any motorized vehicles.
This short, easy to navigate, off-trail Lasso Loop Hike within the Historic Cabin Loop Trails area of our Mogollon Rim should provide a most pleasant individual or family day hike into the very heart of multiple stands of Big Tooth Maples.. True Mogollon Rim "Autumn Bliss" during Prime Season.
Thanks to @kingsnake for first publishing Maverick Canyon - Merritt Draw Loop into this scenic and not topo map labeled Maverick Spur Canyon area. Finally, my first 8/20/21 (out-of-season) visit to view-confirm this awesome Big Tooth Maple area and now to issue this new HAZ Hike Guide so all Autumn Season lovers can enjoy.
From the recommended Park/TH Start (at coordinates 34.452526 -111.197224) and following my "Official Route", this short, totally off-trail, lasso loop hike immediately heads down into the uppermost end of an easy to navigate spur canyon (draw) drainage off Maverick Canyon and follows this widening drainage-draw down in elevation to intersect a decision waypoint at ~0.4 miles (protip: most all the large stands of Big Tooth Maples are within this first 0.4-mile).
At ~0.4 miles in 34.457075 -111.196714, there are three options to continue this hike:
1) Turn around and head back to the Park/TH Start.
2) Turn NORTH and continue further down this now more widening, but still scenic Spur Canyon Drainage following the Official Route to the turn-around point. You could explore NORTH another 900ft to Maverick Canyon Draw proper at 34.464063 -111.18934.
3) Turn SE and follow the Official Route to intersect FR9731W back to Park/TH Start to complete this lasso loop hike.
If hiking to/within Maverick Canyon, perennial water sources should be present.
Multiple, remote with solitude Backpack Campsite options, available but possible perennial water sources only within Maverick Canyon.
I have yet to witness "Prime Autumn - Big Tooth Maple Season" for this section, but... of the local Cabin Loop area "Prime Big Tooth Maple Autumn" sections available, I speculate this to be in my top three!
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