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Yoas Mountain - Coronado National Forest
Yoas Mountain - Coronado National F...
A reliable spring for summer hiking
An approximate 1-mile long trail connecting Mormon Lake Lodge to the Arizona Trail
Navajo Spring was extensively developed for cattle troughs.
Cross the street and start heading up the trail. At first, it is obviously an old road, and additionally, is used by the nearby stable for horse rides, watch out for landmines along this trail.
After a short while, the trail will leave the road on the south side at a broken gate. Continue to climb slightly uphill. The trail braids quite a bit owing to the stable tours appearing to provide many different options. Not all of these have the trail well marked but the most well-used trail is the official trail.
As you continue to climb you will observe a drainage to your left. In late summer this was dry, except for one small pool which has a side trail going down to it. You will climb alongside the north side of the drainage for a while, and at the headwaters of the drainage meander through some Aspen tree protection fenced areas. It appears that a small fire burned many of the trees in this area. There is a small swampy area you have to navigate through here. As you near the end you will encounter Navajo Spring and the approximate 10 cattle troughs that the spring supplies. There is also an old masonry building away from the trail.
Within another tenth of a mile, you intersect the Mormon Lake passage of the Arizona National Scenic Trail and can make a loop in either direction (loop would involve some road walking to get back to your starting point.)
Please remember that hikers yield to horses. Due to the popularity of horseback riding tours, you will likely encounter horses with inexperienced riders. Do not yell or startle the horses, and try to keep a distance of at least 30 feet.
Not along the trail but at the end of the trail is a nice backpacker campsite.
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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.