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Navajo Spring Trail #98, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,129 feet
Elevation Gain 340 feet
Accumulated Gain 360 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 4.2
Interest Historic
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct → 7 AM
Seasons   Early Summer to Early Autumn
Sun  7:14am - 5:15pm
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A reliable spring for summer hiking
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Overview
An approximate 1-mile long trail connecting Mormon Lake Lodge to the Arizona Trail

History
Navajo Spring was extensively developed for cattle troughs.

Hike
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.

Water Sources
Navajo Spring.

Camping
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.

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2022-09-05 nonot
    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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    To hike
    From Happy Jack, continue North on Lake Mary Rd (highway 3) until the turnoff for Mormon Lake Lodge. Turn left here and drive until you reach the Lodge area. Immediately past the lodge on the right is a small parking lot associated with the laundromat for the Mormon Lake Campground. The parking lot is immediately across the street from the horse stables. As far as I can tell this parking lot is the intended place the forest service wants you to park. It is the only place to park near the trailhead, though be on the lookout for signs in case something changes. I suspect as this trail is not popular amongst hikers, the few vehicles are currently not a problem.
    page created by nonot on Sep 05 2022 5:56 pm
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