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Quail Spring to Eagle Spring, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,450 feet
Elevation Gain 700 feet
Accumulated Gain 733 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5-2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.67
Interest Seasonal Creek
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11  2002-04-25 joebartels
Author joebartels
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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Killer Forest Road
by joebartels

Overview: Just south of the Superstition Wilderness boundary this forest road hike is from Quail Spring to Eagle Spring. It starts at the scenic southern end of Mill Site Canyon. Then easily climbs out to an elevated overview.

Introduction: Possibly a better alternative to the cow patty strewn trails nearby to the north. Saguaros are abundant and healthy. Low, wide canyon scenery is visually pleasing similar to White Canyon Wilderness. A minor variation by forking right near Rattlesnake Spring will take you to views of the Superstition Arches.

I'm sure some will roll their eyes at the mere thought of hiking a forest road. I think they're just missing out. The starting point of this hike is truly arbitrary. I started near Quail Spring to make out a nice, even, four mile roundtrip hike. This is forest road 1900. The drive in to the Quail Spring area is moderate off road 4x4. Which seemed tougher getting out than in, doesn't it always.

Hike: Near Quail Spring on FR 1900 continue on a short distance to the first road junction. The main road appears to go straight into Peacock Canyon and might very well be the continuation of FR 1900. I simply don't know for sure. At any rate we want to take the right fork and head into Mill Site Canyon.

Surrounding scenery is simply outstanding. This is one beautiful section of desert. The road gets progressively worse from a driving perspective. (0.5 miles) Approaching the Campsite Spring area you'll soon realize you couldn't have driven much further anyhow. That is, unless you own a monster truck. The creek near Campsite Spring was a trickle. Which believe it or not was encouraging during the drought conditions of April 2002.

Continue on through the beautiful canyon to the Rattlesnake Spring area. (1.2 miles) How a truck could make it to this point, yet further on, is amazing. I simply haven't had the opportunity to ride in such a machine. Here you confronted with another fork in the road. A right will take you up Mill Site Canyon. Within a mile you can see the Superstition Arches. (not featured here) Instead hang a left.

The road immediately pulls out of the bottom of Mill Site Canyon. Scenery is still good but the best has passed at this point. Continue on to the end of this road which is near the Eagle Spring area. Along the way you pass a stone wall slithering up the slope on your left. I look forward to hearing the history of this wall. However I haven't a clue. Maybe a shield? There is a smaller wall earlier on that I didn't see until the return trip. Guess I wouldn't have escaped the enemy as I walked right by

The road ends in a high-grass rock-strewn area. Views back out are good. Return the way you came. It is possible to continue on with good boots and jeans. A little further over the pass and back down would take you to Burro Basin. Which leads down to cow patty country.

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2002-04-25 joebartels
    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.

    Most recent Triplog Review
    Quail Spring to Eagle Spring
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    This is an ATV journey from the Queen Creek drainage at Hewitt Station up to Quail Spring and then on up Peacock Canyon about another mile. We traveled on FS Trail 1900 from the point where it begins at a "Y" branching off FSR 172 close to Queen Creek.

    The trail itself is certainly 4X4, high clearance country with a few challenging sections that brought a wheel off the ground navigating the ruts. Erosion from water and 4X4 traffic has created several areas that are slow going and rough. Occasionally as you crest a hill, you are presented with some spectacular views of Roblas Butte and portions of Hewitt Ridge. It's too bad this is an extremely dry year, normal flower outbreaks would surely challenge the senses.

    We soon reached Quail Spring after traveling about 5 miles where we parked the ATV's and began hiking the still navigable trail. We found the spring down in the flowage where the sound of water dripping off some of the rocks was the giveaway. There was a small pool with water that could easily be filtered for use if necessary. We continued heading up Peacock Canyon until we found a clearing and had our lunch break.

    As we sat there, taking in the views, I noticed a large Butte up ahead presenting itself between some of the closer hills. By the maps, I believe this to be Buzzards Roost (see photos). It was fortunate that some clouds shaded the near hills, allowing the Butte to be basking in the sun.

    We hiked back to the ATV's and began our return trip until we came upon an unnamed trail that brought us over to FSR 172. From there we headed North and East into Hewitt Canyon close to Byous Butte where we took another break to scan the mountains for Big Horn Sheep. After several frustrating minutes of viewing the steep slopes with our binoculars and seeing no sheep, we decided to return to our parking place in Queen Creek.

    This was an exploratory outing to get back into some mountainous areas where I have not been yet. The object was to travel the 4X4 trails and then break out the hiking gear to complete the adventure in some surely remote and scenic areas. I think this plan is workable so I expect to be doing more of it in the future.

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    Strictly 4x4

    To hike
    Take US 60 east out of Apache Junction. A couple miles past Florence Junction turn north onto Queen Valley Road and follow 1.6 miles. Turn right onto FS 357 (Hewlett Station Road) and follow about three miles to FS 172. Turn left onto FS 172 and follow about 0.6 miles to a junction with FR 1900 Turn left onto FR 1900. Follow this moderate 4X4 road in approximately 3.4 miles. Find a good spot to pull off and park.
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