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Houston Brothers Trail #171, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Distance One Way 7.49 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,989 feet
Elevation Gain 816 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,029 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 14.25
Backpack Yes & Possibly Connect
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15  2018-08-31
East Cabin Loop
OdinWiski
23  2018-07-24
Fred Haught Houston Brothers Loop
markthurman53
13  2018-07-14
East Cabin Loop
chumley
5  2018-02-10
Cabin Loop - Mogollon Rim
daend4u
18  2017-09-03
Cabin Loop - Mogollon Rim
DarthStiller
13  2017-09-01
Cabin Loop - Mogollon Rim
ALMAL
8  2017-07-20
East Cabin Loop via Pinchot Cabin
nathanbrisk
11  2017-06-03
Cabin Loop - Mogollon Rim
johnlp
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Preferred   May, Jun, Sep, Oct
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  7:19am - 5:14pm
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Houston Brothers Trail to Aspen Spring
Houston Brothers Trail to Aspen Spring
0.2 mi away
3.5 mi
314 ft
Bear Canyon (Middle) - Mogollon Rim
Bear Canyon (Middle) - Mogollon Rim
0.2 mi away
10.6 mi
805 ft
U - Bar Trail #28
U - Bar Trail #28
0.3 mi away
7.8 mi
1,325 ft
Houston Brothers Trail - Aspen Spring Access
Houston Brothers Trail - Aspen Spring Access
1.0 mi away
1.0 mi
150 ft
Houston Bros Tr Loop via U-Bar Tr-FR139G
Houston Bros Tr Loop via U-Bar Tr-FR139G
1.0 mi away
3.5 mi
335 ft
Houston Bros Trail #171 / McFarland Spr Loop
Houston Bros Trail #171 / McFarland Spr Loop
1.2 mi away
3.1 mi
331 ft
Barb Shop Cyn - Dane Cyn Loop fm FR139C End
Barb Shop Cyn - Dane Cyn Loop fm FR139C End
1.9 mi away
5.3 mi
746 ft
McFarland Spring via 4WD - Mogollon Rim
McFarland Spring via 4WD - Mogollon Rim
2.0 mi away
1.0 mi
247 ft
Rock Crossing Trail #18C - Blue Ridge
2.3 mi away
0.7 mi
331 ft
Merritt Draw Upper
Merritt Draw Upper
2.3 mi away
2.9 mi
569 ft
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For much of its length the Houston Brothers Trail wanders along the bottom of Houston Draw, a picturesque little valley through which a spring-fed perennial stream flows. The scenery here is mostly pastoral with a few photogenic rock outcrops and aspen groves to remind you that you're in rim country.


This trail served a number of purposes during a heyday that stretched over most of the first half of this century. The Houston brothers were ranchers who used it for moving livestock from one part of the range to another. The Forest Service used the trail to move fire guards into isolated forest cabins where they were on twenty-four hour duty during times of high fire danger. Evidence of both of these pages out of the trail's history is visible at a number of locations, including a cabin site which Gifford Pinchot, father of the U. S. Forest Service singled out for its peaceful beauty. Today this trail is part of the Cabin Loop trail system, which provides an opportunity for Forest visitors to relive an aspect of Forest history while they enjoy the area's natural beauty.
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    Location: 65 miles (about 2 hours) south of Flagstaff in the cool pines of Mogollon Rim country.

    Access: Northern Trailhead. Drive about 55 Miles south of Flagstaff on Forest Highway 3 (Lake Mary Road). Drive north 9 miles on AZ 87 to FR 95. Turn south (right) about 11 miles to FR 139A. Turn left on 139A and go 0.2 (2 tenths) miile to a large trail sign with Fred Haught Trail. Also near the large sign is a small oak sign (on the east side of road) that has Pinchot Cabin on it. Road is obliterated to the cabin but once you hike down to the cabin there are signs with Houston Brothers Trail on them.

    Southern Trailhead. Drive about 55 Miles south of Flagstaff on Forest Highway 3 (Lake Mary Road). Drive north 9 miles on AZ 87 to FR 95. Turn south (right) about 9 miles and turn left on FR 139. Continue 9 more miles on FR 139 and turn right (west) on FR 300. Go 0.1 (1 tenth) mile to Houston Brothers Trailhead sign.

    FH 3 and AZ 87 are paved. FR 95 is graveled and suitable for passenger vehicles except during winter when it is closed.
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