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Nelson Trail #159, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 8.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,250 feet
Elevation Gain 984 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,423 feet
Avg Time One Way 4-5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 13.04
Interest Seasonal Creek
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9  2018-10-13 BiFrost
9  2018-09-08
Nelson - Verde Rim - Salt Flat Loop
13  2018-09-08
Nelson - Verde Rim - Salt Flat Loop
8  2018-09-08
Nelson - Verde Rim - Salt Flat Loop
15  2018-09-08
Nelson - Verde Rim - Salt Flat Loop
4  2018-04-26
Pine Mountain Summit - Verde Rim
6  2017-11-05
Pine Mountain Verde Rim Loop
16  2017-11-04
Pine Mountain Verde Rim Loop
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Preferred   Apr, Oct, May, Mar
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  7:24am - 5:18pm
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11 Alternative
Nearby Area Water
Pine Mountain Verde Rim Loop
Pine Mountain Verde Rim Loop
0.0 mi away
9.8 mi
1,875 ft
Pine Mountain Short Cut Trail Loop
Pine Mountain Short Cut Trail Loop
0.0 mi away
12.5 mi
1,665 ft
Salt Flat Trail #71
0.1 mi away
1.6 mi
1,123 ft
Pine Flat Trail #165
Pine Flat Trail #165
0.8 mi away
3.2 mi
894 ft
Pine Flat Trail #72 - Pine Mountain
1.2 mi away
1.9 mi
47 ft
Cold Water Trail #27
Cold Water Trail #27
2.6 mi away
5.4 mi
288 ft
Verde Rim Trail #161
2.6 mi away
6.2 mi
1,154 ft
Pine Mtn from FR 68G TH - Verde Rim
2.6 mi away
4.5 mi
650 ft
Short Cut Trail #166
2.6 mi away
1.5 mi
432 ft
Pine Mountain Trail #14
2.7 mi away
1.3 mi
685 ft
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This trail was originally, and still serves as, a service trail for the livestock industry. It does serve as part of the network of trails traversing the Pine Mountain Wilderness. It connects with the Willow Springs Trail #12, the Verde Rim Trail #161, and the Pine Flat Trail #165. The lower portions of the trail stay mainly in chaparral vegetation. There is considerable ponderosa pine on the portion of the trail from the trailhead near the Nelson Place to Bishop Spring.

The trail enters the wilderness just beyond the Nelson Place Spring and stays within the Sycamore Creek drainage for about 1.75 miles. The trail then turns southeast, climbing steadily to its intersection with TR #12. From TR #12 to TR #14 the climb is short, but steep. The intersection of TR #159 and TR #14 is known as the "Cloverleaf." The trail from here descends to the southwest along Bishop Creek. At about mile 4.5 the trail intersects with TR #161 coming down from the Verde Rim. At about mile 6.2 the trail intersects with TR #165 coming in from the north. The trail then continues almost due west to the wilderness area boundary where it ends on Forest Road 677A. This road is not recommended for travel, although it is passable to high clearance 4WD vehicles.


    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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.

    Permit $$

    Prescott Forest
    Prescott National Forest Pass

    Only trailheads with six "amenities" have fees. Amenities are picnic tables, trash, toilet, parking, interpretive signing and security.

    Map Drive
    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    Access and trailhead location: To access the trails in the Pine Mountain area, exit the I-17 Freeway at the Dugas Interchange. From there take Forest Road 68 southeast for 18 miles to the trailhead (Salt Flat) for the Nelson Trail #159 at the boundary of the Pine Mountain Wilderness. The boundary is approximately 1.25 miles east of the Double-T Ranch on Sycamore Creek.

    Travel time: 1 hour
    Road condition: High clearance vehicle only
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