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Willow Springs Trail #12, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Distance One Way 1.55 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,379 feet
Elevation Gain -623 feet
Accumulated Gain 12 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 1.59
Interest Perennial Creek
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Preferred   May, Oct, Sep, Apr
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:13am - 6:28pm
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🔥 2005 Cave Creek Complex169.4 mi*

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This high elevation trail is a connector trail linking other longer trails that provide access to the Pine Mountain Wilderness Area, Pine Mountain itself, and the Verde Rim. There are magnificent panoramic views from this rim of the upper Verde basin, the red rock cliffs above Sedona, even Four Peaks in the Mazatzal Mountains east of Phoenix, and the Superstition Mountains. The vegetation in this area is mainly ponderosa pine. However, the approach to the Verde Rim climbs through an attractive riparian bottom with small stands of aspen, maple, and evergreen and deciduous oaks. It is not unusual to encounter white-tailed deer, mule deer, javelina, and, though seldom seen, signs of elk. Black bear are also common in this area. The trail connects with Nelson Trail #159, and Verde Rim Trail #161 thus providing the opportunity to make a round-trip hike or ride in the Pine Mountain area.

Maps, other resources: Prescott National Forest, east half; U.S.G.S. topographic 7.5' quad for Tule Mesa.

Trail layout
The trail begins at its intersection with TR #159 just below Willow Spring. It climbs steadily and, for most of its length, through a riparian bottom to the Verde Rim. The elevational change is only 750 feet, though this change occurs in only 1.6 miles. The trail intersects with the Verde Rim Trail #161, just about 0.5 miles below Pine Mountain.

As with most of the Prescott National Forest trails, water sites such as Willow Spring and Pine Spring are undependable, and travelers should carry plenty of drinking water.

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    This hike is listed as One-Way.

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    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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    Prescott Forest
    Prescott National Forest Pass

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

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    To hike
    Access and trailhead location: To access the Pine Mountain area's trails, exit the I-17 Freeway at the Dugas Interchange. From there, take Forest Road 68 southeast for 18 miles to the trailhead for the Nelson Trail #159 at the Pine Mountain Wilderness boundary. The boundary is approximately 1.25 miles east of the Double-T Ranch on Sycamore Creek. You will have to travel east of TR #159 for about 2.75 miles to where it connects with TR #12.
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