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Los Burros, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 14 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,800 feet
Elevation Gain 500 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 16.5
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11  2017-08-05 cw50must
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22  2013-06-01 trailzrus
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White Mountains Winter 2013
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23  2012-09-09 kingsnake
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Preferred   May, Sep, Aug, Oct
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:52am - 5:15pm
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This is the first time I hiked this trail - next time I will bring my camera. It is absolutely amazing.

The Los Burros trail is in the White Mountain Trail System (Trail #631) The USFS classifies this trail as a light use trail and I would have to agree. It is a popular mountain biking trail in the area and is also open to horses. The day I was on it I saw one party of each. The trail starts at the Los Burros campground, once the site of the Los Burros Ranger Station. Two of the original buildings still stand. The campground has a nice map of trail on the information board. With a total elevation gain of only 500' it's not a tough trail. Make sure to take a look at at the map before you head off.


From the Campground you will go a short .2 miles to the gate. After the gate you find yourself on the power line maintenance road. Since this hike is a loop you can do turn either left or right. I chose to turn right and hike the trail counter clockwise.

From there the trail is very well marked with blue tags. If you travel for more than 1/4 mile without seeing a blue tag... GO BACK!!!

The trail winds through aspen groves and stands of old growth ponderosa pines with a carpet of knee high ferns. After about 3 1/2 miles the trail makes it's only real significant climb it's a steady up for about a mile or so.

Continue on the trail following the blue tags on the trees. At about mile 5 there is a spilt in the trail with markers pointing you in two different directions. Take a left (following the blue tags with yellow dots) and you will cut back to the campground for a total of 8 miles. If you turn right (following the blue tags without dots) you will hike the entire 14 miles. This way takes you up and around Wishbone Mountain.

If you take the long loop and go the entire 14 miles you will cross the power line road once and the main road twice before ending back on the power line road to complete the entire loop. The key is to find the blue tags. If you follow the blue tags it is impossible to get lost.

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.

jmangum
    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 the traffic light on AZ 260 at Pinetop/Lakeside Safeway Plaza: Go 9.0 miles to McNary. Turn left just past the store onto Forest Rd. #224, (also signed Vernon Rd. and County Rd. 3140) go 8.0 miles, turn right into Los Burros campground. Trailhead is at far end of Campground.
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