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Spencer Spring Trail #275, AZ
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This hike begins at the Miles Trailhead which is just east of the Kennedy Ranch. Forest Service Road 287A was in very good shape and I had no problem negotiating it in my Ford Mustang. There were a couple of sedans at the trailhead so a high clearance vehicle is not a mandatory requirement by any means.


2.65 mi Access
One begins the hike on the West Pinto Trail #212 which is the only exit out of the trailhead. The trail winds through the forest before coming to a wide clearing after just a 1/2 mile. The Kennedy Ranch is just north of the trail at this point and its fences and a dilapidated structure can be observed in the adjoining meadow. Shortly after this clearing one is a sign for Bull Basin Trail #270. West Pinto continues slightly to the right and drops into a creek bed which you will follow for the next mile and a half or so. The trail crosses the creek bed several times but is well traveled and very easy to follow.

At about 2.3 miles you will come to a sharp left turn away from the creek bed which will begin to ascend. Cuff Button Trail #276 ( 2.4 mi ) is quickly encountered, it heads to the right across the creek bed and begins to climb up the hills. Continue the short ascent over a small rise. Descending down this rise will eventually deposit you on the east end of Oak Flat. Along the way to Oak Flat you will be able to make out a large corral on the north side of the creek bed. Soon after the corral you will come to the intersection with Campaign Trail #256 ( 2.55 mi ).

Continuing west across the Oak Flats, you will very quickly come upon the next major intersection ( 2.65 mi ) for the Spencer Spring and West Pinto Trails. This intersection was exactly 1 hour from the Miles Trailhead.

Spencer Spring Trail #275 ( 0.0 mi )
The Spencer Spring Tail appears to be well traveled and heads off to your left. It trail criss-crosses the Spencer Spring Creek numerous times so one has to be on the lookout for cairns or risk getting off trail which will slow you down and result in cat claw encounters. At one point, the trail follows along the west side of the creek through a 50 yard gauntlet of cat claw which was simply brutal. Reportedly better in 2017. For the most part you are hiking along the creek bed under the trees without any real views to speak of until you get about halfway up the canyon.

At 2.3 mi trail then goes up the left side of the creek, up and over a narrow section of the creek, then back down to the creek. It immediately begins climbing up the the right side of the creek (N) and switchcbacks away from the creek. You gain 600 ft from the creek in a half mile. The trail follows several hundred feet above the canyon. The rest of the trail is on exposed rock with little vegetation other than manzanita. It crosses the creek again at 3.75 mi near Spencer Spring. Right around 4.0 mi the trail ends at FR650.

Loop
You can loop Spencer with Rock Creek Trail for 13.9 mi / 2k aeg.

Page History
Original 2003-12-02 Tim
Revision 2017-06-08 mnorris & HAZ_Hikebot
Description 18 Triplogs  1 Topic
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,400 feet
Elevation Gain 1,297 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,610 feet
Avg Time One Way 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 9.37
Author Tim
Descriptions 10
Routes 0
Photos 0
Trips 272 map ( 2,244 miles )
Age 55
Location Scottsdale
Co-Author mnorris
Descriptions 1
Routes 0
Photos 0
Trips 0 map (0 Miles)
Age
Location Flagstaff, AZ
Photos
Viewed All Mine Following
22  2017-02-04
Rock Creek Spencer Spring Loop
wallyfrack
24  2017-02-04
Rock Creek Spencer Spring Loop
Tortoise_Hiker
25  2015-03-20
Miles Ranch
mazatzal
5  2015-02-21 hikerdw
20  2013-12-26
Sawtooth Ridge - Spencer Loop
joebartels
14  2013-12-26
Sawtooth Ridge - Spencer Loop
BiFrost
15  2013-12-26
Sawtooth Ridge - Spencer Loop
The_Eagle
62  2013-11-28
Cuff Button Trail #276
friendofThunderg
19  2011-04-17 Kel1969
12  2011-04-16 hikerdw
17  2007-03-20 kanode
6  2006-11-22 kanode
Historical Weather
Trailhead Forecast
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Forest Tonto
Wilderness Superstition
Backpack   Yes
Preferred   Oct, Nov, Feb, Mar → 7 AM
Seasons   ALL
Sun  6:10am - 6:25pm
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Water
Nearby Area Water
Rock Creek Trail #195 - Superstitions
1.3 mi away
3.8 mi
1,040 ft
Bull Basin Trail #270
1.7 mi away
5.1 mi
1,700 ft
Wildcat Canyon - Tonto NF
2.1 mi away
2.8 mi
703 ft
Pinto Peak 5991
2.1 mi away
11.3 mi
2,866 ft
Bull Basin Loop
2.1 mi away
10.0 mi
2,812 ft
West Pinto - Campaign to Divide
2.1 mi away
10.6 mi
2,197 ft
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Fauna
Arizona Black Rattlesnake
Canyon Tree Frog
Coatimundi
Turkey Vulture
Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
Flora
Arizona Cypress
Catclaw Acacia
Strawberry Hedgehog
Named place
Cement Spring
Oak Flat - Superstition Wild East
Sawtooth Ridge
Spencer Spring
Spencer Spring Creek
Superstition Wilderness - East
Culture
Bushwhack
Camp-fire
Campsite
Corral
Grave - Unidentified
HAZ - Hike HAZard
Inscriptions
Pioneer Industry
Spring Box
Up a Creek
by Tim & mnorris

Trailhead
This hike begins at the Miles Trailhead which is just east of the Kennedy Ranch. Forest Service Road 287A was in very good shape and I had no problem negotiating it in my Ford Mustang. There were a couple of sedans at the trailhead so a high clearance vehicle is not a mandatory requirement by any means.


2.65 mi Access
One begins the hike on the West Pinto Trail #212 which is the only exit out of the trailhead. The trail winds through the forest before coming to a wide clearing after just a 1/2 mile. The Kennedy Ranch is just north of the trail at this point and its fences and a dilapidated structure can be observed in the adjoining meadow. Shortly after this clearing one is a sign for Bull Basin Trail #270. West Pinto continues slightly to the right and drops into a creek bed which you will follow for the next mile and a half or so. The trail crosses the creek bed several times but is well traveled and very easy to follow.

At about 2.3 miles you will come to a sharp left turn away from the creek bed which will begin to ascend. Cuff Button Trail #276 ( 2.4 mi ) is quickly encountered, it heads to the right across the creek bed and begins to climb up the hills. Continue the short ascent over a small rise. Descending down this rise will eventually deposit you on the east end of Oak Flat. Along the way to Oak Flat you will be able to make out a large corral on the north side of the creek bed. Soon after the corral you will come to the intersection with Campaign Trail #256 ( 2.55 mi ).

Continuing west across the Oak Flats, you will very quickly come upon the next major intersection ( 2.65 mi ) for the Spencer Spring and West Pinto Trails. This intersection was exactly 1 hour from the Miles Trailhead.

Spencer Spring Trail #275 ( 0.0 mi )
The Spencer Spring Tail appears to be well traveled and heads off to your left. It trail criss-crosses the Spencer Spring Creek numerous times so one has to be on the lookout for cairns or risk getting off trail which will slow you down and result in cat claw encounters. At one point, the trail follows along the west side of the creek through a 50 yard gauntlet of cat claw which was simply brutal. Reportedly better in 2017. For the most part you are hiking along the creek bed under the trees without any real views to speak of until you get about halfway up the canyon.

At 2.3 mi trail then goes up the left side of the creek, up and over a narrow section of the creek, then back down to the creek. It immediately begins climbing up the the right side of the creek (N) and switchcbacks away from the creek. You gain 600 ft from the creek in a half mile. The trail follows several hundred feet above the canyon. The rest of the trail is on exposed rock with little vegetation other than manzanita. It crosses the creek again at 3.75 mi near Spencer Spring. Right around 4.0 mi the trail ends at FR650.

Loop
You can loop Spencer with Rock Creek Trail for 13.9 mi / 2k aeg.

Page History
Original 2003-12-02 Tim
Revision 2017-06-08 mnorris & HAZ_Hikebot
© 2017 hikearizona.com

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To Rogers Trough Trailhead
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 this for 9.1 miles (keep an eye out to your right near the four mile mark for a thin arch) to FS 172A. Turn right onto FS 172A and follow 3.8 miles to the Rogers Trough trailhead. The last mile of FS 172A is definitely four wheel drive due to the washed ruts and some steepness. A high clearance pick up without four wheel drive could probably make it but you'd be in trouble if it rained. Be sure to stop and look over your shoulder. The views are awesome looking down in valley extending below.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) - 68.4 mi, 2 hours 3 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) - 102 mi, 2 hours 51 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) - 213 mi, 4 hours 19 mins
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