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Oak Springs from Hardscrabble Rd, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 3.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,500 feet
Elevation Gain -552 feet
Accumulated Gain 534 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.17
Interest Seasonal Creek
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Preferred   Oct, Apr, May, Mar → 8 AM
Seasons   Early Spring to Early Summer
Sun  7:30am - 5:46pm
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Nearby Area Water
Pine-Strawberry Trail #15
Pine-Strawberry Trail #15
0.0 mi away
4.0 mi
736 ft
Walnut Trail #251
1.4 mi away
4.4 mi
1,212 ft
Pine Creek Narrows - Isolation Canyon
Pine Creek Narrows - Isolation Canyon
1.8 mi away
3.0 mi
-600 ft
Oak Spring Trail #16
2.1 mi away
5.1 mi
950 ft
Highline - AZT #26
2.1 mi away
20.2 mi
4,729 ft
Pine Canyon / Geronimo Loop
Pine Canyon / Geronimo Loop
2.1 mi away
22.5 mi
4,535 ft
Pine Canyon Trail #26
Pine Canyon Trail #26
2.1 mi away
9.2 mi
2,569 ft
Strawberry Mountain
Strawberry Mountain
2.1 mi away
4.0 mi
1,199 ft
Pine Canyon / Donahue loop
Pine Canyon / Donahue loop
2.1 mi away
11.8 mi
2,906 ft
Pine View Trail #28
2.3 mi away
0.6 mi
187 ft
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Beautiful wooded setting
by te_wa

This small and short hike will take you to a beautiful wooded setting at Oak Spring. It starts on the Hardscrabble Road near the town of Pine and takes you into a shaded creek side area and continues on at a mildly downhill rate for 1.75 easy miles. The area around Oak Spring is neighbored by a large meadow with tall grasses, the usual junipers, manzanita and of course, oaks. The spring was flowing in May, I imagine it would be enough to fill a bottle even in dryer months.

At the Oak spring area there are 2 trails connecting. One is the Oak Trail #16 to Pine trailhead 3.5 miles long heading due East. The other is the Walnut Trail #251, part of the AZT which heads Southwest towards Tonto natural bridge.

Continue down the trail into Oak spring canyon to reach Pine creek near a small community, and access Tonto natural bridge by boulder hopping downstream if you wish. The creek was dry, and wide enough to make the going a little slow, but nonetheless enjoyable. There are some small bluegill filled pools.

If you are feeling froggy, near the point where the trail meets Pine creek you can explore upstream about 1/2 mile to the "narrows". This point seemed impassable without some serious scrambling and perhaps rope assisted climbs.

It is possible however to pick up the "narrows" from the Pine trailhead side, ditching the trail and heading directly into the canyon would make a cool 2-3 day clockwise loop hike. However, not much info is available besides the Buckhead Mesa quad- so I cant allow for mileage info at this time. I would classify this as a "quick getaway" or a great date hike.

    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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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Fountain Hills drive north on the Hwy 87 (Beeline Hwy) past Payson to the town of Pine. You will see the sign for Hardscrabble Road- turn left onto this road and drive 1.8 miles (the last 0.8mi is well graded dirt) to a small turnout on the left and a trail marker as well. There is room for 2 cars only.
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