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Indian Springs Trail #627Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 08 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking9.27 Miles 1,168 AEG
Hiking9.27 Miles   2 Hrs   56 Mns   3.16 mph
1,168 ft AEG
 
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I was going up north to visit so I hit a couple trails on the way. This one was in the 100 hikes book. The drive into Big Lake in the early am is the best time IMO. I saw lots of Elk including one younging feeding 8) and a Coyote. Arrived at the trailhead around 5:10 AM. A fair amount of trees at the start. As you get farther in more and more of the old growth are dead due to fire. I went up to the Lookout and the old burnt tower is gone now. You still have the nice views but the fire hit hard in some areas. Once you pass Spillman spring all the old growth is burnt with lots of Aspen (6-12ft) Ferns and grass. There are a fair amount of downed trees with little reroutes or climbs over the top. The spring has some old logs as troughs and flowing about a pint or two a minute. The trail gets more sparse as you head towards Indian Spring with some flowers mixed in. Indian Spring looked like a tank to me with plenty of water but I saw no flow and the sign was gone (burnt?). Another mile on the loop and you were back into more and more trees. I liked this hike. If your in the area and have done the others close by... give it a try. :)

dry Conklin Spring Dry Dry
Dry

dry Indian Spring Dry Dry
Tank over half full but saw no running water and the sign is gone.

dry Reservoir Tank Dry Dry
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Spillman Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
1-2 pints a minute.
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