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Houston Brothers Trail to Aspen SpringPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2016
tibber
Hiking3.50 Miles 314 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   1 Hour   34 Mns   2.47 mph
314 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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After packing up and then imbibing in a most wonderful breakfast, we reluctantly left Camp Grasshopper to get in a quick hike before heading back to the Valley. This hike fit the bill perfectly and now I've seen and/or hiked around all the cabins of the Loop except Fred Haught.

This is truly a lovely hike as you hike past Pinchot Cabin and up the meadow of Houston Draw. The forest came in and out but the ferns were pretty much everywhere along the way. The trail is very nice and it doesn't look like it got recent rain, either that or it dries out real well. We came upon 3 gigantic ponderosas, one with a double trunk high in the sky so that was pretty cool.

Of course the Springs area is the highlight with what little remnants of what was once here scattered about. The tack shed/barn was pretty cool with its tin roof and corral. The fireplace stood out like a beautiful sore thumb and the water from the spring trickling out from under the rocks looked really refreshing. Of course, you have to cross the bridge which we did. It's a beautiful clearing here, a spectacular place for a campover.

Hiking back was fun as the light changed a bit with some intermittent cloud cover. Filming the light in and out of the forest is just too much for the camera to adjust to so I spent several hours this weekend learning how to tone that down in the video. I still have some work to do as I was able to adjust a lot of the sharp contrasts but now the video isn't as crisp or colorful as what we were seeing. But now of course, I'd like to go back and fix some of the other videos that I had to fight the contrast (especially the Kachina) but it just takes so much time to re-do; especially since I'm still behind on about 10 trips.

I did spot some tall larkspur/delphinium in amongst the ferns and then some butterflies on the yellow flowers. None of the pics of the butterflies turned out as I was zooming. We enjoyed the rest of our hike back to the road as I now joined back up with Kelly who got away from me as she was avoiding the flies. I, on the other hand, didn't have any issue with flies ;) . At the road there is a beautiful patch of lupine that had some paint brush scattered in it so it was a fitting way to end our hike.

from Road 95 almost to the cabin https://youtu.be/Q9 ... pVVo
Wandering around the cabin/springs area and back to the Trailhead https://youtu.be/6Y ... X-2c
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
lots of ferns, some lupine, come yellow cone flowers, a smattering of tall larkspur

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Aspen Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
I don't know how to judge quart vs gallon/minute but the spring was flowing pretty nicely.
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