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2018-02-17  
Nash Point - alt Fossil Springs, AZ
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Nash Point - alt Fossil Springs, AZ 
Nash Point - alt Fossil Springs, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking12.53 Miles 2,175 AEG
Hiking12.53 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   2.57 mph
2,175 ft AEG      28 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Nash Point had been on my radar for some time, but I needed something else to make it worthwhile.

I spotted a two track down the south side of Nash Point and what appeared to be a route from the Nash Pasture area, east, to get down into Fossil Springs. It looked to be steep and I had no idea if it'd work out... Only one way to find out.


I got dropped off close to the top of SR87 , by MM 273 and started in on FR9365R. The just under 3 mile walk to Nash Point is nothing to write home about, but the payoff are the the views from atop the Nash Point rocky out cropping. Fossil Springs to the West, Mazzy's to the south, Milk Ranch Point/Strawberry Mountain to the SE, Sandrock and Calf Pen Canyons to the NE, The snow covered "Peaks" to the north.
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The two track off of the Nash Point area was rocky but short lived. Nash Pasture area is pretty and pine covered. I walked the next two track to the point I was going to drop into Fossil Springs. I was astonished how good of a trail this was. It's 0.65 mile to meet up with Fossil Springs #18. This unmarked/unnamed use trail deteriorates just a bit as it gets closer to the real trail, but is never hard to follow until the last 100' or so. Probably obscured on purpose by the Forest Service. Because of its steepness, it's unlikely you'll see the Beer Cooler crowd using this trail.

Next stop was the Fossil Springs Dam area. I took the turn for the spring area first to check it out first
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At the Dam area there was one small group of 4 actually swimming below the Dam in the 62 degree weather. I had my lunch here and then hiked up to the Fossil Springs TH to catch my ride out.
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If you are going to hit Fossil Springs and don't need to do the whole swimming thing, now's the time to hit it. No permit is required until April and there are no crowds. I probably ran into 12-20 people across the 7 miles I was on Fossil Springs #18

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Fossil Springs Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Nash Pasture Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
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