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Mt. Francis Loop, AZ
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Mt. Francis Loop, AZ 
Mt. Francis Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2020
Whiffer
Hiking7.58 Miles 2,164 AEG
Hiking7.58 Miles   3 Hrs   13 Mns   2.36 mph
2,164 ft AEG
 
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Aspen Creek Trail #48 starts across Copper Basin Road from Aspen Creek Trailhead parking lot. Last couple miles to trailhead on Copper Basin Road is dirt road and fords Aspen Creek before reaching parking lot. Creek bed is concrete where Copper Basin Road crosses the creek which could be a problem during monsoon or snow melt.

Loop consists of Aspen Creek Trail #48 to a small section of East Copper Trail #260 north to Moby Trail #737 and return on Aspen Creek Trail #48. Looking at profile, it may be easier in reverse direction by turning right onto Moby Trail #737 off of Aspen Creek Trail #48. However, I like the views ahead in the direction taken and there is a steep section at the south end of Aspen Creek Trail #48 on which I prefer going downhill.

Great views of mountains and valleys southwest of Prescott, AZ, including Prescott, Thumb Butte and Granite Mountain near beginning and end. From the the south end of Aspen Creek Trail #48 and East Copper Trail #260 there are views of Skull Valley and mountains near Yarnell in middle of hike. Vegetation starts with Ponderosa pine and Gambel oak mix and becomes juniper, manzanita, desert holly and prickly pear mix during middle of hike. Hike can be extended by taking East Copper Trail #260 (middle section of loop) in either direction, south is downhill and north is uphill. Some of the best views are on East Copper Trail #260 are just south of the loop.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
A few wildflowers near Aspen Creek at the beginning and end of the trail. Prickly pear near the south end of Aspen Creek Trail #48.
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