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Houston Brothers Trail #171Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar May 14 2021
Nobody01
Backpack4.00 Miles
Backpack4.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.33 mph
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I met the wife at the intersection of FR139A/B to complete a short backpacking trip down to Pinchot Cabin for the night. Her first time seeing the cabin(s) along the way and log dog (Charlie) was able to join us.

Started the hike where 171 crosses FR139A and made our way north to Pinchot Cabin. Shortly down the trail we came across a herd of four cow elk which appeared to be headed west toward 139A, a porcupine just before McFarland Spring, and lots of birds and squirrels.

Expected to see more people on the trail but surprisingly pretty quiet for a Friday afternoon. The hike to the cabin was a bit warm but not too bad. Cruisy single track forest paths which make for easy hiking, a perfect for a beginner backpack or something easy for a quick overnight get away. If you're doing the east or west loop this is the perfect time to slow down, take your time, and enjoy this section of trail. All of the campsites along the way were very clean with exception to some some of the areas around Pinchot Cabin but it wasn't too trashed as I suspected it to be.

Great night, very quiet, and chilly temperatures in the AM.
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Pine Thermopsis
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Lots of dandelion, some large lush patches of pine pine thermopsis, and a few other types of flower I was not able to identify.

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Barely a trickle from what I observed.

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Light flow in the drainage from Apsen Spring down and past Pinchot Cabin.

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Like Aspen, there was not much going on here.
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