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Javelina-West Side Story Loop, AZ
mini location map2022-08-06
4 by photographer avatarWhiffer
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Javelina-West Side Story Loop, AZ 
Javelina-West Side Story Loop, AZ
 
Hiking8.63 Miles 872 AEG
Hiking8.63 Miles   3 Hrs   12 Mns   2.75 mph
872 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
Route Scout Route Recorded  on Route Scout Popup | MapDEX
This loop starts south on Javelina Trail #332 from Iron Springs Trailhead. It uses all of Javelina Trail on the Iron Springs Railroad right-of-way, then stays on Trail #332 when it leaves the railroad right-of-way. After passing the fireplace, take Little Italy Trail #703 (may be no sign) west along the south bank of Willow Creek, then cross the creek and head east, northeast and northwest to the junction of Trail #703 and Missing Link Trail #724. Take Trail #724 west past Zygomatic Trail #724 to Russ T Fender Trail #728. It's less than 0.1 mile on Trail #728 to West Side Story Trail #725 which returns to the Iron Springs Trailhead. I wanted to go a little more than 8 miles, so this route takes Spence Creek Trail #719 back to Javelina Trail #332 and north to Vista Trail #706. Vista Trail is well-named with views of Granite Mountain (near Williamson Valley Road), Thumb Butte and the Spence Creek Basin. This route goes out and back on Trail #706 to get in the distance I wanted to cover on this hike (about 8.5 miles). The Spence Creek Basin contains a mesh of trails made and named by mountain bikers. The route contains waypoints for some of the trail junctions. It is easy to shorten or lengthen the loop by taking other trails. At the trailhead is one of the modern USFS signs with a map and trails. There are similar maps at some of the trail junctions. I have also created triplogs for these trails.
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Arizona Thistle, Dalmatian toadflax, datura, goldenrod, common mullein, firecracker penstemon, and many more yellow, purple and orange wildflowers
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