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Houston Brothers Trail #171Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2009
chumley
Hiking9.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   3 Hrs      3.00 mph
600 ft AEG
 
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Camping in the area, we hiked Houston Brothers both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday was a little bit warm as it was very sunny, but clouds on Sunday made the hike extremely pleasant. All the springs were flowing and there were only a couple of short stretches where there was not water in the draw. Encountered a gaggle of boy scouts Saturday morning and three backpackers Saturday afternoon. Saw a guy on a mountain bike on Sunday, which is the first time I've ever seen that on this trail, but its a well-established trail and seems like it would make a nice single-track ride.

The dogs were also all over some cat feces north of Aspen Springs. There's only one kind of cat I know that lives up there!
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Aspen Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
As always, flowing nicely from the hidden entrance to the spring behind the rock

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Houston Draw Head Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
This spring flows year-round and bubbles up from an area of moss, small stones, and rare swampy plants. There's two large pine trees which tap the water in a shallow pool that results just a few feet downstream of the spring. Above this spring, Houston Draw is just a dry pine forest canyon, not the green grassy meadows which result below it.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max McFarland Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
I think this spring flows all year. I've never seen it dry.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Pinchot Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Flowing great. Cold and clear!
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