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Feb 01 2006
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Los BurrosAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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Mtn Biking14.00 Miles 500 AEG
Mtn Biking14.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   5.60 mph
500 ft AEG
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I mountain biked this trail at the end of Sept '05 and again two weeks later. Both times with riders better than I am, but I did fine. There are two places where I had to walk the bike. One is called "Collarbone Drop" by the locals, because a guy broke his collarbone there one time during the Tour of the White Mountains. The other is a right angle downward turn over big rocks. I got a new bike after these rides, a much better bike with full suspension. I think I could ride that right angle turn now with the new bike, but I'm too chicken for Collarbone Drop! It is a very steep, short slope. There are two ways to ride it, but I saw both my friends take the right hand way. They say it's easier, not as likely to fall.

This ride is best in the dry parts of the year--late spring, early summer, early autumn. The rest of the time it is too muddy, and the locals discourage riders from tearing up the trail when it is wet. During this very dry winter it has been rideable quite a bit of the time, however.

The campground where this ride begins is very nice, and usually has empty spots. There are elk bugling in the forest in the fall--if you camp there you will hear them.

This trail connects with other trails. Get the info about this at the Lakeside Ranger Station on weekdays. If you can't go there on a weekday, call them and ask them to mail you the info in advance. Their phone # is: 928-368-5111
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Jan 29 2006
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Murray BasinAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2006
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Hiking15.00 Miles 800 AEG
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Hi, I'm new to this site, don't know all the ins and outs of how you do things.

I go to Murray Basin all the time. I can ride there on my bike from my front door in Eagar in about 10 minutes. I know the people who built it. In fact, I helped build the Robinson Hollow portion of the trail. There are three trailheads. One is at the end of Saffel Canyon, off Water Canyon Road in Eagar. Another, unsigned one, mostly for Flat Top Mountain Trail and Robinson Hollow Trail, is to be found off Water Canyon Road also. From Eagar, take Main Street to School Bus Rd. Take the first left, which is Water Canyon Road. Again take the first left, which is 12th Street. At the point where you are forced to make a left onto Line St. look for small dirt road on the right, there at the exact corner of 12th and Line. You'll see the self storage place right there in front of you. Park in this small dirt area and go thru the gate. The trails are signed once you get inside the forest boundary. These two trails connect to Murray Basin on the other side of Flat Top Mountain, a very smallish, very flat mountain that dominates the skyline in Eagar. For those of us who live here, the Flat Top trail is our quick fix hike, the one we like to do when we don't have time for anything else but really need to get a hike in! You gain a bit less than 1000 feet elev in two miles, so a fast uphill hike, not terribly steep but good enough. Very nice view from the top. And if you want to find the actual summit, better have a map and compass! For peak baggers, there is a sign-in jar. For geo-cachers, I'm told there was a cache somewhere up there, not sure where it is. My son found it just lying there in plain sight, so it has probably been stolen by now.

Another trailhead is on Hwy 180. Head out of Springerville or Eagar toward Alpine on 180. After you pass the rodeo grounds on the outskirts of town go about another mile and watch for the trailhead sign on the right. Very easy to find.

The reason this trail is so boring for hiking (especially over in Murray Basin) is that it was not designed for hiking! It was built and designed by a mountain biker, with the help of some horse people. I have hiked, biked and ridden horseback on it. But mostly I bike on it. Some day I would like to cross country ski on it, but so far there has never been enough snow since I learned to xc ski 5 years ago. You would have to catch it just at the right moment. Parts of it would work well for skiing, so one can always hope!
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Jan 29 2006
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South Fork Trail #97Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2006
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Hiking14.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles
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If instead of going to Mexican Hay Non-Lake (it's dry this fall and winter, although it had water in it spring and summer of '05, but was never full) you take the right fork of the trail at the sign by the side of the trail that is about three miles in you are in for a treat. To find this sign, hike 2 and 1/2 miles up the trail until you get to it--the sign says that Mexican Hay Lake is 4 miles to the left, and that the end of the South Fork trail is one mile to the right. BUT the right-hand trail goes a lot further than just one mile! That is the area to overnight backpack to! There are many places to explore up the South Fork. There is no trail to speak of after another two or three miles but you can still follow the creek all the way up to Forest Road 409. There are a lot of places to camp there along the creek.

This right fork of the trail is best suited for hiking or horseback, not mtn. biking.

Another option is to hike up until you get to the dirt road which crosses the trail after about 2 miles. This is FR 8070A, aka Phone Line Road, and is closed to vehicles. If you turn right and hike awhile you will get to Greer Lakes.

I hiked South Fork to Mexican Hay twice in the past month, before this last snow. The creek is frozen. It is very beautiful, even in this dry winter, but right now it would be hiking in the snow. I go there four seasons, not just three. But I live only 20 minutes away from the trailhead. I prefer to hike it. I find that my mtn. biking skills are not up to riding this trail, but many people do love to bike it.
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Jan 27 2006
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Chevelon Canyon - North of LakePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2006
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Hiking16.00 Miles 140 AEG
Hiking16.00 Miles2 Days   3 Hrs      
140 ft AEG
 
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This is a great place to go swimming! I agree with everything the previous guy wrote. I led a two night backpack there in August of 2004 for the Southern Arizona Hiking Club, mostly people from Tucson--about 10 of us. We had a lot of fun swimming in the various "holes" but did not go all the way to Chevelon Dam as we got side-tracked by all the swimming. Plus we had two or three people who just could not negotiate the rough terrain very well, and slowed the rest of us down quite a bit. As it was August, we had quite a bit of rain, including a terrific thunderstorm which started at about 8:30 p.m. on the second night. It was scary, but fantastic as well. I hear the Forest Service has this area on a list for possible wilderness designation. I don't think this designation would help the area very much. It would just bring a lot more people in there, although might keep the ATVers out of this one side canyon that gives access.
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