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3 triplogs

Sep 14 2013
matthewkphx
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48 male
 Joined Dec 16 2012
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Maxwell Trail #37Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2013
matthewkphx
Hiking0.50 Miles 640 AEG
Hiking0.50 Miles
640 ft AEG
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This triplog is more about the road than the hike. The road is pretty rough for the last two miles. We were in a Subaru Forester and decided to stop about 1/2 mile from the trailhead and park the car when we encountered a particularly gnarly stretch. We then got hit by an intense thunderstorm with 3/8" hail as we hiked to the last bit to the trailhead and were totally soaked and sliding around in deep mud. Here is what I learned about Maxwell Trail #37:

• Plan on parking your car by the Y and walking the last 2 miles in if you are not in a 4WD truck. You would be very bold to try to get all the way to the trailhead in a sedan/minivan/etc.

• Avoid walking down that road in the rain. It turns into slippery, slick mud very quickly.

• I would not hesitate to hike Maxwell Trail #37 in the rain. It did not seem to have the mud problem, at least at the top. We did not make it all the way to the bottom due to an unhappy and scared child.
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Sep 01 2013
matthewkphx
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48 male
 Joined Dec 16 2012
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Houston Bros Trail #171 / McFarland Spr LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2013
matthewkphx
Hiking3.10 Miles 331 AEG
Hiking3.10 Miles   1 Hour      3.10 mph
331 ft AEG
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Pleasant, easy hike. We car-camped about 1/4 mile north of the trailhead to the west of 139G and then completed the hike in a counter-clockwise direction. Finding FR9616E coming up the hill took some time to find so it might be worth completing the loop in the clockwise direction.

On our way out we saw two families riding gas powered Mule-things (what are those called?) skidding thought the mud on FR139G onto the road down to Aspen Spring. The stayed down there for about 10 minutes and then ripped back up the hill spewing noxious race-fuel exhaust. I did not hike down to see if they did any damage and did not feel like having a confrontation/education talk with them in the middle of nowhere. The gate at the top of the road is in disrepair as are many other gates and fences in the area.
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Aug 24 2013
matthewkphx
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48 male
 Joined Dec 16 2012
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Houston Brothers Trail - Aspen Spring AccessPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2013
matthewkphx
Hiking1.00 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles
150 ft AEG
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1st trip
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My son and I just got our backpacks and I picked this as a very easy first trip for both of us. We had the site all to ourselves. We chose to hang our hammocks across the stream from the cabin in the trees near the trail. We enjoyed the meadow, looked at the cabin and the spring. We used the fire ring farther away from the cabin and found the little rock "table" a handy place to set up our stove and later to sit on next to the campfire.

This is a great, easy hike for introducing a child or family to backpacking. :)
Named place
Named place
Aspen Spring Houston Draw

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Aspen Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Water was flowing nice and clear but slow.
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