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Springs Trail #633 - 5 members in 8 triplogs have rated this an average 3.4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jul 30 2019
mt98dew
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 Guides 24
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 Photos 416
 Triplogs 1,779

51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Springs Trail #633Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 30 2019
mt98dew
Hiking3.61 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking3.61 Miles   1 Hour   24 Mns   2.58 mph
200 ft AEG
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Second hike of the morning. Could have easily walked from the Country Club TH to the Springs TH (about 1 mile away as the crow flies), but drove from 1 TH to the other. Got on the trail around 7am. Did the hike in a clockwise manner. This is a tale of 2 trails (really only 1 trail, but it seemed like 2). Going clockwise the first 1.25 miles is "blah"! The road is in constant sight and then there is the back of people's homes. All this is exasperated by the timber harvesting that is ongoing. :( I get it. There are many reasons to support the harvesting: economic, community safety, the health of the forest. One reason not to do it is the aesthetics. Really a tragedy from a hiking perspective. Especially when you factor in how nice the rest of the trail is. Around the 1.25 mile mark the trail drops in elevation to creek level and in doing so enters into uncut forest, away from roads and homes (though I could still here the 260 in the distance and (unfortunately) here the sound of chainsaws and the felling of trees even closer) :( . This section of trail seemed really beautiful. Maybe, in part, because of what I had to walk through to get to it. The trail was single track, the trees provided a nice intimate feeling and a nearby creek added a nice water element. The trail crisscrossed the creek 3 times during this stretch. Water levels were such that this was not a problem. There were 2 trail connectors on this loop. One was about 1.75 miles in, the Old Hatchery Trail. And the other about 2.75 miles in and was a connecting trail to the Blue Ridge Trail. This second trail is so short (less than .05 miles) that I could actually see the other trail's trail sign. :-s Oddly, these trails are indicated at the TH, but given different names. (To be honest, I think the 2nd connecting trail has been shortened over the years and is no longer named at the juncture because it is so short). The hike is worth doing if you do it as an in and out on the northern half.
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Sep 06 2014
trailzrus
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 Routes 69
 Photos 3,130
 Triplogs 1,061

68 male
 Joined Jul 24 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Springs Trail #633Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2014
trailzrus
Hiking3.65 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking3.65 Miles
200 ft AEG
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Aug 16 2014
juliachaos
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 Routes 37
 Photos 2,160
 Triplogs 627

39 female
 Joined Mar 01 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Blue Ridge Trail #107Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Aug 16 2014
juliachaos
Run/Jog12.75 Miles 1,630 AEG
Run/Jog12.75 Miles
1,630 ft AEG
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This was probably not the best of ideas.

Adam, Liz, and I were all gung-ho to train for the race, so we decided that a weekend in Pinetop would be perfect. We stayed at the cabin, which was a really nice alternative to crashing on a sleeping pad for the nth time.

James joined us for this trip. We decided on this series of trails, since the race would also take place on dirt. Unfortunately, it had rained the night before. The trails were muddy and flooded in places, so in the beginning we tried running on the rocks beside the trails. This led to a few rolled ankles and some very tired legs. Adam and I decided to meet up where the Ice Cave trail was, which didn't seem too far based on the trail markers. Oh, those markers are sooo wrong! I pushed myself onward to finally get to the trail junction, walking a good deal of the way. I found an arrow indicating that Adam had gone down the path, so I continued walking on that path for a really long time, hoping that he would be returning and I wouldn't have to move any farther.

We met up again right before the end of the trail and walked back to the junction. At this point it made more sense to continue the way we were going on Blue Ridge rather than turn back and go up the big hill again. We tried running for a little while and then ran out of water. Eventually it became too much and we began filtering water from puddles through our shirts. We repeated this when we found the creek, and eventually got back to the Springs Trail junction, where James had run back to find us. We'd been about two hours over due and neither of us had cell phones.

This little adventure really set me back. Messed up the IT band in the right leg, which hadn't even been a real problem until then. One month before the race, this was a pretty big concern now. :(
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Aug 10 2014
Oregon_Hiker
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75 male
 Joined Dec 07 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Springs Trail #633Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2014
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking2.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
200 ft AEG
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Short hike with my son-in-law and two of our grandkids. We started out on the north side of the loop. It's a nice easy stroll through a ponderosa forest with occasional lush green meadows this time of year. The trail follows Thompson Creek for part of the loop. The creek had just a trickle between pools containing crawdads. Michael was enthusiastic about the hike but Bella not so much.
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Jun 28 2014
trailzrus
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 Routes 69
 Photos 3,130
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68 male
 Joined Jul 24 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Springs Trail #633Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2014
trailzrus
Hiking3.60 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles
200 ft AEG
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Jun 07 2014
trailzrus
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 Routes 69
 Photos 3,130
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68 male
 Joined Jul 24 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Springs Trail #633Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 07 2014
trailzrus
Hiking4.71 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking4.71 Miles
200 ft AEG
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Hiked the Spring Trail 633 today. Little to no water in the creeks, we need rain badly. We did take the 1 mile round trip detour to the old hatchery bridge.
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Mar 21 2013
azdesertfather
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47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Springs Trail #633Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2013
azdesertfather
Hiking3.50 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   1 Hour      3.50 mph
200 ft AEG
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Sep 08 2012
kingsnake
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 Guides 95
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59 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Springs Trail #633Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2012
kingsnake
Hiking3.92 Miles 270 AEG
Hiking3.92 Miles   1 Hour   19 Mns   2.98 mph
270 ft AEG
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After Woods Canyon Lake, I stopped in Pinetop for lunch at Aliberto's. (Alot like the {fill in blank}berto's here in Phoenix, but I liked it better than the chorizo burrito I had the next day at Los Corrales.) Like I do when I travel anywhere, I read the local real estate magazines. Fancy "rustic" looks ... odd ... but it appears there are some good deals on horse properties in places like Concho and Linden. I had not expected to check into my motel -- Mountain Haven Inn (next to the Super 8 ) -- until 2:30, so after eating, I called ahead and asked if I could check in early. Even though the owners were at their daughter's soccer game, Don came over to let me in, which I really appreciated. Stay there if you are in the area. :)

After a bit of a rest, I headed out to do my second acclimatization hike of the day. Since I just added the original description, you can read more about it there. No sense in boring you twice. I will say, though, that both here and earlier at Woods Canyon, I *really* noticed the affect of elevation on my cardio, and within a few yards at that. Post hike my BP was 100/72 with a pulse of 104.

Got really dark as I hiked, and there was much thunder to the east, but I avoided any rain, which was a good thing as the trail was muddy enough.

Got back to the motel, and found a pinkie nail sized blister on my right heel. No big. Was looking forward to the next day, and a pair of 6.5 milers (Ice Cave Trail and Timber Mesa Trail.)
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