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Jun 13 2019
Grasshopper
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73 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Houston Bros Tr Loop via U-Bar Tr-FR139GPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 13 2019
Grasshopper
Hiking3.50 Miles 335 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   1.68 mph
335 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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On my recent 6nt/7day Mogollon Rim- Camping/Hiking trip (6/12 to 6/18), for my first full day outing this was Oregon_Hiker and my first planned hike stop of three to check out the perennial status of local springs in this area.

This short loop hike takes the back way into the scenic, historic, Aspen Spring meadow area, perennial Aspen Spring, and the historic Aspen Spring Guard Cabin complex, then north onto the Houston Brothers Trail #171 to perennial Pinchot Spring and on to the historic Pinchot Guard Cabin area connecting with the U-Bar Trail #28 back to FR139G to complete the loop.

This was my 3rd time to hike this very pleasant, short loop, and this visit with the most lush greenery and water flowing from perennial Aspen Spring, perennial Pichot Spring, and within Houston Draw drainage.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Aspen Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Pinchot Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
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Jul 09 2015
The_Eagle
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Bear Canyon - Houston Draw Loop, AZ 
Bear Canyon - Houston Draw Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 09 2015
The_Eagle
Hiking13.88 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking13.88 Miles   7 Hrs   35 Mns   2.10 mph
2,000 ft AEG      58 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Kyle invited me for a walk in one of his favorite areas. Do I want to spend the day at 106 or 76 degrees. Duh.

We dropped into Bear Canyon off of FR95 at FR9737M (as depicted on the TOPO maps) There was actually a Forrest Service sign for this road, but no road. We picked a pretty good route just making our way down the side of the canyon.

The Bear Canyon drainage was flowing pretty good the entire length we were in it. It was green, green, green! You can find game trails to navigate most of the way, but still need to cross over the drainage many times. It's easy making your way down there, but slow going.

We crested a bit of a rise in the drainage, to a small grassy meadow. We were both surprised to stumble on a huge Bull Elk, still in velvet, feeding in the grass, not more than 50' away. He was gone before I could get the camera going.

We only had one spot where we had to go up to avoid a swimmer. Would have been a good swim if it was warmer.

Out of the drainage and on our way to Pinchot Cabin, it started to rain lightly. Perfect timing as we'd planned to stop at the cabin for lunch anyway. It rained and thundered while we ate lunch under the awning of the cabin. It was actually a bit cold.

On the Houston Brothers trail we made up some time.

We dropped into East Bear Canyon following a side canyon down. The Elk have made a decent path to the hill. A few more miles in the canyon and I was ready for the climb out.

A pretty hike, in great temps. Lots of tiny strawberries along the entire hike. Lilly did great on the hike. Even all the off trail stuff. Thanks for the hike and driving Kyle.
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Aspen Spring
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Wildflowers Observation Light

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Aspen Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Plenty to filter

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max East Bear Canyon Light flow Light flow
Plenty to filter

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Houston Draw Head Quart per minute Quart per minute
Plenty to filter

dry McFarland Spring Dry Dry
Did not get off trail to check it, but plenty of water in the area

dry Pinchot Spring Dry Dry
Did not get off trail to check it, but there was plenty of water in the area

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max West Bear Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
Plenty to filter
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Jul 14 2012
Grasshopper
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 Guides 42
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73 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Houston Bros Tr Loop via U-Bar Tr-FR139GPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 14 2012
Grasshopper
Hiking3.50 Miles 335 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   2 Hrs   18 Mns   1.94 mph
335 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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After an early Saturday morning Monsoon lingering rain shower, Larry, his son-in-law, and I planned a late morning hike start.

This was Larry's first visit to our Mogollon Rim- Cabin Loop area trails and I thought it an excellent idea to first introduce he and his son-in-law to one of the more popular and historic areas. This planned, short loop hike takes the back way into the scenic, historic, Aspen Spring meadow area, perennial Aspen Spring, and the Aspen Spring Guard Cabin complex, then north onto the Houston Brothers Trail to perennial Pinchot Spring and on to the historic Pinchot Guard Cabin area before connecting with the U-Bar TR#28 to FR139G to complete the loop.

This loop hike turned-out to be very enjoyable with cooler temps and with the wetness of the days Monsoon rain just enhancing the peacefulness and beauty of this area :D
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Aspen Spring Pinchot Spring
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Aspen Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Perennial.. this day maybe a little less than a gallon/minute;

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Pinchot Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Perennial Spring;
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Jul 14 2012
Oregon_Hiker
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 Joined Dec 07 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Houston Bros Tr Loop via U-Bar Tr-FR139GPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 14 2012
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking3.50 Miles 335 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
335 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Hiked a shortened loop from FR139g to Aspen Springs, then down the Houston Brother's Trail to the Pinchot cabins then back on the U-Bar trail and 139g. Grasshopper (Hank) led the way with myself and son-in-law Lloyd following. It was raining for part of the hike but the cooler temps and rain freshened air were a treat. The low light made for lousy pics with my camera - either I'm using the wrong settings or the 12X zoom lens on a small pocket sized camera just can't get enough light under these conditions. I suspect the latter.

We stopped for lunch on the porch of the Pinchot Cabin and then continued the loop back to our car, then back to our camps at the Camp Grasshopper complex on FR 139C.

I have unsuccessfully tried to find some historical photos of the cabin at Aspen Springs which no longer exists - only the fireplace and chimney remain. The size and grandeur of that fireplace made me curious as to what the cabin looked like and about the inhabitants. The domestic Iris planted around the fireplace indicates a woman's influence. These factors make me think it was more than just a FS fire guard station.
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Pinchot Spring
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Jun 28 2009
Grasshopper
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 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Houston Bros Tr Loop via U-Bar Tr-FR139GPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2009
Grasshopper
Hiking3.70 Miles 349 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   1.35 mph
349 ft AEG
 
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My last full day of seven, car-camping/hiking on our Mogollon Rim-Cabin Loop Area I decided to enjoy a short loop hike again on this Houston Bros Trail. This time hiking north from my campsite on FR139G to connect down to Aspen Spring/Cabin then take Houston Bros TR north to Pinchot Spring then on to Pinchot Cabin to connect with the U-Bar TR#28 back to FR139G south and back to my TH Start.

Thanks to Steve(nonot) for bringing-up some extra ice two days prior to allow me to spend an extra day & night in the ponderosa pines at 7350' before needing to return back to the real heat. Think I would still be there today IF I had an endless amount of water and ice to last through the summer.. ;)

Please see my posted pic set/captions and posted GPS Route/notes for more hike details.
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Pinchot Spring
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Pinchot Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Flowing nicely- clean & cold..
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