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Osprey Trail - 3 members in 7 triplogs have rated this an average 3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Aug 03 2019
mt98dew
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52 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Osprey TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Aug 03 2019
mt98dew
Run/Jog5.74 Miles 199 AEG
Run/Jog5.74 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   4.59 mph
199 ft AEG
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Belated post. This was done on last day of Pinetop vacation. Started from the Timber Mesa TH. Got on the trail around 6am. Ironically, this was the day Pinetop was having a 5/10k, half marathon and so driving to and from the TH I was negotiating traffic restrictions since most of the course was on surface streets. Didn't see the participants on the way out, but saw quite a few of the runners on the way back. (Cool to see, but didn't understand why they were running on roads when they had a wealth of trails to chose from practically in their backyard). I guess everyone was involved in the race, since I had the trail to myself. There was a little elevation on the Timber Mesa Trail as I made my way to the Osprey juncture, but once I got on the Osprey the trail lost that elevation and pretty much held at that level with some minor ups and downs. 3 gates had to negotiated, 2 bordered the Porter Mine Rd, which the Osprey Trail crossed. Just past the road the trail crossed two streams. One I think is probably seasonal, but it was still trickling nicely. The other stream is more established but is still easy enough to rock hop. The trail gradually gains some elevation from this point and is composed of compact dirt with large rocks haphazardly thrown in. Decent number of pine trees along the trail. Not abundant, but enough to offer shade from the sun. Caught a brief glimpse of the lake. No sign of the osprey, though my eyes were more on the trail than the skies. Went to the Ice Cave juncture and retraced my steps. Mileage is accurate, but time is a best guess.
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Mar 03 2016
Roczanne
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 Routes 1
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27 female
 Joined May 10 2015
 Eastern Arizona
Osprey TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2016
Roczanne
Hiking1.56 Miles 71 AEG
Hiking1.56 Miles      45 Mns   2.34 mph
71 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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This trail connects Timber Mesa Trail to the Blue Ridge Ice Cave Trail and was an easy, short hike on it's own. The only scenic views I would say are at the trail head (off of Porter Mountain, right before the first cattle guard after Timber Mesa) or a few nice shots of Scott's Reservoir from right off the trail. It's a nice little hike if you're just looking for a quiet walk in the woods near town.
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Mar 21 2013
azdesertfather
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48 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Ice Cave Trail #608Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2013
azdesertfather
Hiking10.47 Miles 928 AEG
Hiking10.47 Miles   4 Hrs   14 Mns   2.79 mph
928 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
 
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Nice day out, enjoyed the nice wooded views. Not really any panoramic views on these hikes, although both trails go around Scott Reservoir which is nice.

Took a look into the Ice Cave, nice cold air blasting out of there. Not much to see, though IMO inside.

Took the Osprey out to the Ice Cave Trail, then hiked from end to end of the Ice Cave and back to the Ice Cave-Osprey Junction to take the Osprey back out. So in other words we did an out and back on both trails, end to end.

Much of the route on the Ice Cave is used by the stables at the west TH, bringing groups along the trial on horseback. After all the recent snowmelt and the trail being muddy, it dried and the trail is rutted to pieces. It's chocked full of horse hoof holes, some of them 3-4 inches deep.

The Osprey was named for this bird, having a nesting area near Scott Reservoir when the trail was cut recently as a connector trail. I didn't see an osprey, but I played an osprey call distress sound and a redtail hawk started flying toward me and above me before taking off.

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It was full, fuller than usual with all the snowmelt draining in there.
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Sep 30 2011
cestock
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62 male
 Joined Mar 02 2008
 Scottsdale,AZ
Osprey TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2011
cestock
Hiking3.50 Miles 120 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   2.28 mph
120 ft AEG
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Easy single track trail through forest close to Pinetop. Trailhead is not marked, but after you find the start, the trail is marked with blue triangles on trees. This is also a good trail for mountain bikes.
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May 04 2010
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Routes 80
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60 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Osprey TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar May 04 2010
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking4.00 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.60 mph
150 ft AEG
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I was heading up to Concho to visit friends and found this hike listed on HAZ, posted by Strand.(Thanks Strand). It was in my time frame and I didn't have an "O" hike yet. My first hike in this area and it turned out to be a nice easy hike. We went a little farther to check out the Ice Cave but forgot are headlamps. ](*,). The Ice Cave has a fence around it but the gate was open. The creek was running and there was a small spring by the turn around point. There was also a ditch by the trailhead that was dry when we started then full of water when we got back. It seemed to be like an irrigation ditch. :? Not sure were it comes from or goes to. Also a few views of Scott Reservoir and a treat to see the Osprey! Thanks to Tom&Rhonda for driving and cooking tacos for lunch! MmmmmmMmmmmm!
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Oct 31 2008
Strand
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48 male
 Joined Oct 23 2008
 Grants, NM
Osprey TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2008
Strand
Hiking6.90 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   2.44 mph
500 ft AEG
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Decided to take a brief walk in the woods, that got a bit more drawn out than originally intended. I took the Osprey trail to the Ice Cave trail and continued up to the tie in with the Blue Ridge trail, and then hiked back the way I came. Perfect day for it, party cloudy, 75 degrees, very light breeze, and no one on the trail.

I did finally manage to find the ice cave, turns out to be larger than I expected, and more of a pit or sinkhole shape than a traditional cave entrance. I sort of see the wisdom in fencing it off, as you could certainly slip on all that loose gravel and fall in (I have no idea how deep the cave actually goes, as I didn't feel the need to get any closer than the fence line). I just hate seeing a fence in the middle of the woods surrounding a natural formation like that - oh well.

Next weekend I'll just head to the Blue Ridge trail head and continue on my quest to hike the entire eastern section of the WMTS with day hikes.
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Oct 13 2008
Strand
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48 male
 Joined Oct 23 2008
 Grants, NM
Osprey TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 13 2008
Strand
Hiking3.50 Miles 120 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.33 mph
120 ft AEG
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After seeing a new gate and blue trail markers where there were none before, I checked the Tracks website and saw that they had recently completed a connector from Timber Mesa to Ice Cave trail. Since this is virtually in my back yard, I had to check it out.

The terrain is typical Porter Mtn, lots of Alligator Junipers and Ponderosa Pines. What's new is the view of Scott Reservoir from the ridge above, spectacular. The condition of the trail was prime, no ruts or mud holes. I'm guessing that unlike some of the other area trails, there is very limited livestock travel in this area(if there's any at all). I hiked the trail in the late afternoon, which is probably not the best time, I'd plan to hike this trail in the morning hours if you want to see much wildlife. Great alternative to the Ice Cave trailhead, while still allowing access to the same area.
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