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Tuesday, January 6, 2009


VEIT SPRINGS Coconino National Forest Short in length but long on interest the Veit Springs trail is an under-appreciated gem of a hike. An interpretive sign at the trailhead offers insight to the many attractions along the way, including two springs, a pond, several old buildings, a monument to conservationist Lamar Haines and a gallery of Native American petroglyphs. Easy on the feet and well marked, the hike wanders through stands of spruce, fir and aspens with views of the San Francisco Peaks emerging through the canopy in several scenic spots. At 8,600 feet of elevation, this trail also makes a good acclimation hike for the Humphreys Peak or Kachina Trails that are located further up the road. LENGTH: 1.6-mile loop RATING: Easy ELEVATION GAIN: 60 feet GETTING THERE: From Flagstaff, take Highway 180 north for 7.3 miles to the Snow Bowl Road (near MP 223). Turn right onto Snow Bowl Road and continue for 4.5 miles to a parking area on the right. Look for the “Lamar Haines Memorial Wildlife Area” sign that marks the beginning of the hike.

SITE ADMINISTERED BY: Arizona Game & Fish Department

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