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Monday, March 9, 2009

INDIAN SPRINGS LOOP

INDIAN SPRINGS LOOP Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
2012 UPDATE: Trail is open and hikers that report damage from the June 2011 Wallow Fire is not too bad.  Peppered with remnants of mid-twentieth century logging and railroad operations, this forested loop hike is rich in discovery. Set in a peaceful high-country environment, the trail embarks on a journey through history. Sights along the way include depression-era water troughs, an old cinder-bed railroad grade, cattle guards and a colorful display of gigantic wild mushrooms. The mostly-level trail weaves among refreshing timberlands and fragrant meadows crossing forest roads three times until the loop comes full-circle back at the trailhead. LENGTH: 7.5-mile loop RATING: moderate ELEVATION GAIN: 300 feet GETTING THERE: From downtown Eagar, go west on Highway 260 for roughly 3 miles to Highway 261. Turn left (south) on Highway 261 and continue for about 16 miles to Highway 273. Go left on Highway 272 and continue nearly 3 miles to Forest Road 249E. Turn right on FR-249E and drive approximately a third-of-a-mile to the trailhead on the left. INFORMATION: fs.fed.us/r3/asnf (928) 333-4301

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Really pleasant hike. I did this earlier today, 8/8/10, in a counter clockwise fashion. Ran across a small black bear about 1/2 mile from the trail head. First time I had run into a black bear while hiking. I clapped a couple of times and whistled, and it took off right away.

Nancy said...

We just recently hiked this a few weeks ago. The fire damage is not too bad. It is still a beautiful hike. I took lots of pictured and painted one in oil when we got home.