Monday, July 25, 2011
SPRINGS TRAIL # 633
Tricking creeks, manic wildflowers and herds of bellowing bovines wandering among errant blue herons distinguish this high country hike from your standard walk in the park. Short in length and easy on the feet, the trail loops through wildlife-friendly pine groves, dewy cienegas and sun washed pastures. Two creeks contribute to the area’s lush plant and animal life---Billy Creek feeds a swath of swaying grasses while Thompson Creek spawns a ridiculously green and moist riparian corridor.
LENGTH: 3.8-mile loop
ELEVATION: 7,140’ – 7,190’
DOG RATING: excellent
KID FRIENDLY: yes
DISTANCE FROM PHOENIX: 180 miles 1-way
From Show Low, go southeast on SR 260 (toward McNary) to Bucksprings Road (located 2 miles before the Hon-Dah Casino).
INFORMATION: Pinetop-Lakeside Parks & Recreation, 928-368-6700 x 3, http://www.tracks-pinetop-lakeside.org/TrailsFiles/SpringsTrail.htm