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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Bridge over riffled waters


SHOW LOW BLUFF
Bridge over Show Low Creek

Dedicated in June 2012, this loop route is the newest addition to the White Mountains Trails System. Because of its convenient location, short length and moderate tread, this trail is a popular choice for family jaunts and leisurely strolls. A paved path debarking from the trailhead leads to a rustic stone bridge spanning Show Low Creek.  Here, horses can sometimes be seen grazing in green pastures. Beyond the bridge, the trail enters a forest of oaks, pines and high desert yuccas for a short climb among basalt boulders to the top of the loop where a
sign points to the Woolford trailhead. It's a bit confusing here---go right to complete the loop, or, for a longer hike, head toward Woolford to get to the bluff’s high point for nice views from the juniper grasslands above town.

LENGTH: 1.5 miles
RATING: easy-moderate
ELEVATION: 6350' - 6400'
GETTING THERE:
The SR260/US60 junction in Show Low, go 1 mile south on SR260 (White Mountain Road) to near milepost 284 and  turn left at the sign for Show Low Bluff trail.  There's a second trailhead off Woolford Road.


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