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Houston Brothers Trail #171

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Trail

7.5 mile 12.0 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 343' 104 m
Descent: -1,107' -338 m
High: 7,815' 2,382 m
Low: 7,014' 2,138 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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Trail shared by Steve Jackson

This trail offers a gentler way to hike the Cabin Loop.

Steve Jackson

Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildlife

Description

This trail is a gentler trail without the steep ascents and descents of the U-Bar Trail #28.

From the southern trailhead, the trail descends a gentle wash through thick stands of pine trees. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for the various cabins and groundwater springs on the trail. We stopped at Aspen Spring and cabin site.

While the spring can flow very slowly, it's still enough to fill up your water.

At its northern end, the trail finishes into a T-junction with the U-Bar Trail #28.

Flora & Fauna

We saw plenty of oak and aspen, with some being very large and old. There were a lot more birds on this trail than in the surrounding area, including; flicker, robin, a red-headed woodpecker, and a few others I couldn't identify. There were even more butterfly species than birds though, creating a truly beautiful scene.

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Apr 28, 2018
Mark Seiferth

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  4.7 from 3 votes

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Pinchot Cabin in a clearing near the stream.
Jun 6, 2017 near Star Va…, AZ
A rustic cabin by Aspen Spring.
Jun 6, 2017 near Star Va…, AZ
Ferns growing along the border of a burn area.
Jun 6, 2017 near Star Va…, AZ

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