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Houston Brothers Trail #171

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (3)

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


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Map Key

7.5

Miles

12.0

KM

95%

Runnable

7,815' 2,382 m

High

7,014' 2,138 m

Low

343' 104 m

Up

1,107' 338 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Unknown

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Steve Jackson

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  4.7 from 3 votes

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#181

in Arizona

#6,295

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Photos

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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Sep 17, 2019
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