Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Houston Brothers Trail Day Hike
when Saturday, September 28, 2019
  Trip Report : July 17, 2010
where? Mogollon Rim
the hike    We last hiked this trail on July 17, 2010, so after a 9-year hiatus it’s about time that we visit this scenic area once again. For much of its length the Houston Brothers Trail wanders along the bottom of Houston Draw, a picturesque little valley through which a spring-fed perennial stream flows. The scenery here is mostly pastoral with a few photogenic rock outcrops and aspen groves to remind you that you’re in the Rim Country. It offers an incredible combination of dense forests, lush meadows and a spring-fed stream that attracts all kinds of wildlife
    The trail crosses FR 139A, 3.7 miles from the trailhead. This will mark our lunch stop and turnaround point. From here, we return the same way.
    NOTE: Although the club did this hike in 2010, it will be exploratory for me.
distance 6 1/2 miles
time 4-5 hours
EC +-500' elevation change
elevations 6900' (Trailhead) to 7100' (Houston Draw)
type round trip
starting at
Houston Brothers Trailhead 34° 30.461' N,  111° 21.745' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Houston Brothers Trail #171
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Happy Jack
leader     You must email the leader to confirm.
meet 7:00 AM in the parking lot of the Target Center on the south side of Shea Blvd., about a mile west of Highway 87 (Beeline). For those leaving their cars behind, please park up against the north curb away from Target.
•  From Payson, continue driving north on AZ 87 for 38 miles to Clints Well.
From Clints Well, continue driving north for 9 miles to FR 95 and turn right (SE).
Continue driving for 11 miles on FR 95 and then turn left onto FR 139A.
After 0.1 miles turn left onto an unsigned, rough dirt road.
Leave all low-clearance vehicles here.
Continue for another 0.5 miles to Pinchot Cabin, where the Houston Brothers Trail #171 begins.
There are no restrooms at the trailhead.

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