Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Houston Brothers Trail Day Hike
when Trip Report : 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.
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
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.
•  We will all regroup at the McDonald’s in Payson and caravan from there to the trailhead.
From Payson, continue driving north on AZ 87 for 35 miles to Clints Well.
From Clints Well, continue driving north for 9.5 miles to FR 95 and turn right (SE). NOTE: The FR 95 sign is hard to see since it’s offset from AZ 87 and on the north side of 95. If you go 10 miles, turn around and go back.
Continue driving for 6.3 miles on FR 95 until you cross a small bridge and come to a “T” junction. Turn right here, staying on FR 95. A left turn at the junction takes you to Knoll Lake.
Continue driving for another 4.4 miles until you reach the Houston Draw parking area on your right. This is a small area, but there’s room for at least 6 to 8 vehicles.
Facing the road from the parking area, look for a large sign across the road and to your left. This is the Houston Brothers Trailhead, also called the Houston Draw Trailhead. Either way, it’s the start of Houston Brothers Trail #171.
NOTE: FR 95 is usually well-graded and suitable for all vehicles, unless there’s been recent heavy rainfall. In that case the road can get soft and muddy in places, with lots of potholes. So check the weather before heading out. Also, there are no facilities at the trailhead.

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