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Houston Brothers #171 South Trailhead to Aspen Springs
Mogollon Rim
June 18, 2022
by Rodney Baba

Nine hikers met at the Houston Brothers (#171) Southern Trailhead near the junction of the Rim Road (FR300) and FR139.

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Rod, You-Ling, Ron, Anna, Greg, Robbi, Debbie, Ken, Michael. [photo by Rod]
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The Hikers Parade. [photo by Rod]

We followed a trail across several draws with lush meadows and several spring-fed streams that attracts all kinds of wildlife.

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Heading into a green tunnel. [photo by Rod]
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Wildflowers abound. [photos by Debbie]

After a short distance, we crossed a fire road (3731).

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Watch your step! [photo by Ron]

We hiked parallel to another fire road (3738X) and headed north towards East Bear Canyon about a mile before turning east to cross the road.

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Tree-lined trail. [photo by Debbie]

We descend into a draw carpeted by Bracken Fern and climbed to a plateau crossing another fire road (3738Y).

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Draws Carpeted with Fern. [photos by Debbie]

We descend another draw and hike next to a preservation area before climbing up to Dick Hart Ridge.

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Tree Destroys Preservation Area Fence. [photos by Rod]
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Crossing the muddy bottom of a draw. [photo by Ron]
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Butterflies. [photo by Debbie]

We descend into a draw carpeted by Bracken Fern and climbed to a plateau crossing another fire road (3738Y).

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Large trees blocking the trail. [photos by Rod]
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Going through and over trees. [photos by Ron]
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Fern Growing next to Trail. [photo by Ron]

We crossed another draw to the junction with the Barbershop Trail (#91).

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Junction sign (mileage is incorrect). [photo by Ron]
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Majestic fir trees throughout our hike. [photo by Ron]

We traveled parallel to the East Bear Canyon for 1½ miles as it dropped away from the trail.

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Hiking through tree-lined trails. [photos by Ron]

We descend into another fern meadow, dotted with wild strawberries before crossing Telephone Road (FR139A).

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Adrift in a sea of green. [photo by Rod]
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Taking a short break to catch our breath and admire the scenery. [photo by Ron]
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More ferns and a flowering tree. [photos by Debbie]

We dropped into Houston Draw and followed a water course until it emerged after about ½ mile. We traveled ¾ mile next to 2 preservation areas and arrived at Aspen Springs.

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Heavily damaged preservation area fence. [photos by Rod]
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Heading down Houston Draw. [photos by Debbie]

We arrived at our destination: the Cabin and Springs at Aspen Springs.

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Remnants of the cabins at Aspen Springs. [photos by Debbie]
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Aspen Spring. [photo by Ron]

We rested and explored the spring and cabin that still stand and returned by the same route.

On the return trip Michael took a short cut down the fire road while Debbie and Rod speed-hiked the last 3½ miles to the truck and went to pick him up.

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updated June 26, 2022