Houston Brothers Trail is a hiking trail in Coconino County, Arizona. It is within Coconino National Forest. It is 7.1 miles long and begins at 7,764 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 14.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,229 feet. Aspen Spring, Pinchot Springs, McFarland Spring, and other springs can be seen along the trail.
Houston Brothers Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This is a historic trail that starts at an old cabin and ends at the Mogollon Rim. It’s also a delightful hike through ponderosa pine and across aspen-lined meadows. This hike is part of the Cabin Loop, a system of trails that connects three historic cabins in the rim country.Water is usually present in the creek, and the valley bottom makes for a pleasant hike. There is little sign of the heavy logging that has taken place on the ridges, and large ponderosa pine and graceful quaking aspen line the grassy meadows. About 1.4 miles from the trailhead, you’ll pass AspenSpring, where a road comes down to the trail. Less than a mile of easy hiking through open meadows leads to McFarland Spring. When you near the head of Houston Draw, the forest becomes more alpine: a mix of Douglas-fir, white fir, and ponderosa pine."
--Bruce Grubbs, Hiking Northern Arizona (Falcon Guides).
"For Gifford Pinchot, father of the U.S. Forest Service, it was love at first sight when he visited Houston Draw. Today the towering trees, flowing springs, and rock faces staring out from the canyon make an altogether perfect setting for you and your dog to enjoy a journey back in time to Aspen Spring.Houston Brothers Trail 171 is part of a system of trails—the Cabin Loop Trail System—linked by history as well as geography. The Forest Service built modest living quarters for firefighters on round-the-clock hazard duty during fire season; many of these cabins still stand. One such cabin, now named for Pinchot, marks the beginning of the Houston Brothers Trail, and another is within barking distance of Aspen Spring."
--Renee Guillory, Best Hikes with Dogs: Arizona (The Mountaineers Books).
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