Houston Brothers Trail

Flagstaff, Arizona

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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 Aspen Spring, 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.

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"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 Aspen
Spring, 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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 13.2
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 7 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 7,000 feet
Top Elevation: 7,800 feet
Local Contacts: Blue Ridge Ranger District, Coconino National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Blue Ridge Reservoir, Dane Canyon; Coconino National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Houston Brothers Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/7/2006
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We did this as part of the Historic Cabin Loop. It is very beautiful and well marked by the blazes in most parts. The side hike to the rim is well worth it. We encountered fresh berries all along this trail and feasted. Lots of elk. Lots of fossils. After crossing the road the trail does disappear in spots but a search for a blaze got us back on track fast. Enjoy.



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