Little Spring to Bismarck Lake Trail

Flagstaff, Arizona

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The wide two-track road takes you and your dog through a shady glen of spruce, ponderosa pine, and aspen. A gentle rise here foreshadows the climb ahead, but for now your path levels out at approximately 0.2 mile when the road leads you into a meadow. Though there are no signs on this trail, the only tricky part is finding the spring. Fortunately, even in dry years, it is fairly obvious to the careful observer. At the 0.4-mile mark, head right (southeast) directly across the meadow toward a thick clump of shrubs and a low hill; the spring is now routed through a pipe behind this glade. Be sure to treat any water you take from the spring. Cattle grazing is permitted on most public lands in Arizona, and giardia is always a threat.

Little Spring to Bismarck Lake Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The wide two-track road takes you and your dog through a shady glen of spruce, ponderosa pine, and aspen. A gentle rise here foreshadows the climb ahead, but for now your path levels out at approximately 0.2 mile when the road leads you into a meadow. Though there are no signs on this trail, the only tricky part is finding the spring.

Fortunately, even in dry years, it is fairly obvious to the careful observer. At the 0.4-mile mark, head right (southeast) directly across the meadow toward a thick clump of shrubs and a low hill; the spring is now routed through a pipe behind this glade. Be sure to treat any water you take from the spring. Cattle grazing is permitted on most public lands in Arizona, and giardia is always a threat."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 540 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best April through early November
Trailhead Elevation: 8,250 feet
Top Elevation: 8,808 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Coconino National Forest, Peaks Ranger Station
Local Maps: Humphreys Peak, White Horse Hills, and Wing Mountain USGS
Driving Directions: Directions to Little Spring to Bismarck Lake Trail

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May 2018