Wildcat Spring Trail

Happy Jack, Arizona

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Hiking, cycling, and horseback riding are allowed here, and though you should be prepared to heed trail etiquette and follow leash rules, the use of this area is still quite low. Once you have watered and leashed Fido—do not forget to pack in water, and purify what you find at the spring—you are ready to head out. Pretty forest hikes in the hot, dry Southwest never go out of style, especially when you are traveling with your favorite canine. Tall pines, aspens, and oaks mean a harmony of greens, golds, and reds in autumn; broad, lush meadows delight the eyes in the spring when a rainbow of wildflowers shimmers on the forest floor. After snowmelt and summer rains, springs and ephemeral washes gurgle and soak the boulders and earthen banks of their surrounds.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Arizona

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Arizona

by Renee Guillory (The Mountaineers Books)

Hiking, cycling, and horseback riding are allowed here, and though you should be prepared to heed trail etiquette and follow leash rules, the use of this area is still quite low. Once you have watered and leashed Fido—do not forget to pack in water, and purify what you find at the spring—you are ready to head out.

Pretty forest hikes in the hot, dry Southwest never go out of style, especially when you are traveling with your favorite canine. Tall pines, aspens, and oaks mean a harmony of greens, golds, and reds in autumn; broad, lush meadows delight the eyes in the spring when a rainbow of wildflowers shimmers on the forest floor. After snowmelt and summer rains, springs and ephemeral washes gurgle and soak the boulders and earthen banks of their surrounds.

©  Renee Guillory/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Happy Jack
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 216 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best April through November
Trailhead Elevation: 6,950 feet
Top Elevation: 7,168 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Coconino National Forest, Happy Jack Information Center
Local Maps: Pine and Calloway Butte USGS
Driving Directions: Directions to Wildcat Spring Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

4/22/2012
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This trail is very flat and level. It is an easy hike that takes you into Ponderosa Pine forests that have a lot of wildlife sign. This trail is well described on the website and the description is accurate. The parking area at the campground fairly large and the campground was busy on the day we were there. The trail provides enough shade that it is one of those trails you can do throughout the day and be comfortable. Don't plan on any water at the spring it is normally dry except right after the spring snow melt or several days of rain. The signage for the spring is missing but the concrete casement is easy to spot. It is an out a back trail and if you take the road back instead of the trail there are several junctions you did not see on the way out to the spring and it is easy to take a wrong turn.5/7/2012 3:12:24 PM



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