Location: Gooseberry Springs TH to Marshall Lake
Length: 33.9 miles
Southern Trailhead: Gooseberry Springs TH - FR 92
- GPS Coordinates: 34.82130° N, 111.43177° W
Northern Trailhead: Marshall Lake - FR 128
- GPS Coordinates: 35.11125° N, 111.54138° W
Trail Route Description: From Gooseberry Springs Trailhead the trail
crosses a meadow and a wooded area and then reaches Highway 3. After crossing
the highway, and passing through a gate in the fence that parallels the highway,
the trail follows the route of an old railroad bed. It leaves the railroad and
crosses FR 91 and then heads north-northeast until it reaches Railroad Spring.
At this point the route follows a road for about a mile and then becomes a trail
again. It crosses FR 219 and then FR 219A, and then passes near Navajo Spring.
From here the trail heads north and west,
passes Wallace Spring, crosses FR 90H and then contours over to Double Springs
Campground. The trail climbs up to FR 240 and then turns east. It circles back
around to the west and passes above Dairy Springs Campground, crosses several
forest roads and then turns to the east and joins up again with the old railroad
bed. It crosses FR 132 and then just south of Railroad Tank the trail turns to
the east and works its way over to FR 651, which is the entry to Pinegrove
Campground. It crosses Highway 3 and climbs up past the Horse Mesa Trailhead.
It turns to the north and crosses Anderson Mesa, and then passes Horse Lake. It
follows a two-track, turns to the west, and becomes a trail again. After crossing
FR 129 the trail passes Vail Lake and Prime Lake, and then skirts around the
Lowell Observatory. It passes by a trailhead near the observatory, then heads
north and then west to Marshall Lake.
Season(s): Spring, Summer and Fall
(current weather forecast)
Water: Water can usually be found at Double Springs and Dairy Springs
Campgrounds, and at some of the stock tanks along the route. There is seasonal
water at Navajo Spring and in some of the drainages the trail crosses.
All water along this passage should be purified prior to use.
USGS Topographic Maps: Hutch Mountain, Mormon Lake, Ashurst Lake and
Lower Lake Mary.
Coconino National Forest - Visitors Guide.
Coconino National Forest - Recreational Opportunity Guide.
Coconino National Forest map.
BLM Information Center maps.
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