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Arizona's White Mountains
Springs Trail #633


Elevation: 7,140 - 7,190 feet.

Season: Late Spring to early winter

Use: Heavy

Length: 3.8 miles

Difficulty: Easy for hiking. Easy for horses. Moderate for bikes.

Attractions and Considerations: The Springs trail is perfect for the beginner trail-user or even for the more advanced who are looking for a less strenuous loop. The Springs trail is on FR 182, a short distance from Pinetop-Lakeside. It consists of 3.8 miles of trail with little change in elevation. During the rainy season the trail may become very muddy. Equestrians should think twice about riding this trail at these times because horses can do great damage to a muddy trail.

The most distinctive and certainly an attractive part of the trail is where it crosses and parallels Thompson Creek. Areas in close proximity to streams and rivers, known as riparian habitat, harbor a great variety of interdependent plant and animal life. For that reason, they are extremely sensitive to human interference. Human waste should not come within 150 feet of any watercourse. No garbage should be left behind; pack it in - pack it out! Watch for signs of animals that are directly dependent on the creek as well as those that are attracted by ample food and cover.

If you're looking to do a longer hike, take the Little Bear Connector to the Blue Ridge loop, or the Iron Horse Connector to the Country Club loop.

Access and trailhead location: From Lakeside, take AZ 260 towards McNary. Turn left on Bucksprings Road. Drive 0.6 miles. Turn left onto Forest Road 182 (road to Sky Hi Retreat). Drive 1.1 miles to the trailhead on the left.

Springs area map

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Suggestions: Bring Your Own Water!
Trail Markers: Y(ellow)=Short Loop, G(reen)=Connector, R(ed)=Vista, T(urquoise)=Trail Marker

For more information, please feel free to contact:

  • TRACKS, c/o Town of Pinetop-Lakeside, Parks & Recreation Dept., 1360 N. Niels Hansen Road, Lakeside, Arizona 85929, Telephone: (520) 368-6700
  • USDA Forest Service, Lakeside Ranger District at 520.368.5111 or you may write us at 2022 W. White Mtn. Blvd., Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona 85935

White Mountains Online wishes to express our appreciation to the USDA Forest Service, Lakeside District and the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside for providing this information!

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