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Spring to the Club

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

12.4 mile 19.9 kilometer loop
80% Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 794' 242 m
Descent: -793' -242 m
High: 7,606' 2,318 m
Low: 7,039' 2,145 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Trail shared by Jared Crockett

Rip through beautiful forest over rocky to smooth trail.

Jared Crockett

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Overview

From rocky technical trail to smooth flowing ones, this ride is completely under the canopy of a tall ponderosa forest.

Need to Know

There is room for only three to four cars to park at the trailhead for the Old Hatchery Trail. These trails are all very well marked with diamonds on the trees and signs at the junctions. Look for white diamonds on the Old Hatchery Trail and blue diamonds on all the others. The blue diamonds have green circles on them when it's a connector trail, red circles when it's a vista trail (like Pat Mullen Trail), and yellow circles when it's a shortcut trail (none on this ride).

Description

The Old Hatchery Trail kicks off this tour through the forest of the White Mountains. From the trailhead, you can follow the trail either left or right. To the right, you'll see a wooden bridge crossing a creek. While it is tempting to go that way, the trail doesn't go very far in that direction before you'll encounter a "Hikers Only" sign.

This ride starts by following the trail to the left. The trail is short, but pretty technical and rocky. Right off the bat you'll have some pretty big rocks to get up and over or around. There are a couple of gates to pass through that interrupt your flow, and they are very close to each other, so don't get too comfortable on your saddle after you pass through the first one.

Before long, you'll come to a trail intersection with the Springs Trail #633. You can choose to go either left or right, this ride takes you to the right. Either direction is equidistant to the trailhead at the other end of the trail.

The Springs Trail #633 is a continuation of the rockiness you encountered on the Old Hatchery Trail. The trail is somewhat technical as it is littered with small to medium sized rocks and boulders. It's nothing too tough, but it definitely will keep you on your toes.

From the trailhead for the Springs Trail #633, you can pick up the beginning of Iron Horse Connector #623A by crossing over the street and going north about 30 yards. You'll notice a small sign and a gate that signifies the start of the trail. You've now left the technical rocks behind and the beginning of this trail is smooth singletrack. But, before too long, it evolves into an old dirt road. The remainder of this trail is just dirt road running along the edge of the forest.

The intersection with Country Club #632 trail is well marked with signage. Again, you can choose to go either left or right. This ride takes you left. The trail is smooth and flowing, zipping you in and out and around the tall ponderosas. You'll come to the trailhead where the trail continues on the other side of the gravel road. Continue following this fun trail through the woods and before long you'll see a trail splitting off to your left.

Take the trail to the left to climb up Pat Mullen Mountain on the Pat Mullen Spur. This trail is short, but is worth adding for the elevation change. Most of the other trails have very little elevation change, so you're gonna want to get your heart pumping on this trail. Plus, it's a lot of fun on the way back down.

Once down Pat Mullen Spur, take a left back onto Country Club #632 and follow it all the way back around to the intersection with the Iron Horse Connector #623A. On your way around, you'll pass another intersection with the Chipmunk Springs trail, which you can choose to follow to lengthen your ride.

After following Iron Horse Connector #623A, cross the road and arrive back at the Springs Trail #633 trailhead. Where the trail forks, take the Springs Trail #633 to the right and complete the loop of this trail.

This half of the loop probably has more rocks than the other, some more challenging than others. On your way around, you'll pass the Little Bear Connector which is very short but connects to the Blue Ridge Trail #107A, which adds another option for lengthening your ride. You'll eventually return to the intersection with the Old Hatchery Trail which you can now follow back to your car.

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Nov 18, 2018
Jack Lomax
Sep 17, 2016
David Monrreal
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  3.5 from 4 votes

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Looking back at the trail, and a bit of a viewpoint, from the Pat Mullen Spur
Jul 2, 2016 near Pinetop…, AZ
This trail is well cared for and good for all skill levels. Plus, it's never too early to acquire some technical riding skills (says my 5-year-old).
Sep 15, 2019 near Pinetop…, AZ
Sure, I choose to ride in Arizona the one week ever where it rains every day!
Jul 2, 2016 near Pinetop…, AZ

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