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Hike #15 - Trail 107 Blue Ridge, from FR 187 to below Arizona Game and Fish

Trail 107 Blue Ridge
Bridge on Trail 107

Location: From the Pinetop Post Office on SR 260 (map):

  • Drive 1.4 miles East on 260 to Hill Road, just past an old auto repair shop.
  • Turn left and drive down the one-lane dirt road and swing right at the bottom.
  • Go 100 yards to a parking lot on the right. Leave one car here.
  • Drive back up to 260 and turn left (east) and go 1.4 miles to the traffic light.
  • Turn left on Buck Springs Road, drive 0.6 miles, and turn left on Sky Hi Road.
  • Drive 1.6 miles on Sky Hi and turn left on to FR 187.
  • Drive 100 yards on the dirt road and park in the large dirt parking lot on the right.

Trail: The trail is well-worn, dirt, and rocky. By well-worn, I mean it is almost one foot deep in places, and it is often easier to walk along the rim of the trail. There are many big rocks along the trail and smaller loose rocks in the trail. The trail is mostly flat, but has a few steeper descents down to the creeks and a slight climb.

Mountain Biking on Trail 107
Bicycling is possible but difficult on this trail

Trailhead and Directions: From the parking lot on FR 187, find the kiosk bulletin board and walk south across 187 and look for a blue diamond. This part of the trail is a section of the Blue Ridge Trail #107. Follow the blue diamond trail for about one mile and find the sign leading downhill to the Springs Trail. Go down the Little Bear Connector to the Springs Trail #633 and turn right (west) and follow this trail across the creek, then up the hill, under the power lines, until you find the sign for the Old Hatchery trail on the right. Take this trail through two gates (please close them) and along the creek down a steep rocky trail to your car. There is a wooden bridge here and a trail that leads up a steep hill to the parking area of the Arizona Department of Game and Fish. You could park the first car here if you wished.

Access: Hikers, bicycles, and horses. No motorized vehicles. Not handicap accessible.

Distance: A total of 2.54 miles back to the first car parking area. It is 0.96 miles to the connection to the Springs Trail (633), and 1.9 miles to the junction of the Old Hatchery trail.

Difficulty: Easy, as mot of the trail is on level ground, but be careful of loose stones along the way, especially at the end where you go down a steep area to the first car.

Features: The trail first crosses a Ponderosa Pine forest that has been thinned in the past so you can see through the forest. There are bluebirds, warblers, swallows, and other birds of the pine forest. Rarely elk and in fall, many Abert’s Squirrels could be found. Cattle may be grazing here as well. When you get down along the creek, look for mallards in the open pools, yellowthroats, red-faced warblers, siskins, goldfinches, maybe a kingfisher, and other common species. At the end of the trail, look for Yellow and MacGillivray’s Warblers. There are many Broad-tailed Hummingbirds here also. The wet areas can be covered with golden pea in spring and lots of prairie smoke flowers in early summer. The yellow composites in spring are New Mexico groundsel.

Connections: At the starting point, you are in the middle of the Blue Ridge Trail that runs in an 8.7 mile loop up over the Blue Ridge. You can turn right (north), and follow that trail and come back here to your car. After 0.96 miles on the described hike, you will take the connector down to the Springs Trail, but if you continue straight, you are on the Blue Ridge trail that can connect you with the Billy Creek trail. Once you go down the short connector to the Springs Trail, you could go left and walk 0.8 miles and end up on Sky Hi Road at the 633 trailhead. By turning right, you continue on the Springs Trail. If you decided not to turn on the Old Hatchery trail, but continued straight ahead on the Springs Trail, you would walk about 1.8 miles back to the 633 trailhead on Ski Hi Road.

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