Almosta Trail

Almosta Trail

The Almosta Trail is located 12.5 miles from Iron Springs Road on Williamson Valley Road. The north side of Granite Mountain took the brunt of last June’s Doce fire and the Williamson Valley Road offers good views of the damage. Fortunately, all the homes adjacent to the burn area were saved. The Almosta Trail takes its name from the access road that was whimsically named when it was out in the boondocks. Now a couple of large homes are situated on the south side of the trails’ start. After the first 0.4 mile one goes through a gate which has a half mile of trail with ten feet for trail situated between barbed wire fences, apparently because none of this trail is on public land. The trail winds down through Whispering Canyon to the riparian corridor of Mint Wash. On my hike in I took a side trail which required crossing this small stream three times. The turn-around point is a gate by corral that junctions with Trail #622. The Almosta Trail is popular with equestrians as was evidenced by the tracks, and on my return two women on horseback passed. This 4.5 mile moderate hike starts at an elevation of 5,070 feet and its low point is 4, 780 feet with many ups and downs. Another great fall hike!

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