Country Club Trail is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lakeside, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Directions from Lakeside: Drive south on State Highway 260 towards McNary. Turn left on Bucksprings Road. Drive 0.6 miles. Turn left on Forest Road 182 (road to Sky Hi Retreat). Drive 2 miles. You will pass the Springs Trailhead on the left. Where Forest Road 182 veers to the left, proceed straight on to Forest Road 185 (past Sierra Springs Ranch entrance). Trailhead is on the right 100 yards down Forest Road 185.
Considering we did this the day after it snowed, it was more challenging. the trail was slushy and muddy so it was hard to follow. Very cool to be within the ponderosa though. We are visiting from California and staying at a resort down the road. It was a nice day
Great trail! Easy going
Easy walk through woods and meadows. Optional half mile climb is also easy. Super nice if you're looking for a simple hike.
This is an easy trail. The portion from the trail head to the Chipmunk Springs connector trail is quite level and not very rocky at all; a trail runner's dream. There is a climb up to the saddle where the Pat Mullen viewpoint trail takes off, but even that climb is pretty gentle if a bit more rocky.
This trail was easy enough to hike early on, but more difficult when taking the turn-off to the vista. The "huff n puff" portion was quite steep. I huffed and puffed A LOT! Once at the top, the views were disappointing -- too many trees to get a real appreciation of the view. I got better views peeking through the trees while hiking up the trail. I enjoyed the boulder formations and ominous-looking snag trunks along the way. This trail was very well traveled by hikers and bikers alike when I was there. Overall, I liked it.
Very fun trail. Great for beginner mountain biker short enough to work on skills. The bad thing is you have to stop several times for gates.