Houston Brothers Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews
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Houston Brothers Trail is a 14.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Happy Jack, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 14.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,633 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips


bird watching


wild flowers

Directions from Flagstaff: Drive about 55 Miles south of Flagstaff on Forest Highway 3 (Lake Mary Road). Drive north 9 miles on AZ 87 to FR 95. Turn south (right) about 8 miles to FR 139A. Turn left on 139A to the trailhead near Pinchot Cabin. FH 3 and AZ 87 are paved. FR 95 is graveled and suitable for passenger vehicles except during winter when it is closed.

6 months ago

This was my first ever backpacking trip. I hiked it out and back. This trail made for a great over-nigher to introduce me to backpacking and a new gear shakedown. The trail is well marked and with the use of Alltrails on my phone I never worried about getting lost. 1/2 way is a great meadow to camp at and there are several good places to filter water that is flowing. This was June 1st so I don't know how long into the summer the water will last, but currently there is plenty.

Sun Aug 12 2018

awsome views!!! lots of mud today!!!

Sun Oct 22 2017

So I went up there this weekend. I actually went to take some fall photos; I’m a bit of a photography buff. I did note that we were literally the only ones on the trail; my dad and I came across nobody else, unless you count the squirrels. The scenery is amazing, too, though I was a bit disappointed that most of the trees had already lost most of their leaves. I realize that the path isn’t clearly marked... In fact, I only found the trailhead through this app... Yet I think that makes the trail more private, like a hidden gem. Plus, with this app you really can’t get lost; just follow the bright red line.

Tue Sep 25 2012

My husband and I hiked this trail this past weekend. The trail itself would have been easy enough to follow, blazes marked the way and the footpath was very distinguishable. Lucky for us, it was also marked with orange flags the entire route for an upcoming trail run event, which made the task of staying on course very easy. However, on a few occasions, without those flags I can imagine it would be difficult to follow the trail, as it creeps in and out of some very dense forestry and tall grasses. The landscape was beautiful. You pass by Pinchot cabin and Pinchot Spring, both worth a picture or two. We used Houston Brothers trail to connect to General Crook trail where we camped for the night. The views along General Crook are breathtaking, right on the rim! From there we continued the loop up Fred Haught. It is also worth a note that we passed by two groups of hikers within the first 45 minutes of our hike. Both groups were returning to the trailhead. And from there we didn't encounter another human soul.

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