Indian Springs Trail to Big Lake Lookout

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Apache Sitgreaves National Forest

Indian Springs Trail to Big Lake Lookout is a 2.1 mile out and back trail located near Eagar, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 367 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash


mountain biking


Directions from Big Lake: The trailhead is southeast of Big Lake, on the south side of Forest Road 249E.

27 days ago

The trail takes you through a large burn area with quite a few dead and downed trees. What is pretty, however, is the contrast between the burned trees and the extensive new growth of aspen trees. At the end of the trail is a scenic view which is quite nice.

8 months ago

Beautiful hike.

9 months ago

Trail begins easily and climbs hard near the top. Beautiful forest the entire trip with a great panora view at the top. Well worth the effort

10 months ago

Nice short hike although the lookout is accessible by road the hike is nice.

off trail
11 months ago

Enjoyed very much....scenic....

nature trips
Tue Sep 18 2018

Nice trail for most of the way up. Fallen trees on trail were a challenge. The view from the top is beautiful.

Sat Aug 04 2018

Hiking this in the summer on a wet yr has the bonus of lots of wild red raspberries along the trail up to the lookout. There were quite a few large blowdowns along the trail up to the lookout that were a pain. Also, there is a road that circles around up to the lookout that people can drive. .

Mon Jul 04 2016

Nice hike to Big Lake Lookout. Only hiked about a mile past the lookout on the trail -- lots of deadfall and snags. I remember this being a beautiful, lushly forested trail about 10 years ago. Encouraging to see all the new growth Aspen and sad to see the devastation from the Wallow Fire.

Mon Aug 11 2014

Hiked the loop in about 3 hours, 30 minutes. For half the trail, you are walking through fire damaged land - lots of baby aspen trees about head height now. Good to see the land recovering but it will be years before it is what it used to be.

12 days ago

Wed Aug 15 2018

Sat Nov 14 2015