Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

Biking - Indian Springs and West Fork

The West Fork Trail is a three-mile destination trail. The trailhead is located on Forest Road 68 1 1/4 miles south of the 249E and 68 road junction. This trail offers spectacular views along the rim of the West fork of the Black River with the trail ending at the river.

The Indian Springs Trail is a 7.5-mile loop with the trailhead located on Forest Road 249E. This trail passes through mixed conifer timber stands, opens up into grassy meadows, and utilizes a portion of the Old Apache Railroad Grade. A 1/2 mile diversion off of the main Indian Springs Trail takes you to the Big Lake Lookout. The lookout may be open for visitor tours during the summer.

You may also access the Indian Springs Trail using the trailhead parking lot for the West Fork Trail on road 68. Campers at Rainbow Campground can access a spur of the trail from Loop D near bathroom #8.

For a less arduous ride on the Indian Springs trail, go south from 249 E trailhead towards Spillman Springs. There are fewer inclines to climb going in this direction.

The Indian Springs Trail No. 627 and the West Fork Trail No. 628 are intended for use by hikers and mountain bikes only. We ask horseback riders and motorized vehicle users to utilize other trails and logging roads rather than the hiking/biking trails to avoid user conflicts and safety hazards.

These trails are not signed for fast riding. Fast riders may prefer to use existing logging roads in the Big Lake Area to avoid collisions with other trail users.

Published: 10 Oct 2009 | Last Updated: 9 Jun 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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