Passage #29 - Mormon Lake

Old railroad bed north of Mormon Lake Location:  Gooseberry Springs Trailhead to Mayflower Spring

Length:  14.8 miles

Southern Trailhead:  Gooseberry Springs Trailhead
- GPS Coordinates:  34.82130° N, 111.43177° W
- Access: From the turnoff leading from Forest Highway 3 to Mormon Lake Village, continue south on Forest Highway 3 for approximately 5 miles and then turn left onto a prominent road (FR 92) on the south side of an open meadow, and drive 0.25 miles to a sharp left turn in the road; the trailhead and a steel AZT sign are on your right. You can also reach this point from AZ 87 by driving north on Forest Highway 3.

Northern Access Point:  Mayflower Spring
- GPS Coordinates:  34.96637° N, 111.48621° W
- Access: From Flagstaff, take the Lake Mary Road exit (339) off I-17 for ~20 miles, then turn right (west) on Mormon Lake Road (Highway 90). Follow this about 3 miles to an unmarked turnoff on the right. This two-track dirt road leads to Mayflower Spring (~0.4 miles).

Trail Route Description:  From Gooseberry Springs Trailhead on FR 92 the trail crosses a meadow and a wooded area and then reaches Highway 3. After crossing the highway, and passing through a gate in the fence that parallels the highway, the trail follows the route of an old railroad bed. It leaves the railroad and crosses FR 91 and then heads north-northeast until it reaches Railroad Spring. At this point the route follows a road for about a mile and then becomes a trail again. It crosses FR 219 and then FR 219A, and then passes near Navajo Spring. From here the trail heads north and west, passes Wallace Spring, crosses FR 90H and then contours over to Double Springs Campground. The trail climbs up to FR 240 and then turns east. It circles back around to the west and passes above Dairy Springs Campground, crosses several forest roads and then comes to the end of the passsage at Mayflower Spring.

Difficulty:  Moderate

Season(s):  Spring, Summer and Fall (current weather forecast)

Water:  Water can usually be found at Double Springs and Dairy Springs Campgrounds, and at some of the stock tanks along the route. There is seasonal water at Navajo Spring and in some of the drainages the trail crosses.


  • All water along this passage should be purified prior to use.


  • USGS Topographic Maps: Hutch Mountain and Mormon Lake.
  • Coconino National Forest - Visitors Guide.
  • Coconino National Forest - Recreational Opportunity Guide.
  • Coconino National Forest map.
  • BLM Information Center maps.

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