- Gooseberry Springs Trailhead to Mayflower Spring
- 14.8 miles
Southern Trailhead: Gooseberry Springs Trailhead
- GPS Coordinates: 34.82130° N, 111.43177° W
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
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
Passage 29 continues north through Coconino National Forest and traverses along the Colorado Plateau. This section has little to no elevation gain or loss, is relatively easy, and crosses beautiful, open meadows beside aspen and pine forests. Fallen pine needles often cover the trail, creating a soft tread and a nice break from the rocky and rugged sections further south.
Starting from the Gooseberry Springs Trailhead, the trail crosses several dirt roads, follows the route of an old railroad bed, and traverses along the west side of Mormon Lake. Mormon Lake Lodge is one mile away via the Navajo Spring Trail.
- Spring, Summer and Fall
- Current weather forecast
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. Check the online Arizona Trail Water Report for current information at https://aztrail.org/explore/water-sources/.
- All water along this passage should be purified prior to use.
- Map of Passage 29
- 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.
For more information
- The Passage Steward
- Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff Ranger District, 5075 N. Hwy 89, Flagstaff, AZ 86004 (928) 526-0866.
- BLM Information Center (602) 417-9300.