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    Hart Prairie Loop Trail

    Difficulty
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    Hard
    Duration
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    5.5-7.5h
    Distance
    This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
    23.5 km
    Elevation
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    434 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Hart Prairie Loop is definitely an underappreciated hike. With views like this, it’s a wonder it sees such light traffic. Give this adventurous hike a go and you’ll find the climbing and distance is worth it for the mountain views and blissfully calm aspen forest. It can be used by hikers and mountain bikers alike. This is a hard 23.5 km hike that you can expect light traffic on.

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    Route Description for Hart Prairie Loop Trail

    The Hart Prairie Loop is a special hike with fabulous views. The real perk is that you likely won’t share this route with many others as it’s a very lightly trafficked trail. This hike travels near the mighty mountains of the Kachina Peaks Wilderness, passing through beautiful aspen forests (at their best in autumn) and clearings with excellent mountain views.

    This route is a long one, so bring lots of water. Dress in layers and consider poles. If you’re hiking in shoulder season, microspikes could come in handy.

    From the trailhead, take Hart Prairie Road towards Fern Mountain. Skirt the base of the mountain, then take a left off the road to pick up the trail. Just after the tank, go left again to take Arizona Trail-San Francisco Peaks. This will lead you beside the San Francisco Peaks and back towards the trailhead, leading you down switchbacks and then east back to the starting point.

    Getting to the Hart Prairie Loop Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Hart Prairie Loop Trail is on Hart Prairie Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      No

    • When to do

      March-November

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      No

    • Route Signage

      Average

    • Crowd Levels

      Low

    • Route Type

      Loop

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