User
Pass
help
Haunted Canyon #203, AZPrint Full | Basic
Directions
Description 145 Triplogs 7 Topics
RatedFavorite   Wish List Region
 
Mine
0
Friends
0
 Queen Valley - Northeast
Statistics
Difficulty 3.5    Route Finding
Distance One Way 8.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,160 feet
Elevation Gain 1,760 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,040 feet
Avg Time One Way 4 - 5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 15.7
Interest Perennial Creek
Author Fritzski
Descriptions 43
Routes 0
Photos 593
Trips 58 map ( 128 miles )
Age 61
Location Gilbert, AZ
Photos
Rated Viewed All Mine Friends
23  2014-12-11 jameslcox44
7  2014-11-22 bobsocha
15  2014-11-16 big_load
13  2014-10-30 PhilMW
25  2014-10-25
Haunted Canyon HAZoween H
The Eagle
30  2014-10-25
Haunted Canyon HAZoween H
Widowmaker
9  2014-10-25
Haunted Canyon HAZoween H
Lucyan
24  2014-10-25
Bull Basin Loop
friendofThunderg
15  2014-10-25
Haunted Canyon HAZoween H
chumley
26  2014-10-25
Haunted Canyon HAZoween H
skillpore
35  2014-10-25 tibber
28  2014-10-25
Haunted Canyon HAZoween H
tibber
Page 1,  2,  3,  4,  5,  6
Trailhead Forecast
Historical Weather
Radar
Forest Tonto
Wilderness Superstition
Backpack - Yes & Connecting
Seasons - Early Autumn to Late Spring
Official Route
 
Alternative Routes
 
Water
Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
direct air miles away to trailhead
3.0  Haunted Canyon West Trailhead to Saddle
3.4  Haunted Canyon from Top-of-the-World
3.5  Paradise Trail # 271
3.7  Pinto Peak Trail #213
3.7  Cuff Button Trail #276
3.8  Bull Basin Loop
[ View More! ]
Culture
     Benchmark
     Camp-fire
     Campsite
     Corral
     Ghost?
     Hammock
     Horseshoe
     Informational/Interpretive Tra
     Old Glory
     Summit Register Log
     Trail Maintenance
     Wooden Dwelling
Space
Fauna
     Arizona Black Rattlesnake
     Canyon Tree Frog
     Gopher Snake
     Horned Lizard
     Oak Apple Gall Wasp
     Tarantula
     Two-tailed Swallowtail Butterf
     Western Diamondback Rattlesnak
Space
Flora
     Arizona Sycamore*
     Arizona White Oak
     Blue Dicks
     Bonker's Hedgehog Cactus
     Cane Cholla
     Doubting Mariposa Lily
     Fleabane
     Fremont Cottonwood*
     Gooding's Verbena
     Juniper
     Manzanita
     Mexican Gold Poppy
     New Mexico Locust*
     One-seed Juniper
     Poison Ivy*
   Red Barberry
     Smooth Yellow Violet
     Stemless Primrose
     Unidentified Flora
     Western Wallflower
     Wild Candytuft
     Yellow Columbine
Space

Some sugar for your feet!
by Fritzski

Mobile Version
Notice: Tony's Ranch is closed to visitors as directed by the United States Army Corp of Engineers.

Pure unadulterated pleasure. "I really can't say anything negative about it." This is what I'd classify as really great "date hike".

Haunted Canyon trail has both a lower and an upper trailhead connected by a dirt road. We went from the lower to the upper then rode our mountain bikes (pre positioned) back down the hill to finish.

The hike starts from a parking area just south of the metal bridge heading south on an old jeep trail along the creek. When you get to an old corral its time to turn west on the trail. As the trail follows the creek through Haunted Canyon, the serenity and beauty make you totally unaware of the steady gradual climb. There are a couple spots where you actually have to cross fallen log bridges to follow the trail. The trail is easy to follow with the exception of one spot. The canyon narrows at one point to two vertical rock walls. If there is water in the creek your choices are to either take of the shoes and wade or climb up to the right. This is tricky - don't climb up too high looking for an open route back down into the canyon - there isn't one. Just sheer cliff as far as you care to keep trying. Climb only about twelve feet then look closely for a spot where you can boulder back down next to some small pines.

Continue through the woods and you'll come to the intersection of Haunted Canyon trail as it turns north and a trail that continues straight for another half mile to Tony Cabin which is a wonderful spot for lunch. The cabin is very interesting as some campers store extra supplies here and there is a sign-in log inside. This is an extraordinarily beautiful little setting and please do your part to keep it that way.

To find Haunted Can. trail north, just return from the cabin but bear to your left. You will depart the creek on a rather strenuous climb which just adds a nice little conditioning aspect to the trip. As you pass the intersection with Paradise trail you will come to a surprising old cattle pond on the side of the hill. Not far after that you reach the top at close to 5000' and begin a descent to the upper trailhead.

This section seems a little bland after having become accustomed to the earlier beauty. I'm convinced that the "ultimate hike" would be Haunted Canyon to Paradise trail finishing at Miles trailhead. I did Paradise the week before and it was classic to say the least. Unless you happen to be a Lance Armstrong clone, the climb from Miles would most likely preclude the mountain bike aspect and you'd have to do a car shuttle. But on the other hand you could do it the other direction making it a mostly downhill hike if you wanted to ratchet up the pleasure meter even further for that significant other hiker.

One point I'd like to make. Apparently Magma Mining Co. wants to mine that area up to the Wilderness Area boundary. This would take basically all that portion of the trail up to the cabin and as described above that would include the entire "canyon" area and all the beauty. This would be a crime and please do your part to voice an opinion in this matter whenever possible.


-

One-Way Notice: This hike is listed as One-Way. When you hike several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.

Directions Preferred Months Oct Nov Mar Apr
Water / Source:Creek possible, bring plenty
Preferred Start7 AM Cell Phone SignalNo Sunrise7:23am Sunset5:19pm
Road / VehicleFR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay
Fees / Permit
None

Forest
Tonto Pass is a forest wide permit for recreational sites and campgrounds. Typically not for trailheads.

Directions
Print Version
To hike
From Superior head out east on US 60. Pass through the Queen Creek Tunnel and continue 10 miles to mile marker 239.4 Turn left onto this paved road that enters the Pinto Mine. Follow the paved road 2.8 miles and turn left onto FS 287. Go slow at the numerous intersections. Your goal is to figure out which are mine roads and which are public access. Public access signs are posted on most of the intersections. Some aren't exactly clear which way they are pointing. You will leave the private land of the Pinto Mine and crossover onto forest land. At about seven miles you turn left onto 287A. Follow FS 287A about 0.3 miles (unsure, need to recheck), turn right and follow down to the lower trailhead.
Login for Mapped Driving Directions
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
Member driven since 1996!     Support or

HAZ was created for the love of hiking. Donations keep it online and fund development for future generations.
enjoy life, be careful & be kind
About Books FAQ Go Mobile Shop © 2014 HAZ