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Haunted Canyon #203, AZ
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Description 154 Triplogs  8 Topics
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 Queen Valley - Northeast
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Difficulty 3.5 of 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 62
Location Gilbert, AZ
Viewed All Mine Following
8  2016-06-26 JuanJaimeiii
3  2016-03-06
Bull Basin Loop
10  2015-12-19 wallyfrack
6  2015-10-31
Bull Basin 270 - Kennedy Spring - Paradise 271
12  2015-10-31
Tonys Haunted Bull Eyes Paradise
7  2015-10-31
Bull Basin 270 - Kennedy Spring - Paradise 271
8  2015-09-17 Travis
12  2015-05-03 JuanJaimeiii
5  2015-04-25
Tony's Backyard
25  2015-03-20
Miles Ranch
18  2015-02-27 Carioca43
29  2015-02-21 OdinWiski
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Trailhead Forecast
Forest Tonto
Wilderness Superstition
Backpack   Yes & Connecting
Preferred   Oct, Nov, Mar, Apr → 7 AM
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  5:16am - 7:38pm
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Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
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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
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     Old Glory
     Summit Register Log
     Trail Maintenance
     Wooden Dwelling
     Arizona Black Rattlesnake
     Canyon Tree Frog
     Gopher Snake
     Horned Lizard
     Oak Apple Gall Wasp
     Two-tailed Swallowtail Butterf
     Western Diamondback Rattlesnak
     Arizona Sycamore*
     Arizona White Oak
     Blue Dicks
     Bonker's Hedgehog Cactus
     Cane Cholla
     Doubting Mariposa Lily
     Fremont Cottonwood*
     Gooding's Verbena
     Mexican Gold Poppy
     New Mexico Locust*
     One-seed Juniper
     Poison Ivy*
   Red Barberry
     Smooth Yellow Violet
     Stemless Primrose
   Turpentine bush*
     Western Wallflower
     Wild Candytuft
     Yellow Columbine
Some sugar for your feet!
by Fritzski

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.

© 2001 - 2016


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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    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.
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
    stay out of the scorching sun
    prehydrate & stay hydrated
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