|Hiking||10.40 Miles|| 4 Hrs 30 Mns || ||2.31 mph|
|3,388 ft AEG|| || || |
With the day off from work, I decided it was finally time to do ol' Kellner.
Parking at the top of the Icehouse Canyon Trail, I began my hike by descending Icehouse. Strangely, the aspens had only just begun to change color. Most of the maples were yellow; reds were rare. I spooked what I thought was a bear, but it turned out to be the first of many cows along the hike.
Reaching the lower end of the Kellner Canyon Trail, I turned and followed it up. The first mile of Kellner was a bit dull, but once the trail hit the ridge line, pines appeared, and nice views opened up of the surrounding canyons and mountains. Pines and firs dominated as the trail approached Kellner Canyon. The old sawmill site was interesting, and I was treated to a few red maples between there and Forest Road 651.
I arrived at FR 651 at sunset, and followed it east. Passing the Icehouse trailhead, I did a side hike up to the top of Signal Peak, where I watched the horizon transition from a deep orange to distant city lights in the howling wind. I put on my headlamp, and returned to my truck after dark.
Not counting the abandoned Bobtail Ridge and Mills Ridge trails, I have now hiked every trail in the Pinals. I didn't see even one hiker out today. It was a great day and a great hike!
||Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
|"I don't believe I'm where I'm going, not by many a mile." -Tom T. Hall|