This is my favorite Sierra Ancha Wilderness
hike of the Tonto National Forest published thirteen "official" trails in this wilderness. I wanted to introduce Jack to this area before his end of the month departure back to his primary home in Minnesota for the upcoming summer months.
After our two hour and forty-five minute, ~95 mile scenic drive up from Apache Junction with a short stop on FR487 at Workman's Creek Falls and again on FR487A at our TH parking location at the historic Murphy Ranch complex with its large apple orchard for some photo ops, we began our hike in on the Murphy Ranch Trail#141 at around 10am.
This recommended day hike or backpack is all about the destination views at hike end- at the upper Pueblo Canyon Bluff Overlook points and requires some initial patience and tolerance on Trail#141 to endure the first 1.2 miles in on this less scenic, mostly burned-out area with thorny on trail New Mexico Locust plants. This short 1.2 mile Trail#141 also descends from a hike highpoint start at 7250ft to 6574ft (-676ft), so immediately you know that if you are not planning a loop hike back, that your hike out last 1.2 miles (+676ft) will again be on this Murphy Ranch Trail#141
Once on connecting Rim Trail#139 the scenery and as of this trip, a mostly clear trail with little downfall, nice oaks, junipers, cedars, and some pines makes up for what Trail#141 lacks. Once you reach Rim Trail#139 end at the trail sign junction for perennial "Edward Spring seep & Pueblo Canyon".. http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=254401
, whatever you might not have enjoyed on this hike destination approach will soon have less significance
Thanks Jack for joining me on this one, for driving us from AJ, and for your always enjoyable company..and to end our day, my first time for Mexican in Superior at the popular..