|Hiking||5.25 Miles|| || |
|3,560 ft AEG|| || || |
Met Jason (jtaylor) and John (Chapman) in Globe. This was Jason's first trip to the Pinals. We left one truck where Sixshooter Trail crosses FR 112, then drove up Pinal Peak. After a photo stop at the top of the Icehouse Canyon Trail, it was time to hike. We took the Middle Trail to the top of Sixshooter Trail, then headed down Sixshooter. The maples were on fire! The whole first mile was a continuous series of photo stops. We stopped to explore the sawmill site and took a break before continuing on. After a long level stretch, the vegetation changed from fir and maple to pine and oak, and the trail descended to the bottom of Sixshooter Canyon. The maples returned in force and I lagged behind taking photo after photo. In an effort to catch up to John and Jason, I started running down the trail. I made great time until I caught a rock and went trail surfing in slow motion. I landed face down on the mountain side with my right hand clutching onto the edge of the trail, and my left hand holding my camera-topped tripod in the air like a torch. I got cut up pretty good but I was relieved that my camera sustained no serious damage. I caught up with the guys, cleaned up a little, and we were off again. We soon got back to John's truck, then drove back up the peak again to get my truck. Then it was time for Dunch (lunch/dinner): Chalo's mexican restaurant in Globe. A local favorite with good food and good prices.
It was great to finally hike the entire Sixshooter Trail. I would rate this trail a 6 if I could!
|"I don't believe I'm where I'm going, not by many a mile." -Tom T. Hall|