After 3 previous hikes on the upper end of this trail, I decided I should check out the entire thing. I took a vacation day and headed up Graham for a late season visit to this massive sky island. I took my brush clippers along and gave this trail some much needed maintenance. Finding the creek crossing was the only real challenge on the hike. Located it, marked it, and continued on. I was able to follow the trail out to the ridge, where Erik Molvar's Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country
says the trail becomes a "map and compass" route. The book, which was written before the Nuttall Fire, says that the route down the ridge is extremely faint. My findings: the 2004 Nuttall Fire destroyed whatever remained of the trail on the ridge. Painful bushwhacking yielded nothing. If this trail were ever to be rebuilt, it would be a pretty sweet hike. The return trip went alot faster, and I got out before dark. Which was fine with me. I've always had an unsettled feeling during my previous hikes here. I don't know how to describe it other than this place has a "haunted" type feel to it.
But that just adds character to this trail.