This turned out to be a very nice hike, even if a bit longer than I figured. We started out on the Toll Road Trail, which starts in a wash off of FR138 and quickly leaves. A downed sign is in the wash indicated to follow the trail out. At about a mile in, there was a fork in the trail. The cairns indicated to go left, but the right one looked like more of a trail, but it climbed very quickly along a ridge. We got a few hundred yards in and I noticed on my GPS that we were veering farther and farther off the trail. I decided to that we should go back before we got too far along. We made our way back down and followed the lower trail, following the bottom of the canyon, gradually regaining that elevation. Once we got up again, we noticed a trail junction coming in from the right again. Maybe this is the trail that follows the ridge, maybe not.
Once we got up into the tree cover, we spotted 2 deer running up the other side of the canyon wall. A little after the junction for the first trail spur that takes you to FR112, we descended into a wash and lost the trail temporarily. After making our way a few hundred yards up the center of a very narrow section of the wash, it finally widened out a bit and I was able to make my way out to relocate the trail. A little further on we found some kind of shelter made out of logs.
The switchback section of the East Mt. Trail is a bit off from where my GPS mapping shows it, but it was fairly easy to follow. Some sections this area require some route finding due to the damage caused by the recent fire, but it's really not too bad. In fact, it appears that the fire for the most part cleared out some brush that would have otherwise made the hike a little rougher. As the trail ascended the ridge, the views to the east were great. We spotted some bear tracks and several deer tracks up there, also.
After a not-so-quick lunch, we descended down to FR112, taking it down to its junction with Sixshooter, then to the Check Dam, Toll Road, and back to the car. There is also some more route finding required at the windmill on the Check Dam Trail. At this point heading east, go thru the gate and then immediately look right for the faint trail. It picks up as you move along. If you go straight on the road and get to the dam, you've gone too far. The junction of the Check Dam and Toll Road Trails is also somewhat vague and not necessarily in agreement with what the marker sign says the Toll Road Trail is. Having my GPS track of where we were hours earlier helped in locating the Toll Road.
We were surprised to see as much green as we did on the trees, but there was some color. The weather was pretty much perfect, not too hot and very clear, making for excellent pictures. I'm going with johnr1's mileage, since we had 3 GPS's with 4 different mileage readings. 18.2 miles certainly feels like what we did.