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Check Dam Trail #190, AZ

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Distance One Way 1.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,550 feet
Elevation Gain -440 feet
Accumulated Gain 107 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 2.26
Interest Seasonal Creek
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Location Oro Valley, AZ
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Sun  5:37am - 7:22pm
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🔥 2021 Telegraph Fire266.7 mi**
🔥 2017 Pinal Fire7.2k
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by PrestonSands

The Check Dam Trail #190 serves as a connector between the Sixshooter Trail #197 and the Tollroad Trail #200. It is one of several trails that criss-cross the northern foothills of the Pinal Mountains, south of Globe. The Check Dam Trail was named for the erosion control dams constructed in the area by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930's. There really isn't anything exciting about this trail, other than the views of the high Pinal Peaks above and a windmill. This trail could be used to create a loop hike by using the Tollroad #200, Una Del Oso #201, and Sixshooter #197 trails in conjunction with Forest Road #112. Two trailheads access the Check Dam Trail: Icehouse C.C.C. and Tollroad. Total mileage given includes the one mile round trip on the Sixshooter Trail to access the Check Dam Trail.

Starting at the Icehouse C.C.C. trailhead, begin following the Sixshooter Trail #197 southeast through the dense, shoulder high chaparral of the Pinal Mountain foothills. After about a half mile or so, you will come to the signed junction with the Check Dam Trail #190. The Check Dam Trail makes an immediate u-turn and begins heading north. The trail makes a gradual descent between walls of dense brush, and soon turns northeast. Numerous cowpies and possibly some actual cows will greet you along this stretch.

The trail soon bottoms out along Pinal Creek, among the sycamore and hackberry trees. There is a working windmill along the trail to your right in this area. The Check Dam Trail appears to dead end here at a dirt road, just past the windmill. Although this area is a little confusing, the trail does continue on from here. Look carefully for the cairn I built (33.33405 N, 110.78887 W) next to the road. The trail heads east from this point, paralleling and then crossing Pinal Creek. The Check Dam Trail now continues east, following a little dry wash up to a 4100 foot saddle.

Beyond the saddle, the trail drops down into the high desert and arrives at a junction (33.33370 N, 110.77915 W) with the Tollroad Trail #200 after about a quarter mile. Return the way you came, or turn onto the Tollroad Trail. If you turn left (north) onto trail #200, it is about 0.8 miles to the Tollroad Trailhead. If you turn right, it is 2 miles up to the Una Del Oso Trail where the possibility for the loop hike exists.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From the highway 60/highway 188 junction in Globe, head east on hwy 60 for 2.9 miles. Turn left onto Broad Street at the stoplight. Follow Broad Street for 1.1 miles, then turn right at the fork, where you will immediately cross railroad tracks and a bridge (this becomes Six-Shooter Road). Follow Sixshooter Road for 0.9 miles, then turn right onto Icehouse Canyon road. After 1.75 miles on Icehouse Canyon Road, Kellner Canyon Road splits to the right. Stay left, and follow the road another 2.55 miles to the Icehouse C.C.C. road on your left (4.3 miles total distance from Sixshooter Road). Turn left onto the Icehouse C.C.C. road, and follow it to the parking area at the end. The Sixshooter Trail #197 begins at the east side of the parking area.
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