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Telephone Trail #192 - Pinal, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Globe > Globe S
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 4.74 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,557 feet
Elevation Gain 2,159 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,292 feet
Avg Time One Way 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 12.38
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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25  2018-10-24
Pinal Mtns Fall Colors Loop
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19  2018-06-30
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9  2018-06-30
East Pinals Loop
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Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:55am - 5:20pm
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A good connection
by Fritzski

The Telephone Trail is one of a group of four main trails climbing the north slope of Mt. Pinal. The elevation and north facing slopes combine to create a surprisingly lush alpine microenvironment and some very enjoyable hikes. I believe the stands of Aspen near the top may be the closest to the Phoenix area to be found. If you can catch this area in autumn when the leaves are turning, it just doesn't get much better.


Although some old mine shafts still dot the area, it is noted mainly for its logging history. Many of the trails are remnants of old logging roads and ruins are numerous. The Telephone Trail is named after the fact that it transects the route of the power and telephone lines to the top of the mountain. Although these are now underground, there are signs that a series of old poles once held the wires.

The Telephone Trail works as a connecter between the Icehouse and Sixshooter trails, and like the others, tends to disguise a healthy workout with relaxing beauty. All of the trails generally start at the same 4500' elevation trailhead and finish near the top of the mountain at over 7500'. These trails are also popular with mountain bikers and from what I understand, best enjoyed as a one-way downhill via car shuttle.

One reason this area doesn't see more use is the lack of available resources describing the confusing network of roads and trails. As old as they obviously are, I'm not sure why these trails/old roads are not shown on the USGS topos. I've included (Official Fritzski Approved - there is no substitute!) trail and road maps that I hope will help the cause.

The Telephone Trail #192 leaves the west side of the large Icehouse CCC Recreation Site / trailhead. From the sign, proceed through some manzanita scrub and across a forest road for about .2mi to the signed Icehouse Tr/198 intersection. Remain straight on #192. From here to the Doghouse Spring area, the two trails diverge with the Telephone following the east side of the canyon offering some views of the Icehouse Tr. on the opposite side. Between the two, the Telephone offers superior scenery and a friendlier layout for the climb. The climb is a healthy one and begins up through wide tunnels of manzanita and then into shady forest where it begins to ease up.

At about two miles, the trail once again merges with the Icehouse/198 at Doghouse Spring. This is a beautiful little spot with a water filled hole in the middle of the trail and some old relics lying about. The two trails run together here for only about 200' where the Telephone quickly departs again up the east slope to connect over to the Sixshooter Trail. From the sign post head up the trail where it quickly doubles back to the north as it climbs the slope to the top of the ridge. Here the manzanita returns and the trail again doubles back at about 3 miles to essentially climb the spine of the ridge for a ways before heading along the west slope into Sixshooter Canyon. Be careful in spots to follow the most worn trail and look for small FS signs to help point the way. There are some maintenance roads for the underground power line that intersect in spots with this trail.

As you approach the bottom of Sixshooter Canyon the forest thickens from chaparral to shady pine. Just prior to the intersection with Sixshooter/197, look for some ruins on the right. These are the remains of an old sawmill. Also in the immediate area are an old spring and two old mine shafts just a few yards north on #197.

The Telephone Trail officially ends here, but leaves you with several options. There are two worth recommendation: You can continue up the Icehouse Trail just less than one "long & steep", but beautiful mile to the top at Ferndell Spring. Then on the way back down loop onto the beautiful cruising Sixshooter trail to the bottom.

Looking at the trail depictions, you can see that every trail offers an opportunity for several "loop" routes. Just use your imagination and enjoy!

Fritzski
  • Official Fritzski Road Access Map > Road Access Map Trails Map < Official Fritzski Trails Map
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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From Globe and turn right (south) on Hill St just past mile marker 251. There is a sign for Pinal Mountain Recreation Area. Follow the Recreation area signs. About 2.5 miles from town, Forest Service Road #112 (Icehouse Canyon Rd) intersects with Forest Service Road #222 (Sixshooter Canyon Road). From there, bear right on #112 (Icehouse Canyon Rd). Proceed about 5 miles to the CCC Recreation Area / Trailhead on the left side of the road. The last mile is unpaved, but graded and easily traveled by car.
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