Overview: This scenic and easy to follow trail with quick TH access located in-between the east boundary of the Salome Wilderness and the west boundary of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness offers great views as it makes it way up to McFadden Peak-with a 360 view of the surrounding areas, and with an active fire tower that was built in 1968 and is listed in the AZ historical record. With seasonal creeks, a "huge blackberry patch" along the right side of the trail bordering seasonal McFadden Creek(only ~.25mls in from the Circle Ranch TH), and a private ranch along the way, this trail and hike is a great way to spend a summer or autumn day between 5250' and a high point of 7135'.
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.
FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry
To hike From Phoenix: Take Hwy 60E to Globe; In Globe turn Left on Hwy 188/88; Continue on 188/88 to intersection of Young Hwy 288; Turn Right on 288 and continue for approx 26+ miles "past" MP286.4 intersection at Reynolds Creek Rd FR410; Continue approx .5mls further up Hwy 288 and look for the Circle Ranch TH sign on the Right side of Hwy 288; Turn Left here on signed but easy to miss unmaintained dirt road FR3781; The Circle Ranch TH parking is approx .25mls further down this FR3781 at the beginning start of signed McFadden Park TR#55;