First time hiking in Joe's Pinal-A-Palooza death march.
Met a HAZ'er Grimey
-Dave (Great to meet you),
-Dave for the first time in a long time.
Hiked with Widowmaker
and finally got to hike in the same direction with rayhouston
After we got past Joe's shortcut and arrived a smidge late to the TH, we began Hiking a bit after 6:15.
The Telephone Trail #192
is not my favorite trail in the area. If you like a Loose, > Steep, Bulldozer cut, then this is the trail for you. I'm amazed the the power shovel will work on grades like that, without tipping over. ETA for completion the Pinal Mountain Cable Replacement, June 2016 (Just under 3 years total).
Splitting from the group, I led Dave
and boywithdogs over to the Pipeline Trail #193
and then the Middle Trail #202
to get to Pinal Peak. We spent a few minutes by the towers and then I wanted to show them the Rock Ladder.
Next it was the Ferndell Trail #204
to meet up with the rest of the gang. First time on this one and it was IMHO the more scenic way to get over to Six Shooter from the peak.
After stopping at Ferndell Spring to water the dogs and himself, Lee and Dave felt the need for speed and decided to run down Six Shooter #197
. Never Saw Dave again the rest of the day. Me on the other hand put the camera to work. The foliage was so thick at Ferndell Spring, it almost choked out the light
. There were a few larger pockets of extreme color, but next weekend should be prime.
I caught up to Joe, Ray, Larry and the Dave (Grimey) on the way down and then Lee at the parking area for some lunch.
Up Icehouse Canyon #198
was a slog until just after the Kellner intersection. That's when we got some much needed shade. The rest of the way up was under the canopy, with more pockets of vibrant color.
Down Kellner Canyon Trail #242
for the first time for me. It was unique from the other trails up there.
Spent a bit of time checking out the big Steel Wheel thingy, Steel plated boiler and some of the other artifacts up top. Great views with the fading sun on the way down and to the truck before dark.
Temps on the day ranged from 53 in the morning, to 92 (sun aided) starting after lunch, back down to 59 up top, to 68 when we finished.
Thanks for putting this together Senior Gumdrop and for driving.