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Pinery Horsefall Trail #336, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Distance One Way 2.75 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,974 feet
Elevation Gain 1,122 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,197 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 6.74
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
2  2016-05-28
Pinery Canyon Campout Walkabout
8  2013-05-25
Pinery Horsefall/Horsefall Cyn Shuttle
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Jhus Horse Saddle Trail #252 & Pinery Horsefall Trail #336 form an east-west route that leads up and over the crest of the north Chiricahuas. The area they lead through is one that has been the center of quite a bit of mining and cattle ranching activity. The mines have closed down, leaving behind a few old roads and some rusting relics. The cattle ranches are still operational.

Both of these trails are also outside the boundary of the Chiricahua Wilderness. The area they pass through is quite remote, nevertheless, and a traveler along them will most likely encounter fewer people here than on many of the Wilderness trails.

Pinery-Horsefall Trail traverses a variety of settings from a sycamore shaded riparian area in Pinery Canyon (good birdwatching here), up and over a dry, juniper-dotted ridgetop to a grassy canyon sprinkled with Apache pine and big walnut trees. This second canyon is named Horsefall and the trail stays with it through stands of Douglas-fir and Gambel oak as it climbs to Jhus-Horse Saddle.

Jhus-Horse Saddle Trail approaches this same saddle from the east. It starts in an area of abandoned mines and old mining roads and climbs through chaparral and a few drainages to the saddle. This trail can be hard to find and hot, too, on a sunny day. The road (FR 341) that leads to it can be a bit of an adventure in its own right.

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Pinery Horsefall Trail #336
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Pinery Horsefall/Horsefall Cyn Shuttle
I was looking for a warmup hike for us to do prior to Silver Peak on Sunday, and I noticed this trail on the map just up the road from our planned campsite. No HAZ triplogs and no update on the Forest Service site as to post-Horseshoe 2 conditions, but we decided to go for it anyway. After driving down from Tucson, setting up camp and visiting a bit with our weekend companions, we drove up the road and set off.

The lower part of the trail follows Pinery Creek, which was wet in spots and Yellow Monkey Flowers abounded. The trail was good and easy to follow despite an evident lack of use once we were past the first quarter mile or so. A majority of the area covered by this trail burned in the Horseshoe 2 fire, but deadfall has been cleared from the trail and we saw signs of tread repair in a few spots.

We made our way up and over the Ridge into Horsefall Canyon and paused for a quick stop to check out Iron Spring before heading up the rest of the way to Jhus Horse Saddle, our turnaround point for the hike. We thought briefly about continuing on along the Shaw Peak Trail to Shaw Peak, but decided to save ourselves for Sunday. Before we headed down, we spotted a couple pallets of barbed wire fencing that had been helicopter dropped into the saddle, apparently for repairs remaining to be done.

As we headed down, I proposed an alternate return route, following Horsefall Canyon all the way out to North Fork. It looked on the map like there was one steep section so we weren't sure if we'd cliff out or not but we decided to give it a go. We did hit a couple spots where we encountered small drops that we decided to traverse around (they were probably butt-slideable but cindyl bruises easily :( ). After the canyon widened out, we soon found ourselves at Monkey Tank, where we picked up FR 709 for an easy walk out the rest of the way to Headquarters Windmill. From there it was just a bit further down FR 356 back to our camp near the junction of FR 356 and FR 42. I caught a RZR ride back up to get the the truck while cindyl got started on her post-hike beverage and then we had dinner and a nice evening with friends back in camp.

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From Tucson, take I-10 east 81 miles. Turn right (south) on AZ 186 and continue for 23 miles. Turn left (east) on AZ 181 toward Chiricahua National Monument and drive 4 miles, then turn right (south) on FR 42. Continue up Pinery Canyon 6 miles to Pinery-Horsefall Trail. The Jhus-Horse Saddle Trail is located at the end of FR 341 (4-wheel drive) off of East Whitetail Canyon. Forest Road 42 is a gravel road suitable for passenger vehicles. This road is open April through November. The road is not plowed and is usually closed following snowstorms. This road is rough and dusty and may be muddy and slick after a rain.
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