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Horseshoe Cienega, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Distance One Way 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 8,163 feet
Elevation Gain 50 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 1.17
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26  2013-01-02
White Mountains Winter 2013
Randal_Schulhaus
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author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
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Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
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Preferred   Sep, May, Aug, Jun
Sun  6:06am - 6:17pm
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Overview: Located west of Greer, Horseshoe Cienega Lake is accessed via Highway 260 and is at an elevation of 8,000 feet. There are several family camp units available. There is safe drinking water along with fishing and boating activities. The managed Season is April to November. A store and boat rentals are available in season. Trailers are accommodated. Stays are limited to 10 days. Horseshoe Cienega Lake has areas for the physically challenged to fish and enjoy their vacation. This is a fee area and permits are required from the White Mountain Apache Tribe.


Horseshoe Cienega Lake is 121 acres at and elevation of 8,100 ft, located 18 miles east of Pinetop off Arizona 260. The lake is visible from the highway. This horseshoe shaped "cienega"; or meadow was transformed into a lake in the mid-1960s. It has become one of the most popular reservation fishing lakes and has given up the state record for brown trout at 16 lbs. 7 oz.

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    Horseshoe Cienega
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    White Mountains Winter 2013
    White Mountains Winter 2013


    I needed to feel some snow beneath my feet - so having heard from my neighbors Terry and Giselle about their New Year's trek to Sunrise Ski Park (check out => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1307 ), I thought a couple of days in the White Mountains would be "just the ticket". I couldn't take advantage of my Marriott Rewards or Priority Club Rewards booking a hotel since none of their hotels in the vicinity of the White Mountains are "pet friendly". Luckily the Best Western in Eagar AZ will accept dogs in the room, so we had our base camp.

    Wednesday 1/2 - Arrived in the White Mountains late morning via Hwy 260 with our first stop near Sunrise Ski Park and FR112 and the Railroad Grade Trail #601 (see => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=15451 ). Lots of snow fun on the slopes of the Railroad Grade. FR117 was unplowed so our afternoon plans to explore Green's Peak and the Four Knolls (see => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=792 ) were thwarted. Our back-up plan was to explore trails near the village of Greer. Mini-hikes on West Fork Trail #94 and Butler Canyon Trail #98 (see => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=784 and http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=2250 ) and exploring some real estate poking around the village. You can see the scarred forest and how close it came to torching all of Greer from last summer's Wallow Fire (see => http://wildfiretoday.com/2011/06/09/wal ... r-arizona/ and http://hikearizona.com/map.php?QX=769 ). We ended the day with a sunset hike of the G&F Grasslands (see => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=963 ). Grasslands lived up to the hype for surefire wildlife encounters as we met up with a herd of mule deer.

    Thursday 1/3 - After a frigid night, arrived at the South Fork Trail #97 (see => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=602 ) trail head with my truck thermometer indicating 19degF (neglected to get photo evidence, but did capture the noon time temperature of 23degF). We hiked the 3 miles to the bridge with the dogs enjoying the snow. Once again scars from the Wallow Fire could be seen along the hiking route. Next up was Pole Knoll (see => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=802 ). Hiking was challenging post-holing your route beside the set track for cross country skiing. I was very impressed with the skiing conditions at Pole Knoll - makes me want to break out my skis! We Wrapped up our White Mountain tour with some photo ops at Horseshoe Cienega (see => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=17512 ) and Los Burros (see => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=603 ). We had a late day dinner in Show Low and returned home via Hwy 60.
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    • Some areas are closed to access from Labor Day to April 1st, read about it in the link provided below.
    • Permits, closures and regulations at White Mountain Apache Tribe < Cibecue, Black River, Salt River, etc.
    Sunrise Park Resort


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    Travel about 18 miles east on Hwy 260 and look for the sign "Horseshoe Cienega" on the south side of the highway. The double-track will take you about a mile south towards the dam and Horseshoe Cienega Lake.
    page created by Randal_Schulhauser on Jan 03 2013 6:46 pm
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