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Notice: Tony's Ranch is closed to visitors as directed by the United States Army Corp of Engineers.

Pure unadulterated pleasure. "I really can't say anything negative about it." This is what I'd classify as really great "date hike".

Haunted Canyon trail has both a lower and an upper trailhead connected by a dirt road. We went from the lower to the upper then rode our mountain bikes (pre positioned) back down the hill to finish.


The hike starts from a parking area just south of the metal bridge heading south on an old jeep trail along the creek. When you get to an old corral its time to turn west on the trail. As the trail follows the creek through Haunted Canyon, the serenity and beauty make you totally unaware of the steady gradual climb. There are a couple spots where you actually have to cross fallen log bridges to follow the trail. The trail is easy to follow with the exception of one spot. The canyon narrows at one point to two vertical rock walls. If there is water in the creek your choices are to either take of the shoes and wade or climb up to the right. This is tricky - don't climb up too high looking for an open route back down into the canyon - there isn't one. Just sheer cliff as far as you care to keep trying. Climb only about twelve feet then look closely for a spot where you can boulder back down next to some small pines.

Continue through the woods and you'll come to the intersection of Haunted Canyon trail as it turns north and a trail that continues straight for another half mile to Tony Cabin which is a wonderful spot for lunch. The cabin is very interesting as some campers store extra supplies here and there is a sign-in log inside. This is an extraordinarily beautiful little setting and please do your part to keep it that way.

To find Haunted Can. trail north, just return from the cabin but bear to your left. You will depart the creek on a rather strenuous climb which just adds a nice little conditioning aspect to the trip. As you pass the intersection with Paradise trail you will come to a surprising old cattle pond on the side of the hill. Not far after that you reach the top at close to 5000' and begin a descent to the upper trailhead.

This section seems a little bland after having become accustomed to the earlier beauty. I'm convinced that the "ultimate hike" would be Haunted Canyon to Paradise trail finishing at Miles trailhead. I did Paradise the week before and it was classic to say the least. Unless you happen to be a Lance Armstrong clone, the climb from Miles would most likely preclude the mountain bike aspect and you'd have to do a car shuttle. But on the other hand you could do it the other direction making it a mostly downhill hike if you wanted to ratchet up the pleasure meter even further for that significant other hiker.

One point I'd like to make. Apparently Magma Mining Co. wants to mine that area up to the Wilderness Area boundary. This would take basically all that portion of the trail up to the cabin and as described above that would include the entire "canyon" area and all the beauty. This would be a crime and please do your part to voice an opinion in this matter whenever possible.

Description 171 Triplogs  8 Topics
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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding ?
Distance One Way 8.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,160 feet
Elevation Gain 1,760 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,040 feet
Avg Time One Way 4 - 5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 15.7
Interest Perennial Creek
Author Fritzski
Descriptions 43
Routes 0
Photos 597
Trips 59 map ( 132 miles )
Age 63
Location Gilbert, AZ
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Preferred   Oct, Nov, Mar, Apr → 7 AM
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  5:20am - 7:21pm
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Water
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3.0 mi away
2.8 mi
918 ft
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3.4 mi away
7.7 mi
2,403 ft
Paradise Trail # 271
3.5 mi away
2.7 mi
1,509 ft
Pinto Peak Trail #213
3.7 mi away
4.8 mi
1,283 ft
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3.7 mi away
7.0 mi
1,969 ft
Bull Basin Loop
3.8 mi away
10.0 mi
2,812 ft
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Fauna
Arizona Black Rattlesnake
Arizona Sister Butterfly
Canyon Tree Frog
Gopher Snake
Horned Lizard
Oak Apple Gall Wasp
Tarantula
Two-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly
Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
Flora
Arizona Cypress
Arizona Penstemon
Arizona Sycamore
Arizona White Oak
Barrel Cactus
Blue Dicks
Bonker's Hedgehog Cactus
Buckhorn Cholla
Cane Cholla
Desert Globemallow
Doubting Mariposa Lily
Fleabane
Fremont Cottonwood
Gooding's Verbena
Juniper
Manzanita
Mexican Gold Poppy
New Mexico Locust
One-seed Juniper
Poison Ivy
Red Barberry
Smooth Yellow Violet
Stemless Primrose
Turpentine bush
Unidentified Flora
Western Wallflower
Wild Candytuft
Yellow Columbine
Meteorology
Autumn - Color Foliage
Forecast
Inversion Layer
Named place
Dirt Tank - Haunted Canyon
Fifty Dollar Spring
Government Hill
Grapevine Spring
Haunted Canyon
Javelina Spring
Pinto Creek
Powers Gulch
Superstition Wilderness - East
Tony Lopez Ranch
Tony Ranch
Tony Ranch Spring
West Fork Pinto Creek
Wood Creek
Wood Creek Spring
Culture
Benchmark
Cactuscat Pose
Camp-fire
Campsite
Corral
Ghost?
Hammock
HAZ - Hike HAZard
HAZ - Selfie
Horseshoe
Informational/Interpretive Trail Sign
Old Glory
Summit Register Log
Trail Maintenance
Wooden Dwelling
Some sugar for your feet!
by Fritzski

Notice: Tony's Ranch is closed to visitors as directed by the United States Army Corp of Engineers.

Pure unadulterated pleasure. "I really can't say anything negative about it." This is what I'd classify as really great "date hike".

Haunted Canyon trail has both a lower and an upper trailhead connected by a dirt road. We went from the lower to the upper then rode our mountain bikes (pre positioned) back down the hill to finish.


The hike starts from a parking area just south of the metal bridge heading south on an old jeep trail along the creek. When you get to an old corral its time to turn west on the trail. As the trail follows the creek through Haunted Canyon, the serenity and beauty make you totally unaware of the steady gradual climb. There are a couple spots where you actually have to cross fallen log bridges to follow the trail. The trail is easy to follow with the exception of one spot. The canyon narrows at one point to two vertical rock walls. If there is water in the creek your choices are to either take of the shoes and wade or climb up to the right. This is tricky - don't climb up too high looking for an open route back down into the canyon - there isn't one. Just sheer cliff as far as you care to keep trying. Climb only about twelve feet then look closely for a spot where you can boulder back down next to some small pines.

Continue through the woods and you'll come to the intersection of Haunted Canyon trail as it turns north and a trail that continues straight for another half mile to Tony Cabin which is a wonderful spot for lunch. The cabin is very interesting as some campers store extra supplies here and there is a sign-in log inside. This is an extraordinarily beautiful little setting and please do your part to keep it that way.

To find Haunted Can. trail north, just return from the cabin but bear to your left. You will depart the creek on a rather strenuous climb which just adds a nice little conditioning aspect to the trip. As you pass the intersection with Paradise trail you will come to a surprising old cattle pond on the side of the hill. Not far after that you reach the top at close to 5000' and begin a descent to the upper trailhead.

This section seems a little bland after having become accustomed to the earlier beauty. I'm convinced that the "ultimate hike" would be Haunted Canyon to Paradise trail finishing at Miles trailhead. I did Paradise the week before and it was classic to say the least. Unless you happen to be a Lance Armstrong clone, the climb from Miles would most likely preclude the mountain bike aspect and you'd have to do a car shuttle. But on the other hand you could do it the other direction making it a mostly downhill hike if you wanted to ratchet up the pleasure meter even further for that significant other hiker.

One point I'd like to make. Apparently Magma Mining Co. wants to mine that area up to the Wilderness Area boundary. This would take basically all that portion of the trail up to the cabin and as described above that would include the entire "canyon" area and all the beauty. This would be a crime and please do your part to voice an opinion in this matter whenever possible.

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    Directions
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    To hike
    From Superior head out east on US 60. Pass through the Queen Creek Tunnel and continue 10 miles to mile marker 239.4 Turn left onto this paved road that enters the Pinto Mine. Follow the paved road 2.8 miles and turn left onto FS 287. Go slow at the numerous intersections. Your goal is to figure out which are mine roads and which are public access. Public access signs are posted on most of the intersections. Some aren't exactly clear which way they are pointing. You will leave the private land of the Pinto Mine and crossover onto forest land. At about seven miles you turn left onto 287A. Follow FS 287A about 0.3 miles (unsure, need to recheck), turn right and follow down to the lower trailhead.
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