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Haunted Canyon #203, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Distance One Way 8.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,160 feet
Elevation Gain 1,760 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,040 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 15.7
Interest Perennial Creek
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Haunted-Paradise Loop
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Bull Basin Trail #270 - Superstitions
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Author Fritzski
author avatar Guides 43
Routes 0
Photos 597
Trips 59 map ( 132 miles )
Age 68 Male Gender
Location Gilbert, AZ
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Preferred   Oct, Nov, Mar, Apr → 7 AM
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  5:32am - 7:28pm
Official Route
22 Alternative
Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 Peachville 200522.7 mi*
🔥 2021 Telegraph Fire266.7 mi**
🔥 2019 Woodbury Fire123.8k
🔥 2005 Peachville Fire9k
🔥 2005 Peachville20.2 mi*
🔥 View All over Official Route 🔥
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**possible voids inflate figure

Warning the 2019 Woodbury Fire & 2020 Sawtooth Fire damaged a majority of the Superstition Wilderness.
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by Fritzski

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

Pure unadulterated pleasure. "I really can't say anything negative about it." This is what I'd classify as a 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 unaware of the steady, gradual climb. There are a couple of spots where you have to cross fallen log bridges to follow the trail. The trail is easy to follow, except for one spot. The canyon narrows at one point to two vertical rock walls. If there is water in the creek, your choices are either taking off the shoes and wading or climbing 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 Canyon Trail north, return from the cabin but bear to your left. You will depart the creek on a somewhat strenuous climb, which 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. 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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2001-04-23 Fritzski

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    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 FR3037. Follow FR3037 about 0.15 miles to the gate. Park at the locked gate.
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