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Tule Canyon Trail #122, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
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Distance One Way 5.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,730 feet
Elevation Gain 1,992 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,179 feet
Avg Time One Way 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 12.36
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Author Tim
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Trips 356 map ( 2,719 miles )
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Location Scottsdale
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by Tim

The hike starts off from the trailhead and meanders south through a field of cholla cactus very similar to what one finds on Black Top Mesa near the First Water Trailhead. There are a couple of small washes to cross, but the trail is well cairned. The Globe Ranger station believes in making very large cairns so you shouldn't have any trouble finding your way.

At the 1.0 mile mark, you will come to a large wash that is roughly 75 to 100 feet deep and 100 yards across. This is the eastern end of Tule Canyon. At this point, the trail overlooks a corral in the bottom of the wash. Follow the wide switchbacks down to bottom of this wash. At the bottom of the switchback is a large white gate which you will want to close and latch behind you. There is a large cairn at the white gate, but no other cairns are to be seen. You will be tempted to proceed due west up the floor of the wash but this is not want you want to do. Instead, follow the corral directly across the wash to a Tonto Forest Wilderness sign and head up another steep trail out of the wash on the south side.

At the top of the wash you will encounter cairns once again that take you west and run parallel to the wash. The trail runs in a westward direction along the wash for about 3/4 of a mile before heading back south and up a series of ridges and canyons. If you look back over your shoulder down the trail you will notice that Tule Canyon looks like a big brown gash due to the erosion of its steep walls. This "gash" provides a good landmark for when you are returning back down the trail. Towards the end of this 1.75 mile section heading south the trail becomes quite steep as it switches back and forth through juniper trees. The trail climbs roughly 1,100 feet through this portion of the hike. The footing in this section is poor as there are lots of loose rock and dirt that will turn an ankle if you're not careful, especially on the way back down. Once you top out on this ridge, you are at an elevation of 4,300 feet. Two bar Mountain itself is just across the canyon to the south south/east of this position. At this point, the trail heads west towards Two Bar Ridge which is approximately 1.50 miles away. Initially, the cairns were a little sparse in this wide open are on top of the ridge but it shouldn't be too difficult if you're paying attention. During this last westerly section, the trail climbs another 500 feet to 4,800 feet but the slope is much more gentle. At the top of Two Bar Ridge the Tule Canyon Trail intersects the Two Bar Ridge Trail and the intersection is well signed. From this point you will be afforded excellent views of Apace Lake due west and Four Peaks to the northwest. I believe the mountain just north of Apache Lake is Goat Mountain and that it is Horse Mesa just to the south of Apache Lake.

My GPS unit had the trail at 5.1 miles and it took me just under 2.5 hours with several stops for rubber necking. The way back was much quicker at 1 hour and 50 minutes. All in all, the round trip hike was 10.2 miles and took about 4.5 hours. The trail climbed a net 2000 feet from bottom to top.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2003-03-04 Tim

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Tule Canyon Trail #122
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    Two Bar Mountain Loop
    We had to take advantage of the cooler temps while we could and hit up some Supes.

    I'd never hiked the Tule Canyon Trail before so we started this adventure there. The road to the Tule TH is quite acceptable for just about any car. Just keep an eye out for Bovines.

    We took Tule until it drops into Tule Canyon. Here, there's Corrals, water troughs and a well road (FS1740) that appears to be used by local ranchers. Maybe the nearby Cross P Ranch.

    We did a clockwise loop that starts to go off trail/road just past Two Bar Canyon and FS449A. It appears we could have gone farther South on the road and chose another route up, but this worked for us. The countryside wasn't too thick with sharp stuff, but I was glad for my long pants.

    There are some shorted steep sections, but the steepest section was the part where we traversed around Peak 5114. We got cliffed out at this spot and had to drop down about 100' to go up. If you do this CCW route around 5114, after dropping down, hug tight to the cliff to avoid the thickest vegetation. After getting past 5114, it appears you could actually go around CW also.

    We had lunch on the far North portion of the peak. Great! views of the Four Peaks, Roosevelt, Sierra Ancha's etc..
    Plus there was a nice 300' straight drop down...
    This was WELL worth the effort climbing up to this spot.

    Two Bar Mountain Video :next: ... NihY

    The plan next, was to go southish across the top of Two Bar Mountain and drop down on Two Bar Ridge Trail. All looked "doable" from the TOPO and Satellite views. Traversing across was not hard, but the rock hopping was taking longer than we would have daylight for.

    Joe spotted Two Bar Ridge from the TOPO view on Route Scout and pointed us down the hill. This ended up being a great choice. We hit the Two Bar Ridge Trail and enjoyed the views going North. We hit the other end of the Tule Canyon Trail and made our way back towards the same corral we'd passed through earlier in the day.

    This ended up being a most enjoyable route to another new area in the Eastern Supes.
    Can we please get one more nice weekend of weather before the 110's hit?
    Tule Canyon Trail #122
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    Two Bar Mountain Loop
    Bruce threw together this great loop that barely nudges the wilderness. Your chances of having a wilderness experience are better than your average wilderness.

    Tule #122 starts off in a cow grazed chain fruit cholla forest. This little buffer zone keeps out most.

    1.3 miles you come to a corral at the end of FR1740 which we took about a mile. We passed trees that looked like willows with mesquite trunks. They are Desert Willows. Despite the common name they are not part of the willow family. Researching that I found out cottonwoods & aspens are part of the willow family.

    We drifted towards FR449A which is the road to Campaign TH. Using a previously posted track we followed the SE ridge of Two Bar Mountain all the way up for 4 miles. It's pretty easy as far as off trail goes, especially considering the 2k+ gain.

    The final mile is challenging. The scenery draws you in. The rock is pretty cool. The metro-biotic synonym relationship weighing anticipation to dream sequence was strong. We lunched atop a 300 ft sheer drop on the north side of Two Bar Mtn.

    Continuing across the north side of the mountain is just phenomenal. We took Two Bar Ridge down and trails to complete the loop. The crest stroll of Two Bar #119 is just as scenic as I remembered with the AZT gang.

    weak Twining Snapdragon on the NE top side of Two Bar Mountain, a good healthy field of the thistle too but that crap grows anywhere
    Tule Canyon Trail #122
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    Eastern Supes Tule to Campaign
    Claire and I had Monday off for MLK Day and wanted to get out for a three day trip into the Superstitions. We wanted to see a new area and turned our attention to Tule and Campaign trailheads. We decided to start from Tule and make a loop by incorporating over six road miles between the two trailheads.

    We drove to Tule Trailhead on Saturday morning and made good time. The dirt road is in great condition and is suitable to most vehicles. We started our hike and made steady progress up Tule trail. We passed a couple of hunters and continued on as the trail starts gaining elevation. The views north of the Sierra Ancha and Four Peaks were wonderful. We eventually connected onto Two Bar Ridge and followed the AZT south. This is a really nice stretch of trail. We dropped into a valley and made a steep climb up a north facing slope that had a good blanket of snow. Once up top we completed the last mile and selected a campsite in Pine Creek. I camped here last year with FOTG and absolutely love this site! It has a flowing creek and lots of tree cover and fire ring. We settled in for the night with a nice fire and the temps were chilly but pleasant overall.

    Our Sunday started slowly. We both slept in and made a fire and enjoyed breakfast. It was approaching 11am when a day hiker walked up and talked to us. He started from Campaign TH and said he talked to our friends we were meeting. Our plan was to meet FOTG at the junction of Campaign & Fireline. We got ourselves moving as we headed for Reavis Ranch. The Reavis Gap trail was very wet and muddy. Our pace was slow. We eventually reached Reavis Ranch and found the area completely deserted. We expected some backpackers but there were none. We spent a few minutes filtering water and eating lunch and then headed for the Fireline trail.

    The first mile of Fireline Trail was easy going. The trail was a little muddy but not an issue. We started encountering snow in the higher elevations. There was one set of foot prints coming the opposite direction and they broke a path through the snow that helped. We eventually hit the turnoff for Circlestone. Our original plan was to hike up there but it was late in the day and our feet were soaked from the snow. We decided to continue on to camp. The next half mile was slow going through more snow. It drifted to twelves inches high in some places. We finally hit the east end of Fireline where the trail drops down to Campaign. We were delighted to see no snow! We cruised down to camp and arrived there around 4pm.

    We finally hit the camp at Fireline and Campaign and could see dog prints all over the place. We were bummed to see we missed Lee and the dogs. I was hoping he was backpacking with us but knew he might be day hiking. A few minutes later we noticed the “FOTG” spelled out with some sticks. That confirmed he was day hiking. At that point we started prepping camp. We gathered firewood and got the tent set up. We planned on using the existing fire ring but it had an inch of ice on top. It was a no go so we built a temporary fire ring just off to the side. We dismantled this the next morning. We settled in for another night and enjoyed our fire. The temps were much colder tonight making things a bit uncomfortable. The fire helped if you sat close but sleeping was a challenge.

    We woke earlier on Monday and had a small fire and tore down camp. We started hiking around 9:30am and headed north on the Campaign Trail. I remember this section being fairly overgrown with a hard to navigate section in the middle. We made good time till that point and then got off trail and were swallowed by manzanita and other heavy shrubs. I knew we were close to the trail but we couldn’t find it. I decided to drop us into the creek and take our chances there. The going was very difficult and both of us were frustrated. After much effort in the creek we climbed out and found the trail. From there the rest of the Campaign trail was in excellent condition. We made fast time and took a short break at the junction with the Reavis Gap trail. From there it was on to the Campaign Trailhead and then we had over six mile of road back to the Tule Trailhead. These road miles flew by as we hiked at over three miles per hour. We were back to the jeep around 2:30pm. From there it was back to Phoenix.

    This was a great loop and we covered a lot of ground. There was a ton of water and lots of snow at the higher elevations. Water will not be an issue for several months. We only saw two people within the wilderness. Great hike and I was glad to see some new areas.
    Tule Canyon Trail #122
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    Great loop hike, and other than the cold swirling wind along the Two Bar Ridge we encountered on this day, this is a great time of year to do this loop. We saw 4 white tail deer while hiking up on the Tule trail. The hike up Tule was very nice, good temps, everything good. Then we hit the ridge line and the 40-50 MPH wind gusts, and the temps seemed to drop 15-20 degrees. We planned to stop and enjoy the views at the Tule/Two Bar junction but the wind was so fierce we just took a very short break to strap down the hats, etc., and continued the hike. The wind finally slowed down once we reached the Two Bar Trail Head, which is where we had lunch. The road sections of the hike down back to the TH wasn't bad at all, and the warmer temps at the lower elevation was very welcomed.
    Tule Canyon Trail #122
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    Got my butt kicked on this trip. Had problems with leg cramps, blisters, and lack of endurance. I guess that's what happens when you can't go hiking for over 40 days. At least that blasted counter won't be goading me on any more.

    Water reports:
    Tule Canyon: Dry
    North Fork Pine Creek (Two-Bar): Dry
    South Fork Pine Creek (Reavis Gap): Flowing nicely
    Reavis Creek: Flowing nicely
    Upper South Fork Pine Creek (Fireline): Dry
    Campaign Creek @ intersection of Fireline/Campaign Trail: Dry
    Campaign Creek @ 0.25 miles north from Fireline/Campaign Trail intersection to Campaign TH: Flowing nicely

    Trail conditions:
    Tule: very good
    Two-Bar: Horrible, some horse yuppies took a large group of people on horseback when the ground was saturated, the entire trail, where it is not scree, is postholed by horse hooves. Footing is nearly impossible, the bed of the trail is really destroyed :(
    Gap Trail: Horse-hoof postholing continues...grrrr!
    Fireline: OK to good
    Campaign Creek: OK - starts off good at fireline intersection, gets worse as you go towards TH, some catclaw overgrowth on trail.

    Rd conditions:
    449 to Tule TH: very good
    449A to Campaign TH: Good, there is sand, but I observed a sedan at the TH, I wouldn't recommend it since you go through large sandy sections, easy to get stuck it would seem.
    Tule Canyon Trail #122
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    With ten minutes of the day wasted we got hiking at 12:10am. The weather for the day was perfect save 2 hours of wind in the beginning. Chills set in if you stopped for more than five minutes. Overall much better than anticipated. Lucky too as I packed extra light with only one long sleeve and one short sleeve wicking shirts, no jacket.

    We cleared the first 3rd of the hike to Reavis Creek. Took a moderate six hours since this was the bulk of AEG. Here we pumped water then woke?, met and chatted with Andy, Mike and Daren for about 45min total. Most know the bond Drewboy and azmike share... Still on par this outting wearing matching smurf booties :sk:

    Finally had the chance to hike Frog Tanks #112 & NW section of Roger's Canyon Trail #110. Both were at peak Autumn foliage in with Sycamores a stunning orange tossed in with some hearty yellows on others. Rogers is pretty dang cool. I'll definitely be back to enjoy this one in the future.

    My memories of Randolph being a cool little jaunt from Woodbury faded as we cursed the boulder hopping on this extended hike. Bob and I checked out a couple side trails near Reeds Water waiting for Wally. Missed him then boogied back to the trailhead to enjoy a comfy seat in the truck.

    We finished at 5:20pm. Realized the backpackers hadn't finished completing the car shuttle so we waited a cold hour and forty mins. Gave 'em hell, thanked 'em too (very much appreciated) for making this day possible. Thanks to all the day hikers and backpackers! Thanks to Darrell and his friend for waiting to be sure our ride showed up :)

    The catsclaw is overrated, it really wasn't much of a factor. Anyone that wants to complain about catsclaw needs to be sure and hike the Twin Peaks Trail in the Bradshaws before making assumptions of the definition of bad. This proved to be the easiest and most difficult 38 mile hike of my life, it was my first :D

    Autumn Foliage was substantial in the canyons. Since it was maybe a 1/4 of this hike I only went with moderate.
    Tule Canyon Trail #122
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    ROUTE: NNE "Superstition Wilderness" Loop Hike..START/END- TULE TH at 2800';
    Tule TR#122 for 5.3mls to its end at intersection with Two Bar Ridge TR#119 at 4800'; TR#119 for 3.8mls to its Northern TH end at FR83(4500'); FR83 for "X" mls to second closed gate; Right turn just past this second closed gate onto old Fence Line Road; Follow this old Fence Line Road almost to its end at an old Water Windmill (on Right side of road); Turn Right on entrance road to this old Water Windmill and continue to Windmill; Turn Left(West) at Windmill and continue around/through some old livestock corrals to another dirt road heading first SW; Continue SW on this dirt road, then continuing on same road that turns ESE; After a short distance on this road heading ESE you will see your vehicle and the TULE TH on your Right(South), approx .5ml in the distance; Turn off-road here(Right/South) and continue on an "off trail-light desert bushwhacking" trek for this approx .5mls back to the TULE TH;
    NOTE: Ref my GPS route dated 2/16/08 for further details of this loop route (which is somewhat different than GPS Joe's posted GPS route and original hike description);

    On this rain forecasted Saturday, but warmer than expected day, eight of us drove out to the TULE TH to hike these two northern Superstition Wilderness trails for the first time. Starting on the Tule TR#122 at 2800', the numerous views of Roosevelt Lake and Two Bar Ridge Mtn were very nice, and the trail was easy enough to follow and easy to fall too due to being mostly a loose gravel-type trail. I personally became somewhat bored hiking this trail after about 3mls of the total 5.3ms due to too much of the "same-O-same-O", low/scarce desert vegetation in the area and even the lack of somewhat heavier flora as we climbed to trails end at 4800'.

    The Two Bar Ridge TR#119 for the 3.8mls heading North was much nicer in my opinion! At its intersection with the Tule Trail, we had a very nice view looking West to Apache Lake, Four Peaks, and into the central Superstitions to the South. The Two Bar Ridge Trail initially followed a nice ridge for a while as it headed North, then up and down, and then a serious uphill to skirt the top of Pinyon Mtn at ~5240'(the highpoint for the day). We all had a nice lunch break under a large Juniper Tree with a view just before the final downhill to the Northern TH end of this Two Bar Ridge Trail at FR83(4500').

    Originally we had planned to just do an "in and out" hike on these two trails which would have been a hiking day of about 16mls, but due to threating weather, shorter daylight hours, and a somewhat lack of group interest on wanting to head back the same way, we decided to "loop it" and find our way back to the Tule TH by following FR83, the Superstition Beartooth map we had, two GPS units, 8 different opinions(if needed), and having a new SPOT unit for any needed emergency IF all else failed.

    We ended up having a very enjoyable afternoon "exploratory" hike back to the Tule TH via this route which included less traveled FR83, a number of old ranch road segments as noted above, and a relatively easy .5ml "off-trail" section. We arrived our vehicles at 4:55pm, just as it was starting to sprinkle..perfect timing!
    Tule Canyon Trail #122
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    This hike has a very different ‘feel' from those I've walked on the traditional side of the Supes. Whether it warrants the 90 mile drive from the valley may be questionable, certainly no one else thought it did this day! Seemed only interest was to be checked out three times, imagine from the nearby Ranch. Tim's trail description is accurate [hardly needs saying] and the cairns are huge and easy to follow. The FS sign that indicates 1 mile from trailhead to Wilderness Boundary is not accurate, I've never taken that long to walk 1 mile. Car remained visible glinting in the sun for much of the hike, if you like the reassurance. Very enjoyable and ideal if you like to hike away from the crowds with realistic chance of seeing the wildlife.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Phoenix, take the Superstition Freway, (Hwy 60), east all the way to Superior. Pass through Superior and head north on Highway 188. Take this 21 miles north. The turnoff to the trailhead is exactly 21 miles from Highway 60 between mile marker 235 and 236. (Closer to mile marker 236.) When I was last there, ADOT was widening the road and the signs were down, so one had to look closely for the turnoff. Once one pulls onto the forest service road it is well signed and recently graded.
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