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Powers Garden & Cabin - Galiuro Mountains
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Author whereveriroam
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by whereveriroam

Terricita10 and I had wanted to do this trip to historic Powers Garden from the moment we heard about it. I had several concerns on doing this trip such as the lack of reliable water, vague trails, access issues and that the Galiuro's where Powers Garden is located is out in the middle of no where; a true wilderness. Before we set out on this trip we got whatever trail information that we could find as well as; maps, GPS waypoints, useful info from HAZ member sredfield and then waited for the right weather. I'm glad we found out all we could since the waypoints from wayhoo.com were way off and the USGS 1996 topo map of the area has major flaws of the trails locations. We were very fortunate on our timing for this trip after finding out from a local cowboy we met that in his 14 years of punching cattle in this area that he never saw the water courses flowing the way they were in this typically dry range. We came a few days after a 2-week on and off again wet pattern, which deposited a good amount of snow on this range. The day before we came it warmed up into the 70-80 degree range and would stay like that on our 2-day trip thus melting almost all the snow.

Before I get into this trip description I think I should write some things about this trip. For starters it's remote and don't count on getting any help if needed quickly. This trip is not for day hikers unless you are a real strong hiker who is experienced at route finding since the trails in this wilderness are confusing at times with many cattle trails intersecting them. Although its only a 21'elevation difference between the TH where we started and Powers Garden you must climb up to a saddle, drop into Sycamore Canyon, climb out to another saddle and then drop into Horse Canyon which will tie you into Rattlesnake Canyon. There are a lot of ups and downs along the way for a total elevation gain of about 2300' 1 way. Lastly don't relie on finding water here, we found a lot of bones on this trip telling us how hot and dry it gets in this area.

After conducting our research we decided that we would start our trip from the Deer Creek TH. That seems to be the most easily accessed TH to the Galiuros and can be reached with a high clearance vehicle. To reach this TH you must turn off the Bonita/Klondyke road onto FR 253 and drive 8.5 miles to the TH. Your vehicle will be tested shortly after turning onto FR 253 since you will have to cross Arvaipai creek. All but the last few miles of the road are in good shape but you shouldn't have any problems as long as the road is dry. You'll eventually come to a TH sign by a gate saying Tortilla trail #254 but are directed a little further down the road to a parking area in a beautiful CG. In this CG there is an information board on the wilderness and the TH for the East Divide trail #287. I have to add that at this CG you have an awesome view of both the Santa Theresa's and Pinaleno's, you can even make out the white boxed observatory on top of Mt. Graham!

Our plan was to hike the whole way in on the Tortilla trail all the way down to the Powers Garden #96 trail. These 2 trails intersect about a 1/4 of a mile north of Powers Garden. Instead since we were treated to a babbling brook next to the E. Divide TH that leads up into the rolling hills, these rolling hills in turn overlook the tree lined brook, we decided after consulting our map and finding out that these 2 trails will intersect one another that it would be our route. There's a gate next to the brook, the 1st of 5 that we had to open and CLOSE on this trip. It was signed stating that there was no water to be found at Powers Garden, from the sight of the flowing brook and all the snow on the Galiuro's melting away in the warm sunshine we felt pretty sure that sign would need to be updated on our return. It is important to close these cattle gates since the cattle are allowed to graze in the wilderness. From my understanding and from signs posted on FR 253 the ranchers allow access to the TH's into the Galiuro's on roads that run thru their properties. The rancher if they want to and have done in the past around this wilderness is to construct gates and put locks on them to keep people out. So please don't piss off the ranchers.

Once thru the gate we immediately encountered our 1st of 37 water crossings, once across the brook you'll stay on the southern side of the tree lined brook hiking up thru the rolling grassland hills that are dotted with scrub oak. You will then have to descend back into the brook and cross onto the north slope. You'll then have to hike all the way up the north slope to a fence line and head north along this fence line to a 2nd gate at a large saddle. At this gate the Tortilla trail intersects the trail that you're on coming in from the NE. Up to this point you've gone about 1.25 miles and have wonderful views of the above mentioned ranges as well as the Galiuro's Kennedy Peak just to your south. From the saddle after passing thru the gate on the well-defined trail continue on westward for about 1/2 a mile descending gradually to the 2 fork crossing of Oak Creek. Just west of the double-crossing on your climb out of Oak Creek there is a trail JCT. The faint left branch marked by cairns is the continuation of the E. Divide trail, you'll want to take the right fork. Strangely this is marked Sycamore trail #278. Don't ask me what happened to the Tortilla trail here but continue west and up on this trail. After a short time you'll encounter a water tank which your tempted to think is Mud spring which it's not. This area is the worst with cattle trails and care must be taken in choosing the right route. Stay about 150' to the south of the tank and continue heading west and you should find the trail. A few minutes after this tank you will come to another trail intersection by a corral, this is Mud spring, the spring is located behind the corral up hill a little bit. To this point you've gone about 2 miles from your vehicle and this is the Tortilla trail/Sycamore trail intersection, take the left trail (south) which is the Tortilla. After about 2-5 minutes hiking thru level grazing pastures you will see a faint trail branching to your right marked by cairns, take this branch. It's temping not to since your on a real good definable trail, we did and had to backtrack losing 1/2 hours time after meeting up again with the E. Divide trail. From this faint JCT you'll suffer for the next mile+ climbing a rocky ridge to a saddle, which is the entrance to Sycamore Canyon. Prior to this saddle you will get your last views of the Pinaleno's and you will have to pass thru either 1 or 2 cowboy fences. This saddle is about 1.25 miles from Mud Spring.

At this saddle you will start your descent into Sycamore Canyon rather quickly. Just before reaching the creek at about 1/4 mile below the saddle you will come to another trail sign, your last for a while. On our topo this has to be the spot where the old Tortilla trail branches off faintly from the SE around the headwaters of the creek. The Sycamore trail from earlier comes in from the NW or right side of the creek. Our trail or new Tortilla will head down to the left side of the heavily wooded creek. You'll continue down Sycamore Canyon crossing it numerous times for about a mile before reaching what is called Upper Sycamore Spring Tank, this was not identified on our topo. The tank is painted woodland camo and out of order. Once passing the tank you will gradually climb away from the creek on it's SW side. Impressive views open to the north of the Santa Theresa's once again and down Sycamore Canyon. High on the NE side of Sycamore Canyon are some real cool looking red stone cliffs and if you look back down to the creek you can see parts of the Sycamore trail. As you hike up and away from the creek the vegetation changes to a desert variety with the likes of agave, prickly pear, manzanita, etc.. This stretch will last about 2 miles with a bunch of ups and downs on your way to Horse Pass and you basically contour around the SW side of the canyon passing around 2 good-sized feeder drainages that were pouring small waterfalls when we did our trip. Prior to reaching Horse Pass you will come across either 1 or 2 more cowboy fences. If you have a topo in which you should for this trip the pass is located between Peak 6394 to the NW and Topout Peak to the SE.

At Horse Pass your view will change and you will be able to look down into heavily pine tree lined; Horse Canyon, Rattlesnake Canyon and the Western Mountain Divide of the Galiuro's. A note here is I saw no evidence of bark beetle damage. Although you can figure out were you want to go to reach Powers Garden you still got 2 miles with an elevation drop of 1100' to go to reach Rattlesnake Creek. I'd say 1/2 of that is accomplished via rocky switchbacks but after 5 hours with a pack on they hurt (We found the switchbacks weren't too bad on the way out). At the bottom of the switchbacks you'll be in Horse Canyon with about a mile to go. On the way out we found a downed trail sign at a faint intersection just a little above were the trail leaves the creek. We figured that the faint trail continuing up the creek as being the other side of the old Tortilla trail. Our hike down Horse Canyon was wild with 10 creek crossings to negotiate. With some of these we had to toss big rocks into to act as stepping-stones and with the others we rock hopped! I was really impressed on how weird a place this is, you have lots of pine trees in the canyons but scrub oak and desert vegetation at the higher elevations. As we approached Rattlesnake Creek we came upon 2 more cowboy fences with no gates and the ever-increasing sound of Rattlesnake Creek. When we reached the creek we realized we forgot to bring a raft. I'm not kidding; we couldn't cross the creek safely. Instead we headed south up river and were able to find a large downed pine tree, which spanned the river. I'd say the river was only 50' wide but with all that volume flowing below you it's a rush.

I won't get into what's at Powers Garden so you can be as surprised as we were. I must say it's well worth the trip and I plan on doing this again and again.

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Rough and rugged! We did the hike counter-clockwise, opting to save the taller saddle for the second day. Water was flowing very well in Rattlesnake creek just before you get into the garden, and continued flowing all the way through, enough that we walked about a half mile down river before realizing we missed our turn. Oops! That half mile wound up being one of my favorite parts of the trip though. Using downed logs as bridges and fighting your way through the Arizona jungle felt very cool.

The trail the first day was extremely pleasant until you got past the saddle, where the steep decline combined with ankle rollers made the hike a little hairy. The second day coming out of Powers Garden, it was clear the trail had seen some weather and was in a state of pretty bad disrepair. You'll be finding "adventurous" routes around massive fallen logs and washed out portions of the trail, you'll probably lose the trail often unless you are regularly checking GPS, and you may be advised to bring a rope. Nevertheless the view from the top of the saddle was breathtaking and we felt like we just took part in an Indiana Jones movie.

If I did the hike again I'd either bring a machete or just do the north part of the loop, hit powers garden, and do it in reverse.

Of note: didn't encounter any water after Corral Canyon. Be sure to top off before you start your ascent.
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Nice day in the Grass-iuros on an out-and-back to Powers Garden. Very long drive to the Deer Creek trailhead and the hike itself is pretty gnarly (and cow infested), but the destination is very cool. Lots of tents in the meadow but no one around, probably a trail crew out there. PG reminds me a lot of Reavis Ranch in the Supes.
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Its hard to imagine a three day backpack turning out this well after it was chosen as a somewhat last minute alternative to a cancelled LCR trip, but simply put it turned out to be nearly perfect. The landscape was rugged, the views were extraordinary, the company was great and the attractions in the area well worth it.

We made the long drive to the Galiuros Friday night. We agreed on knocking out the southern portion of our loop for our approach to Powers on Saturday with a stop at Kennedy Peak along the way.

The route to the cabin on Saturday was the best of times and the worst of times. The best of times consisted of: our fun group, the copious amounts of water spewing out of the mountain, a fun summit and some great scenery. The worst of times consisted of: the complete absence of a trail in spots, the thickest wildflowers any human has ever traveled through, concealed ankle breakers, not so concealed New Mexican Locust, grass as tall as one's eyes and trail obliterating washouts and landslides.

The trail conditions were much nicer day two and the hiking more rewarding. After the obligatory stop at the shootout site, we headed for some "fun" in the mine. The mine was very extensive inside and contained several remnants of its operational days. The more adventourous spent a considerable amount of time exploring the several passages and I completed a pretty dicey descent down an old ladder to explore a very deep vertical shaft. However, as my support team began to express their disaproval in the venture, I decided to call it quits. There was still probably a solid 30-40 more feet to drop, but I was starting to lose my faith in the old ladder, as the distance between rungs grew to a precarious 3 feet in spots and the bottom was still not clearly visible; that and I was not crazy about the wire holding some rungs on in replacement of nails.

After the mine and cabin, some headed for the garden, others headed for the ridgeline. John and I followed up on a a lead I had discovered while looking over some topo maps of the area. As it turned out, my lead turned out to be quite the rewarding little find. We came across presumably a prehistoric dwelling that had been recycled and certainly utilized in more contemporary times. The cave and its scenic surroundings were very interesting and the trail there was great with flowing water nearly the entire distance, modest cascades and the discovery of the classic wooden Galiuros Wilderness sign along the way. Inside the cave there was a man made cistern inside catching water from a seep and and a little loft area that was reachable by a ladder complete with some modern pictographs. After the cool little find, it was back to camp for the standard good times around the fire.

Day three offered some of the nicest views of the trip. A challenging little climb out, but some great creek side hiking due to the recent rains and some small waterfalls worth leaving the trail for a closer look. The trail was in better shape than our Saturday route in, however, it could certainly use a little TLC. Fast times out and fun times at the trailhead!
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Outstandingly fun weekend trip into the heart of the Galiuros with a great group of people!

East Divide 287
Starts off reasonably well with some minor route-finding issues due to the healthy growth of summer grasses. Turns into a full-fledged machete-required jungle in the Oak Creek drainage before rising up through the burn area toward Kennedy Peak.

Kennedy Peak 287a
This trail cuts through a moonscape burn area and the trail is largely lost to erosion. Cairns exist, but staying along the old barbed wire fence will get you most of the way there. The resulting wildflower display is impressive. Great views in all directions: Santa Teresas, Pinalenos, Bassett Peak, Wrightson, Mica, Rincon, and the Catalinas.

Corral Canyon 291
This trail is almost completely gone. Recent rain over the burn area has washed out many of the traverses leaving a very difficult challenge to travel through. Add to that wildflowers that are waist deep and it's a fight to push ahead. Once in the bottom of the canyon, much of the trail has been obliterated by flash flooding. Especially in the upper part of the canyon. The last mile or so, most of the shelf and the trail remains, but the crossings are a challenge. This trail needs a full-fledged reconstruction.

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Post-wildfire floods have wiped out some of the shelf along this trail as well rendering travel a bit more of a challenge than I suspect it once was. But the route can be found if you look for it. The fire didn't reach this low, so the valley is still shaded and cool.

Tortilla 254
Not much flood damage on this trail, but still in pretty rough shape. Travel was much quicker than the East Divide/Corral combo on the way in, but plenty of growth to fight through.

On the way in, I commented out loud that if somebody had told me it would take 5 hours to hike in I wouldn't have believed them. I repeated the same and updated it again at 6 and 7 hours! :o So yeah, it was a real grind due to unexpectedly terrible trail conditions on the south side of the loop.

Nonetheless we arrived safely and met Claire, 9L and Kyle who had arrived the previous day. We set up camp and settled in for the night. Sunday we all did our own thing, and Sunday evening a group of trail workers from the ACC stopped by our campfire for a while. Kudos to these volunteers for the work they do. It is impressive and much appreciated!

Monday we all headed out together around 8am. We split up into different groups all taking a different pace. A few of us finished via the Deer Creek Cabin route which is a nice option that we were pleasantly surprised about and resulted in a mile of fast road walking rather than rocky trail. It was a welcome end to a long weekend on tough trails.

I feel like we were very lucky with the amount of water. It's a beautiful area, but I could see it being much more of a challenge without the creeks and drainages flowing with water.

But I'll be back to the Galiuros for sure! :)

* I meant to mention that I successfully used Route Scout for all navigation and track recording over the entire three day trip. I charged my phone with a backup battery (anker) on the second night as it would not otherwise last 3 full days while recording 7-8 hours each day. I'm very happy with how well it worked!

Foliage
Saw a few small bright red somethings that I can't remember what are, and some poison ivy changing colors. Otherwise nothing yet.

Wildflowers
Amazing display still popping on the upper slopes exposed by fire.
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Our canyon trip had to be canceled last minute so we bumped up our Powers Garden trip. Lily and I rode in on Friday with 9L and Claire. We started on the East Divide trail but found it soon disappeared shortly after the junction with the spur trail over to the Tortilla Trail. We could have fought our way through but I don't think any of us were too interested in that so we opted for the more pleasant experience and took the spur to the Tortilla and headed that way.

We had a nice hike in. We came across a herd of cranky cattle. Lily's pads have been a bit shop worn since our last two hikes so I had her boots on her-- of course she lost one early on and I never could find it. Luckily, its really just her rear pads she's had issues with so she really only needed two. We eventually reached Powers Garden to find a trail crew down there working. They were nearing the end of their week down there and looking forward to a week off before they return again.

I decided just to be safe that I would give Lily a pretty easy time for the two days down there. On Saturday, we stuck near camp while Claire and 9L went down to the mine. We spent some time exploring a bit both directions on the Powers Garden Trail. I also caught up on some reading while waiting for the big Saturday crew to arrive. There's nothing much better than reading Wallace Stegner next to a creek. The others turned up much later than expected and I learned that our way in was definitely the more pleasant option :D

On Sunday morning I decided to take a quick easy hike up the Field Canyon Trail. Its only 2.3 miles each way but I hadn't expected the quick 1,500 ft gain so Lily and I managed to get in a nice little workout. I ran into the trail crew boss and talked with him a bit on the way down. I invited him and his crew to come hang out in the evening and share a fire with us. They all showed up later-- great group of workers.

On Monday morning I tried to head out relatively early. I knew it would be a little warmer so I wanted to get Lily out between noon and 1. It was pretty pleasant until we got past Muddy Spring and then it got a bit toasty. I could tell Lily was getting a bit worn out with the heat and the pack and the boots which I'm sure are uncomfortable. Luckily a breeze and some clouds showed up for the last mile and a half and Lily recovered pretty well and we had a nice end of our hike.

This area is absolutely beautiful and quite rugged. I really enjoyed it. We ended up here at the perfect time. There's water everywhere right now and I have a feeling that's pretty uncommon. I hope I get the chance to explore more of this area. Some of it reminded me of the Mazzies and some of it reminded me of the eastern Supes but it was all very much its own place.
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Powers Garden & Cabin - Galiuro Mountains
Our original plan was to head to the LCR for a few days in the Grand Canyon. That plan fell through because a storm dumped a ton of rain up north and flooded the LCR with muddy water. We decided to reschedule and settled on Powers Cabin. Claire, Kyle and I drove up on Friday morning and started hiking in. The others will head in on Saturday morning and will stay one day longer.

The dirt road to the Deer Creek trailhead is roughly 36 miles and is in excellent condition. We made good time and started hiking before noon. The first mile was relatively easy. Our plan was to take the East Divide Trail towards Kennedy Peak. Right before the intersection we talked to some people on horseback who said that route suffered major damage from a fire and the rains have washed out the switchbacks. We decided to keep it simple and head in on the Tortilla Trail and this turned out to be a good choice. The going was relatively easy but we had to fight our way through tall grass and be on the lookout for the correct route. Carrying a GPS with the route loaded helped keep us on track. At one point we passed a herd of cattle that was a tad aggressive & angry at us passing. Kyle kept Lily on a leash and we pushed through.

The next few miles ticked on by as we dropped into a drainage and then wrapped around to the high point to the west. There was lots of water out there as there was heavy rain the week before. After the high point we started the drop towards Powers Garden. We made good time and eventually walked up on the cabins. We noticed several tents in the field. This turned out to be a trail crew working on the West Divide Trail. We picked a campsite to the southeast of the garden nestled in the trees. It was a perfect site with lots of shade, a fire ring and close to the creek which had a good flow of clear water.

The three of us settled in for the night with a fire and yummy dinner. The next day we slept in and then had breakfast. Kyle decided to hang out near camp while Claire and I made the hike to the south to see Powers Cabin. We started off on the road and made good time as we crossed the creek several times and admired this beautiful canyon. There was lots of bear scat but we didn’t see any bears. The hike to the cabin is about 5.5 miles and most of it is fast travel. We topped out just above the cabin and that’s where the fun begins. It’s .4 miles to the cabin and you drop 400 ft but the trail has lots of catclaw to fight through. Claire and I were both wearing shorts and our legs were cut to shreds! It’s was borderline awful! With much effort we reached the cabin and admired the area. We both felt the history of this area after watching The Powers War a few months ago. Four men were killed here in a shootout back in 1918. That must have been quite a sight in this remote part of the Galuiro Mountains. We soaked everything in and checked out the mine and then had some lunch.

After visiting the Powers Cabin we made the return. The catclaw wasn’t as bad on the return up to the high point. From there it was very easy going back toward the garden. Along the way we ran into Chumley and Patrick who were on their way in via the East Divide Trail. They said the route was really overgrown and tough to follow. The washouts on the switchbacks were nasty. Claire and I were both glad we opted for the Tortilla Trail. We all returned to Powers Garden and the rest of the group trickled in as well. There will be twelve of us camping tonight. We all settled in for the evening an enjoyed another campfire. It was a very relaxed evening. Everyone who joined us was really tired after the tough hike in. Pretty much everyone turned in before 10pm.

We woke fairly early on Sunday morning and enjoyed coffee & croissants (Thanks Chumley!). The rest of the group was prepping for day hikes while Claire and I packed up to return to Phoenix. I had to work on Monday. We started hiking a little before 9am and made good time on the hike out via the Tortilla Trail. The going was a little easier considering we pushed a lot of the grass out of the way on the hike in. Claire and I took a few breaks and eventually were back at the jeep in the early afternoon. From there we made the long drive out and stopped for dinner & beers at Arizona Wilderness Brewery.

Powers Garden and Cabin are a wonderful destination with fascinating history. The Galiuro Mountains are rugged and beautiful and one of the highlights of southern Arizona. I’m really glad we made the trip and hope to return another day.

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Lots of foliage in bloom
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Power's War Movie FilmBar Phoenix
Absolutely fantastic movie. The Q&A/discussion afterward with the key players in the film really made it great. : app : If you haven't seen it, keep an eye on their website for future showings. I might go to the 6/4 screening at Tempe Marketplace to see it again! :y:

It was great to see a good group of HAZzers out ON the town instead of out of town! :) We should do that again :pk:
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This hike has it all. Very special place. Good thing it is so remote or it would likely be overrun with visitors. Refreshing to see man-made structures respected not vandalized. Saw three backpackers on their way out as we were coming in, otherwise nobody else around. Unbelievable amounts of bear scat on the trails. Didn't make it to the shootout cabin, mine, or Kennedy Peak because of time and snow. Good reasons to return someday. Thanks John for including me in your adventure. :)
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Did this as an overnight backpack in the clockwise direction, grabbing Kennedy Peak on the first day. The climb was just as relentless as I remembered it. The weather was fantastic, but unfortunately not much fall foliage this time. I guess summertime has stretched out this year. We did see 3-4 turkeys wandering around Powers Cabin - they were so tame we could almost walk right up to them. I was amazed at how much Powers spring was flowing, maybe 5 gal/min. There was actually a stream to filter out of. Last time it was more like a mucky pool right at the source. I forgot how pretty the country is out there, and so much variation. For us the new post hike go-to Mexican restaurant in Globe is El Ranchito.
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I have been planning this with my boys for some time. We made to the Mesa late and camped on top. The next morning we started out from Rattlesnake Mesa. Road was too rough to make to the Powers Hill boundary. So we hiked in. Enjoyed the hike in. Canyon is rugged and gorgeous. I enjoyed riparian diversity was very glad some recent trail work had been done to clear a path through some overgrown areas. Our biggest challenges were finding dry paths (rock hopping)across Rattlesnake Creek & then the bugs hammered the boys as we closed in on the Garden. Lots of animal tracks and scat. The bears want you to know they are there. My boys soon begin calling them treats as we would step over them. I am guessing approximately 500 - 750ft. They eat acorns and juniper berries predominantly.

We found the cabin unoccupied so we settled in. Enjoyed the fire ring & exploring the facilities.

Day 2: We headed out to Powers Cabin. Hike through Rattlesnake Canyon was much the same but we took the trail to the spring and then worked our way up Boulder hopping until we got back onto the trail. Headed up the canyon at the turnoff & began the ascent through the manzanita. Stopped at the Saddle for lunch and then headed down the steep mesquite catclaw path to the Cabin. On the way we checked out the Ball Mill and bear paw prints on the water tank the cabin was cool too. Then we found the mine and the old Ingersoll Rand Tractor (I am guessing it kept the roads passable back in the day) Then up and around the Shootout Cabin. Tried to take as much in as possible and share with my 13 year old boys the history. We are friends with the great nephew of one of the lawmen that was killed here.

Made much quicker time back to the Garden cabin and settled in for the night.

Day 3: Opened the door to 4 Cous Deer browsing in the garden 2 were skittish but the other 2 even came closer while we were quiet and watched. Packed up and headed out.

Love the ruggedness of this area and the fact we went 3 days without seeing anyone was good too.

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Take US 60 East to Globe. From Globe head East on US 70. Prior to reaching Pima, turn right (south) onto the Klondyke Road. You'll be on this road for a while and make sure you have gas, there is nothing along this road. You'll eventually come to an intersection in which you can either go left or right. Go left and drive about 4 miles to FR 253. Read hike review for the rest of the directions. Drive time from Tempe 3 hours 30 minutes to TH.
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