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Rim Trail #139 Loop, AZ

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by Randal_Schulhauser

Some History: The Sierra Anchan Mountains have become one of my favorite areas to beat the summer heat. With elevations approaching or exceeding 7000 feet, the temperatures are typically 20 to 30 degrees F cooler than the Valley of the Sun. Not surprisingly, Valley residents have been taking advantage of the comfortable temperatures for the past 125 years.

One of the areas... early pioneers, Harry Wertman (Herbert Wertman in some reference articles), became the namesake for Workman Creek and Workman Creek Waterfalls. The spelling has evolved over the years to match the pronunciation.

The Lewis Lodge, later known as the Aztec Lodge was located near the junction of Hwy 288 and FR487. This was a popular destination for Phoenix residents post World War II until the late 1950's. As leases expired during the 1960's and 70's, the Forest Service policy was to remove most man-made structures allowing the land to return to its natural state. Some remnants of the Peterson Ranch, Murphy Ranch and the Carr Ranch can still be found today.

I always find it interesting matching early day photos to modern day. Here's some creek canyon and waterfalls examples. The trail has been improved over the years to become Forest Road 487. A modern construction Forest Service cabin has replaced to old Ranger log cabin near the summit of Aztec Peak.

The April 2000 "Coon Creek Fire" has had a profound effect throughout much of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness area. Forest regeneration is progressing and this hike provides a unique window on how Mother Nature copes!

The Hike: From the road closure barrier at FR487 near the Falls camp ground you begin a steady ascent of close to 500 feet taking you to the lip of Workman Creek Waterfall at mile 0.65. Continue along FR487 climbing another 500 feet until you reach the Carr Trail Head at mile 1.58. Congratulations... you've just completed one of the more aerobic sections of the hike.

The Carr Trail Head marks the northern terminus of Parker Trail 160. Recall that you passed the southern trail head for Parker Trail 160 on your drive up Hwy 288. Word of warning... the signage indicates Rim Trail 139 is 0.5 miles away. This is incorrect and may reflect the trail alignment pre-2000 "Coon Creek Fire".

Follow Parker Trail 160 downhill past Mud Spring and into burned sections from the "Coon Creek Fire". At mile 2.39 you reach the western end of Rim Trail 139. This area marks the source springs for Coon Creek. You can take advantage of the conveniently located cut logs for a short break. Interesting that the new signage suggests the Carr Trail Head is 1 mile away...

The Rim Trail 139 will contour along the north side of Coon Creek. This burned section has produced clearings with fertile soil for many wild flowers and various insects. There are many stands of scorched dead trees creating a surreal effect.

Coon Creek will begin to box up giving true aptness to the name "Rim Trail 139". At mile 3.77 you will encounter a rocky outcrop referred to as the "Palisades" by the local Rangers. The trail will soon begin to track away from the rim into some untouched tall Ponderosa Pines surrounded by burn out areas.

At Mile 4.34 you will reach Armor Corral Spring where route finding becomes somewhat tricky. There are numerous game trails radiating from this spring. Watch for saw cuts to ensure you remain on the trail!

As you leave Armor Corral Spring the trail follows a relatively flat section with some grassland with stunted trees and bushes. We had 3 separate deer encounters in this area. The flats also offer the first true glimpses of Aztec Peak summit with its distinctive look out tower.

At Mile 5.42 the trail crosses Deep Creek featuring some smooth red rock. At the time of our hike Deep Creek was completely dry making our crossing uneventful.

Rim Trail 139 intersects with Moody Point Trail 140 at Mile 5.77. Travel east on Moody Point Trail 140 a few hundred feet from the intersection for some great views of Moody Point and Cherry Creek Valley. Take a breather because the trek west up Moody Point Trail 140 to FR487 has some aerobic elevation gain with many switchbacks.

At Mile 7.08 you will reach FR487 and the Moody Point Trail Head. There is a Forest Service cabin by the trail head. You can take FR487 east about 1 mile to ascend Aztec Peak summit. With dark thunderheads approaching, we elected to take the direct return loop down FR487. At Mile 8.15 you will pass the Carr Trail Head. At Mile 8.53 you pass the Abbey's Way 151 trail head. Continue retracing your steps back down FR487 from earlier in the day. At mile 9.78 you should find your vehicle close to the road closure barriers.

Summary: This past Labour Day holiday we wanted a destination to escape the Phoenix summer heat. We decided to take a chance on a trail no one was familiar with. We soon discovered a unique glimpse of the forest regeneration process after a major fire. You reluctantly begin to understand the necessity of some burns to promote biodiversity. If you want to encounter a variety of wild flowers and insects, maybe you should consider this hike.

Mile 0.00 - FR487 road closure TH
Mile 0.65 - Workman Creek Waterfalls
Mile 1.20 - Abbey's Way 151 TH
Mile 1.58 - Carr Trail Head (Parker Trail 160 north TH)
Mile 2.39 - Rim Trail 139 west TH
Mile 3.77 - The "Palisades"
Mile 4.34 - Armor Corral Springs
Mile 5.42 - Deep Creek crossing
Mile 5.77 - Rim Trail 139 east TH
Mile 7.08 - Moody Point 140 TH
Mile 8.15 - Carr Trail Head
Mile 8.53 - Abbey's Way 151 TH
Mile 9.08 - Workman Creek Waterfalls
Mile 9.78 - FR487 road closure TH


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2006-09-08 Randal_Schulhauser
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Rim Trail #139 Loop
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    Aztec Peak Rim Trail Loop
    Tracey wasn't happy with the bush-whacking on our previous 2-day trip so I was tasked with coming up with ON-trail hikes for this Thursday/Friday weekend... somewhere no too hot and not off-limits. Since we hadn't been in the Aztec Peak area for 3-4 years I figured we'd have plenty of trails to choose from.

    First up would be a road-walk, trails 140, 139, 160, road-walk, off-trail wandering, road-walk... or something like that. Of course, I didn't mention to Tracey the conditions of Trail 139 or the off-trail stuff. Having read hikerdw's triplog from last weekend as well as the comments referring to the conditions, I remembered we were led astray by elk trails when we did the loop 4 years ago. So I figured I'd bring my titanium shears along and clean up the worst areas. Since it was so easy to lose the trail going counter-clockwise, I decided we'd hike it clockwise.

    The road-walk, Moody Trail and the first part on the Rim Trail went easy enough but when we got to the thick stuff I wasted no time pulling out the shears and getting to work. As much as Tracey doesn't like going through thick and thorny brush, she would push ahead to locate the next rock cairn, while I cut through the brush in the straightest line to that point. She split her time between tossing the trimmed brush to the side and located the next cairn, and we would repeat the sequence.

    Whenever a rock cairn was almost completely covered by brush, I cut right to the ground so the cairn would be visible from either direction. As we continued toward Armor Corral Spring every once in a while I retraced my steps to make sure the cairn lines-of-sight were adequate. When doing so, I realized part of the problem staying on-trail in this area was due not only to the myriads of elk trails, but to placement of additional rock cairns where they most likely did not belong... again on elk trails. While those placements may have seemed correct when going counter-clockwise, as we located the oldest cairns going clockwise, it was more obvious which were more likely where they belong and which were leading astray.

    Only after completing the heavy trimming did I realize it took over an hour to travel just over 200 yards. After all that effort, the rest of the hike would be a breeze. Items of note were the numerous bear tracks and scat, one of which was fresh (VERY fresh... still wet), a large elk antler, which we found while wandering aimlessly near our camp as well as what appeared to be a system of wood poles to measure humidity.

    I'm posting my GPS track for the Rim Trail from Moody to Parker, which I edited to remove the extraneous back-and-forth travel.
    Rim Trail #139 Loop
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    Parker - Abbey - Murphy - Rim Loop
    Ray had never been to the Sierra Ancha's and I had a hankerin' get back to the Parker Creek Canyon Trail #160 to see is we could scare up any color what-so-ever. I also wanted to check out the part of the Rim trail that I hadn't be on yet from the Murphy Ranch area.

    The climb up Parker is a steady 2000' climb in 3 miles to get to the saddle. You climb through Sycamores, then some conifers, Maples and Aspen. We were lucky enough to have some of the Fall Rainbow left to accent the climb up. I really love the feel of this trail, even without the added color.

    While on the Abby Way Trail #151 I wanted to check out the old Peterson Ranch area, to see what was left. There are some sizable flat open areas that appear to have supported the ranch, but nothing of substance was found. Like a couple of shrews, Joe and Ray followed me on the “shortcut” back to the Abby Way Trail (don’t take the shortcut)

    Making our way up to Aztek Peak, we paused to take in the Flintstone furniture (Note to self, bring cards next time).

    A short Road walk got us over the Old Murphy Ranch area. All was quiet at the ranch, but the aspens were in their richest golden form. We hopped on the Murphy Ranch Trail #141. This trail is slightly overgrown, but not bad at all. We took lunch on this trail and enjoyed the perfect temps and the vast views to the east.

    I always enjoy the Rim Trail #139 for the views, but it does seem to drag on and had some patches of ankle busters. One such ankle buster took me down for a few minutes, my ankle is still swollen today, but surprisingly, it does not hurt.

    The hike back down the Parker Creek Trail was just as enjoyable! We had absolutely perfect weather and surprising great color for this hike. Thanks for driving Ray, hope you enjoyed your first foray into the Sierra Ancha’s

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    Rim Trail #139 Loop
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    Parker - Abbey - Murphy - Rim Loop
    I had the good fortune of being invited to join The Eagle and Joe on a loop hike to Aztec Peak in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness. Bruce and I had talked about a Sierra Anchas hike a couple of weeks ago while on the Pinal 4X. A hike in this area was high on my wish list (I hadn't been out there yet), so I was all too happy to take him up on the offer.

    There are good hikes and there are great hikes. This was a great hike on many levels. From the start we had clear blue skies, perfect temps and nice color all along the trail. The trails we took were in good shape and easy to follow. The elevation gain was stretched across so many miles that you don't really notice it. The steepest part was the beginning and end of the hike along the Parker Creek Trail, but it was gradual. Bruce led us on a side trip from the Abbey trail through a nice meadow in search of an old foundation. No luck on the foundation. We returned to the Abbey trail through some thick vegetation that we had to pick our way through, but even that was kind of fun.

    Along with the many beautiful colors we saw, the views in some areas were astounding. Coming up the Parker Creek trail, we paused for a look at the Four Peaks towering above Roosevelt Late. Atop Aztec Peak, the views from the "Flintstone Terrace" were amazing as well. We took our lunch about two thirds of the way down the Murphy trail. Sitting among the pines enjoying a PB&J sandwich and an apple, I couldn't help looking up at the tops of the trees against the backdrop of the beautiful blue sky. It just doesn't get any better than that. Along the southern facing portion of the Rim trail, we took a break to enjoy the views above a craggy chasm with some very interesting rock formations. That was breathtaking.

    I had a "walk much?!" moment shortly after turning onto the Rim trail. I was stepping over a tree laying across the trail, caught my foot on a branch and tumbled. I knew I was going down, so I just went into a barrel roll to make it look as graceful as possible. A fall is anything but graceful, but the roll softened the blow and the only injury was a little embarrassment. Joe took his camera out after the fall, hoping I might offer up a repeat performance, but I wasn't about to let that happen again! Bruce saw an elk around this same time, but it quickly disappeared, leaving only the dust it kicked up as evidence of its presence.

    I've only been hiking in AZ since moving here three plus years ago, so I'm still getting to know this wonderful state and the many outdoor adventures it has to offer, but this hike moves up near the top of the list, if not the very top. Great hike, great company, and a great day. Thank you Bruce and Joe for a most enjoyable day!
    Rim Trail #139 Loop
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    After getting away with an early morning hike before afternoon T-storms in the Sierra Ancha on Saturday, we figured why not try it again. But this time we wanted a hike we had not done before, and hopefully a loop of some kind. With a few different ideas, all of which would mean taking the Cherokee instead of the Fit, we got another early start from Mesa and almost exactly 2 hours later we found ourselves at the Carr Trailhead.

    The plan was to hike the Rim Loop from Carr TH starting on Trail #160 (Parker Creek Trail), turn left onto Trail #139 (Rim Trail) and follow it to Trail #140 (Moody Trail) which we would take back up to Moody TH and along FR 487 back to Carr TH.

    But as usual, plans change... and when we hit the 160/139 intersection, we decided to continue on Parker Creek Trail up as far as the first ridge to do some recon for an upcoming attempt to climb Carr Peak and Carr Mountain in one trip. The trail ascended slowly and at an angle so it was pretty easy going. Once on the ridge we went far enough for a nice view down the South Fork of Parker Creek.

    Ok, we've already tacked on two miles more than planned so it's time to turn around and get back on task. Once back on the Rim Trail right away we saw mountain lion tracks with pads roughly 3-1/2" wide. The tracks were fresh since the overnight rain (I saw heavy rains on weather radar last night) but they headed the opposite direction that we were, so didn't expect to see it. But we will continue to see the same tracks for over 3+ miles along the trail. We would see plenty of signs of deer and elk but would not encounter either.

    With as much vegetation (trees and brush) as there is on this trail one has to keep an eye out for photo opportunities whenever they present themselves. The Palisades are is where we found the views most impressive. While seeking good viewpoints in this area we saw four Prairie Falcons, two of which were roosting.

    Shortly past the Palisades area we came upon large areas of tree fall, heavy brush or both. As much as we lost and were able to relocate the trail through the tree fall, once into the heavy brush we lost it completely. After searching around a bit we found an elk trail and decided to follow it until reaching a point where it thinned out and we could head directly toward where the trail should be. As reliable as large game trails have been for us in the past, we came to an absolute dead end, where seemingly the elk backed up some distance before heading off in another direction. Since the dead end was within a hundred yards of what appeared to be an open area near where the trail should be, we decided to try and wade through the brush. big mistake... while the first part of the thicket was gray-colored brush that was old-dying and relatively easy to push through, all of a sudden I'm being poked and prodded from all directions... it moments it had changed into sharp thorny brush and I was stopped literally in my tracks, hooked from everywhere.
    Time to detach myself and backtrack as far as the elk did, and head in the opposite direction than me desired, so it took quote a bit more winding through thick brush until finally reconnecting with the trail. From there on we were cruising, which was a good thing, because again dark clouds were building and we could already hear thunder. Once we hit the Moody Trail it was just a matter of a long winding climb back up to Moody TH followed by the walk back along FR487 to the Carr TH where we began.

    We hit the road and by time we reached Parker Creek TH some 5 miles down 288 the thunderstorm had already begun. By time we reached the Salt River the whole northern sky was a dark as on Saturday when the wind and hail followed us back to Globe. Only this time it seemed to stay farther north and our return trip was uneventful... if you discount the 15-20 minutes when we were stopped on US 60 just west of Top-of-the-World where a road crew had just completed respraying the yellow center stripes and was dilly-dallying around before finally pulling off to let the now some 30+ vehicles (that I eventually could see) waiting behind us.

    In the end, another prefect day for hiking in the Sierra Ancha... a nice heavy rainstorm the night before so the air was crisp and clean, the trail soft underfoot and a lower humidity than Saturday, we couldn't have asked for better conditions. For us the secret to success is to get there early, get the hike in by early afternoon and leave before the monsoon storms hit.

    Plenty of photos again, with 40 posted on HAZ and the full set of 85 on my web site.

    Sorry, no video... Tracey won't let me post a short video of her attempting to walk up a large tree trunk before it came apart. [-X
    Rim Trail #139 Loop
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    Try 2 and 3 to find a doable route to the Devils Chasm Ruins.
    How I spent my day with the 4-J's (John, John, Joel, Joe)

    Weather and Conditions, turned out to be just about perfect. Winds were calm, the snow that we were told we would run into, even before the Closed/Locked Gate a Workman Creek Campsite, was not there. The gate is closed at this point every year from Dec 15 to Mar 31.
    This added a little more than 5 miles to our hike. There was snow on the road above the Falls, but luckily for us, both walking in (Temps in the mid 30's) and coming back (after a day in the 50's) we had little trouble walking on top of the Snow. The Moody Point trail also had snow until you got down 800' or so in elevation.

    Since our previous attempt last year falling .1 mile short of the ruins, we had been checking TOPO maps to find another route down. With two possible traced tracks loaded in our GPS's, we headed back to the Abyss.

    This type of hiking is not for everyone.
    Once dropping off the edge of the cliff, you make your way down very steep, loose, scree filled drainage's. "Lookout Rock" is frequently heard. You have to be very sure of your hand and foot holds, the alternative does not lend positive results. :o

    The first canyon we went down, we got stopped at a 30' drop. JohnLP scoured the cliffs awhile for other possibilities, to no avail.
    .4 mile from the Ruins as the Crow flies.

    So it was back up and on to try #2 for the day. We worked our way over to the next Canyon South East of our first try on the day. The views from up here are top notch.
    It wasn't going to badly, but I finally got to a point where I was not comfortable with what was below. John, John, and Joel continued on a bit further, while Joe and myself climbed a bit higher to find a sunnier spot for some lunch. This time we got a littler closer, but still .3 miles away if you were a crow.

    The walk out on the Moody Point trail and down the Forrest road to the truck was not as bad as we expected it to be. We figured with the warmer temps for the day, the snow would be melting and we'd be post holing all the way back. That was not the case and the mud was not bad either.

    A big thanks to Joel : app : for driving and JJ3 for Dinner in Globe... :FG:

    No Auto Rotations were witnessed on this hike!
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    Another cool hike in the Arizona wilderness. Joe set a blistering pace, and didn't let up for even a minute the whole hike. :D There is much more future exploration to be done in this area. Nice to hike with Chris and Joe again. Thanks Chris for setting this up and driving.
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    i wanted something nice to hike on my father's day gift (go do an awesome hike) and my forest is closed. i toyed around with an out and back on an AZT segment but didn't really feel like the drive. finally i decided on the big loop of aztec peak from parker canyon.

    really nice day for this hike. the parker creek trail is the star of the show in my opinion with big magnificent trees along the beginning climb. the saddle is another place worthy of a nice sit a'while (which i did...twice). the segment passing over the head of coon creek canyon is a bit overgrown but not horrendous, though there are myriad things to stab and poke the pumpkin out of you. there are also a couple sizable patches of poison ivy along the beginning of parker creek to watch out for.

    the abbey's way trail starts out pretty sweet, skirting the meadow, before heading into the burn area from the fire. currently this section is moderately overgrown with a handful of downed trees that are a bit of a bother (there are a similar amount on parker creek but they are much easier to get around). the route can be a little tough to follow through this area until it starts switchbacking up aztec peak, but not horrible (almost).

    aztec peak was awesome as always. i talked with Red for a few. his obvious concern for a fire breaking out in the sierra ancha is palpable and understandable.

    the walk down the fsr is really quite pleasant. moody point was kind of a cool trail. it's overgrown a bit in the middle with massive ferns that literally tower over head. the bottom is fine.

    took the rim trail back to parker creek. a neat trail for sure. parts are perfect, parts are fair and a few short segments sketchy...but overall it's very nice and passes through some cool stuff, including super sweet views down devils chasm and coon creek canyon. saw a few cows in the middle of nowhere, which i initially thought was for sure a pack of bloodthirsty bears coming to eat me... :sl:

    the last stretch of the rim trail and the short climb back up to the parker saddle was the only part of the day when i felt really hot, otherwise a great, great day for a totally awesome hike in the sierra ancha. each trail offered something unique to hike, and a commonality amongst them was the willingness to stab, rip and poke the pumpkin out of me all day... :y:
    Rim Trail #139 Loop
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    Joe and I had been talking about this for awhile, it just so happened that Bart01 (Joel) mentioned he wanted to do it also. The recent trip by Johnnie and Glutz stirred up the need to do this, so we started putting a plan into motion.

    We scoped out Google Earth and Topo maps to see what made the best sense. You can do all the map reading you want to, but you just aren't going to know until you get your feet on the ground and start plodding away.

    Starting from the Moody TH, the Moody Point trail, and armed with some potential drop in points, I took us down to an area that looked feasible and dropped into the Canyon and followed the wash for the most part. There was some deadfall and trees to go through, but it really wasn't all that bad. Some of the maples showed a hint of changing color, but for the most part all was green down there.

    For the most part you are going through maples and doing some down climbing and boulder hopping to get down. All was going real well and we started getting the feeling that we are going to get there pretty easily. At the .7 mile mark from dropping into the canyon, Joe yelled back "Did you guys bring a 400' rope?". At this point we could no longer follow the wash down as it dropped off about 250' to the canyon floor below. At this point by our GPS, we were only about 1/4 mile from the Ruins. We decide to go higher on the North wall of the canyon to try and get closer and at the very least get a view of the Ruins. We slowly bushwhacked our way around through thick underbrush and loose rocks, to a point at the Base of a 40' rock spire. Here we were .1 of a mile from the ruins and could not see them... Pumpkin... We knew they had to be nestled just around the corner, but no luck.

    From this spire, it appeared that there was a possible route down, dropping straight south to get to the canyon floor. It would be a steep scramble down, and a steep scramble back up. After assessing our options, energy level, time of day, we retreated with our tails between our legs.

    Got to see a Black Rattler on the way out.
    Hopefully Joel's picture turned out better than mine.

    Joe had control of the Video Camera again today....
    Enjoy his view of the world
    (The first few snips are of the Workman Creek Falls on the way in)

    I still had a great time out there. Bart01 (Joel) good to finally meet you and thanks for driving!
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    Aztec Pk via Parker Crk & Moody Rim Lp
    Good hike, great company!

    Abbey's Way, upper Moody Point & Rim Trail were virtually cleared of dead fall. Parker had a half dozen downed trees. All of which are close to the ground and easy to step over.

    Back when I got my Camelbak I had the option of red or yellow. After much contemplation I chose red. Glad I did cause Red's ol' pooch prefers to pee on yellow. Poor John had to use a full bottle of water to douse his pack clean.

    Red was in good spirits so I coerced him to join in the "throwing of a Wendy". We didn't get the full Wendy from him so future visitors will need to bring home a full Red Wendy.

    We thought a future adventure down Devil's Chasm looked doable. Only to come home and look at the map... we were looking down two canyons south of Deep Creek. Whereas Devil's is two north, taking off directly NE from Hunt Spring. I'm still game, who's in ;)

    Bruce forced me into a couple signage photo shots yapping out obscene jokes to get me to smile. It was "be kind to seniors day" so naturally I obliged.

    Ms Chaos put us all to shame with her relentless endurance. Then scared the hell out of us with a leg show :scared:

    I think Tim#2 deserves to be the new Tim#1. Aside from his yawner jokes and ramblings about chicken fried chicken he's turned into a power horse in the last couple hikes.

    Jim took us to the dirtiest kitchen in Globe(Libby's) via the downtown tour. After we figured out how to get into the establishment we were greeted with buttered chips and salsa. Muy beano though it's a one round deal so Alan's favorite swimming pool bean hut takes the nod in the chips/salsa category. Beans and rice aren't standard with a plate and from those that got 'em sounds like you don't want 'em anyhow. Jim got his meal about five minutes after everyone else. On the bright side, the entree was excellent indeed! So in a pinch on a Sunday it's an option when Chalo's is closed.

    A great day. Thanks Jim!
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    Aztec Pk via Parker Crk & Moody Rim Lp
    My first adventure out to the Sierra Ancha Wilderness area. This is a sweet area!

    The trek up the Parker Creek trail right off the start was great. You go through about a 3 mi switchbacking trail in just about complete cover from the Sun. It traverses Parker Creek, which had a light flow in it. Nice and green deciduous cover, with the added bonus of the scent of pine.

    This trail flattens out for a short bit at the top before dropping down and making a bit of a climb to the climb to the Carr TH. A short road walk and you are at the Peterson TH and the Abbey's Way Trail. The meadow on this trail on the way to see Red has both John and myself fighting for the positioning of our retirement cabins.

    Red was a hoot. He was busy entertaining the many people that were visiting on this Memorial day weekend. There were probably 10 or so people (other than the 6 of us), that were in and out of Red's territory. They all had made the tough drive up in their pickups, mini vans, and quads.... with nothing more than a couple of beers to get them there. Red's dog is a real mooch and was going from person to person for handouts. It looks like he's been doing pretty good at getting them.

    After a break, we said goodbye to Jim and started our return loop to Moody Point Trail and then the Rim Trail. Both of these were interesting in their own ways.

    All the trails on this day were in good shape. Some deadfall here and there, but nothing too bad. All in all I loved this trek today.
    It was great making some new hiking partners... Jim, John, Tim, and juLIZiachaos, and I put up with hiking with Joe again today.

    Oh yea... Liz is one crazy hiker. We need to keep an eye on her. She needs to get into Hikers Anonymous. She spent close to 14hrs doing the Mother Lode the day before, got 1-1/2 hr's of sleep and did +18 miles today. It's nice to see that she is relaxing on Monday.... NOT, she's off to the Supes at 4:30am.
    I think it was Berk that said she is the "real deal".... I'm in total agreement.

    Thanks to Jim for driving today!

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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Phoenix: Take Hwy 60 (Superstition Freeway) east 75 miles to Globe/Miami. Turn left (northwest) onto Hwy 188 (GPS coordinates 33o 24.959'N, 110o 49.741'W) and drive 14 1/2 miles to intersection with Hwy 288 (GPS coordinates 33o 33.920'N, 110o 57.210'W). Take Hwy 288 Scenic Byway towards Young. In about 4 1/2 miles you will cross the Salt River Bridge (GPS coordinates 33o 37.155'N, 110o 55.310'W). Pass by FR203, also known as Cherry Creek Road (GPS coordinates 33o 38.582'N, 110o 57.104'W) another 2 1/2 miles further up the road. Follow Hwy 288 past the Parker Creek Trail #160 southern trail head (GPS coordinates 33o 47.795'N, 110o 58.154'W) near the paved/gravel road transition. Hwy 288 will soon gain considerable elevation through a series of switchbacks. Continue a total of 25 1/4 miles on Hwy 288 from the Hwy 188 intersection until you reach FR487 at GPS coordinates 33o 50.794'N, 110o 58.121'W near mile marker 284. Travel east on FR487 roughly parallel to Workman Creek passing the designated camp grounds "Creek Side", "Cascade", and "Falls" in sequence. At the time of this writing, FR487 is blocked near the Falls camp ground, about 2 1/2 miles from Hwy 288. There is parking for several vehicles along FR487 near this temporary trail head.

    My GPS noted 125 miles traveled from my home in Ahwatukee to the FR487 trail head parking. Travel time was just over 3 hours including a couple of short stops for coffee and gasoline. GPS coordinates for trail head are 33o 49.439'N, 110o 56.308'W.
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