Ferndell Trail #204, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 1.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,800 feet
Elevation Gain -280 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
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Author PrestonSands
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Location Oro Valley, AZ
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Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:33am - 7:26pm
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🔥 2021 Telegraph Fire266.7 mi**
🔥 2017 Pinal Fire7.2k
🔥 2000 Peak Fire1.1k
🔥 2000 Peak Fire12.4 mi*
🔥 2000 Peak13.9 mi*
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by PrestonSands

The Ferndell Trail #204 is a short connector trail that runs between the Sixshooter Trail #197 and the Squaw Spring Trail #196 near the top of 7848 foot Pinal Peak, in the Pinal Mountains near Globe. This trail doesn't appear to see much traffic, but it is maintained and relatively easy to follow. Although short, it is a great trail to see fall colors on and would be easy enough for children to hike.

Beginning at the Pinal Peak Trailhead at the end of forest road 651F, the Ferndell Trail leaves the north side of the parking lot and enters a small burned area of short locust trees and Gambel Oaks. The trail begins to descend past rounded boulders of lichen-covered granite as it leaves the burned area and soon comes to the first aspen grove on the left side of the trail. Beyond the aspen grove, the trail continues north and west through a forest of rocky mountain maple, Gambel Oak, and fir, with a fair amount of aspen. A few short breaks in the forest cover offer some glimpses down Sixshooter Canyon. At the 0.25 mile point, the Ferndell Trail encounters a side trail on the left that heads uphill to the Upper Pinal Campground. Now on the north side of Pinal Peak, the fern shrouded Ferndell Trail makes a short downhill drop before leveling out. As the trail contours along through the shady forest, it becomes an old road and passes another grove of tall aspens, mixed with maple trees. Keep going straight, where an old road crosses a short distance later. Soon you will arrive at the junction with the scenic Sixshooter Trail. Just past the Sixshooter junction, the trail passes an old rock foundation, and then a locked gate, before coming to an end at the parking area of the Ferndell Trailhead (0.8 miles one way). Somewhere in this area is Ferndell Spring. There is an open meadow-like area on the south side of the trailhead here, where new aspen shoots abound.

Return the way you came, or create a loop by taking one of the branches of road 651 back to the Pinal Peak Trailhead.

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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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2006-10-30 PrestonSands
    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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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To Ferndell Trailhead
    For best results use this Upper Pinal Trailheads

    At the junction of highways 60 & 188 in Claypool, turn right (south) onto Russell Road

    Odometer 0.0
    - South on Russell Road for 0.35 miles
    - DO NOT continue on Golden Hill, Russell turns right
    - Continue to 0.65 miles
    - DO NOT continue on Rose Mofford Way, Russell turns left
    - At 6.3 miles you reach FR 651

    Odometer 0.0
    - Turn right (south) on FR 651 ( dirt road )
    - Continue to 10.25 mi with FR 651C junction

    - Left on FR 651C 0.3 miles to Ferndell Trail ( lower )

    - Continue on FR 651 to 11.2 miles
    - Right on FR 651F, just 0.7 miles to the Pinal Peak Trailhead at the end

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 2 h 19 min without traffic
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 2 h 49 min without traffic
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 3 h 59 min without traffic
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills

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