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East Mountain Trail #214, AZ

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Guide 22 Triplogs  3 Topics
Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Globe > Globe S
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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
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Distance One Way 3.75 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,156 feet
Elevation Gain -748 feet
Accumulated Gain 539 feet
Avg Time One Way 2.25 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.55
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Author PrestonSands
author avatar Guides 168
Routes 149
Photos 5,534
Trips 1,317 map ( 6,690 miles )
Age 42 Male Gender
Location Oro Valley, AZ
Co-Author Chapman
co-author avatarGuides 2
Routes 0
Photos 50
Trips 14 map (82 Miles)
Age 41 Male Gender
Location Twin Oaks, MO
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Preferred   Oct, May, Apr, Sep → 8 AM
Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  6:26am - 5:52pm
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east bound and down...
by PrestonSands & Chapman

Likely In-Season!
The East Mountain Trail follows the ridge line of East Mountain, on the eastern side of the Pinal Mountains, near Globe.

Beginning at Pioneer Pass Trailhead below Pinal Peak, begin following an old jeep road uphill to the east. A splintered wooden trail sign soon lets you know that you are on the East Mountain Trail #214. After a short time, the road becomes a trail, and enters the pine forest of upper Pinal Creek canyon. The trail proceeds to climb higher on the north slope of the ridge through ponderosa pines and plentiful gambel oaks. There are some good views of Pinal Peak to the west in this area. After passing through a brushy saddle, the trail climbs gently as it rounds the eastern side of the 6760' hill. This stretch provides wonderful views of the Pinal Pass area, and the vast expanse of the San Carlos Apache Reservation. At the next saddle, known as "Dead Tree Saddle", the East Mountain Trail crosses over to the west side of the ridge, and contours along the forested slopes of 6892 foot East Mountain. The trail rejoins the ridge line just north of East Mountain, then begins a long and gradual descent along the spine of the ridge. North of East Mountain the trail begins to fade, but well placed cairns keep one on track. The vegetation changes back and forth from pine forest to brush, all the while offering nice views of the Pinal Mountains, the Globe area, and the Apache Reservation.

About a mile past East Mountain, the trail drops off the west side of the ridge, and begins switchbacking down to the floor of Pinal Creek. At the bottom of the switchbacks, the trail encounters a large sycamore tree, at the base of which is Bear Paw Spring. The cement trough was full of water when I hiked this trail. The East Mountain Trail soon comes to an end where it meets the Toll Road Trail #200, at the bottom of the canyon. It is only a 0.25 mile hike to the south on the Toll Road Trail to where it meets up with forest road 112, at the unsigned Lower East Mountain Trailhead. Return the way you came, or hike 1.55 miles up forest road 112, back to the Pioneer Pass Trailhead.

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2006-11-02 PrestonSands & Chapman

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    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 / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    From the highway 60/highway 188 junction in Globe, head east on hwy 60 for 2.9 miles. Turn left onto Broad Street at the stoplight. Follow Broad Street for 1.1 miles, then turn right at the fork, where you will immediately cross railroad tracks and a bridge (this becomes Six-Shooter Road). Follow Sixshooter Road for 0.9 miles, then turn right onto Icehouse Canyon road. After 1.75 miles on Icehouse Canyon Road, Kellner Canyon Road splits to the right. Stay left, and follow the road another 8.25 miles to Pioneer Pass (the site of Pioneer Pass Trailhead, 10.0 miles from Sixshooter Road).
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