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East Mountain Trail #214, AZ

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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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15  2018-06-08 kingsnake
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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  6:11am - 6:20pm
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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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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    East Mountain Trail #214
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    East Pinals Loop
    East Mountain Trail #214
    The lower access isn't winning any awards. The upper trailhead and top quarter mile are blah. The core delivers. Fabulous distant views through tall pines. Low expectations transitioned to wows throughout. Per usual @PrestonSands wrote a nice description. Apparently this trail has received well deserved maintenance since 2006. If hiking the Pinals out of Autumn foliage, this will be on my radar.

    Pioneer Trail #196
    This trail has received serious trail maintenance since 2013. Great trail. Signage still says Squaw Spring 196. FS website still calling it Pioneer Trail 196.

    Ferndell Trail #204
    Year 'round winner, worthy for any loop.

    Icehouse Canyon Trail #198
    Bruce noticed the upper end was remarkably groomed and cut well into the slope. He's always correct. We passed a group of 9 ACE workers tackling multiple areas. New large aluminum water trough built to last installed over a half mile north of Telephone junction. No fire damage in the top mile or so. The torching builds down to Telephone junction. All traveled fine. No trees to climb over on any of our loop today, just easily stepped over a couple.

    Telephone Trail #192 - Pinal
    Icehouse side is torched for the most part. Views over to Kellner and down Icehouse are torched. Sixshooter side pines are mostly intact with some mixed burn. Trail itself is in decent condition.

    Six Shooter Trail #197
    Always a winner. We thought the 3/4 mile to Ferndale sign was missing a solid mile. Perhap a quarter mile short, the steep grade just feels like an extra mile...lol

    Better than anticipated multiple loop. We lucked out on temps averaging 5 degrees cooler than normal. 5k loops this close to the Sonoran Skillet in late June are likely not this nice.
    East Mountain Trail #214
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    East Mountain Loop - Pinals
    Now that the Pinal Mountains are 'open for business' again we decided it was time to head back out there for a relatively 'cool' hike. Which hike should we do? We chose East Mountain for a number of reasons... it wasn't hit by the July 2017 fire but it WAS hit by fire back in May 2009.

    I first hiked this trail in June 2009, less than a month after a fire on East Mountain, revisited it a year later to see the changes, and now over 8 years since the fire we decided to see the recovery.

    The road up to Pioneer Pass is in GREAT shape... a ton of work was done on it to repair the extensive erosion damage and erosion will be above somewhat above normal for many years to come, so right now it's likely it is as good as it will be for a long time.

    Unfortunately I neglected to look at my photos from 2009 before this hike so my 'comparison' photos aren't in the exact same spots, but with some careful cropping I was able to come pretty close for comparison sake.

    The hike itself was pretty much uneventful and for the most part the trail is in good shape, with the exception of some dead-fall for a few hundred yards along the ridge just north of East Mountain summit.

    Off and on we had views of Pinal Peak so we were able to see the damage from the fire over there. As we approached our parking spot near Pioneer Pass campground we encountered a pair of mule deer... the only wildlife encounters other than a few squirrels and a red-tailed hawk.

    We started at 77 degrees with a high of 91, but with the hazy sky and nice breeze Tracey had no complaints about heat. (Two days earlier I dealt with high humidity and a high of 106 so she already knew any complaint would fall on deaf ears.) :-$
    East Mountain Trail #214
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    A return trip back to East Mountain to claim the peak which the trail skirts just below and we also wanted to see if there would be any running water in Pinal Creek along Toll Road Trail, which is a very nice trail, and there was.

    We started at the lower Icehouse C.C.C trailhead and chatted with the site host who gave a a real nice trail map. A few more downed trees across the trails, I think I counted maybe a dozen or so, but all easy to get around. The short off trail section up and down to/from the peak was straight forward, staying high on the ridgeline. Saw a couple names in the register that I recognized from the HAZ site. The hike down 112 was a very pleasant road walk. Passed a few campers but no traffic on the road.

    I like to hike the trails I really enjoy in different times of the year to get a full appreciation of the area. I plan on returning to East Mountain in the summer :)
    East Mountain Trail #214
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    Added this hike to the list after reading the triplog posted by rayhuston on 9/5. We parked and started from the Una Del Oso TH and hiked the loop clockwise, Una Del Oso :next: Toll Road :next: East Mountain :next: Pioneer :next: Ferndell :next: Six Shooter. The gem was East Mountain, great trail, and forever views. Pioneer was a nice trail but sure was a slog up, I was sure glad to see those towers appear. We had lunch on top off the Ferndell Trail and boy was it cold. With the wind chill I suspect it was in the low 40's. Six Shooter looked a little battered at the top but the lower half was as nice as ever. Hit 112 and then hiked the half mile to the truck. No other hikers seen the entire trip.
    East Mountain Trail #214
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    Pinal Mountain Eastern Loop
    Pinal Mountain was on my mind for this weekend, but I wanted to do something other than the four popular trails, each of which I've hiked at least twice. I pulled up the Pinal Mtn map to see all of the possibilities. I found several trails on the east side that I hadn't been on. These new trails would get me to the top of the mountain from the east side and make a nice loop with one of the popular north/south trails on the downside (I chose Telephone). I started on Six Shooter and followed FR 112 a short distance to Una Del Oso.

    This would have been a great hike were it not for the steady rain starting on the East Mountain Trail all the way to Pinal Peak. Rather than enjoying expansive views, I was stuck in soup and rain for probably the nicest portion of the hike. As I approached the junction with Pioneer Trail, I couldn't even see Pinal Mountain, and it was right in front of me! By the time I got to the top of the Pioneer Trail, my boots were full of water and felt like lead.

    The trails on this route were mostly good to great. The Pioneer Trail near the top (last 1/2 mile or so) and the Ferndell trail were overgrown but nothing thorny enough to slow you down. A section of Six Shooter was washed out just above the junction with Telephone, but easy enough to get around.

    This was a great workout hike on mostly good trails. The views on East Mountain would have been spectacular were it not for the rain and fog. I think I will do this one again.
    East Mountain Trail #214
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    Today was to be a 4x4 trail exploration day south of Pinal Peak but we couldn't very well go a whole day without at least a short hike, and since we were driving right by the TH we figures this was as good a trail as any. Plus, I was a bit curious how much it has changed over the three years since the fire. I had been here 2 weeks after the fire, almost exactly a year later and this time a month over two years later and it seems to be coming back nicely.

    The temperature was only in the 70's at the TH so it was perfect weather. Still, being over 2 weeks since Tracey's last hike and my left ankle was still bothering me we figured we'd just go out at least as far as the overlook facing the San Carlos Reservation and return before continuing our 4x4 recon.

    I only took two photos to compare with my previous visits but they weren't anything special so I didn't bother to post them.
    East Mountain Trail #214
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    I had hiked the same trail almost to the day last year so wanting to get out of the heat of the easy valley we decided to make it a camp and hike. But when it got down to it, more than escaping the heat, I wanted to see how much change there would be one year after a pretty intense fire.

    [LAST YEAR]
    We hiked this trail last year without realizing there had been a fire until we came over a rise and found everything charcoal gray, almost turning back. But with such an eerie "gray-scale" look I couldn't help but want to take pictures of the scenery. Still, there were more than a few times I wondered about that decision. Hiking in Teva's through an environment where there were numerous camouflaged hot-spots. With the ground predominantly gray to white ash, one moment you'd be walking on solid ground, the next you'd be shin-deep in significantly warm ash. Thankfully not quite hot enough to cause burns or melt my sandals, but then I pulled my foot out pretty fast each time. Although I became more vigilant in my attempts to avoid these heat traps, some still caught me unawares. My hiking buddy had no such problem by following my footsteps while avoiding the spots where I dropped in. Although I hike in Teva's the majority of my hikes, due to the ash this was the dirtiest my feet ever got while hiking. Be sure to check out the filthy feet photos in the 2009 link below.

    [THIS YEAR]
    Not much to offer as far as adventures on the trail this time, but it WAS more pleasant this year. Not only was it cooler, there wasn't as much ash to tread through and no hot spots. Some areas looked almost no different than last year while others had recovered reasonably well.

    Photos of the hike are here:
    http://www.changephoenix.com/10/2010-06-26EastMtnPinal.html

    Compare with photos from one year ago (less than 2 weeks after the fire):
    http://www.changephoenix.com/09/2009-06-27EastMtn.html
    East Mountain Trail #214
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    We set off to hike this trail not realizing there had been a fire less than two weeks before. Only when we came over a rise less than .5 mile in did we find everything charcoal gray, and almost turned back. But with such an eerie "gray-scale" look I couldn't help but want to take pictures of the scenery.

    Still, there were more than a few times I wondered about that decision. Hiking in Teva's through an environment where there were numerous camouflaged hot-spots. With the ground predominantly gray to white ash, one moment you'd be walking on solid ground, the next you'd be shin-deep in significantly warm ash. These appeared to be where there were trees, but it had burned so intensely hot that there was nothing but white ash sometimes over 12" down. Thankfully none were quite hot enough to cause burns to my feet or melt my sandals, but then I didn't waste much time pulling my foot out each time. Although I became more vigilant in my attempts to avoid these heat traps, some still caught me unawares. Of course my hiking buddy had no such problem, he just followed my footsteps and simply avoiding the spots where I dropped in. Although I hike in Teva's the majority of my hikes, due to the ash this was the dirtiest my feet ever got while hiking. Be sure to check out the filthy feet in the hike photos at the link below.

    If it wasn't enough to encounter all the ash and hot spots, at a point almost all the way to the lowest point of the hike I realized I no longer had my collapsible snake hook in hand. Between the two of us we tried to recall when I last had it but even looking at some cell phone photos my hiking buddy took of me we weren't sure how far back it was. If it was something I could replace for $15-20 locally, I would have said "skip it". But not able to locate a local source for a reasonable price, I originally purchased it online for over $50 including shipping. So I felt it was worth backtracking to get it. Of course that was before it took a mile trek back uphill (adding over 600' more elevation gain) to locate it. Once we found it I recalled I had thrown it down to get my camera out quickly for an eagle flying by. Although I missed getting a good eagle photo, in my attempts I had climbed a rock that gave such a wonderful view I took several photos. By that time I totally forgot about the hook, and thus the need to backtrack later. (A further note on this... while the hook accompanied me and many more hikes, it got left on my rear bumper later in the year so I found myself ordering another one. As it turns out the new one is better made)

    Hike photos are here:
    http://www.changephoenix.com/09/2009-06-27EastMtn.html

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    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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