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Pinal Mountains 4X Super LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 16 2010
AZOutdoorsman
Hiking23.60 Miles 5,803 AEG
Hiking23.60 Miles   8 Hrs   56 Mns   2.64 mph
5,803 ft AEG
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Pinal Mountains 4X Super-Hike (The whole enchilada)! : )

This is a nice "big" hike encompassing all 4 of the main trails (Six-shooter, Icehouse, Telephone, and Kellner) on the NE slopes of Pinal Mountains. Combined 23.6 Miles/ 5,803' AEC - today's total trail time 8:56.

This was my last "big" training hike for the upcoming RX3 hike and I wanted to simulate that as close as I could so I started at the top of the mtn making the hike down, up, down, and finishing up (like RX3). Nice drive up the mtn, enjoying the distant views with the cool mtn air rolling through the open windows and sunroof as I listen to the latest Daughtry CD - life is good! I choose the Six-Shooter (SS) TH as my starting point/car park. The temp is a nice 68 degrees at nearly 10:30 am (got a late start but hope to complete before dark).

Official start 10:22 am and I am heading down SS trail. It's in good condition and several creek crossings that help cool my body - I utilize on my first refuel break (1.5 hour intervals as I will do on RX3 -hydration and fuel/energy are even more critical on extreme hikes). I reach the CCC TH at 12:16 and it's much warmer of course in the lower elevations. First of four legs complete I now head up Icehouse for the hottest leg (2) on the open lower slopes and reach the top at 2:10 and back to car by 2:21 to refill the 100 oz camelback bladder. The GPS shows the first loop was 10.9 Miles and 3,066' AEC.

I head back down at 2:33 on SS to reach Telephone for leg 3 back down the mountain. Looking back, I found this trail to be my favorite and also found myself singing the old ELO song Telephone Line ("Hello... How are you?") as I took-in all this trail had to offer me - good stuff ; ). Side note: I ordered ELO's Greatest Hits so I can listen to some hiking, psyching rock on the drive up next time! : ) Anyway, I reached the bottom of Telephone and the start of leg 4, Kellner at 4:30 - (first a small section of Icehouse to reach Kellner). About halfway up Kellner I hear something scurrying through the forest and see a couple black bears, a sow and her yearling cub - very cool! : ).

I barely got out before dark, reaching the top of Kellner at 6:39 and back at the car by 7:18. The second loop was 12.7 Miles and 2,749' AEC. The heat took a little out of me and making the last leg uphill did as well - but overall felt pretty good. Great trail system and excellent for EC training. RX3 here I come! : )

In gratitude and give thanks to those who created this trail system, to Joe for the site and making this info easily available, to Fritzski for the write-ups and bringing these hikes to our attention, and to all who contributed excellent Triplogs to share their experience with us. Thanks everyone! : )
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