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Coon Creek TR#254 (Sierra Ancha)
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Coon Creek TR#254 (Sierra Ancha)Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2012
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking5.40 Miles 1,455 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles
1,455 ft AEG
 
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This was a day hike to explore part way up the old unmaintained TR #254 from the Oak Creek Trailhead to an unnamed side canyon off of Coon Creek Canyon. Our plan was to explore up the side canyon as far as we could go in the time available. Grasshopper and I got to the Oak Creek TH at 9:30 am. The 4+ mile road from highway 288 to the trailhead was in good condition and suitable for 2 wheel drive, moderate ground clearance vehicles. It was my first time there so spent a few minutes checking out the cabin. The cabin has had some repairs over the years and is usable although I prefer a tent for overnighters over staying in a packrat infested old cabin. The cabin is in a beautiful setting with views of the cliffs of Zimmerman Point to the West, Coon Creek Canyon to the north and south and Coon Creek Butte to the east.

It was a beautiful day for a hike with clear skys and temps in the mid to high 60s. We started off from the trailhead on Coon Springs Trail 120 which follows the old #254 trail for approximatley 0.6 miles to where 254 forks off to the left. An old trail sign pointing out trail 254 is still at this intersection even though 254 is no longer maintained. We continued to follow the unmaintained section of Trail 254 up Coon Crk Canyon to the mouth of the side slot canyon which was our destination. We lost the trail in a couple spots and had to go around some heavy deadfall in a couple of sections - also encountered possible poison ivy growing in the trail. Leaving the trail to get to the mouth of the side canyon proved to be very difficult requiring us to crawl up the steep dry creek bed through thorn bushes, log jams and boulder piles. We only went about 0.25 miles before being stopped by huge boulders blocking our path at the narrow gap in the cliffs that formed the opening of the side canyon. Climbing over them was possible but a little too much exposure for us old guys - not a good place to get a broken leg and we were running out of time. We made a wise decision to head back to the trailhead and had plenty of time to hit Libby's in Globe for a Mexican feast on the way back.
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