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Pinery Horsefall/Horsefall Cyn Shuttle, AZ
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Pinery Horsefall/Horsefall Cyn Shuttle, AZ 
Pinery Horsefall/Horsefall Cyn Shuttle, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2013
Hiking6.83 Miles 1,392 AEG
Hiking6.83 Miles
1,392 ft AEG
1st trip
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I was looking for a warmup hike for us to do prior to Silver Peak on Sunday, and I noticed this trail on the map just up the road from our planned campsite. No HAZ triplogs and no update on the Forest Service site as to post-Horseshoe 2 conditions, but we decided to go for it anyway. After driving down from Tucson, setting up camp and visiting a bit with our weekend companions, we drove up the road and set off.

The lower part of the trail follows Pinery Creek, which was wet in spots and Yellow Monkey Flowers abounded. The trail was good and easy to follow despite an evident lack of use once we were past the first quarter mile or so. A majority of the area covered by this trail burned in the Horseshoe 2 fire, but deadfall has been cleared from the trail and we saw signs of tread repair in a few spots.

We made our way up and over the Ridge into Horsefall Canyon and paused for a quick stop to check out Iron Spring before heading up the rest of the way to Jhus Horse Saddle, our turnaround point for the hike. We thought briefly about continuing on along the Shaw Peak Trail to Shaw Peak, but decided to save ourselves for Sunday. Before we headed down, we spotted a couple pallets of barbed wire fencing that had been helicopter dropped into the saddle, apparently for repairs remaining to be done.

As we headed down, I proposed an alternate return route, following Horsefall Canyon all the way out to North Fork. It looked on the map like there was one steep section so we weren't sure if we'd cliff out or not but we decided to give it a go. We did hit a couple spots where we encountered small drops that we decided to traverse around (they were probably butt-slideable but cindyl bruises easily :( ). After the canyon widened out, we soon found ourselves at Monkey Tank, where we picked up FR 709 for an easy walk out the rest of the way to Headquarters Windmill. From there it was just a bit further down FR 356 back to our camp near the junction of FR 356 and FR 42. I caught a RZR ride back up to get the the truck while cindyl got started on her post-hike beverage and then we had dinner and a nice evening with friends back in camp.

dry Iron Spring Dry Dry
Springbox full but not flowing.

dry Monkey Tank Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max North Fork Horsefall Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
Headquarters Windmill pumping at a good flow.

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