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Pioneer-Bobtail Ridge Loop, AZ
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Pioneer-Bobtail Ridge Loop, AZ 
Pioneer-Bobtail Ridge Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 03 2013
The_Eagle
Hiking13.42 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking13.42 Miles   9 Hrs   56 Mns   1.87 mph
4,400 ft AEG   2 Hrs   45 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Joe's turn to pick and plan...he started Friday night around 8pm. So we were off to the Pinals to do some trails I've never been on, and that Joe never completed.

Knew it was going to be one of those days when we missed the upper Pioneer #196 TH (Still signed as Squaw Spring #196). We turned around and saw the TH sign sticking out of the brush. At least this is friendly brush, and only lasted 3/4 mile. The pine trees kept coming and the views were quite nice.

A short walk on FR112 and we were on an old Jeep trail that on the map, led past 2 mines.
The first was a no show, the second had been filled in, but there were all sorts of interesting trinkets left behind.

From this point we bailed on a portion that Joe had drawn up because it was just to "Thick". We scouted a route down to get us over the Bob Tail Ridge Trail. We found an area that had been cleared long ago, removing all the sharp crap. It was steep and loose, but ultimately got us down to FR221 unscathed.

Now for the fun part... The Bobtail Ridge Trail #194. Joe mentioned (after we started the hike of course), that he's tried this trail from the top before. He said they'd bailed on going down because of the crappy conditions. I would not at all be surprised, if the last feet to touch this trail were Joe and Stillers 4 years ago. The GPS tracks we posted are actually "On Trail" for probably better than 95% of the time. The problem was that "The Trail" has all sorts of things growing in it that you have to go through, over, and under and love to rob you of your precious blood. My arms look like hamburger today. Sure the views were nice, but I would not recommend this trail to anyone, unless you are not playing with a full deck.

We started up top in the morning at 72*, it got up to 94.5* for a high, and finished at 77* back up top. It was in the 90's for the climb up Bobtail Ridge trail.

Saw 3 deer (one decent buck in velvet), a Woodpecker, blue jays, and 2 Coti running in front of the truck. We also could hear some Coti on the Pioneer Trail.
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Squaw Spring
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Squaw Spring Dripping Dripping
Couldn't tell the flow. It's surrounded by a fence and encased in a metal tank. The ground was wet around it, but could see no area were you could filter from.
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