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Haunted Canyon #203Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2014
DarthStiller
Hiking8.20 Miles 1,950 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.26 mph
1,950 ft AEG
 
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It had been over 10 years since I last hiked Haunted Canyon, which was done as a shuttle hike. And when I did that, I never hiked down to Tony Ranch. I’ve been getting tired of driving farther and farther north and beyond to hike far away trails just because I’ve never hiked them before (and my tires are getting a little worn and ready for a change), so I decided to stay semi-local and hike some eastern Supes trails. During the winter months, it also seems to make the most sense to take advantage of the mild weather and hike near home. I had a GPS when I hiked this trail last, but that was the first year or 2 of owning one and I never saved the tracks then. So now I had a few different reasons to go back to this area and check out a spot I still had never been to.

We started from the mini-TH along FR287A and took the Haunted Canyon Trail 203 up over the ridge and into Haunted Canyon. The weather was a little chilly, but for Alex it was frigid. Once we reached Grapevine Spring, he pointed to the formation of paper thin ice on the surface of the water as vindication of his thin blood.

The saddle before you descend into the canyon has some very nice views of what I think were the Sierra Anchas to the NE. On our way down, we missed the Paradise Trail junction, which is apparently right at the cattle tank. We never saw any trail marker. Once at the bottom in the canyon, the junction with the Bull Basin Trail is easily found.

Walking along the bottom of the canyon was very nice. The trees provide almost constant shade. There were a lot of wildlife tracks. I noticed a few tracks that looked like it might have been several javalina walking in a single file. There were also several paw marks with no claw marks, possibly indicative of mountain lions.

At the junction for the spur trail to Tony Ranch there were some backpackers in the camping area there. We made our way down to the ranch, which was easier than I thought. The trail there is very well marked and in better shape than a lot of official trails in the eastern Supes. At the ranch we saw 2 tents pitched right in front of the cabin with an unattended smoldering campfire, in clear violation of the posted rules. There was no actual damage being done to anything as far as we could see, but it was annoying trying to get decent pics of the cabin with someone’s gear right in front of it. We walked around the cabin and went inside and checked everything out. The 3-ring binder inside has quite a lot of info on the ranch and the Superstition Area Land Trust (SALT) complete with business cards. There’s even a copy of the latest Stewart/Carlson book on the eastern Supes. The logs that formed the makeshift wall inside seemed to be rather new looking. On the desk were several Coleman propane canisters and in the corner were some new modern looking axes and shovels. It made me wonder if there’s any work that’s ever done around there to preserve or excavate anything. Once we came out of the cabin the 2 campers at the cabin were just coming back from their hike. We talked with them briefly (avoiding the subject of their rule violations) and then left.

Once we got back to the Haunted Canyon Trail, the campers were already gone. We walked a little further east on the trail and then took lunch and headed back. Even at 11am, it was pretty chilly in the shade at the bottom of the canyon there. Once we were out of the trees on our way back up the hill, we took off our sweatshirts it was getting so warm.
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