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Telephone Pinal Peak Six Shooter, AZ
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Telephone Pinal Peak Six Shooter, AZ 
Telephone Pinal Peak Six Shooter, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 16 2014
Hiking13.29 Miles 3,725 AEG
Hiking13.29 Miles   6 Hrs   48 Mns   2.19 mph
3,725 ft AEG      44 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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I hear that the best time to hike this mountain is in October, but Pinal Mountain also provides a nice change of pace from the Valley heat. I hiked up and down Icehouse Canyon about a year ago. This time I decided to try a loop hike. Starting from the CCC day use area at about 6:30am, I took a trek up Telephone connecting with Six Shooter and on up to Ferndell Spring. I then took Ferndell 204 to the area just below Pinal Peak (I skipped the Peak because of a group of ATV’s motoring around up there), followed the dirt road back to the junction with Six Shooter just above Ferndell Spring and returned to the TH along Six Shooter.

I really enjoyed this hike. The trail was soft from recent rainfall, yet still firm underfoot, making for a nice cushiony hike. Once you reach the canopy of trees after 45 minutes or so, it’s almost all shade the rest of the way up and down. There was a nice breeze throughout most of the hike, keeping me cool on an otherwise warm day. The rich, woodsy scent added to the splendor of the hike. The trek down Six Shooter canyon was fun. It was nice having gravity on my side after all the heavy breathing on the way up. The final 30-45 minutes on the hike down Six Shooter was exposed and warm, the only part of the hike I didn’t relish. I was glad I brought plenty water with me. I needed it during that last stretch.

Surprisingly, I didn’t see another hiker all day. I saw a doe and two fawns on Ferndell 204 just before the peak. Rather than trying to snap a pic and risk ruining the moment, I stood still and admired the trio for as long as possible. The two fawns were quite the show, prancing and darting about while the doe kept watch. I passed a nice lady on horseback on the lower portion of Six Shooter just before the day use area and the end of my hike. She remarked how beautiful a day it was. I agreed wholeheartedly, but after 13+ miles, I was ready for some A/C and a cheeseburger!
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