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Sixshooter-Telephone Ridge-Signal Pk-Pinal Pk, AZ
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Sixshooter-Telephone Ridge-Signal Pk-Pinal Pk, AZ 
Sixshooter-Telephone Ridge-Signal Pk-Pinal Pk, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2014
rayhuston
Hiking7.37 Miles 2,040 AEG
Hiking7.37 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   2.57 mph
2,040 ft AEG      3 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Anticipation always gets the better of me. I wanted to get in a short hike at higher elevation to help (I hope) acclimate me for a much longer hike I plan to do tomorrow, which is along much of this same route on Pinal Mountain. I thought about going to the Rim Country, but Pinal has been on my mind for weeks now, so why not.

I started my hike at the Ferndell Spring TH and followed Preston's Sixshooter-Telephone Ridge loop. I meant to just do this loop and call it a day, but once I got to the Signal Peak turnoff, I thought why not. And since I did this peak, might as well do Pinal Peak, too. After Pinal Peak, I turned left on 651 and took the Ferndell trail back to the trailhead. I saw a good sized white tail doe bounding across the trail about 50 feet in front of me. Man, I wish I could cover ground like they do. It was there and gone before I could think about getting my camera out.

The sky was mostly cloudy to overcast at the start. The leaves are showing some color in the usual areas, but with little sunshine the scenery was somewhat muted. It started raining when I hit the ridgeline. The forecast was sunny, so I muttered a bit under my breath when it hit. This was turning into a bad idea. Typical Arizona hit and run storm; it came in fast and left just as fast. It was mostly wind with a spraying sideways rain. I huddled next to some manzanita to avoid as much of the rain as I could, then continued on when it stopped.

The sun finally came out just as I was returning to the Ferndell trailhead. Beginning and ending photos show what a difference the sun makes on autumn foliage. Beautiful! Nice hike, rain and all.
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Not quite, but almost there.
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