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LOST - Queen Creek Canyon SegmentGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 11 2014
AZLumberjack
Hiking4.00 Miles 555 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   36 Mns   1.54 mph
555 ft AEG4 LBS Pack
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I met up with Randy (rwstorm) at the parking lot of the Boyce Thompson Arboretum about 3 miles West of Superior. We haven't seen each other in a while so it turned into a two hour BS session that included new cameras, HAZ tracks, cell phones and on and on. We finally talked about taking a hike as long as we were in the area and settled on the old Hwy 60 trail from Superior up to the tunnel.

We drove into Superior and stopped at the Tourist Information Center (the old red caboose on the North side of the highway) where we picked up some local maps and information about hiking trails. We were concerned about the "Keep Out" signs at the trailhead, but we were assured that it was okay to pass the gate and hike the roadway. We parked our vehicles a short distance from the locked gate and prepared for the short hike up the deserted road.

The years haven't been kind to the old road and the only traffic would be service vehicles traveling as far as the large water storage tank a short distance beyond the gate. From the water tank, the road makes a sharp hairpin turn and begins to gain altitude. There are several scenic points along the way where you can capture both old and new bridges spanning the Queen Creek Gorge.

There are several colorful trees lining the creek below the road with a few Ash providing the most brilliant yellow colors. Most of the Sycamore trees are past their prime colors but still have golden leaves that shine in the afternoon sun. Some Willow and a few Cottonwood round out the tallest of the trees.

As we continued on up the road, it's clear to see that this roadway passed over an even older road surface buried beneath it. We crossed old concrete bridges that were part of the previous highway, one partially buried, was plugged with boulders.

We finally arrived at the old tunnel which runs under the present tunnel and found old drill rods still sticking out of the walls. This old tunnel must have a colorful history associated with the capped pipes sticking out of the walls, large diameter drill holes going nowhere and concrete foundations along the roadway.

A short distance past the tunnel, the old Hwy 60 intersects with the current Hwy 60 and the traffic keeps whizzing past, oblivious to our presence. From here it was just a matter of turning around and retracing our path on back to the trailhead. The day was a bit warm so it felt good to get into the shade of the bridges and the towering cliffs far above us.

Once back at the trailhead, we stowed our gear and headed to Porter's Cafe for a couple of cold brew's and compare results on HAZ Tracks. Can't understand why my unit recorded 827 aeg while Randy's has about half that number :-k From there it was off to Los Hermanos for some good Mexican food and the drive home.

Thanks Randy for setting this one up on short notice, and thanks for buying the dinner. Let's not wait so long for another hike :y:
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
A bit late for some trees, but others had good coloring.
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On every trip into the Superstitions, I find another Gold Mine. Today the mine was filled with Memories. I can not wait for the next trip.
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