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Pinal City (Ghost Town), AZ
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Pinal City (Ghost Town), AZ 
Pinal City (Ghost Town), AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 05 2015
Hiking3.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.50 mph
200 ft AEG
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1st trip
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After our return to Arizona and a couple of days to recover from the drive and unloading tasks, it was good to get out and stretch the legs a bit. My companion on this short hike was Jerry who helped me with packing the truck, took turns at driving from Minnesota and the unpacking of the truck.

I was just showing Jerry some of the sights between Apache Junction and Globe. We made a stop at Picket Post trailhead just to look around, and show Jerry the mountain and pointed out the route to the summit. We then drove on to the Pinal City pulloff and drove down by the creek for a tour around. Nobody else was in the area, but they left all the signs of having been there....I don't remember seeing so much junk, garbage and litter in this area :(

We walked around the area then, while crossing the creek, I noticed some small fish in the water (see photo). After standing still, the fish became more active and I could tell they were small Sunfish :D Didn't know there were fish in this creek, but knowing it's runoff from the Superior Water Treatment plant, I don't think I want to go fishing for them. We made our way up to the cliffs along the South side of the Ghost Town and visited some ruins, complete with Matate's. I noticed something black and sticky at the base of the cliff and Jerry told me to look up. I glanced up and there was a large honey comb hanging precariously from the ledge above my head. Okay, I didn't spend much time standing there :?

A bit more walking around then it was off to Oak Flats Campgrounds and the scenic road trip through the canyon, I love that short drive up to "Top of the World". We drove around the campgrounds and saw all the signs left by the protesters and only one person resting in a hammock under the shade trees. Then I showed Jerry the open pit mines along Hwy 60 which is the only drawback to the scenic drive.

On the way back we stopped at Porter's in Superior for lunch and a cool beer.... Awesome hamburger and fry's and finally back to Apache Junction for some more unpacking.
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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