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McFadden Super Loop, AZ
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McFadden Super Loop, AZ 
McFadden Super Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 19 2015
BiFrost
Hiking20.48 Miles 4,391 AEG
Hiking20.48 Miles   10 Hrs   18 Mns   2.20 mph
4,391 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Joe put together a great loop that was derived from an earlier trip to Elephant Arch. We hiked up McFadden Horse Trail from Hwy 288 to get to the arch gaining 1600 feet right from the start. Once on top we had excellent views traversing out to the arch with this area definitely the highlight of the loop. Just the approach to the arch was half the fun negotiating the rocky cliffs and great views. We took a nice break at the arch before heading downhill and another traverse towards McFadden Peak.

On the road to McFadden Peak the views again were excellent and the tower was in good shape. Spent some time checking it out with birds eye view of the entire range. Coming off the top we picked up the Park McFadden Trail and followed this down several miles to Circle Ranch and Reynolds Creek area. Lots of shade on the way down with impressive stands of ponderosa and large oaks. We crossed Hwy 288 and headed up another road following Reynolds Creek for a few miles.

We finished off the day looping around to Cienega Spring which was nice surprise. The spring box was feed by a pipe with very clean looking water and cool meadow area. From there we followed Cienega Spring Trail to close the loop from where we started early in the morning.
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