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Two Bar Mountain Loop, AZ
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Two Bar Mountain Loop, AZ 
Two Bar Mountain Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 07 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking15.61 Miles 4,396 AEG
Hiking15.61 Miles   10 Hrs   4 Mns   1.82 mph
4,396 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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We had to take advantage of the cooler temps while we could and hit up some Supes.

I'd never hiked the Tule Canyon Trail before so we started this adventure there. The road to the Tule TH is quite acceptable for just about any car. Just keep an eye out for Bovines.

We took Tule until it drops into Tule Canyon. Here, there's Corrals, water troughs and a well road (FS1740) that appears to be used by local ranchers. Maybe the nearby Cross P Ranch.

We did a clockwise loop that starts to go off trail/road just past Two Bar Canyon and FS449A. It appears we could have gone farther South on the road and chose another route up, but this worked for us. The countryside wasn't too thick with sharp stuff, but I was glad for my long pants.

There are some shorted steep sections, but the steepest section was the part where we traversed around Peak 5114. We got cliffed out at this spot and had to drop down about 100' to go up. If you do this CCW route around 5114, after dropping down, hug tight to the cliff to avoid the thickest vegetation. After getting past 5114, it appears you could actually go around CW also.

We had lunch on the far North portion of the peak. Great! views of the Four Peaks, Roosevelt, Sierra Ancha's etc..
Plus there was a nice 300' straight drop down...
This was WELL worth the effort climbing up to this spot.

Two Bar Mountain Video :next: https://youtu.be/_x ... NihY

The plan next, was to go southish across the top of Two Bar Mountain and drop down on Two Bar Ridge Trail. All looked "doable" from the TOPO and Satellite views. Traversing across was not hard, but the rock hopping was taking longer than we would have daylight for.

Joe spotted Two Bar Ridge from the TOPO view on Route Scout and pointed us down the hill. This ended up being a great choice. We hit the Two Bar Ridge Trail and enjoyed the views going North. We hit the other end of the Tule Canyon Trail and made our way back towards the same corral we'd passed through earlier in the day.

This ended up being a most enjoyable route to another new area in the Eastern Supes.
Can we please get one more nice weekend of weather before the 110's hit?
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max 4328 Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
As with most tanks, I'd be careful because of animal activity.

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