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Pueblo Canyon Overlook via Murphy Ranch #141
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Pueblo Canyon Overlook via Murphy Ranch #141Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 02 2016
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking6.40 Miles 1,290 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles
1,290 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
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This was the fifth full hiking day of our 7 night camping trip to the high Sierra Ancha. The plan was to hike out to the Pueblo Canyon overlook via the Murphy Ranch Trail #141 and Rim Trail #139. Grasshopper has been there several times but it was my first time to this very scenic overlook. Of course I had an ulterior motive to use my zoom camera to search for cliff dwellings in the upper part of Pueblo Canyon above the well known CDs. I had also made a couple of planning tracks to explore the top of the ridge between Pueblo Canyon and Cold Spring Canyon out to the rim above Cherry Creek Canyon. This second objective was not a high priority and we decide not to add it on to this hike. Maybe another time.

It was another beautiful day with ideal hiking temperatures and a blue sky dotted with puffy white clouds. The trail was in good shape except for a few downed trees. There was a trickle of water in the upper end of Cold Spring Canyon where the trail crosses and offers a good alternative to water at Edwards Spring if you are backpacking - just don't know if it's perennial. The views at the overlook were amazing. Two of the well known Pueblo Canyon cliff dwellings could be seen with the zoom camera but we had no luck in finding any others in the upper part of the canyon. After spending some time on the rim including lunch we bushwhacked across to the nearby Edwards Spring. It had a small trickle of water but no pools over an inch deep which would make it difficult to scoop up water for filtering. GH dug out a pool to make it deeper but that probably will soon fill up from animals stepping on the bank. But it was a beautiful setting with the patch of green grass fed by the spring amid the surrounding forest. We took a leisurely pace back to the TH and made it back to camp in plenty of time to relax and make dinner.
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