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Telephone Icehouse Sixshooter Loop, AZ
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Telephone Icehouse Sixshooter Loop, AZ 
Telephone Icehouse Sixshooter Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 20 2016
rayhuston
Hiking14.22 Miles 3,908 AEG
Hiking14.22 Miles   6 Hrs   23 Mns   2.46 mph
3,908 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
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I love hiking these trails, so I come here often. Today I just wanted a good workout, and I got it! The hike was in a ccw direction.

I saw a beautiful fox two miles into Telephone. I saw more hunters on the trails (3) than I saw deer (2). I saw a fat and healthy black bear two miles from the finish as I was coming down Sixshooter. We paused and stared at each other for a moment, about 100 feet apart, then I reached for my camera. The bear bolted. Drat!

I can't decide if the last half mile going up Icehouse is better/worse than the last half mile going "down" Sixshooter when it's warm out. It was warm at the finish. I think I enjoyed the last half mile of Icehouse more today. 66 degrees at the top with a nice breeze.

Telephone is the same as always; a portion of Icehouse above Telephone was trampled, probably by cattle; Ferndell is overgrown. Sixshooter was the best I've seen it in awhile. Lot's of dead fall near the top, but the trail steers clear of it.

Absolutely gorgeous day of hiking under the canopy of trees in the Pinal Mountains. A little warm at the end, but the other 12-13 miles made it worth it.
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