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Ferndell Trail #204Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2016
AZLumberjack
Hiking1.60 Miles 280 AEG
Hiking1.60 Miles   2 Hrs      0.80 mph
280 ft AEG
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In Search of Autumn Color


Randy (rwstorm) contacted me Tuesday morning to see if I wanted to accompany him into the Pinals to look for some Autumn color. I had never been into the Pinal Mountains and I had just finished reading Prestion's account of his recent hike up there, so I readily accepted Randy's offer. We met in Globe Wednesday am and drove up into the mountains under a sunny, warm, cloudless morning.

I was a bit apprehensive when he stopped and locked in the front wheel drive on his pickup, but he assured me that it was only to help on the bumpy road. I followed Randy up the rough road and was more concerned about all the dust that the vehicles raised. When the sun was shining in my eyes, it was very difficult to see the curves and, with no guard rails, it was a long ways down there :scared: We finally began seeing pockets of color on the sides of the mountain and had to make a couple of stops to take shots of the bright yellow of the Aspen groves.

We stopped at roads end, by the antenna towers, grabbed the cameras and headed down the Ferndell Trail (204). As we hiked down the trail, we came across small pockets of colorful Maple, Aspen and Oak. Most of the Maple had shed the bulk of their leaves already so the trail was a leafy carpet of crispy autumn color. The Oaks and Aspen were holding onto their leaves yet but most of the color was at the tops so that meant lots of vertical shots up at the canopy high above us. The colorful pockets were quite small and the forest thick so it was difficult to get good shots of the trees in sunlight sooo we had to settle for shooting in the shade.

We made a turn around at Ferndell Spring and retraced our trail back through the steep mountain side to the parking lot. The day was warming up and we were getting sweaty so.... how bout a cool brew to cool off before driving off to our next trail. Now refreshed, we stopped and parked at the head of the Icehouse Trail and slipped & slidded down the steep trail until we came across more isolated pockets of color. After more vertical shots and shaded trails, we headed back to the trucks and decided to drive to Globe and finish off the day with some Mexican cooking.

It was a fun day but the color was elusive, it was there, but only in small isolated pockets and we had to admit that we probably were at the tail end of the best color in this area. Thanks for the intro to the Pinal Mountains Randy, we'll have to keep an eye out next year and see if we can catch those darn Maples before they shed all their leaves... :D
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Autumn - Color Foliage
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Had to get out and look for the color, but it's fading fast.
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