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Icehouse-Sixshooter loop, AZ
mini location map2017-03-12
10 by photographer avatarLindaAnn
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Icehouse-Sixshooter loop, AZ 
Icehouse-Sixshooter loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2017
LindaAnn
Hiking13.56 Miles 3,990 AEG
Hiking13.56 Miles   8 Hrs   53 Mns   1.72 mph
3,990 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break
 
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Whitney and I decided to escape the heat and headed towards the Pinal Mountains today. We got started a little before 8am, and headed up Icehouse. It already felt a little warm along the bottom, and no breeze did not help. Once we got into the trees, it felt a lot better. Nearly all the drainages had running water, which made for great background noise. The lower part of Icehouse is in great shape, but the higher we climbed, the more we started commenting that the area must have had some pretty strong windstorms over the winter, because there were a lot of downed trees.

Pretty soon, the trail was covered in freshly downed trees, and in places, was difficult to follow. I think I kept us pretty close to the trail most of the way, but there were a few spots where I know we were off. After a very slow mile or so of picking our way over the trees, that started to clear, but was exchanged by snow. Icy snow on a steep, slanted trail--fun! So we had another slow mile, where I made confident promises that once we reached the road at the top there would be no more snow. I was mostly right.

We stopped for a break at the road, had lunch, and let our shoes dry, but there was no snow! We headed over to Signal Peak where, once again, there was proof of high winds in a tower that was twisted and broken into thirds. We looked around for a few minutes, then headed over towards Ferndell Spring, where the road was snow covered again. We had originally planned on going over to Pinal Peak as well, but the extra time we had taken on Icehouse, and knowing that the upper part of Six Shooter may be slow going made us scratch that off our plan for the day. Six Shooter had plenty of snow, but was much easier to navigate than Icehouse, but the trees were just as much of a pain. Once we got below the snow and trees, it was smooth sailing back to the car, but that last mile or so always seems to drag on forever!
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