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Haunted Canyon #203Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 11 2017
adilling
Hiking12.30 Miles 1,692 AEG
Hiking12.30 Miles
1,692 ft AEG
 
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This was my first venture into this area and I have to say it will not be my last. This is a very beautiful canyon with loads of trees and scenery. Thanks for the invite, Chris!

The road in, FR237 off the 60 just past Top O The World, was well maintained and even oiled down for most of the trip. It passes right through the Pinto Valley Mine Complex. The turn off to the trailhead gets a little rougher, but it looked like a 2wd car could easier manage the trip to this hike.

The first part of the hike is an access road and follows Pinto Creek. This area looks like a water source for the mine. Lots of pumping stations, hoses and tanks. The actual trail starts about 1.85 miles from the trailhead.

I did not know what to expect in this area. Once we started hiking up and over the hill to get to the canyon, it started to get quite scenic. There’s a really interesting rock formation along Pinto Creek where it meets Haunted Canyon. The trail gives you great views of this area. Once you start down from the top, the canyon is below.

I am always amazed at how lush and beautiful a little water transforms this arid area. The water was a trickle or not flowing at all in the canyon, but you could see remnants of some serious water pushing down this canyon in the not so distant past. The trail crisscrosses the creek. We noticed the cairns are off the banks and quite large, another testament to the fact that when this creek flows, it can really fill up.

The mixture of foliage in this canyon was wonderful. It provided a great canopy for a shady hike along the bank. Most of the hike in the canyon was shady and there was a nice breeze blowing which made it even more pleasant. Hard to say those words in this part of AZ in June.

The turnaround point is the very cool Tony Ranch cabin. This is a 100+ year old structure that Mr Toney tried to run a ranch out of in the early 1900’s. A beautiful little pasture, surrounded by trees. It must have been an interesting place to live back then.

The hike back was a shady journey as well. The little hills at the end are exposed, but there is no serious elevation to tackle.

I will be back to this amazing place. I would like to see the water run. I might also try to time a hike along here to see some fall foliage. All in all, an awesome hike in an awesome area. Thanks again for the invite, Chris!
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