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Highline Trail Roberts Mesa to Perley Creek, AZ
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Highline Trail Roberts Mesa to Perley Creek, AZ 
Highline Trail Roberts Mesa to Perley Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 16 2017
markthurman53
Hiking14.40 Miles 2,965 AEG
Hiking14.40 Miles   7 Hrs   24 Mns   2.39 mph
2,965 ft AEG   1 Hour   23 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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Last July I started at Tonto Creek and was suppose to hike to Ellison Creek along the Highline Trail but due to lack of ambition or energy or what ever I only made it to Roberts Mesa (At that time the trail was closed at Ellison Creek due to the fire). Today's hike is to complete that potion and even a little further west along the Highline Trail. My plan was to go up Pyle Ranch Road and hit the Highline from there but I ran into private property so scratch that plan. Plan 2 was to go along the Roberts Mesa Road to near Roberts Mesa and hit the Highline from there. The canyon just west of Roberts Mesa seemed like an ideal spot to start. I headed up the creek and eventually found a game trail that was headed up the canyon, the trail started heading up the hill on the east side of the Canyon to Roberts mesa and about halfway up the game trail I decided not follow it up the hill and stay level heading up stream, that was a mistake. The elk knew that to get up this Canyon you must climb, I ended up in a box canyon with rock walls all around (They could be climbed without too much difficulty but being alone I decided not to risk it and headed back along the west side of the Canyon to where the rocks thinned out and got on the ridge west of Roberts Mesa. Very interesting caves all along the rocks in that canyon, I kept expecting a mountain lion to pop out of one of those caves (reminded me of the Dr. Who show Castrovalva (1982) where everyone lived in little caves)(The secrets out I'm an old time Whovian). Once on this ridge I found that there was a large 50 yard path cut out of the manzanita almost all the way to the Highline Trail (fire break)and a trail along a fence line the rest of the way. This would be my route back. Once on the Highline Trail I headed toward Ellison Creek. This trail is very rocky and goes gradually down toward Ellison creek dropping down then out of two smaller creeks before finally reaching the two major streams of Ellison Canyon. Both of these streams were running nicely with signs of major recent flash flooding (no problem crossing). Once past Ellison Creek the trail heads toward the Myrtle Trail. There were a lot of fire breaks cut out along the right side of the trail and most of the trail was pretty heavily eroded by the rains. I continued on to Perley Creek before heading back. This trail is in real need of maintenance but is easy to follow. A good pair of boots is recommended to avoid a twisted ankle. Perley Creek was running.
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