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Icehouse-Sixshooter Loop, AZ
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Icehouse-Sixshooter Loop, AZ 
Icehouse-Sixshooter Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2017
The_N
Hiking14.29 Miles 4,317 AEG
Hiking14.29 Miles   7 Hrs   4 Mns   2.29 mph
4,317 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
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1st trip
This was a well-timed trip to the Pinals. There must've been significant rain the night before. Many roads in Globe were washed out and muddy in the a.m. It was a cool and damp start to the hike. The cloud coverage not only kept us cool, but allowed the many shades of green and colorful contrasts of burn areas to be appreciated.

The lower, manzy-lands of Icehouse were burned, but filling in with green already. The pine forest in the middle had signs of a lower intensity burn. Trees were dying, but not scortched to the top, like we saw in the Ancha a week ago. The upper reaches of Icehouse were pristine. A green tunnel of old growth, that oughta put on a nice show of fall colors. Great tread and nicely graded. We hit the high points on Signal and Pinal and enjoyed the hazy views. Climbed a ladder up a rock for views above the canopy, and started back down. Ferndell was a lush and scenic connector.

Sixshooter showed burn scars in about the lower 3/4. Again, fairly mild and mostly ground fuel that was lost. No deadfall to jump over and the trail remains easy to follow. At about halfway down we encountered a few washed out, rock slide stretches of trail. Only one that required careful attention. Rocky in the lower portion once back in the manzy. The sun peeked out for a few minutes, but otherwise perfect weather all day, temps in the 60s at start and on top. Suprised to see this place so empty on a nice day. Saw a couple deer and 1 fellow hiker. Turned out to be a great day!
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