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Wildcat Canyon - Tonto NFGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2017
RickVincent
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.00 mph
1,500 ft AEG
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Let me start by saying, "There is nothing about this trail that I would consider 'well-maintained." The trail to Wildcat Canyon is overgrown with catclaw among other plants. I'm glad I brought my hiking stick. I used the stick often to push catclaw and branches out of the way. Still, by the end of the day, my arms looked like they were on the losing end of a cat fight. Other than being a little warm, my decision to wear long pants paid off.

I left Miles Trailhead around 7:30am with the intent to find Wildcat Canyon and then veer off-trail towards peak 4576 to look at a hilltop fort ruin. Great 360 degree views (and 4g cell coverage) from the top of 4576. The ruin wall looked smaller than I had expected. I had previously located this site while poking around on Google Earth. Anyone camped out on this hilltop would have had a clear line of sight towards the Pinto Peak ruins, Circlestone and the high point of the Supes, Mound Mountain.

I kept my eyes peeled for artifacts, pottery, arrowheads, etc. Did not find any. I took a few pics at the top, ate an apple, then made my way back down.

This off-trail venture mixed with the sun exposure, and less than adequate nutrition and water supply, really ended up kicking the :pk: pumpkin out of me. I was happy to finally reach my vehicle, only to find the front driver side tire completely flat. I was wiped out. I took a few moments to rest, and drink some water from my backup jug (I always keep a 3 gallon jug of water in my Tahoe). I changed the tire and was on my way home. Made a quick stop for a sub sandwich at DeMarco's in Superior. Good call. The pizza and pasta looked delicious as well. I wanted to order one of everything, but settled for the sub.
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