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Abbey's Way Trail #151Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2018
Eartheist
Hiking3.90 Miles 947 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   2 Hrs   39 Mns   1.47 mph
947 ft AEG
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As a big Ed Abbey fan, this has been on my bucket list for a while; finally knocked it out over a nice 3 day backpack/car camp weekend with the lady. It was well worth it. Saturday, we drove from Phx to the Reynolds Creek/Hell's Hole trailhead, and backpacked out to Workman Creek for a nice peaceful camp, then Sunday morning, we hiked out and then drove the couple miles to the Abbey's Way trailhead. We debated camping for the day and doing the trail in the morning, but it was still early afternoon, the weather was perfect, and we were only mildly worn from the backpack/hike out from Hell's Hole (we only did the 2.5 mile hike in, rather than the full 5+ miles in), so we decided to knock it out that afternoon.

I had ready the triplogs that said the trail was in disrepair from the fire a few years back, so I called up Gary, the Pleasant Valley Ranger, a few days before and he said he and some other people had done a lot of work on it recently and it was much improved. I also asked him about the gate on the 487, whether it was open, he said it's been open for a while since they've had no bad weather in the area recently. The road itself was better than I expected; you definitely need semi-high clearance in a couple of rocky spots, but my Outback made it all the way to the trailhead no problem.

The trail condition was as he said, it was almost completely clear of debris and logs. We did get off the trail a couple times crossing that meadow, where it kind of disappears, but luckily I had downloaded the track so we were able to find our way back easy enough.
Towards the top where the ascent really kicks in, it's pretty steep and was slow going, we had to take a few breaks, which I chalked up to fatigue from the morning's hike, but we were in no hurry and made it to top eventually. The views were outstanding in all directions, and it was cool to see the tower that Ed worked at as a fire lookout way back when.
We didn't stay too long up there, we were both pretty wiped, so we made our way back down (weird that we did not need to take any breaks on the way down :P ), got back in the car and drove the 100-ish yards back to the campsite right there, where we had no neighbors and a nice peaceful camp. Turkey season had just opened so we saw some hunters driving by, but no one joined us at the campsite.
Saw lots of birds and a few squirrels but nothing bigger. Headed home the next day, stopping at Tonto Monument, since it was right there, which was also pretty cool. Great extended AZ adventure in the Sierra Anchas!
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