|Hiking||8.06 Miles|| 3 Hrs 35 Mns ||2.25 mph|
|1,417 ft AEG|
||no linked trail guides|
|I dropped my wife and car off at the Pioneer Pass Campground, then hiked up FR 112 to the pass. There’s good views there, but they get even better as I began hiking south down FR 112.|
I checked out what the topo shows as a building, but most topos were last surveyed 60+ years ago, and there was no longer any sign of it. The views would make it a good road side camp spot, though.
A bit further down FR 112, and slightly upslope, the topo showed adit and mine shaft symbols. But the slope was was steep & brushy, so I skipped it. Mine exploring was a possibility, not the day’s main course.
Back at Pioneer Pass, I started north up East Mountain Trail #214. The trail was shaded, well groomed and free of obstacles.
Past the wooden v-gate, were the best views of the hike, east across AZ-77 and Pinal Pass to the San Carlos Apache Reservation. I could see several isolated ranches and mining operations.
There were lots of flies around the campground, which is not unexpected, but they persisted pretty much throughout the entire loop, even when I was a mile away and 1000 ft. higher. I didn’t smell death, or see any dead critters, so it was not only irritating, but rather odd. I wished I had a swaggie hat, with dangling corks, to keep out the flies, but eventually settled for simply ignoring them while taking care not to hork any.
I spotted a number of black bear turds along East Mountain Trail #214, with at least a half dozen truly humongous turds around the summit.
I took the old fire line up the south summit spur of East Mountain. I had to step over a large manzanita slash pile just off trail, but after that, it was not bad. The old fire line was a mixture of large grey manzanita stumps and small green baby manzanita.
I saw only three flowers all day, all of them in the old fire line: Two prickly pear cacti with yellow flowers and one tiny Arizona Thistle.
The summit cairn and summit log are on the north side of the bush which marks the summit, next to a small depression that looked like a collapsed Army fox hole. It was getting so warm, I perused the summit log back in the shady area.
I didn’t see an any sort of trail off the north side of the summit, so I headed back down the old fire line.
North of the old fire line, Trail #214 was still smooth, but obviously got much less traffic. There was more debris, and I had to duck under at least three deadfall trees. Standing back up after ducking under the trees, I got light headed. It was getting that warm.
East Mountain Trail #214 had plenty of switchbacks to mitigate the steepness descending from the summit to Pinal Creek. I took a couple of more breaks, including by a sand-filled cement spring box, and another when I reached the FR 112 pullout.
Late lunch / early dinner -- linner? -- was at El Rey in Globe. I'd heard about it here on Haz. The machaca was to die for, and you can'r beat an ice cold American factory beer (Miller Lite) for thirst quenching and rehydration. And it was cheap too!
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