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East Pinals Loop, AZ
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East Pinals Loop, AZ 
East Pinals Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking18.58 Miles 5,282 AEG
Hiking18.58 Miles   9 Hrs   27 Mns   2.22 mph
5,282 ft AEG   1 Hour   4 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
I've had this one drawn up for awhile to sample East Mountain and some other exploration I've wanted to do. This is the first time I've done the Pinals when they were not decked out in their fall colors. They are a worthy destination for some cooler temps.

We parked at the upper parking for the Toll Road #200 Trail. It was a short downhill hike, to the the up for the East Mountain Trail #214. This trail climbs 1150' over 2 miles taking you through great views North and then to the West. The trail is in great shape. We contemplated going off trail to the summit, but were enjoying the trail too much. Also good views, of what we later found out to be El Capitan, to the south.

Next up on the Pioneer Trail #196 (previously Squaw Spring Trail #196). We'd been down this trail before, but it's seen some well needed love since then and is in great shape. Short of driving to the top, this is the shortest hike to reach Pinal Peak.

Ferndell #204 is starting to get a bit overgrown, but it's a short hike to get to the spring area. We did a bit of a road walk over to Icehouse Canyon.

Icehouse Canyon Trail #198 is in the middle of seeing some love. We ran into a trail crew of 9 from ACE, in day 4 of their maintenance of this trail. We thanked them all for their hard work and moved on. There is a brand new aluminum spring box that has been installed. They have not even turned the water on to it yet. I marked the location on HAZ and gave it the name Icehouse Canyon Springbox. Doghouse Spring, close to the intersection with Telephone Trail also has a brand new concrete catchment, full of great water. The fire burn gets more noticeable the closer you get to this intersection.

The Telephone Trail #192 had the most noticeable fire damage, until you got to the ridgeline alternate way up. Lots of burned Manzanita. This trail is in decent shape, all the way to Six Shooter. At this intersection, there is also a new concrete spring box, filled with water.

We went up the steep Six Shooter #196, past Ferndell Spring, all the way to 651C. Over to and down on Pioneer Trail, to Pioneer Pass and down to the Truck to complete the double loop.

An enjoyable and suggested option if you are in the Pinals.






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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Dog House Spring Dripping Dripping
Plenty of clear cool water to filter from in the new spring box

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Ferndell Spring Dripping Dripping
Plenty of clear cool water to filter from

dry Icehouse Springbox Dry Dry
Brand new Aluminum springbox all freshly piped and ready to go. Stay Tuned.


water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Trail Junction Mine Spring Dripping Dripping
Plenty of clear cool water to filter from. New concrete spring box at intersection of Telephone and Sixshooter trails
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