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2018-10-24  
Pinal Mtns Fall Colors Loop, AZ
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Pinal Mtns Fall Colors Loop, AZ 
Pinal Mtns Fall Colors Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2018
rayhuston
Hiking11.50 Miles 3,585 AEG
Hiking11.50 Miles   5 Hrs   26 Mns   2.25 mph
3,585 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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My first trip back to the Pinal Mountains since the fire in summer 2017. I was hoping to get in a good workout and see some color up on top. I exceeded expectations on both counts. Longest hike since March and the most elevation gain in a year and a half. And do I ever feel it.

I hiked up Six Shooter to Ferndell Spring, then across to Ice House on FR 651. I followed Ice House down to the junction with Telephone and finished the loop on Telephone.

I didn't see much color on the way up until I reached the junction with Telephone. Things popped from there and continued until about a mile down Ice House.

I didn't notice too much fire damage until I reached the lower part of the Telephone Trail. Then it was like walking on the moon as things were pretty much stripped bare from fire.

Now appears to be a good time to get up there. The Aspen on Ice House haven't turned yet, and most of the maple leaves on the ground were yellow, so there might be some improvement yet to come.

Wonderful morning. I started seeing some clouds when I reached the top, but not too bad. The trails on Six Shooter and Ice House (from FR651 to Telephone junction,anyway) are in great shape, maybe the best I've seen them in the five years I've been going up there. Telephone is about the same; just bare.

Trail crews were working on lower Six Shooter when I arrived. I thanked them all for their service.
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