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Arnett Creek - CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2018
kingsnake
Hiking9.65 Miles 1,190 AEG
Hiking9.65 Miles   4 Hrs   24 Mns   2.19 mph
1,190 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Despite its presence in the Sonoran Desert, at only 2,500 ft. elevation, Arnett Canyon is a hidden gem, especially in late Fall. Telegraph Canyon is not bad either. 🍂

My plan was to drive from US-60 down Perlite Rd. to Pinal City, using the ghost town as my trailhead. I drove east on US-60, all the way into Superior, without spotting the Perlite Rd. intersection. I then drove back west on US-60, realizing then that Perlite Rd. was just a culvert. I took the Boyce Thompson Arboretum exit, driving east past the Arboretum to a cul-de-sac. That’s when it dawned on me that not only had US-60 been widened a few years ago, but realigned as well. I was on old US-60, which used to connect to Perlite Rd. Argh! ✋

(See the attached route for a way to drive to Pinal City.)

I hiked east along Queen Creek looking for ruins -- I found a small bit of foundation -- crossed the creek, the returned headed west along the south bank. I’d had quite a bit of caffeine with my breakfast at Los Hermanos, in Superior, so I stoppped for a 💦. I was mid-stream when a javelina wandered up within 50 ft. of me. That was quite concerning, especially being as “vulnerable” as I was. Thankfully, the javelina only sniffed in my direction. 🐗

I headed south up Perlite Rd., then west along an unnumbered and rather rough jeep trail. I found an awesome OP overloooking Arnett Canyon, which was peaking. Spectacular!

The head of a small side canyon allowed easy access to Arnett Canyon's floor. There was quite a bit of water in Arnett Creek, but no obvious flow. I soon came upon a gate. I remembered it being made of sticks & barbwire in 2015, but now it was made of square metal tubes of the same type I’ve seen on the Arizona Trail. That seemed odd: Cowboys don’t spend any more time and money building fences than they absolutely have to. Plus, I thought the AZT passed the west side of Picketpost Mountain, rather than the east, where I was. 🤔

Travel on trail along Arnett Creek was much easier than I remembered. Like brush had been cleared. In one spot, it was obvious that the side of the trails had been reinforced with placed rocks. At Finger Rock, and the junction with Telegraph Canyon, there was another square tube metal gate, piles of rebar, and sacks of (hardened) concrete. Someone’s been doing a lot of trail maintenance, but who, and how did they get all that gear in there? I know they didn’t hump it in.

I took the easy exit from Telegraph Canyon, about a ½ mile southwest of Finger Rock. The exit trail had several orange ribbons. Looks like someone is doing trail work there as well. (Speaking of which, I’d seen little metal wire flags, trailside, along Arnett Creek.) At the top, it was easy crosscountry, past White Rock 3012, to FR4.

Just before the gravel pit / Superior ourdoor gun range, I turned south up a small canyon, where I’d previously found the best fall color in the area. Not so this time. The densely cheddar colored grove was gone, with only a few leaves still clinging to the trees.

Back on FR4, I soon dropped back into Arnett Canyon, which is much shallower and easier to access than on the east slope of Picketpost Mountain. The ¾ of a mile north to Finger Rock had another square tube metal gate and had obviously had work done on the trail surface. That section of Arnett also had some very yellow leaves.

Just north of Finger Rock, I exitted Arnett Canyon via Perlite Rd., which is very rugged up to the strip mine on FR 2403. Maybe that’s how they brought in the new gates, and other trail supplies. A helicopter would have been easier. 🚁

Back at the shot up gate, Perlite Rd. improved, allowing me to book back to my trailhead in Pinal City. Good day, wonderful fall color. 🤗

Hike Video: https://vimeo.com/494653878
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Autumn - Color Foliage
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Peak color in Arnett Canyon. Pretty darn good, but tending to orange, in Telegraph Canyon. The unnamed canyon off FR4 -- which usually has te best coor -- was down to a few leaves.
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A fair amount of yellow flowers along the roads, and in other sunny area. Plus some purples along the east side of Apache Tears hill.

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I could not see obvious flow, but there was lots of water all along the route I hiked.
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