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Icehouse - Sixshooter loop - Pinal Mtns, AZ
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Icehouse - Sixshooter loop - Pinal Mtns, AZ 
Icehouse - Sixshooter loop - Pinal Mtns, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking13.89 Miles 4,056 AEG
Hiking13.89 Miles   6 Hrs   21 Mns   2.49 mph
4,056 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
 
1st trip
We got started a little before 7:30 and headed up Icehouse Canyon trail. The first couple miles, are a little dull, as usual, but an easy road walk. It seemed a little rockier in places, with some large rocks that have fallen in places. We were treated to the almost constant sound of running water along Icehouse. Once in the trees, the hike improved considerably. It was easy to hop across all the water crossings, and while there were a few downed trees across the trail, all but one were pretty easy to get around. One tree required a little extra effort, but was still fairly easy. One short stretch of snow lingering on the trail near the top, but our shoes still stayed dry.

Once at the top, we headed over to Signal Peak first. Views were a bit hazy, but still nice. We walked the road over to Pinal Peak, then over to the boulders east of the summit and climbed the ladder to eat lunch atop the largest boulder. Good views to the east, and almost no wind made for a pleasant lunch spot.

Heading down Ferndell, there was some deadfall to contend with; hopefully this trail gets cleared sometime soon. Once on Sixshooter, there was more deadfall to deal with; some more inconvenient than others, but we got around or through all of it. One spot near the top has an uprooted tree that took out most of the width of the trail when the roots came out. There's about a 3' deep hole about 5' in diameter where most of the trail used to be. Another spot about halfway down seems to be sliding again. I had trouble in this same spot in 2017. There's a tree down, then just after that, the trail gives way where the slide seems to be. We got past it, but some good rain will probably make that spot more difficult again. Lots of running water along Sixshooter too, but all crossings were easy. We saw 4 other hikers, but that was it for the day. The temps during the last mile of boring manzanita were warming up, but some high clouds helped.

Always a great loop, and I was glad to get this one done again.
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Some flowers along the lower elevations. Higher elevations should be good in the upcoming weeks.
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