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Parker Creek Trail #160Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 08 2019
rayhuston
Hiking6.83 Miles 2,056 AEG
Hiking6.83 Miles   3 Hrs   28 Mns   2.04 mph
2,056 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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I wanted to get some decent elevation gain on a good trail with some shade. I hiked this trail back in 2014 with a couple of swell guys as part of a much bigger hike that included Aztec Peak and the Rim trail. Today I just wanted to get to the top of the canyon and back, about 7 miles round trip with 2000 feet of gain.

The trail is overgrown the first mile, wildly overgrown the second mile, but clears up (mostly) in the third mile. I walked past a diamondback at the one mile mark. No warning until I was alongside, but we were separated by a shrub so I hustled past. Saw some cat scat a quarter mile in and bear scat several times along the route. After seeing the d-back, I wasn't too excited about venturing into sections of trail where I couldn't see my feet, so I picked up a stick, beat the bushes and moved slowly through. Grasshoppers were bounding all over the place at about the 1.5 mile mark.

The hike back was uneventful. The d-back was still there but I knew where it was and started beating the bushes before I got to it. I got a nice loud warning in return. The dog days of August isn't the best time to hike this trail, but it beats trying to do something similar in the valley. It was warm/hot at the bottom, the last third of a mile or so when you're exposed to the sun.

In spite of the overgrown trail, this is still a delightful hike and the drive in is paved all the way to the TH. I drove for longer than I hiked, but the drive to and from was enjoyable, too. Great day.


dry Upper South Fork Parker Creek Dry Dry
A couple of small puddles
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