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Sixshooter / Icehouse Canyon, AZ
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10 by photographer avatarShatteredArm
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Sixshooter / Icehouse Canyon, AZ 
Sixshooter / Icehouse Canyon, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Nov 24 2019
ShatteredArm
Run/Jog13.60 Miles 3,768 AEG
Run/Jog13.60 Miles   4 Hrs   47 Mns   2.84 mph
3,768 ft AEG
 
1st trip
I've been wanting to explore Pinal Mountain on foot for quite awhile now, and decided today would be a good day to do it. The plan was to loop Sixshooter and Icehouse.

Had a fairly chilling late morning start, and headed up the reasonably-graded Sixshooter. Creek was flowing, and it surprised me how quickly we hit the coniferous forest. When the trail headed away from the creek, and up the ridge, I couldn't stop remarking about how underrated this trail is. Great views, nice mature forest. Some signs of the forest fire (probably from a couple years ago), but looks like it didn't do too much damage in this area.

Started seeing more snow past the Telephone junction. By the time we hit Ferndell, it was a few inches deep.

Swung around the summit, and headed up a jeep road, thinking it would take us to the summit proper, but it was the wrong one. Oh well, we were probably only 20 vertical feet off. Didn't feel like going through the brush to get there.

Headed down the road to Middle Trail, and took that all the way across to Pineline. Didn't know there were cabins up here! The views from Pineline were some of the best anywhere... You could see everything from the Estrellas all the way over to Baboquivari.

The first couple miles down Icehouse Canyon were fun and steep. There were even mountain bike tracks in the snow... I'm definitely not that brave. The bottom couple miles... not so fun. Boring old Jeep road, but at least it's just a couple miles.

Definitely going to come back here.
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