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Moody Point Trail #140Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2020
Hiking10.25 Miles 3,631 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   7 Hrs   24 Mns   1.60 mph
3,631 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
1st trip
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Parked at Leisure Canyon around 6:15. Almost missed the parking area, it's a bit overgrown, but there's comfortable room for 2-3 vehicles back there. Trail is located 100' south of parking area along the road, cairns hidden under brush, though the cleared path through the catclaw is very wide. Only had to duck a few times on the way down to the river under low mesquite branches. Overall a quick, easy trot down to Cherry Creek. As is the AZ style, the trail only leads to the bank, and crossing is an exercise left to the hiker. This meant winding through mud, brush, and debris, scouting out the water, and then hopping across on wobbly rocks. Cherry Creek gauge was 24 CFS and I was able to cross dry, tho I did have to leverage trekking poles heavily.

Quickly found an old-style gate through the fence on the opposite bank. The trail follows the fenceline (on the landward side) and is easy to follow. Turns out that there is a much nicer, easier-to-use gate further to the south, closer to Flying H and the old topo track for this trail, though I didn't figure that out until I was on my return trip. Anyways, easy path north and up the bank, though I had a hard time tracking exactly where the trail leaves the fence and starts THE CLIMB. Found three possible candidates, none of them seem 'official'. Once you get through the mesquite grove it's easier to pick up a tread and cairns.

So, that climb. This trail is more vertical than not. I was hauling a 25lb pack... well, an 'ultralight' overnight pack with 6L of water, and I immediately regretted the extra water. Any sort of morning chill was replaced by steady sweat and the I longed for the shade that was eliminated on the south-facing slope. The trail is in surprisingly good shape for most of it, with well-placed cairns and solid tread, plenty of switchbacks and lovely views, and it's still a relentless upward haul. The few times I lost the trail was more due to sweat-in-the-eyes than overgrowth.

Once I got directly below the ruins I cut a straight line up, which was a terrible idea with my pack, and ran into a small, angled footpath halfway up that smarter people use. Reached the ruins and was amazed, etc. Had breakfast here. After the ruins cut straight over, scrambled a bit, and found a very short and steep way on top of the ridge. Trail was harder to track on top and game paths won most of my attention. Made it to the Deep Creek junction and the tread immediately became harder to follow, for obvious Deep Creek :next: Moody Point :next: ruins traffic pattern. Fire damage became more apparent at the saddle. Then, half mile further, after fighting with manzanita and deadfall and steep grade and a trail that absolutely did not want to be followed for longer than a dozen feet, I twisted my knee and decided that maybe an out-and-back was a better idea today.

Heading down was a mix of semi-familiarity with the trail helping and stabs of knee pain slowing me down. As I now had a wealth of daylight, I took my time, and stopped for more breaks than I had on the climb up. Also noticed that the trail was very easy to follow on the slopes and harder on the (few) flat sections, and that someone had recently done some trail maintenance (slashed prickly pear paddles). Eventually made it back to the Jeep, spread out my wealth of uneaten food on the passenger seat, and retreated back to Phoenix, scheming on how to knock out the second half of this trail in a more sane approach.
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