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Six Shooter Trail #197Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 01 2020
outdoor_lover
Hiking10.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles
3,000 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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After a tough week, I had an off day. Didn't get started on the trail until mid morning, so I missed the best light and the best birding time. I also didn't think I would actually be up to doing what I had intended to do. Out of sheer stubborness, I ended up doing most of the miles although the last leg to Ferndell Spring just about killed me. I had thought about looping this with the Telephone Trail, but from where I started at the bridge, it would have been a pain to get back there, so I opted for an out and back instead. It was more than enough.

I was really slow going up, but that was fine, I just wasn't feeling it. But I kept going, taking some pics along the way. I've only been in this area once, in Autumn one year, before it burned. And even then, I was just around the top of these Trails, so this trail was all new to me until just above the Telephone Junction. I was really impressed with this Trail. Just rocky in a few spots and smooth going for the rest of it and it was easy to follow.

The Creek was really nice, there were a lot of butterflies and a few birds still made themselves known in the hotter parts of the day. And it was windy which kept the insects from collecting around the face, which is always a blessing this time of year. The fire did not hit this particular trail hard, but there were still quite a few dead pines and others were fairly charred at the base. I noticed it, but didn't think about it too hard until I was about 3/4 of the way up. Did I mention it was kind of like, really windy??? I heard what sounded like a gunshot right in my ear and suddenly realized it was a tree snapping very close to me. Kind of like when you hear a Rattler, you freeze and rapidly try to figure out where it is. I froze, looking around to see what tree was falling and spotted it about 50 feet straight below me, falling away from me. I had been on that particular switchback 5 minutes before. I marveled at the sound it made. Yes, a tree falling in the forest makes one helluva noise.

I got to the Telephone Junction and decided to keep going to Ferndell Spring before taking a late lunch break. Although it was less than a mile longer, I swear it felt like the steepest part of the whole trail and I felt like I was really dragging my ass by the time I got there. I did a circle, saw the Spring and the Aspen and decided to just head back down to Telephone for lunch. The Downhill was refreshing and it didn't take me long. Had a nice break next to the creek. Some backpackers showed up on Telephone and made camp across the creek. I'm not sure they even knew I was there. The only people I saw outside a Vehicle all day.

After the break, I started heading down. There was a little more up before you actually finally keep going down again. A cruel joke on the trail designer's part. :sweat: I was starting to feel pretty good after eating and resting and made good time back, enjoying the Golden Hour and the shaded areas of creek along the way. It was nice not having to fight the harsh light for photos at that point. Got back to the truck while the sun was still up even. Although I didn't do quite like I planned, I still felt like I definitely got a workout, in an area that's pretty new for me. So it turned out to still be a pretty good day. When I'm dragging like this, half the battle is just getting out there and getting started and today I managed to win. And I can tell you that I will be back here again for some exploring, when things "lighten" up a bit out in the real world.
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Fleabane was nuts in lower parts. So was the Manzanita. Also a yellow that I don't know the name of. One extremely lonely Indian Paint Brush. Lupine just getting started in upper parts.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Ferndell Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Trail Junction Mine Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Hard to tell flow on this, but there was water in the Mine and the Springbox at the Junction was 3/4 full, with a pipe connected out the back feeding it to somewhere else apparently.
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