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Pinals - Old Sawmill Backpack, AZ
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Pinals - Old Sawmill Backpack, AZ 
Pinals - Old Sawmill Backpack, AZ
 
Backpack avatar May 01 2020
PrestonSands
Backpack10.00 Miles 2,590 AEG
Backpack10.00 Miles3 Days         
2,590 ft AEG
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Met up with John and Jason in Globe for a much anticipated backpacking trip in the Pinals, and then made the drive up to the summit, where we parked at upper Icehouse Canyon trailhead. Down Telephone Ridge we went, doing our best not to toboggan down the super steep route with heavy packs on. I had forgotten how steep this section of the route was.

Making a hard right onto the Telephone Trail itself from the ridge line, we hiked across exposed sunny hillsides and through massive manzanita tickets. Shady pines were a welcome sight. We set up our camp near the Telephone/Sixshooter junction. Soon hammocks and cold beverages were enjoyed, and the cool water of Sixshooter creek refreshed. The three of us took a late afternoon hike down Sixshooter Trail for a mile or so to watch the sunset, making our way back in the dark. Campfires were prohibited this spring, so we socialized around the golden glow of a small lantern.

The three of us spent much of day 2 exploring the surrounding area, following the creek, and noting the subtle historical artifacts that ties the area to the old Bremen Sawmill of the late 1800’s. Lots of history here, including gun-toting sawmill workers and the unfortunate incident of a man dawn in half in a sawmill accident. I tried to determine the exact location of the sawmill from an old photo I had with me, which proved tricky and inconclusive. Once again we made a hike out to the overlook at sunset, where hordes of flies drove us to near madness. Still though, it was a beautiful view! The return hike included hearing a spotted owl call from the trees. We sat around the lantern again that night, where I constructed a model of what the Icehouse Canyon ice house may have looked like for a project I’m working on. Some sort of large animal came crashing past our camp late that night. I told myself it was a deer.

We began the hike out on the morning of day 3, sweating as we ascended the steep Sixshooter route. We completed our loop route on the Pinal Peak Road, where we parted ways at the Icehouse trailhead. I ditched my backpack for a daypack, and readied it for an afternoon adventure into Icehouse Canyon below.

It was a wonderful time with close, lifelong friends in beautiful mountain country. I couldn’t ask for more.
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"As soon as I can I’m sneaking back in them mountains..." -Johnny Paycheck
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