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Parker Canyon - Tonto NFGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2020
adilling
Hiking3.00 Miles 252 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
252 ft AEG
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The lovely Mrs Dilling and I decided to escape the broiler oven that is the Phoenix metro area and make our way to higher and cooler purlieu of the Sierra Ancha Mountains. We opted for Parker Canyon and Hog Canyon area. We basically accessed these cool areas via the roads off the 288. My wife is not a hiker and even though it was cooler up there, it was still hot, we opted to wander the edges of the canyon and not venture down into the poison ivy forest at the bottom.

A very windy day up in the Sierra Ancha yesterday, but the clouds made it very nice. We hiked along the edges to see as much of Parker Canyon as we could. Such a scenic area. There was no water flowing at all, but the ground was damp from recent rain showers. Dark clouds threatened rain, but we never felt as much as a drop. There was smoke off in the distance to the north towards Young. Looks like yet another fire in the area.

We made it to Hog Canyon and decided to stay for the sunset. There were a good number of clouds so I figured we might get to see a nice one. Mother Nature abided and we were treated to a really vibrant color show once the sun dropped below the horizon near Four Peaks.

The Salt fire really roasted the area south of the lake along the 188. Both sides of the highway were burnt up pretty good. There was some fire damage along the 288 going towards the bridge, but it almost looked like back burning more than the fire reaching there. There were no signs of any fire damage once we cross the Salt River. After watching most of the Superstition Wilderness succumb to fires the past few years and the Four Peaks area getting consumed this year, it would really break my heart if this area was roasted too.

I will take my wife to the other side of the range, off Cherry Creek Road, on our next adventure in the Sierra Ancha. Such a wonderful area.

Here's a video compilation of our visit: [ youtube video ]
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