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East Mountain Sixshooter Loop, AZ
mini location map2020-10-21
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East Mountain Sixshooter Loop, AZ 
East Mountain Sixshooter Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2020
rayhuston
Hiking14.73 Miles 4,013 AEG
Hiking14.73 Miles   6 Hrs   46 Mns   2.38 mph
4,013 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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I came to see fall colors, but I would have been satisfied with just a good hike. There was a little bit of color, which was a minor disappointment, but the hike rocked big time. So did my heart beat! Seemed like I was hiking up hill all day.

I parked at the bridge on FR 112 and walked 2/3 of a mile NE on the road to the Una Del Oso trail, then hiked the loop in a CW direction. The trails were all in good condition. Sixshooter was in the best condition I've seen it. A minor rock slide about 1.5 miles from FR 112 is the only obstacle. If I were a mountain biker, I might be tempted to give it a go.

The weather was gorgeous! Fall has definitely reached the Pinal Mountains. Chilly at the peak with a decent breeze, an autumn sun warming me up as I came in for a soft landing on Sixshooter.

Like everywhere else, it's completely dry. The spring box at junction of Telephone and Sixshooter is the only source of good water. Even the Ferndell Spring was quiet (Update: @BiFrost reports on 10/24 that Ferndell Spring was quart per minute).

I didn't see another person until I was almost back to paved roads. I did see a a tarantula and a white tail deer that I woke from slumber. Perfect solitude.

Unfortunately, I saw a new fire that looked like it was just getting started somewhere north of Kearny. :(
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Maples past prime. Aspens still green on Sixshooter. Lots of dead leaves on the trails.
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