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East Pinal Ladder, AZ
mini location map2020-10-22
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East Pinal Ladder, AZ 
East Pinal Ladder, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking15.70 Miles 4,341 AEG
Hiking15.70 Miles   8 Hrs   13 Mns   2.43 mph
4,341 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I had never hiked up to East Peak before, so I decided to hike up there using a couple of tracks posted by @hikerdw as a guide. I managed to persuade Tracie the Intrepid to go along for the ride.

We started and ended the hike at the Una Del Oso TH, which is on FR 112. We walked down FR 112 for about 1/2 mile to where the Six Shooter Trail crosses FR 112. We then took the Six Shooter Trail up to the Ferndell Trail. This is a great forested trail, and we in shade the entire time that we were on the trail -- I was glad to be in the shade because this is mostly a fairly steep climb. We saw 3 white tailed deer and Tracie saw a tarantula on the trail. On the drive out on FR112, about a mile or so from the TH we saw a coatimundi on a rock outcropping on the side of the road. It was only about 10 feet away, and that was easily the closest that I have seen a coati. Unfortunately, my camera was in the backseat.

We then took the Ferndale Trail up to the summit area. We walked over to the Pinal Peak high point, and then went over to Ladder Rock and took a break. There were 3 service workers at a tower next to Ladder Rock; they were the only people that we saw all day. Views were hazy, and we could see smoke from the Habañero Fire off to the SW.

We descended on the Pioneer Trail, and then went on the East Mountain over to -- where else -- East Mountain. We went off-trail up to the summit from the SW and then descended to the NW. If I was to do it again, I'd probably go up and down from the NW.

Once back on the East Mountain Trail we continued to the Toll Road Trail and then the Una Del Oso Trail back to the TH.

As for foliage, there were some bigtooth maples with reddish leaves on the Six Shooter Trail, but they were past their prime. Oaks had not started changing for the most part, and some looked they might go straight from green to brown and skip yellow. Virtually all of the trees on the trek from Pinal Peak back to the trailhead were still green.

This was an enjoyable loop, and it would be even better in a less dry time of year when there would be some water in the creeks.
Flora
Flora
Poison Ivy
Fauna
Fauna
Tarantula
Geology
Geology
Granite
Meteorology
Meteorology
Autumn - Color Foliage Smoke
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
There were a few maples along the Sixshooter Trail that had a bit of color, but they were past their prime. Most everything else still had green leaves, although there was a bit of color here and there.

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There was great waterflow and the spring box was full.
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