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Tony's Backyard
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mini location map2008-09-15
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Tony's BackyardGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking6.50 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.44 mph
1,000 ft AEG
1st trip
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This hike has been on my list a long time. Now that the Phoenix temps have dropped to the century mark, this hike became feasible. We started hiking at 8:15 am and the temp was 82 degrees with wind gusts around 30 mph. A jacket would have been welcome if we had spent time sitting around at the trailhead. It was only 92 degrees at 1:30 pm.

- We parked at: N 33.37518 W 111.09497
- We used the trail headed down at: N 33.37510 W 111.09485 (Joe's GPS route)
- There's an old road down to the creekbed several hundred feet farther along FR 342 at: N 33.37450 W 111.09394 I didn't go down the old road. The path used on Joe's GPS track is a an easy route down the hill so there's not a pressing reason to use the alternate route.

Route finding was easy for us because there were recent horse tracks which made it a lot easier to find the creek-bypasses. I'd like to do this hike again and stay in the creek bed the entire trip. The bypasses are easy on the feet but tend to be boring.

The drive in on FR 342 is 4WD and is difficult in the early morning because you are headed uphill with the sun is in your eyes on a narrow winding shelf road.

There is some catclaw on the first part of the hike but it's only knee high and not a problem as long as you're not wearing shorts. The creek was dry in the first and last thirds of the hike. The middle third was damp and had some small pools. More water would have made the hike more interesting. The least interesting part of the hike is the third approaching Tony Ranch. If you've been to Tony Ranch before, you're not missing anything by turning around early.

I see that Joe thought the last section into the ranch was the best--it depends on the time of the year and the presence of water. I can see where water and fall-color would make the last section beautiful.

The Superstition Land Trust bought the 78 acre ranch in August of 2008.
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