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Pinal Creek CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2009
Grasshopper
Hiking9.50 Miles 2,200 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   9 Hrs      1.06 mph
2,200 ft AEG
 
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ssk44
I have never been one to shy away from a remote and challenging backcountry "bushwhack" hike when there was promise of new adventure with some grand payoffs.

On our last hike together in late January, Eric(ssk44) invited me to tag along to another special area of his in the remote Salt River Canyon Wilderness just north of Globe, AZ. For a number of months Eric had been analyzing arial views and maps of a certain area of Pinal Creek Canyon for a completely "off trail" hiking adventure that had high promise for delivering and it did!

I do believe the best way for me to share my triplog adventure to this very special area is to just simply restate Eric's new hike description OVERVIEW and SUMMARY paragraphs which pretty much confirm my story too:

"Overview: Pinal Creek Canyon is a remote backcountry destination, located in the Salt River Canyon Wilderness within the Tonto National Forest. The topo map name for this area is "Salt River Peak". The Salt River Canyon Wilderness covers about 32,000 acres of wild and remote, rugged desert landscape that rarely sees any visitors. If you appreciate solitude and have a true love for backcountry adventure, this hike will likely satisfy your appetite. Along this hike you will be treated to a broad mix of low desert vegetation, lush riparian areas, rugged geology, and diverse wildlife. This area typically receives consistent rain levels throughout the year contributing to rich and healthy flora.

Summary: Hiking into Pinal Creek Canyon is truly an adventure. The feeling of remote isolation and solitude is unmistakable. Just driving to this remote area is an experience in itself. I have a great personal love for the Salt River Canyon Wilderness. This is a special location that very few people have experienced. The hike is very diverse and has something to offer from start to finish. If you're looking for a unique backcountry hike, you have found it. Count on having it all to yourself if you go."

We have both done our best to document this excellent backcountry destination with our two pic sets(with detailed captions) and we also posted against this new HAZ hike description associated maps with both driving and hiking GPS Routes and all "key" GPS waypoints are noted in Eric's hike description. Like stated above, "If you're looking for a unique backcountry hike, you have found it."
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Shute Springs Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
upper shute springs is gallon per minute with water faucet; lower shute springs is ~quart per minute with some possible contamination due to active cattle area;
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