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Tony's BackyardGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2010
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Hiking15.16 Miles 3,657 AEG
Hiking15.16 Miles   7 Hrs      2.17 mph
3,657 ft AEG
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I've wanted to check out Tony's backyard ever since I noticed it on my topo map about two years ago. My adventure began as I was driving to the trailhead. At the first major creek crossing , the road was slightly washed at the crossing. Other 4x4s had crossed it and started to flatten out a huge dip by right at the crossing. I was able to cross with no problem. I did another 3 creek crossing without any issue. The fourth one was a 1,500 foot drive down the creek bed. The water was a little deeper and I didn't feel 100% confident about this crossing so I parked at a campsite right before the crossing. This was 4 miles from the trailhead. I walked up FR650 and FR342 to the trailhead. It was a steep climb with a cold wind in my face. I made to the TH in 90 minutes. Now the fun started. I'm glad I downloaded Joe's track into my GPS. It looks like no one has hiked or taken a horse out here in a long time. The trail is in good shape, but there a lot of animal / spur trails that can take you off-track very easily. All it takes is one overgrown plant to block your view and then your down a 5 foot spur. Joe's advice was right on when he said to keep in mind this is a horse trail. I had to use Joe's track a lot to keep on-trail. I made it to the waterfall and it was flowing very nicely. In fact, the creek bed was full of water. I then got to the point where the canyon walls were starting to close in and the creek was running faster and deeper. From looking at the GPS, it looked like I had to go about another mile up the creek. I knew the odds of me getting my shoes wet were getting higher as I went on. I decided to turn around. I saw some snow in the shady spot along the canyon. The snow level was at 4,000 feet. I went back to the TH and looked for the Stone Cabin that Kanode talked about. I found it pretty easily. Surprisingly, I only saw one other vehicle on the forest roads. I think I'll come back to this trail next fall when it's dryer. It's scenic remote area.
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