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7.07 mi • 1,557 ft aeg
Took a quiet weekend to myself in the Sierra Anchas last week to celebrate Samhain a day early under some beautiful fall foliage.

Made it to knolls hole, soaking in the abundance of fall colors the whole way, and spent my night dancing around the fire.

Left my GPS off, but went scoping out the route to the ruins Saturday afternoon. Made it to the overlook before heading back to camp for dinner. I’ll be back to find them.
8.9 mi • 2,040 ft aeg
Haunted Canyon has become an October tradition now since I first explored the lower trailhead in 2020. Last year, I explored the upper trailhead. This is actually one trail, but the convergence point is at a meadow that leads to the abandoned cabin at Tony Ranch.

My recollection of the lower trailhead from two years ago is that it was easy to follow and well blazed. This year was a little different. Sections of the trail are getting crowded with live oak and catclaw. Two years ago 2020 had been an exceptionally dry year. Pinto Creek was dry that year. This year parts of it were flowing strong, while other parts were dry. The damp creek beds were full of leafs-of-three, most of which were turning brilliant fall colors. I definitely brushed my hiking pants against some of these, despite my best efforts to sidestep. So far no rash and itching...

At times the trail became difficult to follow and I found myself off trail and getting increasingly aggravated. I met a large group of back packers, and they were helpful to follow.

For all the difficulty getting to the junction with the side trail to Tony Ranch, the actual hike into the ranch wasn't too bad. In past years I've found this side trail very difficult to follow. I think it's probably getting more action, and therefore becoming well-worn, as more people learn about this historic site and come out to explore it.

I was so annoyed by the hike in that I considered continuing up Trail 203 to the upper trailhead and then returning to the lower trailhead via FR-287A to form a 13.5 mile loop. However, the overgrowth is likely bad on the upper parts of 203 as well (it was bad in parts last year). I opted to just return the way I came, which was a good choice. The hike back to the trailhead parking ended up being more enjoyable. I think it was because I was more mentally prepared for the annoying overgrowth. Despite the flowing creek, I saw next to no wildlife, although there was plenty of bear evidence.

I'm glad to keep this Halloweekend tradition going for another year.
3.45 mi • 1,160 ft aeg
Anchas Fall Meandering
Nice overnight in the Anchas to check out fall colors and check a few new things off our lists!

First we stopped by Workman creek to see the waterfall and check out the views of the fall colors. This viewpoint had nice views of lots of reds, orange and yellows although it wasn’t at peak yet! Flow on waterfall was minimal.

Next we drove up to Aztec Peak and walked over to check out the ruins. The “flinstones style” table and chairs were fun and unique (and comfy!) and there is an additional traditional dwelling there that’s not in great condition.

Next up was the orchard, which had been on both of our lists for a while. Sadly, the apple trees didn’t produce this year due to an early freeze. The trees were bare :( We walked around the whole area enjoying the solitude.

Lastly we went to Reynolds creek and relaxed (off trail) while listening to the water flowing and peeping the fall colors (plus enjoying a couple of beverages). Minimal foliage over here at this point.

Weather took a turn for the worse on Sunday and it was a fun muddy drive back to Pine. The 4Runner was covered including the roof :D

Light to moderate
0 mi • 0 ft aeg
Anchas Meandering
Meandered around Reynolds, Abbeys Trail, went to Aztec, messed around by Workman for a bit, went off trail to look at some aspens. Just enjoyed the scenery and lack of people out this way.

Stayed at a cabin I’d booked at Rocking X Ranch, actually decent spot to stay when exploring the area. About 30 minutes south of Young. Was glad I booked it because the rain and wind picked up at night.

Moderate foliage. Some bare aspens and also some trees near the creeks that are still turning.
8.2 mi • 1,118 ft aeg
I said I never wanted to attempt the notorious FR172 to Roger's Trough Trailhead in the Eastern Superstitions. Back in April of 2021 I even used Campaign Creek as a means of accessing Reavis Ranch so as to avoid the drive up to Roger's Trough.

Between reading about the Roger's Canyon Native Ruins and the discussion here on Hike AZ, I decided to give FR172 a shot. Despite being re-graded earlier this year, the road is in rough shape. The last four miles where it splits into FR172A and 172B are exceptionally bad. I have a mostly stock 4x4 TRD Off-Road Tacoma. The truck performed excellent and never so much as slipped a tire. That said, I did slightly bottom out once on a rut. If you choose to do this road, it's a beautiful desert drive, but the road will make you pucker in spots.

Once parked at Roger's Trough Trailhead, I started off toward Roger's Canyon. The first mile and a half of the hike follow the Reavis Ranch Trail. Roger's Canyon eventually forks off at a signed junction.

Roger's Canyon Trail 110 exists only in the memories of some, trail maps, and Tonto Forest's website. The actual trail is overgrown with catclaw and other nasties. However, since this trail parallels Roger's Creek, you simply walk in the dry creek bed. For this reason, I'd only recommend this hike when there hasn't been any recent precip, nor is any in the forecast.

The creek bed is mostly packed sand. However, it does get more challenging with steep drop offs that I'm sure are magnificent waterfalls when the creek is flowing. Despite some scrambling, there always is a path down; you just have to hunt for it in some places. Keep in mind your limits when it comes to rock scrambles--you need to come back up whatever you go down. At 6'4" with long arms and legs, I have an advantage here.

The reward at the end of this hike was the Roger's Canyon Cliff Dwellings. I enjoyed exploring the lower cliff dwellings and even found some pottery shards. I was careful to leave things undisturbed. The pueblo in the upper cliff dwelling looks really interesting in photos. Aside from a glimpse of it from the creek bed, photos are all I've seen of it. The scramble up the cliff face to the upper dwelling is more than my fear of heights will allow.

My hope was to continue down Roger's Creek and to Angel Basin. However, the creek bed was getting more narrow and technical all the time. Daylight was of the essence, as I wanted to be off the worst of FR172 before dark. I opted to return the way I came.

Despite being an out-and-back, there was plenty of scenery to be enjoyed that I had overlooked on the hike in. The rough, jagged volcanic rocks that make up the Superstitions have many beautiful formations including needles, spires, and rock arches. And despite 2019's Woodbury Fire in this area, it never got into Roger's Canyon. There's still plenty of healthy trees and foliage to enjoy in the lush canyon.

I'm glad to check this cool hike and piece of AZ history off my bucket list.

Thornapple, sunflowers, daisies, Indian paintbrush
15.36 mi • 1,949 ft aeg
Hewitt Ridge Circumference
I parked just off FS 172 a little north of Peacock Canyon. High-clearance vehicles can use an unofficial road in for 0.3 miles.

Peacock Canyon up to Millsite Canyon intrigued me more than anticipated. Rugged little canyon. The further you get in, the better it gets. A lot to admire.

Millsite Canyon
Returned to Quail Springs after 20 years and 5 months. The vicinity still seems like the perfect slice of Arizona.

Shade from Hewitt Ridge and a trickling creek. The trail is a road. Vegetation is intense in some areas. Vertical geology and healthy Saguaros galore had my full attention at times. Seemingly impossible, I got off track twice.

Hidden Valley SoMo & BSM are shallowly hidden. Lower to mid-Millsite is the exaggerated 3D version of a valley. Nobody below the parallel ridges is sneaking a peak into Millsite.

The nagging foot ligament was screaming from a senseless jump but I wanted to complete Millsite Canyon.

Having hiked the upper portion more than once I knew it was no picnic. There is a quick mile or two near the top, but it ends washed out to oblivion.

Three SxSs crawled by me, they were returning from the overlook above Whetrock Canyon. I knew that they would soon be descending FS192B. My hobbling pace missed the show, sections are swiss cheese with ball bearings up the yin-yang on steep grades if memory serves. No longer on topo maps now.

Changed the oven mitt pants to shorts, and started with a walking lunch on the 7.75 miles down FS172 back to square one.

Several large bevies of quail, javelina scat, tarantula, and a desert tortoise. A plethora of songbirds in the early morning. One sounded like a bellowing steer. A solid mile of wasps hovering and wrestling but they didn't cause me trouble.

Early in the day on the drive-in, up out of Queen Creek, I squeezed by a couple of road maintenance trucks and front loaders. They were loading up on flatbed trailers as I was leaving, never saw a hint of work performed on FS172, perhaps they just pushed aside a boulder.

Millsite end-to-end has been on an imaginary to-do list since the 90s.

I'd guess Dec 7th to late Dec for the cottonwoods and sycamores.

Intense parish goldeneye in isolated areas. Four O'Clock: light. Verbena: isolated. Skeleton of devil's claw.
8.25 mi • 4,321 ft aeg
Jim says we've got victory on the Moody Point Trail #140 clear down to the Rim Trail #139, but I was snipping away at so much vicious vegetation that I never made it all the way down. I hope to make one more trip up there to confirm that it's up to my "standards" (low as they may be) : wink :
Regardless, what we need now is boots on the trail.
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4.33 mi • 717 ft aeg
Park McFadden Trail Loop
This was my last hike during our week long stay at our camp near Park Tank. GH stayed in camp starting to pack up for an early departure the next day. I started off from camp through the forest of mostly smaller junipers mixed with a few pines towards the 4WD road FR2752, that would be our exit route the next day. I followed that road for about a mile to see if the road had dried out after the heavy rain 3 nights before. Then the plan was to take an old road shown on some maps to head east up the side of McFadden Peak to connect with the Park McFadden Trail #55. I found no sign of that old road so just followed animal trails going that direction. The forest in this area is a scenic mix of pine, oak and junipers with very little brush under the trees to block a hiker's progress. A large black bear ambling along the hillside about 20 yards away made enough noise to catch my attention. When I turned to see what or who was making that noise, I found the bear staring at me. When I raised my camera to get a photo he continued ambling but at a slightly faster pace and so did I in the opposite direction frequently checking over my shoulder to make sure he wasn't following me.

Upon reaching Trail #55, I followed it down the side of the peak to loop back to Park Tank and from there to our camp. This section of Trail #55 is on an old road which makes for easy hiking. It passes the Park McFadden Tank which, unlike Park Tank, was empty. When Trail #55 gets within 0.3 miles of Park Tank it turns southeast bypassing the tank. At that point I headed off trail in a straight line towards the tank. The forest here is fairly thick but following the trusty cow trails to link small clearings soon delivered me to my destination, the gate at Park Tank. Then it was back up FR2752 to where I had crossed through the forest from camp. GH was still in camp busy packing up for departure the next morning.

The forest in the area around our camp, which I call the Park Tank pasture, is littered with juniper trees that have been sawn down sometime in the past and left laying on the ground. Most of the remaining trees were small enough to have grown in around those dead soldiers over the years. I had seen this area on Google Earth several years ago and assumed it was the site of an old prescribed burn or wildfire. But that was not the case. All the trees laying on the ground had been sawn down and showed no sign of being burned. Investigating the timing of the tree cutting on Google Earth images over the years, it was revealed that the trees had been cut down sometime between June 2007 and June 2010. But this investigation also revealed that his area before the cutting had been covered with smaller trees of a more uniform size compared to the surrounding forest. I suspect that the old original trees in the Park Tank pasture had been cut down at least once before, perhaps mid-1900s, probably by Tonto National Forest, to increase open cattle grazing area. But the juniper trees had started to take over by 2007 and the trees were once again cut down. The last 3 photos in this trip's photoset show historical Google Earth images which confirm the timing of this last cutting.
5.61 mi • 433 ft aeg
Hike FR2752 Past Park Tank
This hike follows an old unmaintained road bed that extends southeast past Park Tank from the present day end of FR2752 at Park Tank. Part of this road is shown on old maps but not on newer topo maps. I was curious about what, if anything, was at the end of this road. We found that there was a fork in the road about 0.3 miles past the gate at park tank. One fork continues straight southeast about 0.6 miles further to where it ends at Trail 55 coming from its Circle Ranch trailhead. The other fork of the road turns to the southwest to cross upper Park Creek, then northwest and then south more-or-less going up a drainage ending after 1.3 miles in a forest with nothing much of interest to anyone except maybe hunters and the usual range cattle. So no exciting finds or views, just dense forest. However the connection with Trail 55 could be of interest but it could confuse anyone trying to follow that trail without a gps track because there are no signs, just GH's beloved cairns to mark where the trail enters and leaves the road.
11.61 mi • 3,232 ft aeg
Felt great to be hiking in the Pinal Mountains following the long closure due to the fire. Some trails are still closed per the Globe Ranger District although I didn’t see any closed signage on the trails themselves. Most of the fire damage was seen at the lower end, lots of green on top. Up Telephone and Icehouse, then down Sixshooter. Sixshooter was in the best condition but there are a few down trees. Saw a large group of deer. Only saw one other pair of hikers on the day. Really nice day.

A bit early.

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