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Oct 03 2021
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47 male
 Joined Mar 14 2016
 Apache Junction,
West Pinto Trail #212 - SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2021
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Hiking5.60 Miles 853 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.87 mph
853 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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With the cooler temps, I wanted to get back out in the Superstitions since it had been about 4 months (I was having Superstitions withdrawals) :lol:. Headed out to Miles which is probably my favorite TH in the wilderness to hike West Pinto. Started off with it being a little overgrown to the Bull Basin turn off but nothing major. Crossed Rock Creek which was dry, however a ton of water had moved through it very recently. After crossing Rock Creek you can still follow the trail as it goes up and over a couple small hills with again some moderate overgrowth (cat claw included) but nothing to horrible. I've never seen cattle in this area but I came across 4 who had a stare down with me before finally running away. About a mile in (just before West Spring) conditions start to deteriorate quickly. Massive erosion from what I'm assuming is from the monsoon rains has wiped out 70% of the trail all the way to Oak Flat. I saw one area where the erosion had eaten a way of section more than 5 feet high. It is VERY bad. The little bit of trail that did not get wiped out is sitting under 4-5 feet of grass, cat claw and whatever else has taken over. I spent some time trying to find it but gave up and stayed in creek. Came across a couple of hunters at the Cuff Button Junction who had backpacked down from the top of West Pinto and they said they had lost the track most of the way, as it's an overgrown mess on top. Got to Oak Flat had lunch and started back as it started to warm up. I've hiked West Pinto more times then I can count, but with all the erosion and overgrowth it looks nothing like it once did, a lot of it is completely unrecognizable, a very sad sight to see. Honestly at this point, I'm not sure if it can be fixed at all. It's going to take a massive amount of work to lay down some new track and clean up the little bit that is still around.
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Aug 22 2021
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47 male
 Joined Mar 14 2016
 Apache Junction,
Ash Creek - GaliuroTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2021
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Hiking4.00 Miles 534 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   38 Mns   1.52 mph
534 ft AEG
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I've been wanting to get out to the Galiuro's for awhile now and decided today would be the day. Drove out to hike Ash Creek. Stirred up a group of Pronghorn on the way in, who apparently were pissed at me as one of them started shadow kicking with it's back legs towards my direction lol. Drove the road up to the unofficial trail head, having to drive through a good amount of water to get there. With all of the water crossings I was trying to be "smart" and not get my feet wet, which lasted a whole 5 minutes as I fell into the creek the first crossing and said screw it and walked through the rest of them. The trail was in good shape most of the way, a little overgrown past the water tank but nothing horrible. Took a break at the creek near lower Ash Spring and spotted a nice looking pool about 30 yards upstream. Walked upstream to check it out and the water got up to my things at it's deepest point. It was chilly but felt good with how warm it was. At the end of that pool were a couple small waterfalls that were flowing pretty good, really cool area that I hung out at for a bit. At that point it was getting warm so I decided to call it a day and head back. The area is so dense with vegetation it's crazy, it's like Haunted Canyon on steroids. :lol: It was an awesome initial visit, I will definately be back in early November.
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47 male
 Joined Mar 14 2016
 Apache Junction,
Reynolds Creek Trail #150Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 08 2021
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Hiking3.00 Miles 728 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs   2 Mns   1.48 mph
728 ft AEG
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Solo adventure today took me up to the pines of the Sierra Anchas. I hadn't been up there since last year and I figured this would be a great place to get out of the heat. With 487 closed below the falls, I optioned for the Reynolds Creek Trailhead and hike up to the falls. The road up to the trailhead was in decent shape, a good amount of downed trees to navigate around but nothing major. First time i've hiked this trail and from the reports i've read the brush had really grown from the rains and they were not kidding! The trail never really disappeared but a few times it got pretty thick. It wasn't to bad except for the occasional raspberry bush that left a couple of marks. About half way up I saw what I thought was a "shortcut" around a climbing section and I took a chance. Wrong answer! That "shortcut" disappeared and it ended up being a bushwhack on the side of the canyon with tons of scree that you couldn't see because of the brush which led to a nice fall. I'd had enough of it so backtracked a bit and met up with the official trail again. Continued up to the top and made it to the waterfall look out. After my side adventure earlier I did not feel like hiking down to get better views of it. Took a nice break under some nice shaded rock croppings and headed back down. No hikers the entire day as expected, just the way I like it.

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47 male
 Joined Mar 14 2016
 Apache Junction,
Bonanza Bill Trail #23Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 02 2021
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Hiking9.70 Miles 1,372 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.59 mph
1,372 ft AEG
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With the day off yesterday I packed up the 4Runner Sunday afternoon and headed out to the Blue Range Primitive Area. I've been wanting to hike in the Blue Range for awhile now but with it being a 5 hour drive it's tough to get over there. Got to the Bill Bonanza TH about 8:30 Sunday night, setup the air matress in the 4Runner and slept at the TH. This is an awesome trail through the pines with just a bit of elevation coming out of the creek. The Cow Canyon fire was in the area last year, however a good amount of the pines were okay down low, a bit worse up on top. Hiked over to Hinkle Spring and the corral, got followed by some pissed off cows and started back out. About a mile and a half from the TH I heard the first boom of thunder so I picked up my pace and fortunately nothing came my way. It was a little humid but not to horrible with temps in the low 70's. Came across tons of elk including a group of about 30 of them and almost hit a turkey on the way out. This is a beautiful area and I will definately be back to the Blue.
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 Apache Junction,
Barbershop Trail #91Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2021
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Hiking4.00 Miles 984 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   26 Mns   1.64 mph
984 ft AEG
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It had been a couple of weeks since I had gotten out so I decided to take a chance on the weather and head up to the rim. Parked at the mud puddle parking area they call Barbershop and started off. Light rain at the start, then the sun came out and cranked up the humidity. Once we climbed out of Barbershop Canyon the sun went away and the clouds opened up. I don't mind hiking in a little bit of rain but this was way beyond that. Attempted to wait it out for a little bit under some pine but with no end of it in sight we decided to head back. Of course a quarter of a mile away from the truck the rain stopped. ](*,) Water and mushrooms were everywhere. I gambled with the weather and lost but at least I got a free shower. :lol:

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47 male
 Joined Mar 14 2016
 Apache Junction,
Grant Hill LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 30 2021
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Hiking4.43 Miles 718 AEG
Hiking4.43 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   1.66 mph
718 ft AEG
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Was looking for a nice cool hike and figured the Pinaleno's were the perfect place. Made the drive up the Swift Trail near Mt. Graham and parked at the Grant Hill TH. Last time I tried to hike the outer loop the trail was pretty overgrown and had a ton of deadfall from the Frye Fire and we had to turn around about 2 miles in. A refreshing 59 degrees as I started up the old road. Made it to the overlook and admired the views for a bit before heading up Grant Hill. This is the part we turned around at last time, however, someone has spent a good amount of time on trail maintenance as carins mark the way for a pretty wide open trail. Made it to the top of Grant Hill, had some lunch and started heading down the back side of the loop. Whatever trail "used" to be in this part was long gone, however it was a pretty easy decent around some Pine, Aspens and a little bit of deadfall. Once the trail linked back up to the old road it was pretty easy to follow again. Made it back to the truck and continued the drive up the Swift Trail checking out a couple of spots before heading home. The regrowth of Aspens in the Grant Hill area post fire is insane, there must be thousand's of baby Aspens growing everywhere. The Pinaleno's are one of my favorite area's, will definitely be back this summer before the road closes up for the winter.
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May 16 2021
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 Joined Mar 14 2016
 Apache Junction,
Rock Creek Trail #195 - SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 16 2021
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Hiking7.80 Miles 710 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   1.67 mph
710 ft AEG
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Took advantage of the "cooler" day today to get another Superstition hike in. Headed out east to my favorite trailhead in the wilderness, Miles TH. Headed out from the ranch and headed up the Bull Basin trail at the first junction; then found the carins for Rock Creek about a mile up. Rock Creek trail has been decommissioned for 20 years, however, it is in better shape then some of the maintained trails out there. Stopped at the waterfall, which was bone dry for a quick break and continued on. I've hike this trail numerous times but have missed the 100+ year old Y Bar B corral and water trough each time. Fortunately I was able to finally find it today. The corral and water trough were built in 1909 to trap the wild burros that used to roam this portion of the Superstitions. Crazy to think about wild donkeys being in this area, but apparently a good amount were trapped. Had lunch at the corral and headed back. Had to take a slight detour at one point as a snake decided to lay across the trail and not move lol. Took my time getting back as it started to warm up pretty good. Saw a ton of bear scat and tracks and a couple deer on the way out and that was it, no other cars at the TH, which is perfect.
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 Apache Junction,
Buckskin Gulch TH to Wire PassSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar May 08 2021
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Hiking6.00 Miles 1,097 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.50 mph
1,097 ft AEG
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Woke up way before the sun Saturday morning for an adventure up north. Got to the Buckskin Gulch TH around 9 and off we went. The first couple miles are in an open canyon, then it tightens up and the fun begins. Hiked down a couple of miles to Wire Pass and took that out the TH. Hitched a ride in the back of a truck the remaining 6 miles back to the start. We then headed down to White Pocket to setup camp however, 50 mph winds had something to say about putting up a tent. We were finally able to find a campsite with some nice trees that protected us from the wind. Hiked over to White Pocket and watched the sun set. The next morning we hiked back over to White Pocket again and had the entire place to ourselves for a good hour. Packed up camp and headed home making a quick stop at the dinosaur tracks in Tuba City.
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 Apache Junction,
JF Trail #106Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2021
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Hiking11.15 Miles 2,096 AEG
Hiking11.15 Miles
2,096 ft AEG   6 Hrs   45 Mns Break
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With the great weather yesterday I decided to get out for one last Superstition hike. Headed up the "smooth" road to the Tortilla TH to hike JF Trail. JF starts out going up right away until you get to the Hoolie Bacon junction. From there it's flat for a moment then up and down the rest of the way. Stopped at the first ridge to explore the rock formations a bit and continued on. About a half mile past the ridge a pretty heavy rain squall came in and forced me to take cover under a tree for about 15 minutes. At this point the trail is hard to stay on as it's an overgrown, rocky mess. One minute it was wide open and the next it was gone. Made it to Tortilla Pass finally and started back. JF Trail is a one and done for me, really did not care for it at all. The views are great but the constant up and down's with tons of rocks and route finding ruined it for me. Had a couple of hikers hiking out the end section of 213 who decided to stop and watch me drive down the final obstacles lol. Looks like 100 degrees for the weekend so this will officially end my Superstition hiking season.
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 Joined Mar 14 2016
 Apache Junction,
Tule Canyon Trail #122Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2021
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Hiking10.12 Miles 2,179 AEG
Hiking10.12 Miles   6 Hrs   40 Mns   1.79 mph
2,179 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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I wanted to get out to the Superstitions one last time before the heat kicks me out. Headed out to the Reavis TH yesterday as usually very reliable source (has ties to the FS) told me it was reopened. Made the two hour drive only to find out the gate is still locked and closed at Apache Lake. Dam! On to plan B, Tule TH. I've been up on Two Bar Ridge a couple of times but I've never hiked Tule before. Tule is a 2,000 foot climb up to the top of Two Bar Ridge with some pretty steep and slippery spots near the top. Tons of cows at the start, but they thinned out further up. About half way up I started watching a storm build over the Sierra Ancha's, but it was far enough away not to worry about. Once I got to the dry tank the winds really picked up and by the time I got to Two Bar Ridge they were blowing enough where I couldn't wear a hat. The views up on the ridge are some of the best in the wilderness in my opinion as you can see both Apache and Roosevelt lakes. Hiked about a mile south on Two Bar Ridge, had lunch and started back down. About half way down the storm starting making its move towards me. Windy, dark but was fortunate to make it back to the truck with just a few sprinkles. Came across one AZT hiker up on the ridge and that was it for the day which is exactly the way I like it.
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 Apache Junction,
Tony's BackyardGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2021
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Hiking9.50 Miles 922 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   6 Hrs   27 Mns   1.71 mph
922 ft AEG      54 Mns Break
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Had the day off Friday so with mother nature blessing us with one last weekend of nice weather, I headed out east over to Tony's Backyard. I attempted this hike earlier this year, but fell and put a big gush in my knee so I wasn't able to finish it. Dropped down into the upper portion of Haunted Canyon and followed the creek the entire way. A couple small sections of actual trail, otherwise its a boulder hop the whole way. Made a stop at the ranch, which I had to myself then continued up to the Bull Basin intersection. Started the hike back out and did a little exploring. A nice day with temps in the low 60's and a nice breeze most of the day. Saw not another person the entire day, which is perfect.

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 Apache Junction,
Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2021
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Hiking17.20 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking17.20 Miles   11 Hrs      1.56 mph
2,900 ft AEG
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With the temps starting to get up there I wanted to get out to the eastern Superstitions and get in a big hike before the season ends for me. Headed out to the Campaign TH and started up Campaign Creek. Lots of running water in the creek all the way up to Brushy Spring. Made it to the Fireline Junction and had a nice break under the pine trees. About 3/4 of the way up Fireline the trail became washed out and I lost track of it, so I started up a steep wash. The climb up this part was nearly vertical at times climbing up an all rocky section. As I got near the top, I decided to take a small ravine up to finish off this stretch which turned out to be the wrong decision. As I was climbing up this ravine a tree root that I was using for footing, broke and I slid on my stomach about 30 feet down the side, fortunately landing on my feet (lesson learned). After quickly evaluating myself I continued up the rocky ravine finally cutting over successfully near the top. Fantastic views on top and happy to say the pine forest at the bottom of pine creek all survived the fire. Headed down to Pine Creek to start this section. I had read Chumley's, Wally's and Dixieflyer's triplog on the old Pine Creek Trail and thought I would give it a shot. Yeahhhh, this 2 miles section took me over 2 hours hunting for cairns and bushwhacking through thick Manzanita. I would find a cairn that would lead into a grove of manzanita and then I would have to try to find the tread again. I finally linked up with the Reavis Gap Trail and started the long trek down. Ran out of water about half way down Reavis Gap, fortunately was able to filter some once I got back to Campaign Creek. Long, exhausting 11 hour day finishing the last mile in the dark (headlamp). You would never know you were in the Superstitions in the Pine Creek area. It is a forest full of tall pines and TONS of bear scat. I definitely need to head out there again and camp.
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 Apache Junction,
Bull Basin Trail #270 - SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2021
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Hiking12.00 Miles 2,675 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   7 Hrs      1.71 mph
2,675 ft AEG
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Had the day off so headed out east and up 287 to the Upper Haunted Canyon TH. Parked in the two car spot and started up 203. Did not have a particular route in mind, just kind of went with it as I hiked. The upper section of 203 is definitely steeper then I thought and with a bit of snow here and there made it that much more fun. Got to the top of the Upper Haunted Canyon Trail took in the views for a minute and continued down past the water tank into Haunted Canyon. The intersection of Haunted Canyon and Bull Basin is a beautiful area full of nice shady trees, however I saw so much bear scat in that area, I thought for sure I would run into one, fortunately I did not. Decided to head up Bull Basin and come out at Miles then walk 287 back up. A quarter mile after the intersection the scenery changes to more desert scrub brush and it became extremely overgrown. It's overgrown basically all the way to Sherry Spring, it's complete shit an my arms and legs paid the price. Definitely the worst trail in the Superstitions I've seen with overgrowth. :roll: There were some nice pools of water here and there probably due to melting snow. Slow crawl up to the top of the ridge then down into Bull Basin. I have to admit I was pretty tired by the time I got to Miles and was really hoping for someone to be at the TH driving up 287 so I could hitch a ride, but no such luck. Long hike up 287 back to the TH. One Subaru at the TH when I left but I saw not a soul all day, which is perfect! Another great day in the Supes to mentally refresh.

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 Apache Junction,
Cuff Button Trail #276Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2021
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Hiking8.50 Miles 1,401 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   5 Hrs      1.70 mph
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Drove out east yesterday (surprise, surprise) to the Horrell TH to hike Cuff Button. Had my son hiking with me for the first time in over a year and I wanted to show him the old corral. Stopped for a quick break there and decided to head up to the ridge to check out the views. Trail is in great shape from the TH to the corral with no burn, however, after the corral everything is burnt crisp. Slow going heading up with a bit of route finding needed. There was a light dusting of snow on top of the ridge and winds were blowing pretty good which made it pretty cold. Looking across Sawtooth Ridge had a bit of snow as well. Came back down off the ridge, had lunch and headed back out. My hiking season in the Superstition's does not have much time left before the heat comes, trying to get out as much as I can last couple of weeks.
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 Apache Junction,
Black Top MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2021
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Hiking13.00 Miles 2,071 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   7 Hrs   45 Mns   1.93 mph
2,071 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Took a mental day off yesterday and headed out to the western Superstitions to climb up to the top of Black Top Mesa. Few cars at the First Water parking which is expected for a weekday. The first 4.5 miles are on the Dutchman Trail going up and over Parker Pass. First mile of the Dutchman is a sad sight as the Superstition Fire destroyed everything in the area; after the first mile things improved a ton. Got to the Bull Pass Intersection, had a quick snack and then started the climb up. The climb up Bull Pass is not to horrible but once you get to the top of that the real fun starts with a steep slippery climb up to the top of Black Top Mesa. Made it to the top, explored the area for a bit, found the Spanish petroglyphs and had lunch. The views on top are absolutely amazing with several Superstition landmarks visible. You can also clearly see the fire line from this summer's fire. Spent about 30 minutes on top (all to myself) and headed down. Not sure what was worse going up or coming back down. Your knees take a beating going down. Ran into a couple of groups with no one past the Black Mesa junction.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max First Water Creek - Upper Turnoff Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
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 Apache Junction,
Cottonwood Trail #120Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2021
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Hiking7.40 Miles 978 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   1.83 mph
978 ft AEG
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Debated on where to hike yesterday, so ended up driving to the far eastern Superstitions (surprising I know lol) to hike a trail I have not done yet. Headed out towards Roosevelt and up 83 to the upper terminus of the Cottonwood Trail. With the Woodbury fire in 2019 and the lack of rain lately, I didn't have high expectations for this hike, however it was definitely better then I expected. I hiked this high to low, however, I think next time it would be better to get the uphill out of the way first when I'm not so tired. Initial half mile is open burnt fields of brush that used to be here. After that you enter the beginning of the canyon following the creek (which was completely dry here). I took a few minutes to look for Cottonwood Spring which I did not find and continued on. A little more then a mile in, the scenery completely changes to huge canopies of cottonwood trees (I guess that's where it gets it's name) and other riparian brush including a short stint of either blackberry or raspberry bush. The creek now had a nice flow with some pretty decent looking pools for a good portion of the way. An awesome area that was untouched by the fire! The canyon opens back up and takes you to a corral with a water tank and trough that were both full of water (and bees). Had lunch there (did not hike the road down to the Frazier TH) and started the hike back which was all uphill, although a slow grade up. Since this is part of the AZT it is clear of brush, full of cairns; in general really easy to follow. Came across a couple of back packers on the way out and that was it for the day. The list of trails in the Superstitions I have not done yet continues to get smaller and smaller. :y:

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About a half mile past Cottonwood Spring. Flow continues till almost the corral, periodically going underground.
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 Apache Junction,
Randolph CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2021
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Hiking9.70 Miles 682 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   4 Hrs   26 Mns   2.19 mph
682 ft AEG
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Had the day off yesterday so I headed out to one of my favorite spots in the Superstitions. Drove down Milk Ranch Road and parked under Buzzards Roost. From the last house on that road to the parking area is completely torched. Nothing survived and the road is a lot worse because of it. Hiked over to the Coffee Flat trail and headed down Randolph Canyon. The Sawtooth fire destroyed everything on the right side of the trail all the way to the wilderness boundary, the left side was untouched. The grass in this area is insane! It's more of a grassland now then anything. Trail is pretty defined now except in one small spot just past the gate. Got to the Randolph/Fraser confluence and took a break. Such an awesome area that I love hiking to even without much water. Continued on to the junction with Red Tanks, hiked about a quarter mile up and my instinct told me it was for another day. Turned around and headed to the start of Red Tanks Canyon, had lunch there and hiked in a bit. Beautiful canyon with surprisingly a good amount of water. After about a half hour I started back and made a quick stop at Reed's Water. Weather was decent, light rain early on, which made it pretty humid, then the sun came out and warmed things up. Did not see another soul the entire day, which is just the way I like it. 🙂

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Dripping Spring Dripping Dripping

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Red Tanks Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
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47 male
 Joined Mar 14 2016
 Apache Junction,
Haunted Canyon #203Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2021
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Hiking13.60 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking13.60 Miles   6 Hrs   46 Mns   2.01 mph
1,100 ft AEG
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It had been a couple years since I had hiked Haunted Canyon and my cousin has never hiked in the eastern half, so we headed out to the Eastern Superstitions yesterday morning to hike out to the ranch. A bit chilly at the start with only two cars at the TH when we started. Pinto Creek was pretty dry for the most part with only a couple of sections that had a light flow. Tony Ranch Spring had a good drip as always and was overflowing the metal trough. Had the ranch to ourselves for about 10 minutes before a couple other groups arrived. After a quick break, we started the trip out. The wind really picked up on the way out and by the time we were up on the ridge it nearly blew us over a couple times it was so strong. Came across Ben Knowles on the road out. Haunted Canyon is always an awesome hike with beautiful views, just wish Pinto had more water.

On a side note, I was sad to see that some disgraceful human had spray painted red arrows on the rocks and trees along the way. There are several other hikes in the area where this has also been done. Such an absolute shame!

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Tony Ranch Spring Dripping Dripping
Trough was overflowing
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Feb 07 2021
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47 male
 Joined Mar 14 2016
 Apache Junction,
Rogers Canyon Trail #110Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2021
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Hiking10.70 Miles 1,157 AEG
Hiking10.70 Miles   6 Hrs      1.78 mph
1,157 ft AEG
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It had been over a year since I've hiked out of Rogers Trough, so I headed up there yesterday to see if the trails looked better then they did a year ago after the fire. Four cars at the TH parking when I got there at 8. Nice flow from the creek at the start. Started off on Roger's Canyon Trail wanting to get to Angel Basin. The initial part of the trail is fine then the fire and erosion hits. Some trail damage but still pretty easy to follow till the Reavis turn off. First part of the Roger's Canyon trail after that is a bit sketchy, as this is where the worst of the fire damage happened. Regrowth is definitely happening but it is still a sad sight to see. About a half mile past that the fire stayed above the canyon all the way to the Ruins, most of the original trail remains except in a couple of spots here and there. Took a few minutes at Roger's Canyon Spring looking for the old corral but was not able to find it. The nice flow of water stopped at the spring but came back up at the ruins. The last half mile of trail past the ruins is non existent so I walked in the creek bed to make it easier. Got to Angels Basin and took a lunch break. Tall grass everywhere at Angel Basin just waiting for another fire to come through. Took about 20 minutes to trying to find the Angel Basin Corral and troughs, however after walking through cat claw fields while wearing shorts for 20 minutes, I turned around without any luck and started back out. I had forgotten how much I hate the hike out, it is all uphill and when you are already tired it SUCKS! lol. Saw a couple of groups who camped in Angel Basin and one at the ruins. I was surprised to see a Subaru Forester at the TH. They have more balls then I do to drive that up there. :lol:

dry Roger's Creek Dry Dry
Dry at this part, however, there was light flow below the spring and past the ruins.
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Jan 31 2021
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47 male
 Joined Mar 14 2016
 Apache Junction,
Rock Creek Trail #195 - SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2021
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Hiking7.10 Miles 584 AEG
Hiking7.10 Miles   3 Hrs   52 Mns   1.84 mph
584 ft AEG
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Headed out to the old Kennedy Ranch to check out the Rock Creek waterfall, hoping it had a nice flow after the rain we got and to finish off a small section that I hadn't done yet. 287A is getting a lot "bumpier" since the last rain. Chilly 28 degree start with snow still on the ground in patches. West Pinto had a nice flow, however, Rock Creek was bone dry. The further up the trail I went the deeper the snow. I will say one thing, boulder hopping in the snow adds a lot more complexity and makes it much more difficult to stay on the trail. Really slowed down my pace. Light flow at the waterfall 🙁 with some nice pools up on top of it. Continued on to finish the missing section and tried to find the old Y Bar corral, but turns it I was about a quarter mile away from it. Headed back down and had lunch at the waterfall and back down I went. I did not see another person and I was the only vehicle at the TH all day, which is a bit surprising. Came across a couple small doe on the way down and that was it for the day. Hopefully we will get some additional rain, when I was at the falls last year it had more water then I have ever seen. This trail is no longer a wide open highway that it was early last year when I last did it. The catclaw is making a strong comeback, especially in a couple of areas. Pants are a must.
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