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Check Dam Trail #190 - 3 members in 7 triplogs have rated this an average 1.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Nov 08 2015
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79 male
 Joined Dec 16 2011
 Mesa,Az
Check Dam Trail #190Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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hikingaz2Triplogs 217
Hiking7.79 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking7.79 Miles   5 Hrs   50 Mns   1.85 mph
1,440 ft AEG   1 Hour   38 Mns Break
 
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Looking for a exploratory hike out by Pinal Peak, to check out the area before we took on the Peak itself. As usual I go to the Hiking bible of HAZ to review various routes and trip logs. kingsnake came up again as a nice hike.( Thanks ) Trails were easy to find and mostly open, came across a big old javilina down by the corrals rutting around to far away for a clear pic. Very enjoyable hike in a new area for us and the Toll agent was on break so we managed to get on the Toll Road without paying :) , next hike we'll head up the peak and make a nice loop.
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 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Check Dam Trail #190Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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kingsnakeTriplogs 768
Hiking9.71 Miles 1,735 AEG
Hiking9.71 Miles   3 Hrs   44 Mns   2.60 mph
1,735 ft AEG
 
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Unfinished business from last June ( [ triplog ] ), when I got off track, I was short on time and it was hot.

In Search Of ... The Beer Tree.

Anyone remember that show? Gosh, I loved it. A great source of info about off beat subjects two decades before Wikipedia or Google. Got the idea to kind of make that the theme of my hike video when I saw that Globe actually has a street named -- no lie -- "Beer Tree" ( [ photo ] ). It was a good omen for the day, as I only discovered that street due to making a wrong turn. :)

Note that the gravel pit trailhead doubles as a firing range, and that there are also a fair number of nails in the dirt, so exercise caution where you park.

So, today I did a counterclockwise loop of Check Dam Trail #190, Six Shooter Trail #197, FR 112, Una Del Oso Trail #201 and Toll Road Trail #200. Preston the yeti's subtitle for the Check Dam Trail description -- "brushy banality" -- pretty much describes the whole hike. There's some good views from up on FR 112 and Una Del Oso, and the upper reaches of Pine Creek are shady with good sitting rocks, but otherwise, it's nothing spectacular.

There's at least a dozen cattle tanks on the loop, round and rectangular; wind or solar powered; cement, metal or dirt; in all combinations thereof. Judging by the brand marks on several tanks, DC Ranch has the concession in this area. Since it was 32° when I started, the tanks with water had all crusted over with ice, as had the creek crossed by Six Shooter Trail between the CCC Campground and FR 112. (I could hear water trickling under the ice. :) ) There are tons of manzanita all along the hike, but that same section of trail has the biggest manzanita I have ever seen: I swear some are 20 feet high with trunks 4-6" diameter. :o I saw evidence of MTBs around most of the loop, but it must not get much traffic as there were many, many spots where cat claw was growing in the middle of the trail. Just north of Big Spur Tank, Toll Road Trail was briefly completely obscured by brush ( [ photo ] ).

I took my first break at the CCC, which is a *really* nice campground, large, with great views, picnic tables, burn pits and even a latrine building. FR 112, which goes to the CCC, and then further on up the hill, is a wide, very smooth dirt road. (Actually much smoother than the half mile to the gravel pit trailhead.) FR 112 is easily drivable by car.

As I was hiking up Six Shooter, I bumped into some calves. I could hear mom mooing on the other side of the trail. I did not want to get between the two, so I waited. The calves were not moving -- imagine that! ;) -- so I resorted to making lots of noise, and after a few minutes they finally decided to put some space between themselves and the crazy man. A couple hundred yards further up, the topo claims there are two buildings on the west side of the trail. There are not. I beat the thick brush searching. The northern building simply does not exist at all, and all that remains of the southern building are some chunks of brick & mortar, and some rebar ( [ photo ] ).

I took my second break along Pinal Creek, after turning north from Una Del Oso onto Toll Road Trail. I took off my hiking shoes and socks, and kicked my feet up on a conveniently located granite ottoman, while I enjoyed the fruit of the Beer Tree, a Vinifera Stout: "Divine * Wrath * Irrigate * Cultivate" -- sounds positively pagan ( [ photo ] ). :) The rocks eventually got really cold on my feet, so I booted up and continued on ...

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Hike Video: youtu.be/lBDhMB_UyYU

Mobile Reception: CCC (2 bar), FR 112 (3 bar), Big Spur Tank (2 bar).
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Jun 14 2013
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60 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Check Dam Trail #190Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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kingsnakeTriplogs 768
Hiking4.59 Miles 614 AEG
Hiking4.59 Miles   1 Hour   41 Mns   2.73 mph
614 ft AEG
 
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My wife was down in Aravaipa, so I had planned to do this on Wednesday, then drive down to Safford to do some hiking there, before heading up through Cascobel to meet her in Aravaipa. Instead, I stayed home to work on a project. But I came to a natural break on Thursday evening, so on Friday morning headed out to Globe anyway. Though it was supposed to be 107 in Phoenix, I figured Globe, at 2500 feet higher, would be tolerable. I stopped in Superior to have breakfast (hamburger and bacon omelette *yum*) at the Buckboard Cafe, before getting to the trailhead south of Globe exactly at my expected time of 0800.

I started walking down the jeep trail and in the day's theme, missed where Trail #200 split off from it. About a half mile down the jeep trail, I realized my mistake, and rather than doubling back, cut across the wash. There I discovered that the vegetation in the area is both plentiful and painful.

After passing through a broken gate -- don't forget to close it! :roll: -- Trail 200 splits south, while Check Dam Trail #190 heads west. It can be a bit confusing, either turning the wrong way, or continuing down the wash, as the trails are winding across the wash at that point. It's bone dry, so hard to tell which tracks are the ones to follow.

Same thing after 190 crosses over the saddle, as I got on the wrong trail and ended up the wash between Parker Tank and Hill 4368. After photographing a beautful cactus :budrose: , I tried to beat my way through the brush back towards the trail, but it was just too thick, so I followed the wash backwards instead. Once I got back on Trail 190, I headed west until I came to the windmill. (It's not on the topo, and not listed as a water source, though I did just put in a request to add it.) The windmill tank was full of water, which, for a tank, was not bad -- probably becauser the windmill was actively pumping water into it. It was starting to get pretty darn hot, so I took a break in the plentiful shade.

With all the side-tracking, I figured I would not have time to finish the whole 190-197-FR 112-200 loop by noon, so I figured I go up near the Icehouse CCC, then turn back. Up the trail a few minutes, I decided even that would be too much heat, so turned back.

When I got back to the windmill, rather than mis-directing my way back up 190, I got on Six Shooter Road. The gate on the topo exists, is metal tubing, locked and signed. But the signs were silver, on both sides, so I figured that meant I was allowed to hop it. So, I did. About a half mile further east, I came to a cattle grate, with a second signed gate, silver on my side. I peeked on the other side, and that sign said "Keep Out!". Oops. Crossed the gate so I was on the outside of the area I should not have been in, and kept walking. There's some trailers and rough houses up there, so I kept my head down, hoping not looking around would cause me to be invisible. Got to the other side of the compound, and there was a third gate, this one open, with a cattle grate, and a "Keep Out" of the side I was on. Oops. Again.

Finished up with a green chile-stuffed sopapilla at Chalo's. Also called Pam to let her know I was back. (I had arranged with her to be my backup in case anything happened, as there is no mobile reception in Aravaipa where my wife was at.) :thanx:

In conclusion, I'd like to do this trail again, all the way around, but definitely not in June. (Or July. Or August.)
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Parker Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Windmill Tank - Check Dam Trail 76-100% full 76-100% full
Overflowing, it was so full.
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Nov 01 2009
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48 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
East Mountain Trail #214Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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JimmyLydingTriplogs 781
Hiking18.20 Miles 2,537 AEG
Hiking18.20 Miles   8 Hrs   20 Mns   2.18 mph
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Distance and AEG still to be determined. I jacked-up my GPS route (again....I need to remember to reset the little devil when I finish).
Did this with Stiller and johnr1. Always a good time with the Stiller, and johnr1 is a good hombre. I hope I didn't annoy him with my outspoken opinions!
Started @ Toll Road trailhead, and went up Toll Road trail to East Mountain trail. Took that to Pioneer Pass, then down FR 211 to its junction with Sixshooter trail. Took that to Check Dam trail (Preston's right: this trail is a dog), then Toll Road trail back to trailhead.
East Mountain Trail is absolutely spectacular, and today was a great day for photography. Saw a possible mountain lion track, and definite (and large) bear tracks.
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 Joined Dec 22 2007
 tempe, az
East Mountain Trail #214Globe, AZ
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Hiking18.20 Miles 2,537 AEG
Hiking18.20 Miles   8 Hrs   20 Mns   2.18 mph
2,537 ft AEG
 
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First visit to the Pinals was a plesant surprise. This mountain is a minature of the Ritas without all the people. Hiking with Stiller and Jim was a treat as I didnt have to do any route finding plus good narrative of the features of the area, the plants and the possible animals. Sad that the trail does not go to the summit but that leaves an excuse to return and find a route.
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 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
East Mountain Trail #214Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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DarthStillerTriplogs 628
Hiking18.20 Miles 2,537 AEG
Hiking18.20 Miles   7 Hrs   50 Mns   2.32 mph
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This turned out to be a very nice hike, even if a bit longer than I figured. We started out on the Toll Road Trail, which starts in a wash off of FR138 and quickly leaves. A downed sign is in the wash indicated to follow the trail out. At about a mile in, there was a fork in the trail. The cairns indicated to go left, but the right one looked like more of a trail, but it climbed very quickly along a ridge. We got a few hundred yards in and I noticed on my GPS that we were veering farther and farther off the trail. I decided to that we should go back before we got too far along. We made our way back down and followed the lower trail, following the bottom of the canyon, gradually regaining that elevation. Once we got up again, we noticed a trail junction coming in from the right again. Maybe this is the trail that follows the ridge, maybe not. :-k

Once we got up into the tree cover, we spotted 2 deer running up the other side of the canyon wall. A little after the junction for the first trail spur that takes you to FR112, we descended into a wash and lost the trail temporarily. After making our way a few hundred yards up the center of a very narrow section of the wash, it finally widened out a bit and I was able to make my way out to relocate the trail. A little further on we found some kind of shelter made out of logs.

The switchback section of the East Mt. Trail is a bit off from where my GPS mapping shows it, but it was fairly easy to follow. Some sections this area require some route finding due to the damage caused by the recent fire, but it's really not too bad. In fact, it appears that the fire for the most part cleared out some brush that would have otherwise made the hike a little rougher. As the trail ascended the ridge, the views to the east were great. We spotted some bear tracks and several deer tracks up there, also.

After a not-so-quick lunch, we descended down to FR112, taking it down to its junction with Sixshooter, then to the Check Dam, Toll Road, and back to the car. There is also some more route finding required at the windmill on the Check Dam Trail. At this point heading east, go thru the gate and then immediately look right for the faint trail. It picks up as you move along. If you go straight on the road and get to the dam, you've gone too far. The junction of the Check Dam and Toll Road Trails is also somewhat vague and not necessarily in agreement with what the marker sign says the Toll Road Trail is. Having my GPS track of where we were hours earlier helped in locating the Toll Road.

We were surprised to see as much green as we did on the trees, but there was some color. The weather was pretty much perfect, not too hot and very clear, making for excellent pictures. I'm going with johnr1's mileage, since we had 3 GPS's with 4 different mileage readings. 18.2 miles certainly feels like what we did.
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 Oro Valley, AZ
Check Dam Trail #190Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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PrestonSandsTriplogs 1,785
Hiking3.20 Miles 520 AEG
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Started from the CCC TH, but lost the trail near Parker Pond, so I ended up making a loop by taking FR 222 back. Lots of cattle. I will try again soon from the Tollroad TH.
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