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Apr 20 2020
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Jacobson SawmillTucson, AZ
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Down to the sawmill and back ... beautiful down there with some good flowing water.
On the return trip I encountered a nude man at the Cluff Dairy site ... conversation with 2x the social distancing guidelines were enforced!
I then poked around the Arcadia CG area for an hour before leaving.
It's crazy up there, all the developed sites are closed, but more people than ever are using the mountain right now.
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Jul 29 2019
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Dairy and Sawmill area were beautiful!
Green everywhere with apples and grapes coming in nicely.
Jacobson canyon had a bit of running water and I encountered a family of Mexican spotted owls (a first for this area).
Also took a short drive down Twilight Road and rode out about a half hour monsoon downpour.
Another short stop at RTM CG and the Deadman Curve overlook before leaving the mountain.
Good Time
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Sun up to sun down day trip starting from the top at Ladybug Saddle and working my way down the Swift Trail to the bottom. Ladybugs-spotted owls-berries-apples was the plan ..... 1 out of 4 accomplished :|

Ladybug Peak - Not 1 single bug on top, where are they?
Bear Canyon - Hiked the upper trail down from Ladybug to the Bear/Dutch T. Always an enjoyable scenic stretch down with many very nice places to camp. Had a real nice 2 hour hammock camp here before returning back up to the saddle.
Dutch Henry - Ole Dutch has seen better days, could only get about .25 mile down the path before the mountain starts to reclaim it. This is where the spotted owls live and I believe FS will never (I've heard) repair this trail to help further protect them. No owls found on this once outstanding trail.
Twilight Spring - Drove down to Twilight road and hiked in to the spring. The biggest patches of wild raspberries I've ever found are along this trail and it was not a question of them being there, but will they be there? As I made my way many of the berries had been picked by bears or others?, but there were still plenty left to fill my cup all the way down to the spring. The yellow sunflowers at the spring I anticipated were surprisingly out of peak, but that was OK as I had a cup full of wild berries to eat while I rested. My poo will look amazing soon!
Jacobson Sawmill - I then drove down to Jacobson and hiked in to the old Cluff Dairy to maybe pick some apples. Arrived to see way too many people camping at the dairy and that ended my apple picking dreams. The worst decision FS ever made was removing the gate and allowing people to drive down to this old historic area. Artifacts have been replaced with trash.
Arcadia - Stopped at the CG and hiked down to Wet Canyon to check the creek flow. Wet Canyon continues to flood and I still can not believe what this canyon now looks like since the fire!
RTM CG - Last stop down the Swift Trail was made at RTM for sunset and a walk down to Noon Creek.

No ladybugs,spotted owls or apples, but I did get my berries!
Along the way I spotted - 3 deer, 2 Abert's, turkey vultures, skunk, Mexican jays & a bobcat. Also heard but not spotted were many turkeys (Bear Canyon) and something big breaking tree limbs down in Dutch Henry Canyon ..... maybe a Preston Yeti?
I choose the East side on this day because all of these trails/area were Not affected by the Frye Fire and all looked great ..... I needed a no burn day :)
Wonderful trip!
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Jacobson SawmillTucson, AZ
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Just to Cluff Dairy - wandering around chasing birds and geocaches. Neat area! Loved the apple trees. Found 6 caches today ... DNF 3 or 4 more.
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Feb 17 2018
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2 days of steady rain in Graham County was to end today, had to go up the mountain and see the water. Jacobson Sawmill was the first choice, I wanted to see Twilight Creek which does not often flow much, but I knew it would be today. On the drive up ALL the creeks & drainages were a'flowin heavy! Some that I haven't seen water down in years.
Hiked down to the sawmill and Twilight was running good. The whole area was just incredible looking. Spent a couple of hours in the canyon with a nice bush camp enjoying it all. I then headed down the mountain checking the flow all the way down into the flats.
Quick stop at Wet Canyon,
Quick stop at Noon Creek,
Short hike to Jacobson Creek by the Forest Service buildings,
Then to the bottom and down to the Rockstar of the Day, John's Dam. All the creeks meet up at some point and end up going over the dam and wow did they ever ..... heavy flow from one end to the other!
Awesome overcast, socked in, foggy, watery day.

Jacobson Creek flowing over John's Dam
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Sep 19 2017
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After a terrible day on top of Graham, I had to go back up for a wonderful day.
Picked Jacobson mid-mountain away from all the damage.
Short & sweet hike down to the old dairy and sawmill.
Cluff dairy looked great! Lots of cool colors, mountain grapes & apples are almost ready.
Down in the canyon at the sawmill I found many new artifacts never seen.
Had lunch with 2 friendly white-tails in the very lush, mossy & green canyon bottom.
I went for wonderful ..... and I found wonderful!
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With the Swift Trail re-opened up to Ladybug Saddle after containment of the Frye Fire, we headed up.
Separate triplog posted for the bad - This one is the good!
Chad, Addie, Bianca & Vaho was the fun bunch for this one.
Started with Ladybug Peak. Made the short hike up, enjoyed the awesome views & placed a much needed new register box in the crack. Found a few hundred ladybugs on the north face.
Next up was a drive down the Swifty and hike through the cabins with a play stop at the swing & rope (no broken bones, close, but no).
Last up was a short drive down to Cluff Dairy. We hiked to the dairy then down further to the old sawmill. Still (to me) a spooky place down in that dark canyon ..... the other 3 laughed at my confession ..... jerks!
Back up at the dairy I showed them my secret apple tree, lots of apples this year, but not quite ready for pickin'

Mostly overcast skies, couple claps of thunder, a sprinkle here and there, 1 doe, several squirrels, a peak, old family cabin visit, 2 historic sites and a most needed return back up into the cool breeze pines after a devastating 5 week wait -
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Drove up the mountain with a plan A & B.
Plan A was up high at 8000 ft and still just too snowed in to hike.
Plan B was lower, but I arrived to find a half dozen cars parked and tons of people snow tubing.
Had to come up with a plan C on the fly.
Decided on 2 ole' standby shorties a little lower on the mountain.
1st I hiked down to the old Cluff Dairy, skipped the 2nd portion down to the sawmill as there also was just to much snow down in the canyon.
2nd I hiked up Wet Canyon. Good water flow on this day, lots of nice small waterfalls & many very cool ice formations along the creek.
Was planning on more miles today, but these 2 are always worth the drive up!
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Dec 25 2014
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Christmas afternoon hike.
Wanted a good snow hike today on top of Graham, but it was way too windy & cold up high.
Settled on a favorite shorty down lower.
Cluff Dairy had a few inches here and there & the entire sawmill area down in the canyon had a good blanket throughout. Always very cool to see the old sawmill artifacts!
Passed only 2 vehicles on the drive up at noon, passed about 30 on the way back down heading up to play in the higher snow.
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Perfect place to visit for our regular Thursday evening short hike.
Met up with Addie & Lauren after their shifts at Roper Lake and up the Swifty we go stopping at the always cool Cluff Dairy/Jacobson Sawmill. Both areas were really green with the dark & spooky sawmill canyon below lush with summer foliage!
As a bonus, I took the girls just a little ways up Wet Canyon to the first waterfall on the drive back down. Wet Canyon is already looking very good with many tall sunflower blooms along the creek. We will hit up the entire canyon in another month or two when at peak.
Good times as always!
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Returned back home to Safford last night after spending a wonderful Christmas week with my family in Chandler/Gilbert and was able to get in a couple of South Mountain & a couple of riparian water park hikes during my stay. I enjoyed my big city hikes, but after a week of hiking in the valley I started to feel a little like Gossamer the Monster (PEOPLE!) -

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Awoke today back in my small quite town and headed right up into the Grahams to get back to my solo/loner/solitude ways! I needed a short & sweet trail to break in my new Christmas gift boots and Jacobson Sawmill fit the bill. I always love hiking down this trail, it is only .75 miles down to the sawmill, but packs a big punch of old mountain history starting with the Cluff Dairy and on down to the sawmill! Really took my time on this visit as I walked through both sites and found many previously unseen artifacts. The sawmill site down in the shaded canyon had a foot of snow and was a little tricky to get to in places, but awesome! Returned back to the Swift Trail and although my new boots were starting to create a couple of hot spots, I felt I could get in another mile with them and decided to add the Arcadia Nature Trail into the day before leaving. The mountain was very quite today with zero wind and I never saw another person the entire trip ..... It was good to be back home!!!
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Still a little bit of color down in Jacobson canyon.

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After my scenic drive up the Swift Trail, I hit 3 short trails on the drive back down.

Snow Flat - The road down is still locked up so I had to hike it down. There was quite a bit of snow on the road and I almost turned around at one point when it got calf high. Sooo glad I didn't, the Flat looked Awesome! Still a good amount of snow left and the small lake was 90% frozen on top. Snow Flat trail below the lake, forget it, way too deep :cry:

Ladybug Peak - Quickie up to the top where I was greeted by a small amount of ladybugs. Signed the register, got my pics of the incredible views and headed down to Jacobson sawmill to end the day.

Jacobson Sawmill - Made it down to the old Cluff Dairy in no time but bailed on the sawmill canyon part. It was getting late and can get awfully dark and squatchy down there :scared:

Wildlife seen today - 3 does, 1 Abert's squirrel, 5 turkey & 1 very loud raven.
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Flipped this into Snow Flat via Treasure Park.
Started from Treasure Park by first looping the big meadow and then taking the back trail to Snow Flat. Then hiked down the short out n back Snow Flat trail before returning back to Treasure Park under a small monsoon storm that soon had me cold & wet. The storm ended the rest of my upper mountain plans so I drove back down stopping at the Jacobson Sawmill TH and taking it down just to the old Cluff Dairy to check out the flora situation. The wildflowers at both Treasure & Snow Flat are just past peak, but still look very nice. Cluff Dairy flora needs some rain help, but always a cool little area of Pinaleno history to walk around. Mountain temps never got above 75 degs and it was another nice day to be in the Grahams!
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A quick hike in the Pinalenos. The hike description mentioned this as a popular place to see bears. I was hoping that meant it was also a popular place to see coatis (currently at the top of my "Elusive Arizona Animal" list). Unfortunately, even at first dawn, none were found.

I made my way back to the boiler at the Sawmill site and sat down to rest. That's when I heard running water. If you follow the black tubing past the boiler you'll come to a small spring at Twilight Creek. There's a man-made structure with a red metal door signifying that this is where the sawmill workers got their water from. Continuing on would've meant bushwhacking uphill. I was in no condition to do that, so I rested some more and returned the way I came.
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Not sure what category today's trip best falls under so for now I'll call it a scenic drive.
(maybe I could get a new category added?)

My retired neighbor is an avid metal detectorist and he asked me if I've come across any old good sites on the mountain while hiking. I told him I thought the old Cluff Dairy/Jacobson Sawmill area would be good and he invited me to go up with him to check it out. I haven't swung my metal detector in over 10 years and after digging through my "man cave" I was able to locate it, dusted it off, threw in a new battery and up the Swift Trail we went. Had a very nice drive up the mountain stopping at a few places as I played tour guide showing him some of my favorite places on the mountain before arriving at the Dairy road. We made the short hike in and spent the next few hours detecting the whole area. We could tell that this area has been hit hard by detectors before, but we were still able to find a few small treasures including a couple silver coins, many clad coins, an old horseshoe and the find of the day was a small brass bell!

I had a great time and it was a lot of fun swinging a detector again after 10 years. This is an activity I think I will start to incorporate now into some of my future camping/hiking trips!
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Plan A today was Ladybug Peak via Turkey Flat, but still too much snow depth on the trail for this one. Plan B was the short out & back down to the old Cluff Dairy and Jacobson Sawmill which I completed before going back up to Turkey Flat for the Twilight Spring trail. Still a good amount of snow on this trail as well so I just hiked Twilight road down past the campgrounds and around to the other side of the mountain for the awesome Heliograph Peak view. Then I off-trailed down across the ravine and up to Turkey Flat road to visit our old family cabin which we owned for 25 years. It's always very hard & emotional for me to visit the cabin, but I'm glad I did and it was a good ending to my trip!
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First hiked Twilight road down past the campground and around to the other side of the mountain to the Heliograph Peak viewpoint. Then it was back up the road half way to the spur trail that leads up to Twilight Spring. The trail to the spring is very green & pretty right now with the last half mile going through some thick berry patches just starting to show their fruit. Dropped back down onto the road and took it back to my truck and for the third time in as many trips, tried to find my way along the southern beginning of this trail with the same results. The first half mile of this trail is just a confusing mess of game trails. Along the way I found 3 trails that came to an intersection full of fresh bear activity and decided it would be a good place to set up my trail camera that I brought along on this trip. I then hiked back out and made a quick stop/hike down to the old Cluff Dairy before returning home. Full fire restrictions are in effect now on the Pinalenos with notices posted everywhere along the Swift Trail (Hwy 366).

Sunny skies made today a little warm in the open, but quickly turned cool once under the pines. Only wildlife spotted today was a pancake squirrel on the drive down.
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The upper spring is a very slow dripping puddle. The lower half is tapped with PVC pipes going in all directions with lots of construction litter around the spring.
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Oct 09 2010
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Short & quick afternoon trip out to the dairy/sawmill sites. First stop was the old Cluff Dairy. Every time I explore this area I find a new foundation or artifact I missed the trip before. I then headed down the trail into the dim canyon below to the sawmill site. For some reason this area always gives me the creeps. It dark, too quiet and smells very musky like a big animal was just there. Hiked through the sawmill and a little ways up the creek to the small dam before turning around and heading back. I was almost out of the canyon when a very loud "POW......POW" rang through the mountain from a hunter's rifle who was very close. I keep forgetting that it's hunting season up here.

Made it back up to the dairy and picked some apples & grapes to take home before hiking the road back out to my truck. I always enjoy hiking through the history of this area !!!
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Nice short hike through the Cluff dairy site and down to the Jacobson sawmill site. Found some wild berries on the trail from the dairy to the sawmill along with some bear scat. Roamed around the old logging relics before heading back. The whole area around the dairy was very green with lots of ferns and a few apple trees. Also found a couple of Geocaches on the way out. Weather was perfect!
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