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Telephone Trail #192 - Pinal - 23 members in 98 triplogs have rated this an average 3.4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Apr 10 2021
hikerdw
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 Mesa,AZ
Kellner Icehouse Loop, AZ 
Kellner Icehouse Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 10 2021
hikerdw
Hiking12.74 Miles 3,344 AEG
Hiking12.74 Miles   5 Hrs   17 Mns   2.81 mph
3,344 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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Perfect weather on this day for this loop. Arrived to an empty TH and only 3 other vehicles when we finished. All the trails are in good condition, Kellner and Icehouse did have some deadfall to navigate around. The lower portion of Telephone was in excellent condition. A trail maintenance crew arrived at the top of Icehouse as we started our decent. First trip to Signal Peak. Views were outstanding. Nothing negative about this loop, it is a favorite.

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Nice flow.
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AZOutdoorsman
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 Chandler, AZ
Pinal Mountains 4X Super LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2021
AZOutdoorsman
Hiking27.77 Miles 8,028 AEG
Hiking27.77 Miles   12 Hrs   13 Mns   2.73 mph
8,028 ft AEG   2 Hrs   3 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Final big training hike before Nankoweap in a couple weeks. Back to an old favorite! Started from the top to more closely simulate a GC hike (on a big, endurance hike it's always harder going up at the end of the day - as opposed to going down). It's a longer drive to the top, and I wanted the full day for the hike - so I drove up night before and sleep at the TH.

First Loop: From my parking at the top of Icehouse, I hiked the road over to Kellner. Down Kellner to Icehouse and it's junction with Telephone. Turned around and back up Icehouse to my truck at the top. Icehouse still has a fair amount of snow on the trail in the upper 1/2-mile or so. Crossed the only other person on the trail the entire day, a trail runner coming down IH as I was going up. Back at the truck I refueled my pack, changed socks, and had a sandwich.

Second Loop: Hiked the road the other direction over to Ferndell, down Telephone to the CCC TH at the bottom. Lots of people picnicking down there, rest for a few then headed back up on Sixshooter. Back at the truck another refuel, and switched to try out a new pair of shoes on some additional mileage/EC to the 4X.

Out and Back: Down Icehouse a couple miles to the Doghouse Spring area (were the old spring-bedframe is located) and back up before dark. Caught the last color of sunset before cleaning up to hit the road home.

An excellent day on Pinal! The new Coros Apex 46mm worked well, very accurate - a fun new toy. Has great battery life too, with 78% remaining after a 13 hour day running the GPS! Also impressed with the Hoka One Speedgoat I wore for the 4X! It will get the nod for Nankoweap.
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Pinal Mountains 4X Super LoopGlobe, AZ
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Hiking22.58 Miles 6,509 AEG
Hiking22.58 Miles   9 Hrs   35 Mns   2.78 mph
6,509 ft AEG   1 Hour   27 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Another training hike, returning to one I did back in the day for my R3 training. This time from the bottom as two separate loops with a lunch break in-between. Was surprised by the amount of snow still up there. Was hikable, but a little slower (maybe 45-60 minutes total) with 3 to 4 miles in the snow - very happy to have my poles.

First loop: up Ice House, across on the road, and then down Kellner.

Second Loop: up Telephone and then Ferndell to the road, back down on Six Shooter.

Great weather and a chance to hike with a couple of buddies I haven't seen in awhile due to choices around covid. No other hikers or wildlife were seen.
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Oct 24 2020
BiFrost
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Six Shooter-Icehouse Canyon Loop, AZ 
Six Shooter-Icehouse Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2020
BiFrost
Hiking8.53 Miles 2,387 AEG
Hiking8.53 Miles   4 Hrs   27 Mns   2.19 mph
2,387 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
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We got a late start but our hike was fairly short because we drove to the top of the Pinals parking at Icehouse. From there we hiked the road ¾ mile over to Ferndell Spring and the start of Sixshooter Trail. Sixshooter was not quite peak but still plenty of color especially the top section. After taking lots of pics we reached the Telephone Trail junction but continued down Sixshooter a bit more to see if there was any color further down trail. There was some but nothing as good as the top part so we turned around and hiked back to the junction.

At the Telephone Trail #192 junction we checked out the spring that is right at the junction. It’s been repaired and had really good water in the trough. From there we continued on Telephone Trail towards Icehouse. It leaves Sixshooter Canyon and wraps around the ridge to drop into Icehouse. There is a cool stand of Manzanita that the trail passes through and also some trail maintenance has been done on the trail section down to Icehouse.

Arriving at the Icehouse Trail #198 junction the previous fire burned the area pretty badly. However, to make things even worse the cow traffic has destroyed what the fire didn’t. At the junction there was cow salt lick at the junction next to what used to be a nice camp spot. Continuing up canyon the cow situation did not really improve. Several nice camp spots have been mucked up so that was disappointing. It was not until the top section of Icehouse where the trail got better basically the last mile. That also had the best color as the bottom section was still mostly green and probably several weeks away.

Overall Sixshooter was better than Icehouse but that was only because it was closer to peak. For my money the top last mile of Icehouse is the best section if it’s at peak. Either way we really enjoyed doing this loop from the top and getting the best of both canyons :)
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Upper sections of Six Shooter and Icehouse

dry Dog House Spring Dry Dry
couldn't find the spring. It's been either destroyed by previous fire or cow traffic in the area

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good water in the trough

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the spring box is new and had good water

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nice clear water in the trough
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Aug 09 2020
Jim_H
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Pioneer Trail #196Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 09 2020
Jim_H
Hiking10.00 Miles 3,100 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.74 mph
3,100 ft AEG      45 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Two dry summers in a row meant I went out to do this with a zero percent chance of storms and no rain gear. Didn't need it, either, not even close. If anything, it was hot, 93 at the trailhead at 5:15, and warm most of the hike. You can tell the mountain has had barely any rain, as everything looks dry. Lots of dry plants on the Pioneer, and on top trees are losing leaves. Usually it is wet about now.

Up Pioneer, skipped Pinal Peak both times, down Ferndell to Six Shooter, which I took to the Telephone Trail, and once I got to the ridge I turned up that. Partly, because I didn't feel like losing any more elevation, and partly because I thought the trail was higher up, not slightly below. I then went up the ridge to Signal Peak. Someone was playing Peter and the Wolf by flute in the tower, as well as a few other things. I saw no wolves, or bears, FYI. After the brief segments of the Pipeline and Middle trails, I stopped at the exotic trees and the hummingbird feeder collection. The trees are losing leaves due to drought, but are fine. There are fewer hummingbird feeders, and I only saw two birds. Nothing like last July when there were dozens of birds, it seemed. I then went back down the Pioneer. Nice views from the Baldy in the White Mountains, to the Catalinas and Rincons.

Not enough decent routes for me to use or piece together, so I added the AEG from the Pioneer and the Telephone Ridge up to Signal Peak. Might have lost some from the Pipeline and Middle. Miles, is a safe guess.

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Nasty!
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Jun 15 2020
AugustWest
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 Phoenix
Telephone Icehouse Six-Shooter Loop, AZ 
Telephone Icehouse Six-Shooter Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2020
AugustWest
Hiking11.68 Miles 3,670 AEG
Hiking11.68 Miles   4 Hrs   34 Mns   2.62 mph
3,670 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Perfect day for a loop in the Pinal Mountains. Started out at Icehouse CCC Campground.The temperature was 88 at 9 AM. I started out on Telephone Trail which is a scrubby burned over area and really forgettable especially given the other trails in the Pinal's.

Icehouse is immediately a jump into a lush, forested landscape. Ponderosa pine and then Fir are the predominant species.
Icehouse goes straight up and there are a couple of spots where dead fall needs to be navigated, but nothing too crazy. Icehouse gets more and more interesting as you go up. The canyon is cool which was a welcome change.

Up on the ridgeline at the top I walked along the road for about a mile to what the signs indicate as Ferndell TH. Up to this point there wasn't anyone on any of the trails or roads, but at the very start of Six Shooter there were two birders who had just spotted a 'rare' Eastern Warbler. We spoke for a few minutes about birding and my Orinthological knowledge was increased tenfold.

After a mile or so there is a junction with Kellner and Telephone trails going one direction and Six Shooter going uphill. At this junction there is a nice shady area that would make a decent camping spot. Also present was a half full spring box with not horrible looking water.

My only gripe with Six Shooter are the few sections of uphill when the trail should be going down :x

Overall Six Shooter is a little drier and slightly more exposed. What is undoubtable about this trail is that the conditions are nearly perfect. No deadfall or scrub. This may be the best maintained trail that I have hiked on in a very long time. Mountain Bikers are clearly using this trail responsibly. No switchbacks are being cut and there is no evidence of rutting indicative of riding in wet conditions.

Both canyons had running water in spots, but I would say Six Shooter has a bit more that is more accessible. There are more extremely healthy squirrels in these 2 canyons than I have seen almost anywhere in my life. Also saw maybe a dozen white tails throughout the day.
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Jun 06 2020
hikerdw
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 Mesa,AZ
Kellner Icehouse Loop, AZ 
Kellner Icehouse Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2020
hikerdw
Hiking11.95 Miles 3,296 AEG
Hiking11.95 Miles   4 Hrs   46 Mns   2.82 mph
3,296 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
Cooler than normal temps allowed us to slip in another hike in the Pinal Mountains so we decided to check out the Kellner Canyon Trail and Loop back on Icehouse and Telephone.

Kellner Canyon Trail is in great shape. Some areas of overgrowth but not bad at all. I'd actually say it was in the best shape out of the three trails we hiked.

Icehouse Trail was nice, although there was more than normal deadfall that had to be hiked over or around. Ryan took a spill going around one area when he tripped over some hidden barbed wire.

Telephone Trail was a little overgrown where it branches off Icehouse but improves as you descend down. It is a great alternative to hiking the road to and from Icehouse Canyon.

Great temps, actually cold at the top, and a great hike. At only 64 miles from house to trailhead this area is a favorite of mine.
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Pinal Signal loop, AZ 
Pinal Signal loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 31 2020
LindaAnn
Hiking14.62 Miles 3,907 AEG
Hiking14.62 Miles   7 Hrs      2.30 mph
3,907 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
 
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Parked at the Icehouse CCC lot and decided to head up Six Shooter first. Since I hate the lower mile of Six Shooter, we walked up the road for the first mile, then got on Six Shooter. Temps were nice, plenty of green vegetation, and there was a lot of flowing water. We saw a band of coatis; I counted about 12 but only got pics of 2 or 3 of them. Six Shooter is in great shape the entire way up. Very buggy though.

At the top, we headed east on Ferndell, which is brushy in a few places, but still easy to follow. Once at the top of Ferndell, we headed over to the ladder rock, then over to Pinal Peak. Hazy views, as expected. From there, we headed over to Signal Peak, which I prefer over Pinal. After lunch on Signal, we headed over to Icehouse. Temps had been pleasant all morning, but started to warm up on Icehouse.

Icehouse has about 15-20 downed trees across the upper 2 miles of the trail. Most are easy to step over or around, but 4 required some bypass effort. The top mile of the trail is slippery with layers and layers of old maple leaves. At the junction with Telephone, which took some effort to find, we decided to take Telephone the rest of the way back down in order to skip the boring road walk of the last 2 miles of Icehouse. I hadn't been on that portion of Telephone since before the fire 3 years ago, so was curious to see what it looked like. The boring road walk would have been much better. In some places, the trail almost entirely disappeared in manzanita and locust; it did not appear to have received any maintenance since the fire. After passing through some gates, the trail became much more distinct, and showed signs of recent maintenance. Other than a few steep spots, it was an easy, but hot, walk back to the parking lot.

Good to get this loop in, and other than the last few miles, it wasn't too hot. More green and water than I was expecting to see too. Didn't see anyone else all day, which was nice.
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joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Upper Icehouse - Six Shooter via Pioneer Trail, AZ 
Upper Icehouse - Six Shooter via Pioneer Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2019
joebartels
Hiking14.44 Miles 3,936 AEG
Hiking14.44 Miles   6 Hrs   52 Mns   2.45 mph
3,936 ft AEG      59 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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We crossed paths with two respectable HAZ legends. Driving to Globe, we passed and probably frightened the grandson of Jacob Waltz waving and flapping our arms.

Pioneer Trail #196
Tread and ACE work is still in great condition. Upper mile or so has light encroaching vegetation. Majority is from better than avg rains this year. Drooping over trail, might be gone after winter. Nice oaks in the lower third. The most acorns I recall seeing on any trail. Hottest 40 degrees ever ascending, balance of hike was pleasant.

Pinal Peak 7848
We did it. Joy.

Icehouse Canyon Trail #198
Upper is pretty, far cry from best year. 1/2-1 wk before prime color foliage. Nice pastels and oranges few will appreciate. 2? year old shiny new spring box still not hooked up, bone dry, trickle in creek.

Six Shooter Trail #197
After shortcutting across on Telephone Tr. Ferndell Spring area is the prime show. Drive right up and roll down the window for an Autumn fix.

Ferndell Trail #204
Per usual, dandy stroll. Fantastic weather added to the experience.

Synopsis
Nice little Autumn hike. Karl wore shorts, kackled per usual. Preston drove by as we were leaving, stopped and chatted for a bit!
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Meteorology
Autumn - Color Foliage
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Plenty to enjoy. Unless temps drop big time or strong winds strip the trees there will be plenty to admire somewhere on the mountain for a good week.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Just a couple species. Not oddly impressive like others areas now.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Squaw Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Clean, gate is open
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The_Eagle
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Upper Icehouse - Six Shooter via Pioneer Trail, AZ 
Upper Icehouse - Six Shooter via Pioneer Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking14.60 Miles 3,981 AEG
Hiking14.60 Miles   6 Hrs   52 Mns   2.33 mph
3,981 ft AEG      36 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
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We passed up a Super-Stitioner on the drive to the TH. Hello Walter!

This was my first time hiking out of the Pioneer Pass TH in the Pinals. It's just shy of 6 miles past the IceHouse TH turnoff, but a nice alternative. I did not expect it to be full when we got there.

Pioneer is a steady 2.25mi., 1300' climb to get to the top. Minimal color on this one.

After humoring Joe with a short break at the top of Pinal Peak, we headed through the Ferndell area and on to Icehouse.

The upper 1/3 of Icehouse Canyon is poppin, and will continue to be good for at least another week.

The Telephone Trail contains no oak, aspen, or maples, until the point where it meets Six shooter. That's where the color starts on this one.

Six Shooter is a gem this time of year. Color all the way up. Maples and Aspens, mixed with the the green conifers and the deep blue sky, provide a rainbow of falls colors. Once again we stopped in the Ferndell area to take it in with different light.

Next, the Ferndell trail over to it's eastern TH. It was also aglow with color. We took a stop at the ladder rock, before heading heading back down to the car.

While enjoying a beverage back at the TH, HAZ Legend @Prestonsands happened by. It was great catching up with him.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial

dry Ferndell Spring Dry Dry

dry Icehouse Springbox Dry Dry
New metal spring box is still dry

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Behind unlocked fence, filterable water available in covered spring box

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Spring box full
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Oct 26 2019
BiFrost
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Upper Icehouse - Six Shooter via Pioneer Trail, AZ 
Upper Icehouse - Six Shooter via Pioneer Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2019
BiFrost
Hiking14.60 Miles 3,981 AEG
Hiking14.60 Miles   6 Hrs   52 Mns   2.33 mph
3,981 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
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1st trip
Joined Joe and Bruce on Pinals classic hike with a twist. We started from Pioneer Pass which was new trail for me. Not a lot of color on this section but it was a good trail with stop by Squaw Spring. From there we made quick stop on Pinal Peak before heading to Ferndell Spring area for a quick preview of Six Shooter.

However, we had plans to do Icehouse Canyon first and really enjoyed the top part where the color was closest to peak. No hurry in Icehouse but eventually made it down to Telephone Trail junction. From there we crossed over the ridge and dropped in Six Shooter. Of course Six Shooter was pretty much peak in the top 1 mile section especially around Ferndell Spring. Again no rush through Six Shooter either and followed the trail back past Pinal Peak and stopped by ladder rock for one last break. Then back down Pinoneer Trail to the vehicle. As Bruce mentioned Preston Sands just happened to drive by while we were at the vehicle. Nice to catch up with him for a few minutes :)
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Nov 09 2018
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 Chandler, AZ
Six Shooter - Pinal Peak - Telephone, AZ 
Six Shooter - Pinal Peak - Telephone, AZ
 
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OdinWiski
Hiking14.80 Miles 4,044 AEG
Hiking14.80 Miles   8 Hrs   4 Mns   2.28 mph
4,044 ft AEG   1 Hour   34 Mns Break
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1st trip
Started around 9:30 and the temps were close to 50. All day it felt like it was in the 50's and most of the hike was shaded, so it was great hiking weather. Took Six Shooter up to link up to Pinal Peak. Last time I was on Six Shooter a few years ago was a rainy spring day I think. This time it was fall color explosions :y: We really enjoyed this trail. View from the top of Pinal Peak was Ok - it was a bit hazy. We wandered and explored a whole bunch and took the Telephone Trail back down. I have to say that it was kinda bland / low reward. The last mile and a half seemed to be dragging on, especially when the hip that needs replacement was bothering me a lot. Next time we're in this area, we'll probably check out Icehouse Canyon trail instead. Didn't see anyone the entire day. Overall, great weather and beautiful hike.
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Oct 27 2018
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 Mesa
Telephone Trail #192 - PinalGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2018
te_wa
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,850 AEG
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took the te-wa-ettes to the intersection of telly and icehouse (not the beer, that's gross) for a quick getaway. camped there. within seconds, saw two stately mule deer does. nothing else after that. spring box closeby is full. creek had 2 gal. per minute flow. 45 for a low. good time!
hello to Bruce, Joe and Bob, who got there a bit earlier. and hiked a lot harder, i'm sure. :D
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Oct 27 2018
joebartels
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Pinal 4X Light, AZ 
Pinal 4X Light, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2018
joebartels
Hiking18.43 Miles 5,425 AEG
Hiking18.43 Miles   9 Hrs   8 Mns   2.23 mph
5,425 ft AEG      53 Mns Break
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1st trip
Ray planted the seed and we were off to the foliage 500!

2011-2014 [ Pinal Mountains 4X Super Loop ] was the staple of my life. 2015 & 2017 were a bust. 2016 was a light 2X. Bruce threw together a nice M Loop and I was excited with multiple alarms set to wake up.

On a rare wait for Bruce at the meetup I was ready to roll for a change. Opened his back door to throw in my pack. A stranger on the seat scared me good. Hi Bob...lol

Six Shooter Trail #197
Started east on the lower lateral that drags on the descents. Seemed nicer in the shade as the sun held below the ridge. Light running water in the creeks and a newfound waterfall was a bonus. Upper foliage was prime!

Icehouse Canyon Trail #198
Per usual the Autumn show gets intense. Instead of the badass 23.8mi/6.7k 4X, Bruce cut out the bottom of Ice & Telephone. Which is near perfect as the bottom of these trails aren't on any favorite lists.

Telephone Trail #192 - Pinal
Took the slightly higher unofficial/older? crossover to #192. Bob brought a whine jacket and preached woes to the absent choir. The superstar of yesteryear was on his biggest hike of the year. It's still one steep lackluster ascent. Despite all his rage, Bobbie Rocket naturally lead throughout. Good times.

Kellner Canyon Trail #242
Still love the top half of this neglected stepchild that receives 1/4th the triplogs of Six Shooter. Oak foliage was perfect for the few that enjoy like myself. Still pay the piper on the bottom half praying for it to end.

Synopsis
Needed a great Autumn hike. Pinals delivered! Prob cut out Telephone and just re-enjoy Ice next round or mix it up with East Mountain Trail for a change. The @te_wa mobile was the lone occupant back at the trailhead. It closes at sundown so others likely passed through all day. Great to hike with Bob.
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Six Shooter Canyon
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Hit it, starting NOW!

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A first for myself seeing and hearing a light flow. Oct was wetter than average for many areas but I didn't realize the Pinals got any . Might be special during snowmelt early spring.
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Oct 27 2018
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Pinal 4x Light, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Oct 27 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking18.67 Miles 5,505 AEG
Hiking18.67 Miles   9 Hrs   9 Mns   2.26 mph
5,505 ft AEG      53 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Joe suggested a late week change based on a @rayhuston triplog.
Late week add of the infamous @bobp (I told him Lookout Mountain was closed for repairs)
@JimmyLyding introduced me to this area more than 8 years ago and almost killed me, but I keep coming back to this favorite.

I put together this 4x wannabe to try to take in all the color and all our favorite trails.

Up Six Shooter Trail #197, after crossing FR112, I'd forgotten how nice this lower section was. It helped having running water and some early color in spots. Climbing out of Six Shooter, you get into the tall pines and the start getting distant views. The color started in earnest at the intersection with Telephone Trail. From here up to Ferndell is prime.

Down Icehouse Canyon Trail #198, the color started from the get go. It was yellow and red maple heaven.
Bob's multiple pleas, fell upon deaf ears.

The climb up the Telephone Trail #192, at the unofficial Ridgeline Trail, turns steep to the top.

Next, the road walk over to the Kellner Canyon Trail #242. This drops through mostly oaks. Kellner Canyon drainage was running most of the way down. This trail is in mostly great condition. There are some big views north to and past Globe, to the Sierra Ancha.

Perfect weather for hiking.
Great hiking with Bubby again.
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Common Mullein
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial

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Full Spring box

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Springbox has not yet been turned on. Contained some dirty rainwater

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Firs time I've seen this flowing.

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Oct 27 2018
BobP
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59 male
 Joined Feb 26 2008
 Scottsdale, AZ
Pinal 4X Light, AZ 
Pinal 4X Light, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2018
BobP
Hiking18.43 Miles 5,425 AEG
Hiking18.43 Miles   9 Hrs   8 Mns   2.23 mph
5,425 ft AEG      53 Mns Break
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1st trip
Joe said this hike practically hikes itself. I’d figure this triplog would type itself but I had to recruit BrunoP to ghost write for me.

Can I help you with that? If you could have seen Joe’s look, it was priceless. I’m the proud recipient of the bronze medal. Joe said it was the 3rd most scared he haz ever been. I felt bad for about 3 seconds and then laughed. Bruce wishes he had it on video. It wasn’t my plan to scare him that way but the hike was off to a good start.

The car ride to the hike is sometimes better than the hike and the hike is usually better than the ride home. The last time I hiked in the Pinals was 10 years ago, you can search for my in-depth description on Oct 11, 2008.
Ralph and Alice haven’t changed much since I last saw them. They still complete each other's sentences and like to do side by side comparisons. Ethel asked Fred what is your battery level? Fred said 62% and of course Ethel said I’m higher at 68%. Are you in airplane mode? My track is longer. Blah...blah...blah. Wilma said smile and Fred said capture. Archie said bad words and so did Edith and so did I.

A quarter mile into the hike bam Eagle down. The conversation went to past hikes about blood and cactus needles. Next up, the leafers were ohhhhing and ahhhhing. They weren’t impressed with the brown pines like I was though. They also weren’t in as big a hurry to eat lunch as I was. Joe shared his awesome cashews as a precursor to what was to come. You take the good with the bad. I decided I’d wait for the bad until the downhill and it made me sick to my stomach. Whenever anybody says these are horrible but you should try it, remember to politely just throw it at them. We played Denny and the Jets and all that rhyme with it . It is always an experience hiking with Joe and Bruce and memories new and old are forged. We saw several cows and Joe stole one of the utters. Bruce was crushing on 31.
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Oct 24 2018
rayhuston
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64 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Pinal Mtns Fall Colors Loop, AZ 
Pinal Mtns Fall Colors Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2018
rayhuston
Hiking11.50 Miles 3,585 AEG
Hiking11.50 Miles   5 Hrs   26 Mns   2.25 mph
3,585 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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1st trip
My first trip back to the Pinal Mountains since the fire in summer 2017. I was hoping to get in a good workout and see some color up on top. I exceeded expectations on both counts. Longest hike since March and the most elevation gain in a year and a half. And do I ever feel it.

I hiked up Six Shooter to Ferndell Spring, then across to Ice House on FR 651. I followed Ice House down to the junction with Telephone and finished the loop on Telephone.

I didn't see much color on the way up until I reached the junction with Telephone. Things popped from there and continued until about a mile down Ice House.

I didn't notice too much fire damage until I reached the lower part of the Telephone Trail. Then it was like walking on the moon as things were pretty much stripped bare from fire.

Now appears to be a good time to get up there. The Aspen on Ice House haven't turned yet, and most of the maple leaves on the ground were yellow, so there might be some improvement yet to come.

Wonderful morning. I started seeing some clouds when I reached the top, but not too bad. The trails on Six Shooter and Ice House (from FR651 to Telephone junction,anyway) are in great shape, maybe the best I've seen them in the five years I've been going up there. Telephone is about the same; just bare.

Trail crews were working on lower Six Shooter when I arrived. I thanked them all for their service.
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Jun 30 2018
joebartels
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
East Pinals Loop, AZ 
East Pinals Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2018
joebartels
Hiking18.31 Miles 5,236 AEG
Hiking18.31 Miles   9 Hrs   27 Mns   2.20 mph
5,236 ft AEG   1 Hour   8 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
East Mountain Trail #214
The lower access isn't winning any awards. The upper trailhead and top quarter mile are blah. The core delivers. Fabulous distant views through tall pines. Low expectations transitioned to wows throughout. Per usual @PrestonSands wrote a nice description. Apparently this trail has received well deserved maintenance since 2006. If hiking the Pinals out of Autumn foliage, this will be on my radar.

Pioneer Trail #196
This trail has received serious trail maintenance since 2013. Great trail. Signage still says Squaw Spring 196. FS website still calling it Pioneer Trail 196.

Ferndell Trail #204
Year 'round winner, worthy for any loop.

Icehouse Canyon Trail #198
Bruce noticed the upper end was remarkably groomed and cut well into the slope. He's always correct. We passed a group of 9 ACE workers tackling multiple areas. New large aluminum water trough built to last installed over a half mile north of Telephone junction. No fire damage in the top mile or so. The torching builds down to Telephone junction. All traveled fine. No trees to climb over on any of our loop today, just easily stepped over a couple.

Telephone Trail #192 - Pinal
Icehouse side is torched for the most part. Views over to Kellner and down Icehouse are torched. Sixshooter side pines are mostly intact with some mixed burn. Trail itself is in decent condition.

Six Shooter Trail #197
Always a winner. We thought the 3/4 mile to Ferndale sign was missing a solid mile. Perhap a quarter mile short, the steep grade just feels like an extra mile...lol

Better than anticipated multiple loop. We lucked out on temps averaging 5 degrees cooler than normal. 5k loops this close to the Sonoran Skillet in late June are likely not this nice.
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Jun 30 2018
The_Eagle
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
East Pinals Loop, AZ 
East Pinals Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking18.58 Miles 5,282 AEG
Hiking18.58 Miles   9 Hrs   27 Mns   2.22 mph
5,282 ft AEG   1 Hour   4 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
I've had this one drawn up for awhile to sample East Mountain and some other exploration I've wanted to do. This is the first time I've done the Pinals when they were not decked out in their fall colors. They are a worthy destination for some cooler temps.

We parked at the upper parking for the Toll Road #200 Trail. It was a short downhill hike, to the the up for the East Mountain Trail #214. This trail climbs 1150' over 2 miles taking you through great views North and then to the West. The trail is in great shape. We contemplated going off trail to the summit, but were enjoying the trail too much. Also good views, of what we later found out to be El Capitan, to the south.

Next up on the Pioneer Trail #196 (previously Squaw Spring Trail #196). We'd been down this trail before, but it's seen some well needed love since then and is in great shape. Short of driving to the top, this is the shortest hike to reach Pinal Peak.

Ferndell #204 is starting to get a bit overgrown, but it's a short hike to get to the spring area. We did a bit of a road walk over to Icehouse Canyon.

Icehouse Canyon Trail #198 is in the middle of seeing some love. We ran into a trail crew of 9 from ACE, in day 4 of their maintenance of this trail. We thanked them all for their hard work and moved on. There is a brand new aluminum spring box that has been installed. They have not even turned the water on to it yet. I marked the location on HAZ and gave it the name Icehouse Canyon Springbox. Doghouse Spring, close to the intersection with Telephone Trail also has a brand new concrete catchment, full of great water. The fire burn gets more noticeable the closer you get to this intersection.

The Telephone Trail #192 had the most noticeable fire damage, until you got to the ridgeline alternate way up. Lots of burned Manzanita. This trail is in decent shape, all the way to Six Shooter. At this intersection, there is also a new concrete spring box, filled with water.

We went up the steep Six Shooter #196, past Ferndell Spring, all the way to 651C. Over to and down on Pioneer Trail, to Pioneer Pass and down to the Truck to complete the double loop.

An enjoyable and suggested option if you are in the Pinals.






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Plenty of clear cool water to filter from in the new spring box

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Plenty of clear cool water to filter from

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Brand new Aluminum springbox all freshly piped and ready to go. Stay Tuned.


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Plenty of clear cool water to filter from. New concrete spring box at intersection of Telephone and Sixshooter trails
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May 30 2018
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 Chandler, AZ
Sixshooter-Telephone Ridge LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 30 2018
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking11.38 Miles 3,194 AEG
Hiking11.38 Miles   3 Hrs   48 Mns   3.01 mph
3,194 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
Checked with the Fire closure expert and he confirmed that the Pinal's were open. Not much has changed since my last visit here. Took sixshooter up to Ferndell Spring and then returned on the Telephone Trail and finally the Icehouse Trail. When I arrived the Forest Service was working on the gate so I had to park up the road just a bit. Anyway the Sixshooter is in great shape and is an enjoyable hike. The fire did enough damage that the Telephone Trail isn't all that great. Some downed trees and lots of burned terrain. All in all a great hike. Stopped at El Rey afterwards for some tasty Mexican Food.
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