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Telephone Trail #192 - Pinal - 20 members in 88 triplogs have rated this an average 3.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Nov 09 2018
OdinWiski
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 Chandler, AZ
Six Shooter - Pinal Peak - Telephone, AZ 
Six Shooter - Pinal Peak - Telephone, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2018
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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Telephone Trail #192 - PinalGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2018
te_wa
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,850 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
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1st trip
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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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 Phoenix, AZ
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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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
The_Eagle
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Pinal 4x Light, AZ 
Pinal 4x Light, AZ
 
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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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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 Scottsdale, AZ
Pinal 4X Light, AZ 
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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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 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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49 male
 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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 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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JuanJaimeiii
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 Chandler, AZ
Sixshooter-Telephone Ridge LoopGlobe, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking11.38 Miles 3,194 AEG
Hiking11.38 Miles   3 Hrs   48 Mns   3.01 mph
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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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 Mesa, AZ
Telephone Ridge - Icehouse Loop, AZ 
Telephone Ridge - Icehouse Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking5.70 Miles 2,153 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles   3 Hrs   13 Mns   1.92 mph
2,153 ft AEG      15 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Just what Tracey ordered, a beat-the-heat hike... instead of 103°, we suffered in the range from 62° to 70°.

On the drive up FR 651 we encountered a road crew doing a lot of erosion repair, at least some was as a result of fires over the last few years.

The hike on Telephone Ridge began easy enough until the steep downhill, when it wasn't long before the knees began their complaints. But as enjoyable as the day was I simply chose to ignore the complaints.

About a mile down the ridge we hit first of the burnt manzanita, which will continue for the next 2+ miles. My first thought, upon pondering all the black-and-blue marks I gained over the years while bush-whacking through manzanita, was, hmmm, manzanita is best enjoyed burnt.

Immediately my next thought was how can I show the beauty presented by burnt manzanita? So... if you decide to browse through the photoset, be forewarned, there are a LOT of burnt manzanita photos.

Finally out of the manzanita, we stopped at Doghouse Spring and soon found a few nice flat boulders for our picnic spot. While we were munching/cat-napping/'soaking' in the sounds of the babbling brook, a hummingbird decided to grace us with its presence, flitting back-and-forth a few times before dropping into the creek, first for a drink of water, then diving right in for a bath.

Whoa! By time I realized the opportunity, got my camera out and on, the bird-bath was over. ](*,)

But wait! On a hunch it may return, I left the camera on and waited, keeping the focus on the spot in the creek, and sure enough, the hummingbird returned for another round of bathing.
Wow! Here it is, a rare glimpse of a bathing hummingbird that I could capture on video! :y:

HOWEVER, unbeknownst to me until this moment , the SDHC card in my camera was unable to keep up with the 4K data-stream, to which the camera responded enough! and stopped filming. ](*,)
(Weird... because I've done a number of panorama videos with the same card with no issues. Could it be less data transfer was required for videos with lots of same-color sky, as compared to a complex background behind the hummingbird?)

WHATEVER... the video clip of the actual bath is barely 9 seconds. :doh:
I inserted the only still photo I had at the beginning of the clip and posted it on YouTube:
Video - Hummingbird bathing at Doghouse Spring

Ok, lunch, nap & excitement over, time for the arduous climb back up Icehouse Canyon. : rambo :
Other than the huffing-and-puffing, heart-pounding interspersed with a series of short breaks, the only excitement on the ascent was a snake encounter.

In the first instant I stopped dead, and without time to think I said Coral Snake! But once my old-and-slow brain kicked in and managed to retrieve yellow-on-black, friend of Jack from long-term memory, I realized it was an Arizona Mountain Kingsnake... nothing to be concerned with, except, GET A PHOTO!

Unfortunately, although I stopped 8-10 feet from the snake, by time I got the camera out it already felt vulnerable and immediately skedaddled under a log. ](*,)

Oh well, I'll have to settle for a few partial shots. But now if I happened to be a gummo-style herpetologist, I suppose I could have coaxed it out, wrapped it around my arm and got a selfie-with-snake, but Tracey was having none of that.

From then on it was simply moving onward and upward back to the car. Oh wait, one more thing... a new plastic pipeline has been laid roughly along the trail (replacing a fire-melted pipe?) with a new aluminum tank yet to be connected about halfway up. (See the tank photo for a bit of mirth... possibly, you'll have to have a sense of humor)

In the end it was another great day to be out enjoying the maples and pines... ok, the manzanita as well, as long as it's burnt. :M2C:

FINAL NOTE: I have since remedied the too-slow SDHC card, which failed to live up to it's advertised speed... beware of knock-off imitations. The card stated up to 90MB/sec, but when I ran a 'Black Magic' Disk Speed Test it barely reached 31MB/sec when writing. The replacement I got actually hits a 88MB/sec read AND write speed.
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Oct 28 2017
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 Phoenix, AZ
Pinal Mountains 4X Super LoopGlobe, AZ
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BiFrost
Hiking27.29 Miles 7,302 AEG
Hiking27.29 Miles   12 Hrs   27 Mns   2.32 mph
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We went up to Globe the night before to get an early start but even with that we still got late start. About an hour behind schedule we just assumed there would be some night hiking at the end. There is also a gate that is locked at night so we parked down the road which added some mileage.

Our route for the 4X was up Telephone Ridge to the road on top. Then hit Signal Peak and Pinal Peak walking the road between the two. Down to Ferndell Spring on trail #204 and the spring area which had some color but a bit past peak. From there down Six Shooter #197 trail which had some better stretches of foliage lower down and probably the nicest part of 4X. Six Shooter back to the vehicle where we had some lunch and resupply for the second half.

At this point we were at 16 miles so second half was shorter but it was also 230. We headed up Icehouse Canyon Trail #198 with upper Icehouse being the most fall scenic similar to Six Shooter but still past peak. Trail was in good shape and arrived at the road for the easy walk over to Kellner Canyon Trail #242. Down Kellner was relatively easy section with our only obstacle being hiking final stretch in the dark. We managed to get most of way down Kellner before dark but ended up with about hour and half night hike.

It was interesting to see these trails post fire. There has been quite a bit of trail maintenance on all the trails to varying degrees. Kellner had probably the most impressive work in the middle 2 miles which experienced severe burn. Also most of the severe fire damage is in the lower half of the mountain with the top showing only patchy damage at most. Looks like the work is still in progress so hopefully they will be able to work on the worst wash outs and erosion.
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Past peak but there was still some good color in upper Six Shooter and Icehouse. Mostly maples with a few aspens hanging on.

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Oct 28 2017
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 Phoenix,AZ
Pinal Mountains 4X Super LoopGlobe, AZ
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slowandsteady
Hiking27.29 Miles 7,302 AEG
Hiking27.29 Miles   12 Hrs   27 Mns   2.32 mph
7,302 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
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Third time is a charm. Yup, took three tries to finally complete the Super Loop.

Upper Icehouse is still my favorite. The trail is in great shape and lots and lots of crunchy leaves.
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 Gilbert, AZ
Six Shooter Trail #197Globe, AZ
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rayhuston
Hiking10.44 Miles 2,959 AEG
Hiking10.44 Miles   4 Hrs   14 Mns   2.57 mph
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A crushing busy season at work has kept me on the sidelines for most of April. I was way past due to get out. I didn't have anything in mind, but wanted some cooler air and a good workout. This time of year, I like Pinal Mountain and my favorite trail up there is the Six Shooter trail. I came down on Telephone to make it a loop hike.

I hit the trail a few minutes before 8. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and visibility was forever. There was zero breeze at lower elevations. Once I hit the pines, though, a nice breeze arrived almost on queue. Except for a number of pine trees that had fallen across the trails, mostly above 6000 feet, the trails were in good to excellent shape. There is a creek that you cross on lower Six Shooter a few times that has good flow. The trough at the junction with Telephone also had water in it, cloudy but full. I didn't see any water after that. A few varieties of wild flowers dot the trails. If you're afraid of bees, don't go on Telephone right now. A mile or three of Manzanita is blossoming and the bees are busy.

I passed a couple coming down Six Shooter. I didn't see anyone else the rest of the day. This was a nice in and out hike on a gorgeous day on Pinal Mountain.
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Apr 07 2017
JuanJaimeiii
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Sixshooter-Telephone Ridge LoopGlobe, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking11.22 Miles 3,249 AEG
Hiking11.22 Miles   3 Hrs   53 Mns   2.89 mph
3,249 ft AEG
 
Went up to Globe and did the Six Shooter Telephone Trail Loop. Weather was perfect the whole hike. Along the way I experienced several downed trees and a ton of gnats. It got so bad at one point I could hardly continue forward. I was covered with the damn things. I made it to Ferndell Spring where much to my surprise I ran into a small snow patch and then I headed back. The Telephone Trail didn't have the gnat problem which was a welcome reprieve. Saw a little gopher snake and then it was back to the Jeep.

Rare to see snow and a snake on the same hike.

Water was flowing in both canyons.
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Hiking_Fool
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58 male
 Joined Mar 12 2011
 Cave Creek, AZ
Telephone Trail #192 - PinalGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2016
Hiking_Fool
Hiking13.00 Miles 3,602 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles
3,602 ft AEG
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Oct 15 2016
joebartels
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Telephone - Pinal - Signal Pk - Icehouse Loop, AZ 
Telephone - Pinal - Signal Pk - Icehouse Loop, AZ
 
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joebartels
Hiking14.54 Miles 3,801 AEG
Hiking14.54 Miles   8 Hrs   32 Mns   2.03 mph
3,801 ft AEG   1 Hour   23 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Around Sept 24th a large swath of central AZ had one overnight low uncharacteristically low. jj photographed color on Sept 28th. Pinal Mtn usually hits mid to late Oct.

Telephone seemed better received by the group as a whole. Probably since we didn't rush up the ridiculous steep grade. Into Six Shooter there was good color. 35% still green. Ferndell Spring was nice. It appears the foliage is being dragged out for a longer period. On the bright side, more hikers will get to experience this year. Likewise it's a tad low key.

Believe this was my first trip including Ferndell. It felt like a gem for it's entire length. ( we descended )

After the nonsense peaks we headed down Icehouse. Once again it was very nice, just not a power punch. This area is so intense on maples the leaves can really accumulate deep. Not this year, more of an even cover along the ground. Very pretty no matter how you slice it. Met toddak along the way! Mind boggling the only other hiker we crossed paths with on trail.

Fun hike, fun group!
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Autumn - Color Foliage
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Oct 15 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
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57 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Telephone - Pinal - Signal Pk - Icehouse Loop, AZ 
Telephone - Pinal - Signal Pk - Icehouse Loop, AZ
 
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Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking14.54 Miles 3,801 AEG
Hiking14.54 Miles   8 Hrs   32 Mns   2.03 mph
3,801 ft AEG   1 Hour   23 Mns Break
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What a fun group. We all met up in Mesa and rode with Karl and Kathy to the trailhead. Hit the trail around 6:30am. Always like the Tall stand of Manzanita on Telephone. The color was hit and miss but still quite enjoyable. Lots of leaf covered trail sections which I always enjoy. Joe insisted on hitting both peaks and we decided to only do 2X today. That gave us time for both peaks and some nice breaks. Karl talks in his sleep :o . We saw about five deer. No Bear but we did see a Toddak. Nice to see a HAZ Legend! Only other hiker all day! No pic of the Toddak so you probably wont believe me :) . The conversation on this one was as colorful as the hike and quite entertaining! Thanks to Karl for driving and great hiking with all of you :y: . Like HAZ :yr:
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toddak
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54 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Pinal Mountains 4X Super LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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toddak
Hiking19.50 Miles 5,000 AEG
Hiking19.50 Miles   9 Hrs      2.17 mph
5,000 ft AEG
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1st trip
Didn't do the full 4X but I hit most of the trails in this impressive network. Up Six Shooter, down upper Telephone to the midway junction, back up Ice House, 651 road walk west, down Kellner, back up Ice House and down lower Telephone. Upper Ice House had the best Fall colors, but I thought Six Shooter was by far the best trail in the system. Nice to run into the HAZ all-star crew out there!
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Telephone - Pinal - Signal Pk - Icehouse Loop, AZ 
Telephone - Pinal - Signal Pk - Icehouse Loop, AZ
 
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The_Eagle
Hiking15.00 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles   8 Hrs   26 Mns   2.11 mph
4,000 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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This is another Fall Favorite. Based on the mixed colors, this one should be good for a couple of weeks.
Perfect weather all around on this one.

We tried to be quiet and not wake the Camp host at our 6:30 start. I think we were successful.

The lower reaches of all of these trails in the area, for me, are just a means to get to the beauty once you hit the trees. The Manzanita does get rather large in most areas up heree.

This was the first time up the entire Telephone Trail #192 to Six Shooter. I've always done the Telephone Ridgeline, which is just a steep climb with out the beauty. It hits 651 right at Icehouse Canyon I like this MUCH better.

At the upper end of the Telephone trail, where it intersects Six Shooter, Joe spotted a large 8+ point Whitetail, that stared at us for a while.

The closer to the Ferndell Spring area we got, the better the color got. The Ferndell area never disappoints.

We all followed Joe to the first of 2 peaks, Pinal Peak, where we took a break. It actually got a bit cool up there. A brief trip to Ladder Rock and then we hit the Ferndell Trail.

Next we followed Joe over to Signal Peak for some lunch.

Icehouse Canyon Trail, is a tunnel of color. It's on this trail that we saw our only other hiker of the day.
"I kinda thought I'd run into some of you HAZ guys today"
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It was HAZ celebrity, TODDAK on day 3 of his Fall Color tour. Great to meet you!

This one should be good for the next couple of weeks. Get out there if ya like some color
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BiFrost
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Telephone - Pinal - Signal Pk - Icehouse Loop, AZ 
Telephone - Pinal - Signal Pk - Icehouse Loop, AZ
 
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BiFrost
Hiking14.54 Miles 3,801 AEG
Hiking14.54 Miles   8 Hrs   32 Mns   2.03 mph
3,801 ft AEG   1 Hour   23 Mns Break
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1st trip
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We headed for the Pinals to find some color and try the 4X. Somewhere along the way we decided to do only half the loop and take our time in Ice House Canyon. We started up the Telephone Trail and eventually made our way over to Ferndell Spring area which on this day had the best color on the mountain. Next up we decided to hit Pinal and Signal Peaks and then the Ladder Rock which was worth the short side trip. Lunch on Signal Peak before heading back down the towards Ice House Canyon.

Once on Ice House it's a really nice stroll through the thick maples. This section typically has the best color besides Ferndell Spring area but we were about week or so early. Having decided not to do the 4X we took our time on Ice House which even without max color is a really cool section of trail. We also ran into toddak doing the 4X in the opposite direction...nice to chat with him for a few minutes. After that it was an easy stroll back to the vehicle. Good easy day in the Pinals!
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