Went out to enjoy the tremendous flow of Queen Creek and all its tributaries, waterfalls that rarely flow thru this canyon. This trail offered great views. Several rock slides in the area. A great day.
It's best for a man to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open his mouth and remove all doubt.
I had saved a short article about this trail from Globe's Copper Country News a while back (which I ended up losing). On a later trip through Queen Creek Canyon, I noticed the trail weaving along the canyon wall. Cool! Recently, I decided to explore this trail on the way home from Phoenix. I roamed along the creek until I found a reasonable access point for the trail, then climbed aboard. Several people that had stopped along highway 60 noticed me walking through the brush, and taking pictures of the hillside, high above the canyon floor. I must have looked weird. After hiking the Bellamy Trail, I went searching for its history. Jack San Felice's book When Silver Was King discussed the trail. An e-mail from the author lent some more information, too (thanks, Jack!). This is an excellent book on the history of the eastern Superstitions/Superior/Globe area, for those that are interested.
"As soon as I can I’m sneaking back in them mountains..." -Johnny Paycheck
average hiking speed 1.44 mph
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.