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Apr 15 2018
DarthStiller
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 Mesa, AZ
Arcadia Trail #328Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking11.10 Miles 2,830 AEG
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My original plan for this hike was to do a lasso loop hike and include Heliograph Peak. by the time I got to the saddle/high point of the Arcadia Trail, however, it was apparent that time (i.e. my slow hiking), would not allow for this. but more on this later...

Things started out great....until we got to the half mile mark. Suddenly, Wally was walking back down the trail from around a bend. Denny asked, "what happened, did you run into some bears?" Wally's instinctive first answer was, "Yeah." Wait a minute, WHAT??!!! Then Wally immediately followed up with something about a washed out trail. And go ahead to the very end and check it out, even though it looks really dangerous. I let Denny do all the reconnaissance in the danger zone and was already figuring out alternate route plans. It's important to note that at this area, the trail was about 50' above the creek and directly to our right was a very vertical drop off. The track showed that the trail made a switchback to the right nearly exactly where it disappeared in real life. the solution to this seemed simple since the rest of the trail had to be right across the ravine.

We headed back down the trail until we found a spot where it transitioned from nearly vertical to extremely steep with loose footing. Fortunately we were able to find a route down to the creek bed that not only wasn't vertical, but also had some rather dangerous tree deadfall that we had to crawl under. Good times.

that took some extra time and added some extra mileage, which justifies my added mileage from the official mileage for this hike. After that, the trail was a steady stream of switchbacks up to where it headed up to a saddle. All of that was pretty rough, loose rock, overgrowth, etc. Nothing too steep, but the 8K' elevation made it really rough to hike. by the time we got to the saddle, which is also the junction for the trail to Heliograph Peak, it was obvious that this would just be the out and back as described in the 100 Classic Hikes in AZ book. The closer I got to the saddle, the worse I felt. Several time I had to really stop and catch my breath.

From the saddle down to Shannon CG, it was very easy. We expected it being bad getting back up on the way back, but it really wasn't that bad. Must have been the rest, food, water, less weight in our packs, not to mention the way better condition of the trail on the east side of the saddle.

Coming the other way on the way up to the saddle, we glimpsed up the trail to Heliograph Peak and not only was it very steep, but it also seemed overgrown. Between that and the extra mileage and AEG to the peak along the dirt road from Shannon CG on our first planned route, it became very obvious that our decision to forego all of that was the right one.

Just before the Shannon CG we saw a backpacker hiking the other direction. He's hiking the GET and had to reroute due to bad conditions at Ash Creek. I warned him of the trail washout just before the Arcadia CG and tried to give him decent directions to reroute around that. It seems as though my eloquence ended at "go into the creek bed". On our way back, Wally and Denny ran into him at the bottom of the creek bed and also at the bottom of an extremely steep slope wondering how he could get back to the trail. He got stuck, decided to have lunch and waited for us to get back to show him how to get there without dying. :lol:

When I showed up, they were all along the trail waiting for me, right at the top of a very steep part. I had looked at the map and had a feeling of how veering to my left would be an easier slope and hit the trail with less effort. After that we were all on our way.
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Apr 15 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
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Arcadia Trail #328Tucson, AZ
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Hiking11.50 Miles 3,230 AEG
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Chris and Wally let me join them on a hike out of the 100 hikes book. I haven't hiked with Chris in a looong time or on this mountain for a few years. This trail could use some love. One sketchy spot along the creek. It was not doable (safety first) and we had to backtrack and bypass down into the creek. The side trail to the peak looked worse so we skipped it for now. There was water running in the creek along the first mile.Three was also what seemed like a spring crossing the trail a few miles in. The trail is a little rocky with downed trees from time to time. Lots of burnt ones. Be careful going over or around to avoid being covered with soot. Great views! Nice to get a hike in with these gentlemen!
My track seemed high so I took a few 100 aeg off. The hike says 2800 plus one way and I showed we climbed back up 400 from Shannon so that's what I came up with....?
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Hiking6.00 Miles 1,588 AEG
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Went on a 7 day car camping trip to the sky islands in the Safford area. First destination was the Mt Graham Wilderness in the Pinaleno Mountains which rise up to 10700 ft. It was raining/snowing off and on the first couple of days but I managed to get in a six mile hike on the Arcadia Trail from my camp at the 6700 ft elevation level near Arcadia Campground. I didn't complete the entire trail. After going 3 miles and reaching an elevation of 8200 feet the thin air was starting to really slow me down and a storm was moving in so I headed back to camp. This area was a little too civilized for me with a paved road and nice camp grounds so on the next day I drove west to a remote valley between the Pinalenos and the Galiuro Mountains.
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Sep 15 2016
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Heliograph Peak LoopTucson, AZ
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Solo afternoon trip up into 10,000 ft land.
Chose the counter clockwise route for this day.
Added the out-n-back spur trail at the start.
T shirt weather on the climb up, pullover fleece on top and down Arcadia.
The aspens are a turnin', good amount of summer flowers left, still many raspberries left to pick, Shannon CG creek flowing very well & very green pines throughout.
Wildlife was scarce today producing only 1 white-tail doe sighting.
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Mar 24 2016
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 Safford
Arcadia Trail #328Tucson, AZ
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First trip up Mt Graham to about 9000 feet. Walked into the still closed Shannon Campground and a bit of Arcadia.
Still plenty of snow up there - saw a group of snow shelters built by some hardy winter campers.
Enjoyed - immensely - the smell of Ponderosa Pines ... smells like home.
Saw pretty little mountain streams flowing with fresh snowmelt.
Saw Abert's squirrels, chipmunks, and best of all the endangered Mt Graham red squirrel - so pleased to see this little cutie on my very first visit to it's range! :)
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Nov 03 2015
SkyIslander18
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Arcadia Trail #328Tucson, AZ
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Solo backpack overnight from Shannon down to the Round the Mountain campground.
Addie gave me the ride up to Shannon so she gets a partner credit.

Day 1 - Hiked from Shannon down to just above Arcadia campground where I found a real nice primitive campsite on an overlook bluff. The hike down through the burn section was under clear blue skies, gentle breezes and with the great expansive views. That evening I settled into camp and spent the next few hours relaxing next to my most hypnotizing campfire, bed came early in the chilly 40 degree nighttime temps.

Day 2 - Awoke early to what I knew was coming from the previous weather forecast, very light snow was falling as I exited my tent later turning into light hail as the sun came up. Packed up camp at the first break in the weather and headed down the mountain. Took a quick shelter break at Arcadia CG then jumped onto the Swift Trail for the remainder of the hike down. It on and offed rained & hailed on me the entire morning. The lower Arcadia & Swift Trail looked amazing, full of vibrant autumn colors under the socked in weather. Made it down to the RTM TH by noon and with another grand Pinaleno experience locked in !!!
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Aug 24 2014
JuanJaimeiii
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Heliograph Peak from Arcadia CGTucson, AZ
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This was my second hike for the day. My original plan was to do this one yesterday and then hike Bassett Peak today. On my way down I took a side trip to Mexico to get a haircut and for some reason the border was all backed up. It took me 2.5 hours to cross back over. Normally about 15 minutes. Anyway that put a wrench in my Saturday hiking plans.

This hike was freaking fantastic and I hit it at the perfect time. Tons of wild flowers of all colors. My favorites are the Columbines. Then after mile 3 I hit the raspberry jackpot. Boom they were still there and there were tons of them. They were just falling off into my hands. It pretty much slowed my roll but that is fine by me. I don't ever buy raspberries in the grocery store but I sure do love them out on the hiking trail.

The trail is in great shape overall and was much improved since my last visit a couple years ago. I couldn't have asked for a better day to be out on these two great trails!
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Nov 02 2013
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Hiking4.90 Miles 2,830 AEG
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It was a beautiful fall day on the mountain. The morning started off cool at Shannon, but once we started down at the junction with the Heliograph trail, it really warmed up. The fall colors are gone from the upper elevations, but closer to Arcadia there are still a few maples and oaks dressed in beautiful colors.

A year ago, the trail was difficult because of the number of down trees through the burn area. In late May and early June, a fire crew cleared the trail. We hiked it at that point, and really enjoyed the day. The trail was in good condition. So, we decided it was a great weekend to hike it again.

As with any burn area, trees continue to fall and will for many years to come. I now would classify the trail conditions as fair. There are about two dozen downed trees to clamor over now. One VERY LARGE tree about half a mile above Arcadia campground makes the trail impassable to the average hiker. You need to be willing to go out on the canyon edge, then leverage yourself up over the base of the tree trunk to get back on the trail. The tree appears to have been just above the trail and has up-rooted itself and fallen into the trail. The massive root ball and rock slide lay in the trail, with the tree truck running down the trail for 40-50 ft. It will take another crew to clear this one.
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Sep 02 2013
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Once we determined reaching the summit of Mt Graham wasn't going to happen, unless we wanted to risk prison time or a 5,000 fine, we opted for another peak hike instead. Starting from the entrance of Shannon Campground, we hiked up a forest service road and down the Arcadia trail to make another nice loop/peak hike in the Pinalenos. This area is amazing, possibly the most impressive, and unique sky island I've seen yet!
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Apr 08 2013
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Hiking4.90 Miles 2,830 AEG
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We hike sections of this trail many times each year, and it always brings back wonderful family memories. Yet, hiking this trail is always bitter sweet. You can only understand if you were fortunate to hike it prior to the fire of 2004. Before the wildfire, this truly was a gem. The most idyllic trail I've ever been on.

Today's trip was from Arcadia campground up as far as we could go. We were able to progress about 3.7 miles up the trail. The trail up to the junction with the old Noon Creek trail was in good shape. There was only has one small tree to climb over just before Wet Canyon stream where there was a bit of water. It can be heard flowing more abundantly a bit farther down the canyon.

The March weather with temperatures already in the 70's is proving almost too hot for lower sections no longer shaded by tall pines. Today there were no cool mountain breezes on the mountain. It was very still.

About .25 miles beyond the Noon Creek Ridge trail junction, you enter the "standing dead" section of the wild fire. The trail becomes difficult because of dead falls. In November 2012, there were over 60 down trees between the Heiograph trail junction and Noon Creek junction. We suspect there are several more this spring. Patches of snow in shady areas and down trees made it tough going.

The great news is that the trip down was great. The afternoon heat was less noticeable. The forest is terribly dry this year. There were no grasses or ground covers growing along the trails. The oaks all are dried brown color. It reminded me of late fall and winter rather than early spring.
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Mar 13 2013
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This was a fun hike in March because the snow fall was still pretty heavy in some areas. It represented a challenge to find the trail at times and I even saw a skunk. Thankfully he moved from the trail so I could pass. I had to turn around after a point because the snow was up to my ankles and the trail disappeared.
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Too bad the lookout has signs up that restrict tower access. When I got to the top it was mostly pea soup anyways.

The Arcadia trail starts out great, a wonderful trail for that first mile.

Ripe raspberries all over the backside (burned area). I helped myself to a few. And then a few more! Yum! Figured out I was competing with the bears. Plenty of evidence but none seen.
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Aug 07 2011
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Got rained out about a mile or so into this one yesterday so I had to abort. Today however was a perfect day to come back and hike the Arcadia Trail up to the Heliograph Lookout Tower and then over to Shannon Campground and back down to the Arcadia Trailhead.

This is an amazing trail except for one big problem! From Mile 2 to the end of Mile 4 going up it is VERY overgrown and littered with fallen trees. Needless to say wearing shorts was a mistake. My legs are all cut up from the thorny plants that are everywhere. Once up near the Heliograph turn and up to the Tower it gets much better. Then the last mile from the Heliograph trail over to the Shannon Campground it is nearly perfect.

What was super cool was from mile 3.5 and up there were TONS of wild raspberries. I couldn't resist and must have had somewhere between 50 and a 100 of them round trip! Soooo Good! The best way to get to them if you are into such a thing would be to drive the road up to the Shannon Campground and then work your way down to them. It wouldn't take long and you wouldn't have to deal with the overgrowth and fallen trees.

Heliograph Tower was neat to see but sadly it isn't open to the public. I would have loved to climbed up and gone inside. It has a cool history and the elevation at the base of it is 10,028 so it is worth the side trip either way in my humble opinion.

On the way back down it started to sprinkle lightly which was just perfect and made the mountain with all its plant life super fragrant. I was enjoying the view and making good time when I nearly stepped on a 5 foot long rattler. He was right in the middle of the trail. Once I saw him I must have jumped a couple feet in the air and then away from him! He was not at all happy with me and coiled right up and was ready to strike. I asked him to smile for a couple photos and then went on my way.

It continued to sprinkle but never got muddy. What was amazing to me is that the whole time I was hiking I only saw one other couple on the trail.

I really enjoyed so many things about this one and would strongly recommend it. If you are going to do the middle section at all you may want to wear pants and save the shins. :)
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It was my anniversary last week, so Brian and I went camping in the Pinalenos to celebrate. This is the third year in a row that I have visited this sky island in the summertime, but Brian had never been before. We drove up the Swift Trail in the afternoon and decided to camp at Hospital Flat- a large meadow covered in wildflowers. We had a nice meal and sat around the fire for a while. The stars were incredible as it had been a new moon the day before.

The next morning, I was rudely awoken by someone chopping wood at 6:30 am. I have not camped at an "official" campground in a long time, so I was a bit put off by our noisy neighbors. One family had four very small children who took turns crying and screaming, while our other neighbors had a father that was one of the most unbearably rude, loudmouthed people I've heard in a long time. Unfortunately, he wasn't there when we were setting up, otherwise we would have chosen another campground. He spent most of his time either yelling exuberantly or getting mad and swearing at his family, even the young girls. Ugh. I will never camp in a campground again. When Brian got up, he said that he would be willing to shuttle me so that I could hike the Arcadia Trail. The Arcadia Trail is designated as a National Recreational Trail- with a sexy name like that, how could I resist? The NRT website says that "National Recreation Trails (NRT) provide for numerous outdoor recreation activities in a variety of urban, rural, and remote areas. Over 1,000 trails in all 50 states, available for public use and ranging from less than a mile to 485 miles in length, have been designated as NRTs on federal, state, municipal, and privately owned lands."

The Arcadia Trail is 5.1 miles long and connects the Shannon Campground at 8900 ft. with the Arcadia Campground at 6700 ft. Brian drove me over to Shannon CG and a small bear ran right across the road in front of our jeep. This made me a little nervous for Brian- one of his worst fears is that I will be attacked by a bear, so I half-expected him to freak out. Thankfully, he was (at least outwardly) cool about it. I started from Shannon CG at 11:30 am, a little late for monsoon season, but I was prepared for rain. I was a bit on-edge as I started on the trail. Maybe it was the giant amount of tea that I'd had in the morning. The trail started out benched into the hillside shaded by pines and dotted with lichen-covered boulders. I was able to snack along the way on handfuls of ripe wild raspberries that were growing all along the trail. The trail switchbacked up the hillside and I huffed and puffed along, reaching the turnoff for Heliograph Peak at about 9500 ft. That would have to wait for another time. The Arcadia Trail went into a much more open environment on the scorched hillside and there were fantastic views down into the valley.

There were quite a few downed trees on the trail, and when I was trying to hop over one of them, my foot caught and I took a fall and scraped up my wrist. Thankfully, it was only a scratch and I reminded myself to be a little more careful. I was a little wary of bears, so I made up a song to sing as I hiked downhill so that I wouldn't surprise any on the blind turns. The grade of the trail was pleasant as it switchbacked and traversed the hillside. The trail became a thin line through a large, fern-covered area of the hillside and I spotted a snake. A Twin-Spotted Rattlesnake, to be exact. This attractive little snake is only found in the Chiricahua, Santa Rita, Huachuca, and Pinaleno sky islands at elevations from 6,000 to 11,000 ft. It is a grayish snake with two rows of brownish-red spots running down the back. The little guy rattled at me and ducked into some of the ferns on the ground before hiding under a log.

Video of the fern-covered hillsides: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRuUekiGQtk

The trail was easy to follow and there were cairns placed in areas where deadfall had obscured the trail. I passed the Noon Creek Trail junction in a pine-covered shady spot that had been spared by the fire. The Arcadia CG was visible two trail miles away in the valley below. As I lost elevation, the vegetation changed and oaks and red-barked madrone trees began to appear. The trail was on a ridge between two forks of Wet Canyon and I began to hear rushing water below. Eventually, the trail crossed Wet Canyon and was benched high on the hillside as the canyon steepened below. The canyon was lush with greenery and yellow columbine and the trail was a large, duff-covered path. I knew I was approaching the campground when I passed a woman with her five children. She asked that her children step aside and let me pass. One of them, a little girl, looked up at me and asked her mom in all seriousness, "Is she going to die?" Weird. The five miles and 2300 feet of elevation loss took me a little under two hours, plus a half-hour for breaks. I arrived at the campground in plenty of time for my 2pm rendezvous with Brian, who was happy to see that I had not been mauled by a bear in the least.
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May 28 2011
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Hiking8.00 Miles 2,800 AEG
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"Can't believe I've never hiked this trail before" went through my mind a dozen times as I made my way from the bottom to the top of this outstanding trail. I now know why this has been designated a National Recreation trail! I arrived at Upper Arcadia (6am) to find it completly full for a family reunion and had to park along the Swift Trail. There were so many campers that I was weaving my way around tents that were pitched right ON the first 100 yards of the trail. Once through the mess, I was just blown away by the scenery of this trail! Some of the best views I've ever seen on the Pinalenos all the way up to the top. The forest on the last half of this trail was completly destroyed by the 2004 Nuttall/Gibson fire but, I found it just as beautiful as the lower half with all the young aspens & fern fields throughout! Having hiked Heliograph Peak loop the week before, I made the junction on top my turnaround point and headed back down. I rarly encounter other hikers on Pinaleno trails so I was a little surprized to meet 2 on the way up & 8 on the way down including one on a horse :o

This trail now has a place on my "Pinaleno Fav 5" list and I'll be back often to hike it! No big wildlife sightings on this trip but, I did find a lot of bear tracks & poo on the upper half and about 200 two legged creatures at the lower half enjoying the start of the Memorial weekend.
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CannondaleKid
Hiking5.10 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   3 Hrs   18 Mns   1.55 mph
2,800 ft AEG
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1st trip
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trixiec
Lots of trees down probably due to a rough winter made for a more demanding hike than expected but thankfully the weather was nice and cool. Not much else to say that the pictures don't show.

Hike photos:
http://www.changephoenix.com/10/2010-05-15MtGraham.html
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CannondaleKid
Mar 20 2009
azdesertfather
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45 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Arcadia CG (Pinaleno Mts), AZ 
Arcadia CG (Pinaleno Mts), AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2009
azdesertfather
Hiking0.75 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking0.75 Miles
750 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Hiking around campground with family on March 20 & 21.
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
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average hiking speed 1.75 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.

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