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Apr 18 2021
FLYING_FLIVER
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 Fountain Hills,
Peak 5501 and Govt Hill BM, AZ 
Peak 5501 and Govt Hill BM, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2021
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking7.55 Miles 2,873 AEG
Hiking7.55 Miles   7 Hrs   40 Mns   1.68 mph
2,873 ft AEG   3 Hrs   10 Mns Break
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1st trip
Bear with me
Seven years ago I did a hike and started my triplog by saying:
"This hike is all Hansenaz’s fault. (I’ve never met the gentleman, but I still blame him)" :)  

Then after a hike in Jan 2020:
"This hike is all Outdoor_Lover's fault. (I’ve never met the young lady, but I still blame her)" :)  

Well, for this hike I say:
"This hike is all wallyfrack’s fault. (I’ve never met the gentleman, but I still blame him)" :)  
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In Jan 2017 I did a hike I named - Government Hill and "GOVT HILL” BM.
I hiked to Government Hill in the SE Superstitions and easily located a USGS "No-Name" benchmark. It's a nice little disk, but it has no name on it.
I know many HAZ members have been to Government Hill, and have viewed this no-name disk.
I emailed the USGS with the LAT/LONG of the no-name disk, and their answer, "We have no record of that disk". HMMM ….

On TOPO maps, about 1 mile west of Government Hill, there's a mountain named, Peak "5501 BM". It's basically a no-name mountain, and uses the BM's elevation for its designation.
Well, I have a datasheet for that "5501 BM" benchmark disk, and it's named ….
"Govt Hill". Another - HMMM .…

On that hike in 2017, I hiked west, off Government Hill to Bull Basin Tr, and attempted to climb up to Pk 5501. I failed.
I fought through about 100 feet of thick, intertwined vegetation and gave up. That stuff was like hiking through a chain link fence. Up to Pk 5501 was another 500 Ft up, but no way.

Fast forward to last year. Wallyfrack tried to get up to Pk 5501, using my 'track up', and also stopped, due to vegetation.
However, after his hike, he did some great research, and got up to Pk 5501.
He used a different, zig-zagging, and less dense vegetation track, and located the BM disk named "GOVT HILL" (1946).

After his successful hike, the "King of the Supes" graciously sent me a 'HAZ PM', and included his GPS track up to Pk 5501 from Bull Basin Tr.
Well, I made it up there on this hike, using his expert info.
Thank-you, wallyfrack.

Now, here is why I blame wallyfrack for this hike.
Yes, he confided in me his 'track up', and then he enticed me to get up there by offering me a money reward. (Photo from wallyfrack's successful hike photoset).
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Well, I couldn't pass up that reward. 😀

So, off I went to retrieve my reward. I located the GOVT HILL BM disk, and the summit log — With my reward inside. 😀

I also located 'where' Ref Mark #1 used to be located, and I did locate RM #2.
Note - The two RMs are not disks. They are etched crosses in boulders.
RM #1's etched cross has chipped away, and that 'chip-away' appears to be a natural occurrence. RM #2 was over 29 Ft away, but easily located, and in perfect shape.

One more point of interest.
I included Google Earth screenshots of my track. You'll notice it stops at Bull Basin Tr, and does not include wallyfrack's track-up portion. He did the work on that part, and it's his.

So, I'm glad I finally got atop Pk 5501, and I'm very thankful for the King of the Supes's assistance. My photoset will explain what I actually did with my reward. 😀
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Mar 17 2021
00blackout
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 Joined Mar 14 2016
 Apache Junction,
Bull Basin Trail #270 - SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2021
00blackout
Hiking12.00 Miles 2,675 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   7 Hrs      1.71 mph
2,675 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Had the day off so headed out east and up 287 to the Upper Haunted Canyon TH. Parked in the two car spot and started up 203. Did not have a particular route in mind, just kind of went with it as I hiked. The upper section of 203 is definitely steeper then I thought and with a bit of snow here and there made it that much more fun. Got to the top of the Upper Haunted Canyon Trail took in the views for a minute and continued down past the water tank into Haunted Canyon. The intersection of Haunted Canyon and Bull Basin is a beautiful area full of nice shady trees, however I saw so much bear scat in that area, I thought for sure I would run into one, fortunately I did not. Decided to head up Bull Basin and come out at Miles then walk 287 back up. A quarter mile after the intersection the scenery changes to more desert scrub brush and it became extremely overgrown. It's overgrown basically all the way to Sherry Spring, it's complete shit an my arms and legs paid the price. Definitely the worst trail in the Superstitions I've seen with overgrowth. :roll: There were some nice pools of water here and there probably due to melting snow. Slow crawl up to the top of the ridge then down into Bull Basin. I have to admit I was pretty tired by the time I got to Miles and was really hoping for someone to be at the TH driving up 287 so I could hitch a ride, but no such luck. Long hike up 287 back to the TH. One Subaru at the TH when I left but I saw not a soul all day, which is perfect! Another great day in the Supes to mentally refresh.

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Feb 27 2021
Vashti
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 Joined Mar 11 2002
 Gilbert, AZ
Rock Creek Trail #195 - SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2021
Vashti
Hiking7.31 Miles 1,016 AEG
Hiking7.31 Miles   4 Hrs   3 Mns   2.28 mph
1,016 ft AEG      51 Mns Break
 
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This is the best decommissioned trail I've ever seen! Seriously, I think this trail is in better shape than some of the maintained trails! Very easy to follow. Not much cat's claw at all. Marked by a plethora of cairns (big, huge ones at that!) and starting at the rock creek turnoff, the trail is also marked by blue tape.

We pulled out of Gilbert at about 815a and made it to the Pinto Mine turnoff from US60 in about an hour. It then took us about 35 minutes to drive to the Miles TH. We were in a subaru, so not true 4WD or super high clearance, but it did the job. There were some ugly looking deep ruts here and there, and some rocky areas,but we managed to get there okay. In fact, while I would have been happier in a Jeep Wrangler, I would not have wanted to be in an F150 given how narrow the road is past the iron bridge. Signs are posted, so you are definitely warned. Single lane road, beware! Primitive unmaintained road ahead! Steep, mountainous curves ahead! You definitely cannot say you haven't been warned!! 🤣😂 I guess that is why the first TH (Pinto Creek TH) to Haunted Canyon is full of cars, and there were no cars at any of the other THs! I actually think the section of road just before the Pinto Creek TH is worse than anything past the iron bridge. There were sketchy parts, but doable. The hands-down worst section came at the very end, past the sign which helpfully reads "end of 279" but then the road continues for a very short length to the Miles TH. But you know you are almost there. You can see the corral. We had to park by the corral entrance and walk the remaining few steps to the TH due to a gigantic puddle that spanned road. There was no possibility of avoiding it in the car, so we figured it was better to walk the last bit.

This trail is super easy to our turn around point which was the 1909 corral described in the book Superstition Wilderness Trails East. I have been wanting to hike Rock Creek for a while, and I was not disappointed! This area is so beautiful, just as I expected based on hiking in the haunted canyon area. The hike is not physically challenging, with little elevation gain. It was enjoyable to mosey along in the trees with good company on a sunny day. ❤️

The waterfall was a mere drip, but still interesting to observe. The corral is half a mile down and relatively easy to spot. I took way points for both on my route. I had read on one of the previous trip logs that the way got tougher after the water fall, but this was not the case today. Smooth sailing the entire way to the corral!

There was ice on the puddle-pond when we started hiking, but it was melted by our return. There was still iced-over puddles in the shadows by the water fall on our way back to the car.

Saw lots of birds at the puddle-pond, about 30 of them! Quite a few looked like robins. And on the drive out, we saw a couple of stellars jays. During the hike, I saw a few lizards and a lone chipmunk.

There was no one at the Miles TH upon our arrival, and no one there when we returned. Just as we were about to drive away, an off road golf cart showed up. I've never seen such a thing before. I asked if they passed anyone on the drive in, as I wanted to know what we were in for on the drive out. They said they saw no one, and indeed driving back we saw no one until just before the Iron Bridge and the perilous ways are coming signs. There was a single quad and a side by side.

After our hike, we checked out the barn structure which is full of bullet holes. Especially odd is the face high on the metal barn made from shooting. Strange.

I have never been to the Miles TH before today, and I was surprised at how big the area is with so much space for camping.

Such a beautiful area!! I can't wait to go back, but since I am an off road wuss, I will have to recover for a bit before going on that single lane road with nasty dropoffs! ;O
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Mar 07 2020
DarthStiller
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 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Bull Basin Loop - Eastern SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2020
DarthStiller
Hiking10.30 Miles 2,812 AEG
Hiking10.30 Miles   6 Hrs      1.83 mph
2,812 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Finally got some new tires on the Stillermobile, so I'm good to dare out on the rougher roads of the eastern Supes. This was one I had my eye on to do for a little while, and this time of year is probably the best. At the end of last week's hike to Broadway Cave, I mentioned it to Wally and he liked it. I told him I would send my usual follow up confirmation email next week to confirm. But, sometimes, things fall thru the cracks.

I arrived at Wally's darkened house at 5:28am, with no Wally outside. Uh-oh. Oh yeah, I forgot to send that email. I decided to go ahead and ring the doorbell, as soon as I could find it in the dark. The door opened just enough for him to stick his head out, no glasses and squinty eyes.

"You weren't gonna do it. It's not on the Wishlist."
"I forgot to email you. I'm sorry. My fault. I almost forgot to message Andy until yesterday afternoon. I kept meaning to email you..." :sorry:
"No problem. I meant to email you."
"Yeah, I was supposed to email you, anyway, my bad, I'm sorry. :doh: "
"ok"

and the door was closed. :scared: Now, if I hadn't known Wally for 13 years now, this might seem rude. But I knew what the abrupt shutting of the door meant. He wasn't going back to sleep. And he knew where we were going. We was going to catch up with us. there was a precedent set for this 11 (OMG, THAT long ago?) years ago. I had to move, Andy was waiting.

Andy said to meet at the Safeway at Ellsworth and Baseline. I pulled in and saw no Safeway. then I could tell after a few minutes that the Safeway had closed. After a few more minutes, Andy pulled in. I drove over to him.

"I forgot to do the confirmation email to Wally, so he might be out. But, maybe not. He's probably going to catch up with us."
"we can call him to see"
"yeah, that's not how this works. :SB: "

We arrived at the trailhead about 7:30am, and got ready. Within 5 minutes, I could hear a car driving up.

"Here he is."
"You guys haven't started yet? I even stopped for gas."
"Oh man, you were right!"

And we did the hike.

Bull Basin is kind of overgrown. Not terrible. Uphill with the overgrowth, loose rock, and steep. At the saddle we all felt pretty spent. On the way up to the saddle, Wally pointed out some not at all obvious ruins and casually found several pottery sherds along way and set them on rocks so we could see them. Andy and I had to concentrate on keeping our balance and breathing. We noticed the faint trail shortcut over Govt Hill to Paradise along that ridgeline. Another day. : rambo :

Downhill felt better at first, then it seemed like a slog until the low point. The lower we got, the worse the overgrowth at points. Finally I reached the bottom with Wally waiting and had lunch while we waited for Andy. He had some work related satellite texts to deal with that held him up, so Wally started to head back up the trail before he found him almost immediately (after I wolfed down my lunch).

The hike back uphill wasn't so bad. We knew we did 1700' out of 2600', this should be a cakewalk. :y: Bit of a slog in places, not very bad. At the 2nd saddle it was all downhill from there. the trail was much less overgrown, but still a bit in spots. A protruding branch smacked me in my temple on the way down at one point. Other than, that, the last mile the soreness kicked in and slowed me down a bit.

Lots of water out there still. Very nice to hear the running water and make the many stream crossings necessary. Several spots on all the trails seemed to follow the stream bed at times, making it a little confusing at first, but easy to navigate. Very fun day in the Supes with great weather and great company. :rollH:
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Mar 07 2020
wallyfrack
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60 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Bull Basin Loop - Eastern SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2020
wallyfrack
Hiking10.30 Miles 2,812 AEG
Hiking10.30 Miles   6 Hrs      1.83 mph
2,812 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
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Another stroll in the Supes. The morning started off with some miss cues but it all worked out. The forest road is in okay shape with a few small washed out bumps but nothing too bad. The Bull Basin trail could use a trim but I had no problem following the trail. We somehow walked past the unknown cowboy grave but then noticed two ruins the trail runs through the middle of. The creek was flowing but easy crossing and there where a few trees down on Paradise trail to keep the wild in wilderness. :lol: We noticed the short cut route at the fence line that goes over Government Hill ridge but saved that for another trip. No critters on the hike but I did slow down for 4 mules does on the drive out. All in all a successful hike with good company.
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Dec 09 2019
markthurman53
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68 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Bull Basin Paradise Loop, AZ 
Bull Basin Paradise Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 09 2019
markthurman53
Hiking10.46 Miles 3,055 AEG
Hiking10.46 Miles   5 Hrs   38 Mns   2.29 mph
3,055 ft AEG   1 Hour   4 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
The second day hike was on the Bull Basin, Middle Haunted Canyon and the Paradise Trail. Really nice weather for this what seems to be a natural connection of trails to form a loop. There was water everywhere, all the creeks and what ever cracks in the ground that water could squeeze through. I was going to do a water report but I don't believe I really saw any springs and wasn't really looking since it was coming out of every little nook and cranny. The clear weather made for great views when on the high points, Bull Basin Saddle and Paradise Saddle (I made those names up not sure what those saddles are really called). Also had cell service when I hit those points, Pinal Peak was in sight so there must be cell towers on them or it could be the Pinto Mine. Either way I got a couple of texts from Texas while up there. Was nice to text to a person since I was getting tired of talking to the crows.

Bull Basin Trail #270
fair to good condition all the way. Looks like the first 2.5 miles from the Miles Ranch Trail Head were recently manicured. The rest of the trail all the way to Haunted Canyon Trail was a little overgrown. Required some light pushing through some brush but I had no issues staying on trail. It is sporadic, some sections were really clear others not. May be more of an issue come spring when the new growth comes in. Overall I would say it was in fair condition but then I may be comparing it to some of the trails in the Chiricahua Mountains that would have a hard time even making it to the really poor condition.

Haunted Canyon Trail #203
This section of the Haunted Canyon Trail (Bull Basin to Forest Service road 287) is in good condition. I don't think I had to push through any brush or step over any dead fall. The junction at Bull Basin and Haunted Canyon is signed at least for the Haunted Canyon Trail. I did not see a sign for the Bull Basin Trail but it was rather obvious. I actually thought the Haunted canyon sign could be a bit confusing if you didn't know the trails, it pointed in two directions one heading down canyon the other heading up canyon but if you followed the arrows you might take the Bull Basin Trail, the Haunted Canyon Trail makes a hard turn to the north. I guess if you don't know where you are going you will probably get lost anyway on your own and don't need the sign to help you along (although the sign will give you an excuse).

Paradise Trail #271
Somewhere I read that this trail was decommissioned and doesn't exist anymore so I was expecting this portion of the loop to take a little while. Don't know where I read that or if I just dreamed it but this trail was in the best condition of all the trails I have been on so far. The trail for this hike starts at Dirt Tank along the Haunted Canyon Trail. There is a very short climb up to a saddle and then down hill all the way to 287. Not a real scenic trail. Other than the views from the saddle you spend the rest of the time in a canyon that looks very much like any other canyon in the area.
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 AZ
Rock Creek Trail #195 - SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2019
friendofThundergod
Hiking3.80 Miles 1,040 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles
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Paradise was bone dry, so we gave Rock Creek a chance. It turned out to be a great decision.

The Rock Creek Trail has been cleared and it was cruiser to the falls. There is a little acacia coming back in spots, but someone did a tremendous amount of work on this trail. It’s hard to believe the FS maintained a trail that has been decommissioned for decades, but someone cleared it and cleared it well. Maybe some ground crews were using the trail to maneuver along the Woodbury Fire perimeter, or maybe some hunters did it. Either way the trail is pretty nice, making the falls destination and the hike to them an eastern Supes gem now. Especially, considering what was lost out there.
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chumley
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48 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Tonys Paradise Bull, AZ 
Tonys Paradise Bull, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2019
chumley
Hiking13.03 Miles 3,096 AEG
Hiking13.03 Miles   5 Hrs   44 Mns   2.48 mph
3,096 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
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Recent triplogs made me think this would be a good loop. Nope. Bull Basin needs some work again. I wonder if it was the heavy snow last winter, but there's a lot of taller stuff that has bowed over into the trail that has to be pushed through. The tread is clear though. It got progressively worse on the climb from Bull Basin up to the saddle, and the entire downhill side south of the saddle to the Haunted Canyon junction was a mess of overgrowth and a lot of cats claw. The initial descent off the saddle has some pretty good water erosion, with several of the water bars completely gone.

The rest of the hike was great. The northern section of Bull Basin is beautiful, as is the lower part of Paradise. In the middle, the trip to Tonys and back is very nice. It was warm in the sun for November and while we had planned for that, we had not anticipated how cold it would be to start. Temps in the 30s made the first couple of miles a real chill.

Stupid amount of bear poop on Bull Basin. The most I've seen on a single trail ever. Several were still warm. No direct sightings though.
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Feb 02 2019
ShatteredArm
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 Joined Nov 30 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Haunted Canyon / Bull Basin, AZ 
Haunted Canyon / Bull Basin, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Feb 02 2019
ShatteredArm
Run/Jog19.09 Miles 3,079 AEG
Run/Jog19.09 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   3.38 mph
3,079 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
1st trip
I've always loved the eastern part of the Superstition wilderness. For a long time, the area just west of the Pinto Valley Mine was this big unexplored area with a decent amount of trails...so I decided I should check it out. The idea here was to do a loop from Mile Ranch TH, with a couple options to cut it short depending on how it went.

It seems a bit silly to drive down a dirt road just to turn around and run back up it... But including the road was the only way to make it a loop. As far as roads go, it wasn't too bad. Didn't see any cars. There is one really long switchback; decided to try and cut this out by going up a draw. Probably save half a mile and lost 5-10 minutes. Worth it. Lots of trees up at the road's summit; different than most of AZ's forest, but it could've been cypress. The different in biomes between the north-facing and south-facing slopes in this area was profound and notable.

By the time we got back down to the vicinity of Haunted Canyon TH, the gigantic eyesore of a mine loomed overhead. A constant reminder of the permanent damage we do to our ecosystem so some global corporations can make money. But I digress. Haunted Canyon really is beautiful, once you get away from the mines. Possibly the most pleasant riparian environment in the whole wilderness, and the creek had water too.

Five miles or so from the TH, we hit the wide, scenic valley wherein Tony Ranch is situated. It's like a more overgrown version of Reavis Ranch, but the cabin is still intact.

After a little break at the cabin, we headed back down the valley and resumed heading up Haunted Canyon trail. Ran into a family of three who didn't even know the cabin existed. A half mile or so past the turnoff to the ranch, the vegetation turns to high desert scrub. After the Bull Basin junction, the trail gets overgrown, and steeper and steeper as you climb. This part of the loop was not super exciting, but the views were nice enough, and it's kinda necessary.

The descent after the saddle was a little chunky. After leaving the bottom of the drainage and contouring to the north, we hit a nice fun set of switchbacks back down into the forest. The rest of the loop down to Miles Ranch was gorgeous.

Spent a few minutes exploring the structures at Miles Ranch while we were there. This is an area I would definitely return to (and might be the only part of the eastern Superstitions that didn't get charred).
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hikerdw
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 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Bull Basin Loop - Eastern SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 29 2017
hikerdw
Hiking11.62 Miles 2,767 AEG
Hiking11.62 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   2.57 mph
2,767 ft AEG      49 Mns Break
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After a bit of a dry spell it was nice to get back to Miles TH. 287 through the mine is in great shape. 287a seemed a little rougher than I remember but still 2wd passable. It looked like it was recently graded which dug up a lot of small rocks so I felt like Ace Ventura bouncing along down the road.

Paradise Trail is a real treat, absolutely beautiful, and with water flowing most of the way elevates this trail to a 5+ IMO. Passed a couple trail crews along the upper sections of Haunted Canyon Trail but other than that we saw no others. Took a break and had a snack near Tony Cabin Spring. Bull Basin Trail, as reported by others, is in nice shape. Not as groomed as Paradise and Haunted Canyon but very easy to follow. Really enjoyed this hike on this day :D
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 Joined Dec 16 2011
 Mesa,Az
Bull Basin Loop - Eastern SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2017
hikingaz2
Hiking13.57 Miles 3,043 AEG
Hiking13.57 Miles   6 Hrs   35 Mns   2.24 mph
3,043 ft AEG      32 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Rick's Son, Dustin is visiting from the U P Michigan, wanted to do some camping and hiking. We scouted out Miles TH last month and determined if we are to camp there it has to be during the week to have some solitude :) . Showed up mid morning on Monday and :o only one spot left to set up camp :pout: We made the best of the situation and it turned out, no problem, was all quite around us. :zzz: After we set up camp, gathered all the camp wood, we set out on West Pinto to Cuff Button and returned. Met a young lady heading up to Oak flats to set up camp, found out she was part of the Arizona Conservation Corps, and rest of the group was joining her on Tuesday. The plan was to scout out all the trails in the area, and process them for future trail maintenance this summer and have work done by next fall. :D Also all the other camp sites were occupied by Wilderness Volunteers planning on working this week on Trail Maintenance, Monday they finished Paradise Trail, Tuesday they were heading up Bull Basin Trail to the saddle. So looks and sounds like Miles TH will be busy hosting work crews this summer. According to their Web site, Champaign Trail is on the agenda this week. Tuesday Bull Basin Loop was our chosen hike. Wow hats off to all that has done this :) When they say steep, they mean steep !!! Got to Haunted Canyon finally :scared: took the side trip over to Tony's. While there we met 3 yes 3 state workers from the Fishery Dep't, checking if there were any fish my the stream next to the cabin, talk about time wasted management :( :? Great time can't wait to get back.
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Mar 18 2017
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45 male
 Joined Nov 04 2009
 Gilbert, AZ
Bull Basin Trail #270 - SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2017
lanewinblade
Hiking5.10 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles
1,700 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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Decided to take the family out on a hike close to town but, because of the abnormal temps, wanted some shade. Decided on Bull Basin as I heard recent reports of trail maintenance and boy were those reports right. This trail is now the gem of this area, brush free and enjoyable once again. Sadly though, once we topped out, the sun made this a less than bearable trip. We decided to turn around and have some lunch back down by the creek in the shade.

Definitely want to hike this one all the way thru to the Paradise Canyon junction via Government Hill to see if the trail maintenance continues. If anyone has done this section recently, let me know!
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 phoenix, az
Bull Basin Loop - Eastern SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2017
trekkin_gecko
Hiking12.64 Miles 3,072 AEG
Hiking12.64 Miles   6 Hrs   12 Mns   2.28 mph
3,072 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
1st trip
ray and john had monday off, so we picked the best weather day of the holiday weekend to hike bull basin loop
road was a little muddy, but ray had no issues on the drive in
37 degrees around 7:30, starting out on west pinto trail
came to our first crossing of rock creek and found a slick log to crawl over
stayed dry on that one, but gave it up on the next 40 or so :lol:
there was water flowing in every creek and drainage, and often on the trail
the bigger crossings got pretty cold :o
turned onto bull basin trail, which climbed to a saddle and then dropped down to haunted canyon trail
took the side trip to the cabin as i had not seen it
cool spot for a snack break
headed back to the intersection with paradise trail, which also climbed to a saddle
the initial descent was a little steep, rocky and wet, but soon moderated into a nice dirt path through the woods
finished up and headed into superior for a late lunch at los hermanos
fun hike on all new trails for me
good company, too
trails were in great shape - very little brush
love seeing some new territory in the eastern superstitions
thanks for driving, ray
plenty more to do from miles trailhead, which is worthy of some wandering around to check out the old ranch stuff
Flora
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Arizona Cypress
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Sawtooth Ridge
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Feb 20 2017
rayhuston
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64 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Bull Basin Loop - Eastern SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2017
rayhuston
Hiking12.61 Miles 3,072 AEG
Hiking12.61 Miles   6 Hrs   12 Mns   2.28 mph
3,072 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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1st trip
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Kelly and I have been talking about doing something out this way and agreed on the Bull Basin Loop with a side trip to Tony Ranch. It was scheduled for Sunday, but rain got in the way. Monday looked better. John was looking for a hike so we invited him along too.

Running water ruled the day. We initially thought that log crawling across a creek at the outset would keep our feet dry. :lol: A couple of dozen or more creek crossings later we didn't care about wet feet. Some of the creeks resembled rivers. Some sections of the trails resembled creeks. At the saddle near the start of the Paradise Trail, John noted that it was the first time all day we could not hear running water.

The trails are in excellent shape. As noted in a couple of recent trip logs, they've been trimmed back nicely. A tiny bit of cat claw here and there, but easily avoidable. A little muddy here and there, more so at the saddle on Paradise trail, but a day or two of sunshine will make it all good.

We took a nice break at the cabin on Tony Ranch. What little bit of sunshine we had at the outset gave way to overcast skies. Our wet feet could have used some sun. Instead, they started to get cold. Time to move. It was 37 degrees at the start and it didn't get anywhere close to the promised high in the low 60's.

Wet, cloudy or cold, it didn't matter today; this was a fun hike. If you're on the fence about this one, or if you hiked it when it was bushy on Bull Basin trail, you should get out there. This is good hiking with the opportunity for much more. We all had fun.

John and Kelly, it was great hiking with you!
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Tony Ranch Spring

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johnlp
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64 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Bull Basin Loop - Eastern SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2017
johnlp
Hiking12.64 Miles 3,072 AEG
Hiking12.64 Miles   6 Hrs   12 Mns   2.28 mph
3,072 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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1st trip
After careful deliberation Ray and Kelly decided to let me tag along on their adventure. Cool and wet. We'll all be jealous in a few months. Many creek crossings during the hike. Stayed dry for quite a few, but some weren't worth the effort. Once your feet are wet, it really doesn't matter much anymore.

This is my third time to Toney Cabin. Each time by a different route. Still don't know my way around very well. The trails are in good shape even though they have been hit hard by recent rains. The lower part of Paradise trail is very nice. Lots of cypress and sycamore trees.

Fun hike with awesome company! Thanks Ray and Kelly. :)
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Jan 22 2017
friendofThundergod
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39 male
 Joined Jan 21 2013
 AZ
Government HillGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2017
friendofThundergod
Hiking11.33 Miles 2,636 AEG
Hiking11.33 Miles   5 Hrs   55 Mns   2.06 mph
2,636 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
I started my morning headed towards Rogers Trough to do White Mountain, but no vehicle is getting across Queen Creek right now and I saw first hand why. I pulled up behind a pickup who had a friend outside mulling over whether it was crossable. I kept thinking that there was no way that it was uncrossable and I even thought for a minute that the guy ahead of me might be being a little cautious and if he did not go, I was just going to go around him and try, but just then he went for it after his friend on the outside seemed to give him the thumbs up. He was done for as soon as he hit the water, his front end briefly went hood deep he lurched forward a little and then there he sat about bed deep in Queen Creek. I got out and said to his friend, "well I am not going this way," turned around and headed back to the 60 for a plan B.

I figured I could not go wrong with Miles trailhead for a plan B, although, it did cross my mind that even that road may be impassable due to the rock slides that always occur out there after a big rain. I got lucky and it was clear sailing to the TH. Every drainage was flowing along the road and it was very apparent from the start that the area had been hammered recently. I ended up stopping before Miles and went in Paradise Trail to do a variation of the Bull Basin loop, but with Government Hill and its long ridgeline as an off trail linking route between the two trails. Paradise was a tremendous start to the day. It was nearly impossible to keep your feet dry on the trail, the creek was raging and trailside was one cascade after another, topped off by the main attraction which is less than a mile in. From the flowing water of Paradise, it was across the snow dusted ridgeline to Government Hill for some fantastic views. In particular, the Ancha are in rare form and look more like a range in Colorado right now due to the amount of snow its holding. From Government Hill it was down to Bull Basin, more cascades, more water and then the rugged detour up Rock Creek Trail to view its falling water highlight.

It was impossible to stay dry going up Rock Creek, as it was just calming down from what looked to be a pretty intense little flash flood. The crossings were deep and fast, but all manageable. The horrible trail along the bench was probably worse anyways. Its a real shame the Forest Service decommissioned this trail, it was probably a good one in its day, now the falls are slowly becoming perhaps not worth the hassle. A couple stretches of the trail along the bench are becoming a tad brutal with acacia, deadfall and general overgrowth, during lower water this can be remedied through simply walking up the creek bed, however, that was not happening today. The hike back from the falls went much quicker, as I took up to wading more stretches of the creek when I could, rather than bushwhacking along its edge. Once I hit Bull Basin, it was a pretty quick hike back to the car and other than the fact that West Pinto looks nearly impossible to cross on foot right now, nothing overly exciting occurred.

A great plan B!
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Dec 29 2016
wallyfrack
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60 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Bull Basin Loop - Eastern SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2016
wallyfrack
Hiking12.10 Miles 3,017 AEG
Hiking12.10 Miles   6 Hrs   18 Mns   1.92 mph
3,017 ft AEG
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Denny needed to hike the Bull Basin and Paradise trails so this loop fit the plan. The morning was cool with cloud cover but the air was still so was nice. We stopped by the unknown cowboy grave and continued on. There was a small tree blocking the Bull Basin trail so we moved it aside and started the climb. The surprise for the day was the amount of snow on the trail and the amount of water flowing. We must have crossed 30+ washes. We made a quick stop at the ranch and detoured out old Haunted Canyon trail. Once we hit Paradise trail the sun was out and it was down hill most of the way back. It was a nice day with the water flowing and snowball throwing.
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Dec 29 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
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60 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Bull Basin Loop - Eastern SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking12.10 Miles 3,017 AEG
Hiking12.10 Miles   6 Hrs   18 Mns   1.92 mph
3,017 ft AEG
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Wally agreed to take me to the snow :y: . Will I need my Grand Canyon pass? Wally SUPES Farak... :sl: . Kidding.
Wally is helping me knock off some Supes hikes. We did the Bull Basin Loop to get Bull Basin and Paradise Trails in. We added Tony's Cabin and a little exploring and took the old Haunted Canyon since I've done the new one before. We didn't expect all the water crossing's or the snow :o . It was actually pretty cool and the weather was near perfect. The trails were creeks in a few place but trimmed up nicely. Only one tree down on each trail and we moved all three of them : rambo : . We even had to move one rock over on the road in. There is one more rock to squeeze by but will take more than Wally and I to move. All but the widest of vehicles will be fine. Great day in the Supes! Thanks Wally. like Haz, :yr:
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Nov 27 2016
LindaAnn
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41 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Bull Basin Loop - Eastern SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2016
LindaAnn
Hiking12.96 Miles 2,943 AEG
Hiking12.96 Miles   6 Hrs   29 Mns   2.20 mph
2,943 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Today was Daniela's birthday hike. I came up with several different hike options for her to choose from, and Lee contributed one hike suggestion too. Daniela chose Lee's suggestion of Bull Basin Loop. Whitney, Debbie, and I met at Daniela's house just after 6:00, and got to the trailhead a few minutes before 8:00.

It was 37 degrees when we started, yay! We headed west on Pinto, then up Bull Basin. Nice, steady climb and the trail was in good shape. It must have hailed yesterday or last night, because there was still a lot on and alongside the trail. When we reached Haunted Canyon, we headed east to Tony Ranch, had lunch, then returned and west up Haunted Canyon and Paradise trail back to the road, then a quick walk on the road back to the car. It was cool--almost cold--and windy all day; 50 degrees when we finished.
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The_Whit
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40 female
 Joined Mar 12 2015
 Phoenix
Bull Basin Loop - Eastern SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2016
The_Whit
Hiking12.96 Miles 2,943 AEG
Hiking12.96 Miles   6 Hrs   29 Mns   2.20 mph
2,943 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
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1st trip
Wonderful way to celebrate our friend's birthday by exploring the eastern Superstitions. This mountain range continues to fascinate me with its diverse landscapes. I enjoyed the hike to Tony's Ranch as well as the beautiful trek through Haunted Canyon. Gorgeous overcast day for the most part. The sun graced us with an appearance a couple of times but this made for a truly cool, crisp, fall hike in temperatures in the 40's. Happy Birthday, Daniela!
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