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Sawmill Cabin via East Eagle Trail #33Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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Hiking10.35 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking10.35 Miles   7 Hrs   28 Mns   2.32 mph
500 ft AEG   3 Hrs    Break15 LBS Pack
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Wow! Great Hike! Chad and I will be doing a full Description on this one, it definitely deserves it! We started at the TH at Honeymoon Campground and the first thing we did was... cross the Creek... :D And then we crossed it again and again and again....If you do this Hike, forget about trying to keep your feet dry, this is definitely a Water Hike. Waterproof boots won't even help you here as some of the Crossings were over a foot deep. You can try to find places to cross where you would stay dry, good luck with that.... :sweat: I suspected that I would end up with wet feet, so I just wore my old Running/Water shoes. I didn't even try to stay dry, I just went ahead and waded the Crossings right off the bat. 11 Creek Crossings in the first 1 1/2 miles.... :D

And the Wildflowers! Man! Our timing was Perfect!!! After seeing at least 10 different varieties in the first mile, I quit counting!! :y: Chad decided he was going to get a picture of every different flower for some Collages, but I gave up after awhile and I think he finally did too. We would have never gotten this Hike done!!! :sweat: The Sunflowers were out in serious force, every corner we turned had just masses of them. The open areas were not really open, as the Sunflowers filled every square inch of open space and were over our heads. It was...incredible, to say the least!

This Hike follows an old Logging Road the entire way to the Cabin. The Cabin was originally built by a Sawmill Company way back when, but is now apparently owned by a Ranch, although it is open to the public. More on that later...

The Trail is well signed, and for the first half, pretty defined. About 2 miles into the Hike, we actually lost the Water. I think we actually arrived at the confluence with the Dry Prong Creek and East Eagle Creek and then the Trail follows East Eagle Creek after that. It appears to run underground at this point, at this particular time, as the Creekbed was either just mud, or completely dry until about 1/2 mile from the Cabin where there was light flow again.

Just because the Water disappeared, didn't mean the Crossings did. I quit counting how many times the Trail crossed the Creekbed. In areas, we actually lost the "Road/Trail" at the Creekbed, as it would do something that we didn't expect, but we always managed to pick it up again, since you were actually Hiking up a Draw that narrowed considerably. Lots of Horse Hoof Prints on this Trail, seems to be popular with people on Horseback. If you had trouble following the Trail, you just started looking for the Hoof Prints and they would get you back on track in a hurry. This entire Hike was shaded, so even though it was a little warm on this day, we never got hot...

Very Scenic, beautiful area that started out with Junipers and turned quickly to Pines, with Sycamores gracing the Creekbed the entire way. Took a nice break about halfway, I had fallen, a little before that, and both knees were complaining about that...The Fall was actually hilarious, but you kinda had to be there to appreciate it...It hurt just a little, but I think I laid on the ground more out of exhaustion from the two previous "recoveries" and the laughter that ensued on the third Trip and the failure to recover from that one. I tripped 3 times in about 10 seconds and finally went down hard on the third. We were in tall grass and I thought I was tripping on hidden rocks. I kept trying to warn Chad about them every time I tripped, but couldn't quite get it spit out before I tripped again....Turns out, I saw what it was on the way back. They were short, little stumps, and you just couldn't see them in the tall grass.... :sl: I think I was more sore from the Gyrations, than the Fall itself.... :sweat:

All of the Fauna encountered in the Eagle Creek Valley and on this Hike, seemed to be on Steroids... :o After encountering some very large Ornate Tree Lizards on our Drive in, we encountered several groups of Mule Deer on this Hike, bounding across the Trail in front of us. And even the Does were huge! Big, muscular, and very healthy! Very impressive size, I can understand why the Hunters like this area. There is alot of Venison to be had, just from one Deer.... :)

East Eagle Creek became a flowy Creek again, shortly before we arrived at the Cabin. You actually don't see the Cabin first, although I thought that's what it was when I spotted it. There is actually also a Stable/Barn and Corral on the left and then you come up on the Cabin on the right. Quite the little complex and very cool!!! There is also a lean-to type Shelter on the right, just before the Cabin, with a couple of cots under it. Nice Fire Ring in front of the Cabin with lots of seating and then there's the Cabin. I'll let the pictures explain the outside... :)

There is a sign on the inside of the Cabin stating that the Cabin is privately owned by a Ranch and is not for Public Use, although a courteous Public is welcome to visit and use it if necessary. I get the feeling that this Cabin is mainly used now as a Hunting Cabin. We entered and it has a fully stocked Kitchen with some recent utensil additions. Old Porcelain Stove, Older Cast Iron Wood Burner, Old Refrigerator, Kitchen Table and a couple of sets of Bunk Beds. But....I can tell you, wouldn't want to stay in there very long....Hasn't been cleaned in a long while and it was very dirty. The Rodents, needless to say, have taken up a very permanent residence. Maybe the Rancher comes in and cleans it up once a year, and with some pretty clean utensils hanging there, someone has been there recently. It would be a major project to clean it up enough so you would be even remotely comfortable staying inside. I didn't linger inside long, but Chad took some pictures of the inside. I have a feeling most people camp outside, and just use the Cabin itself for Shelter if necessary.

After taking a nice Break at the Cabin and eating some Lunch, we headed back down the Trail. It didn't take nearly as long to Hike back out, as we were more familiar with what the Trail actually did and could follow it a little better. There was still some massive Photo Ops, as the Lighting starting getting better in spots, but we made good time...

About a mile from the end, we encountered the Rancher, on Horseback, from the 4 Drag Ranch. He had his entire Ranch staff with him, so there was at least 10-12 Riders. They had just finished moving their Cattle Herd down into another area, not too far from us. We could actually hear the Cattle from the Trail, before we encountered the Ranchers. In addition to all the Ranch Hands, the Rancher also had all of his dogs along. There were a least a Dozen, of different sizes, shapes and Breeds.... :sweat: It was quite the Menagerie!!! There were Cattle Dogs, Aussies, Coon Hounds and a few mutts mixed in with the bunch. Of course, the Hounds were very vocal and since Hounds are my favorite Group of Dog, it was fun to see and hear.... :y: They crossed the Creek in front of us, we talked briefly, and then they continued on their way. I didn't think to get pictures, but I think Chad did....I have a feeling that these Ranchers use this Trail all the way up, past the Cabin, quite a bit, which would explain all of the Hoof Prints along the way. But I can tell you, that this Hike would also be a very cool Trail Ride, as well.... :)

Arrived at the Honeymoon Campground, just a little bit before dark, tired, but very happy about this Hike. Definitely staying on the List as a repeater, it's a good one!! There are many options and you can actually do this Hike as a Loop as well, hitting the East Eagle Trail just past the Cabin. The East Eagle Trail actually continues on for another 7 or so miles and I would like to do the whole thing at some point. I think it follows East Eagle Creek the whole way, how cool is that???? :DANCE: Really like this area, and I can see myself as a regular visitor here..... :y:

Are you ready for another Photo Bomb??? :sl:
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial

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Some Pools near the confluence with Dry Prong Creek, light flow from 1/2 mile from the Sawmill Cabin, to the Cabin.
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Sawmill Cabin via East Eagle Trail #33Alpine, AZ
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