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Abbey's Way Trail #151 - 18 members in 53 triplogs have rated this an average 3.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jul 31 2021
ShatteredArm
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Not Quite Aztec Peak, AZ 
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Run/Jog13.00 Miles 3,291 AEG
Run/Jog13.00 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.52 mph
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Decided to venture out into the Sierra Ancha after a fairly long absence. Plan was to head up Parker Creek, take Abbey's Way to Aztec Peak, then connect with Rim Trail and take that back to Parker Creek.

First part of the plan went well; really liked Parker Creek despite quite a bit of itch-causing vegetation growing over the trail. Scenery was nice, and liked having the sound of the creek for atmosphere. East of the saddle the overgrown vegetation changed from itchy to scratchy, and I couldn't wait to get to Workman Creek Rd.

Once on Abbey's Way trail, I thought things were looking up, when I followed the cairned path right into a locust thicket. Thinking I had lost the trail, I poked around the bushes for something else, and decided to go cross country to the line on my topo map. I found what seemed to be tracks from time to time, but every single one got choked out within 100 feet. At this point I was just pushing through the thicket trying to find the path of least resistance, but it got worse the farther in I got. Seeing that I was still probably a good quarter mile from the summit, I decided to call it, and turned around. Figured at least I probably don't have to worry about snakes at this elevation. I'm now convinced that I have some sort of paranormal ability to alter reality with my mind, because I heard an AZ black rattlesnake just a couple minutes later. Figures!

Got back to the meadow and had an enjoyable mile or so back to Parker Creek trail, with some impromptu snacking on wild raspberries along the way. Once back to Parker Creek proper, filled up on water, and hike/jogged back down at a leisurely pace.

Love the beauty and ruggedness of this range, but next time I need a flamethrower.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max South Fork Parker Creek Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Upper South Fork Parker Creek Light flow Light flow
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Jan 23 2021
friendofThundergod
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Abbey's Way Trail #151Globe, AZ
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friendofThundergod
Hiking1.80 Miles 861 AEG
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We spent all day Saturday chasing weather and looking for snow. The Sierra Ancha was our final stop. We visited the usual spots and enjoyed having the area to ourselves for the most part. The Ancha was a ghost town. It was clear the area had received some precipitation, but there were no flowing drainages and nothing more than a dusting of snow on the trail.
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 Tempe, AZ
Anchautumn, AZ 
Anchautumn, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2020
chumley
Hiking1.29 Miles 287 AEG
Hiking1.29 Miles      51 Mns   1.89 mph
287 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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Yella-B messaged me about a midweek camping trip, and who am I to turn down a night of peace and solitude when the masses are at home trying to be just like all the other masses.
:y:

CG was unoccupied, and really only one of two side roads that are not blocked off and closed to vehicles anymore. It was dusty and warm, but cooled off at night and the fire bowl was actually nice to have along.

I had a couple of ideas for short hikes over the course of the two days, and they turned out great. This is such a nice area as the seasons change. The trees that Peter planted (or was it his dad? :-k ) were in an explosive bumper crop this year and the deer didn't seem to mind watching as we picked our share. I always thought this area had a high density of bears, but you wouldn't know it from the lack of them harvesting these easy calorie-laden winter reserves.

California smoke made for a picturesque sunset over the Mazzies. Colors along the creeks was just getting going but quite lovely nonetheless. Of course, nothing compares to Lockett Meadow though, so just keep going there. We put the effort in to find a small waterfall that for some reason I hadn't been to before, and enjoyed finding a patch of wild mint growing nearby. After a couple of fresh mojitos, it was time to return to cell service and take a moment to be like everybody else. The guy who signs my paycheck appreciates it once in a while. :)

Back home it was time for pie, strudel, cider, tart, butter, sauce, fritters, and pancakes.
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Aug 02 2020
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Reynolds Creek Trail #150Globe, AZ
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Hiking7.00 Miles 1,375 AEG
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Needed to get back into the hiking groove so headed up to the Aztec Peak area in the Sierra Ancha's to the Murphy TH to start on Reynolds Creek Trail. I had read some trip logs that stated parts were overgrown and dam if they were right. New Mexican Locust and Raspberry bushes everywhere and of course I wore shorts. The initial quarter mile was painful, however, it thinned out a bit more the higher up I got. Next stop was at the Peterson TH to hike a little of Abbey's Way Trail to check out the old Peterson Ranch area. Awesome meadow area where a cabin was built in the 1880's. The cabin is long gone but there are still apple trees in the orchid and the trees were full of them. Great day with temps in the upper 70's. Came across a couple deer, a dozen turkey and tons of bear scat. Note to self, wear pants next time I hike the Sierra Ancha's my legs would probably appreciate it.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Reynolds Creek Falls - Sierra Ancha Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
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Abbey's Way Trail #151Globe, AZ
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Hiking1.80 Miles 861 AEG
Hiking1.80 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   0.51 mph
861 ft AEG      45 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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I had wanted to hike from the Parker Creek Trailhead east to Aztec Peak. The previous two hikes left me short of that goal. See the trip logs for details. I began the first hike too late in the day. On the second one I did hike all the way to FR487, but did not have the stamina or time to go any farther.

I determined to drive up the Workman's Creek Road (FR487) and hike the Abbey's Way Trail #151 east to Aztec Peak. I began where I left off on May 11, 2020; the circular drive at the northern terminus of the Parker Creek Trail #160.

The drive was interrupted at the narrow bridge over Salt River. ADOT was graveling and tarring the road north for a few miles. I waited for the shuttle vehicle and continued to FR487. After spending some time at the falls, I drove past a couple of campgrounds to the P.C.T. trailhead.

I walked back down the road about 1/4 of a mile to A.W.T. #151. The hike began on the east side of the road. The trail was easy to follow as I meandered through the forest. Trees gave way to more open terrain as I got a glimpse of the lookout tower. I passed through a fallen tree area to an open meadow; the old Peterson Ranch. There were no structures. The trail followed the perimeter. When I reached the other side the terrain changed again. It became more brushy.

Other trip logs mentioned this so I was glad I brought my clippers. I appreciate those who had cleared several patches. I did a little myself, but not all. I just plowed through the rest. There were not that many. It should not be a walk in the park, right? I did wear blue jeans and long sleeved shirt, which helped.

The hike was gaining elevation and there were a couple places where I had to do a double-take to locate the trail.

I was curious as to why the trail was taking me north, but then I came to a switchback and it changed direction. The trail was on an incline in open terrain on the hillside. In a matter of minutes I had reached the peak - Aztec Peak!
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Oregon_Hiker
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Peterson Ranch Meander - Sierra Ancha, AZ 
Peterson Ranch Meander - Sierra Ancha, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 09 2020
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Hiking3.04 Miles 513 AEG
Hiking3.04 Miles   3 Hrs   46 Mns   1.02 mph
513 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
 
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This was my third day of a 6 night camping trip to the Aztec Peak area of the Sierra Ancha. After a long exhausting hike the day before and another planned for the next day, I planned to take it easy and just poke around the old Peterson Ranch Site. But first I drove up to the top of Aztec Peak to check out the views and the Flintstones Furniture - always a worthwhile side trip if your in the area.

Starting my hike at the the trailhead for the Abbey Way Trail #151, it was an easy stroll to the meadows and springs on the old Peterson Ranch property. While on Aztec Peak I had seen patches of open forest in the New Mexican Locust jungle on the hillside above the ranch. I decided to explore those forested areas since I'd never been there before. After working my way through some brush on an animal trail I soon found a route up the hill side through an old forest which showed signs of having been logged many years ago. I don't know the history of logging in this area but expect it could go back to the 1940-50s if not earlier. The old stumps are almost rotted away. The forested area on the hillside was fairly open under a canopy of pine, fir, oak and walnut trees and I was able to hike almost to the top of the ridge leading from Aztec Peak to Murphy Peak before being confronted with a wall of New Mexican Locust.

While walking through this isolated section of forest I spotted a patch of bright white pebbles on the ground about 50 yds away. Going closer to check it out I discovered that the "pebbles" were actually water softener salt pellets. Since cattle have not been grazed in this area for many years I suspect this was a man-made salt lick to attract wild game. Later on in the hike I would discover another one of these man-made salt licks by a spring about 220 yds from the foundation of the old Peterson Ranch house.

Returning to the Peterson Ranch site I walked through the old orchard to the cabin foundation and then to an area 220 yds south of the cabin where an account of Edward Baker's murder said he had been buried. I've looked for his grave before without success and had the same result this time but did find a spring and the salt lick there.

The Petersons were not the first ones to settle at this location. In the early 1880's John H. Baker moved from California to the Sierra Ancha and established a ranch at this location. Nearby Baker Mountain was named for him. A little later John developed another ranch down lower in the mountains near Salome Creek. One of his two sons, Edward (Ned), remained at the ranch near Baker Mountain. In July 1890 Edward was murdered outside the cabin. One of two assailants thought to be Indians from the nearby reservation shot him in the back mortally wounding him and then picked up Baker's axe and whacked his neck 2 or 3 times almost severing his head. They then ransacked the cabin and fled the scene. Two days later a neighboring rancher dropped by to visit and discovered the body. He immediately went to Edward's father's ranch and notified him of the murder. John Baker and two neighboring ranchers soon arrived at the scene. They quickly buried Edward's badly decomposing body at the base of an old pine tree approximately 220 yds south of the cabin. Al Sieber and a couple of Indian trackers were brought in to track the perpetrators. They were tracked down on the Indian Reservation, arrested, tried for murder and sentenced to life imprisonment at the old prison in Yuma. This account came mostly from the book "White Justice in Arizona: Apache Murder Trials in the Nineteenth Century" by Clare V. McKanna Jr. I found a highly embellished account in the May 3, 1956 edition of the Globe Pager which varies significantly in some of the details. To the best of my knowledge the cabin near Baker Mountain was abandoned until sometime between 1910 and 1920 when Glars Pete Peterson and family established a homestead at the site of the old Baker cabin. Glars' 5 children, 3 girls and 2 boys, grew up there and all eventually left their mountain homestead except Dewey Peterson who remained their with his parents. Dewey patented 43 acres at their ranch site on Mar 3, 1923. These old homesteads were often patented years after they had occupied the site because the official paper work couldn't be completed until an accurate land survey was completed and proof was established that the homesteading requirements had been met. The Petersons left their mountain homestead in about 1939. The parents moved to the Phoenix area and Dewey to Nevada. They sold the property to the government and it became part of the Tonto National Forest.

So, enough reminiscing about pioneering history in the Sierra Ancha. I've probably told these stories before in other triplogs. I always enjoy returning to these remote historic sites and thinking about what the lives of these early pioneers must have been like. In this case we're lucky to have a short account of the Peterson's family's lives in those days as told by Glars to his oldest daughter. It's available on HAZ by clicking on the Peterson Ranch label.
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DixieFlyer
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Horsing Around in the Sierra Ancha, AZ 
Horsing Around in the Sierra Ancha, AZ
 
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Hiking12.00 Miles 2,785 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles
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I was wanting to another hike that was compatible with social distancing, so I headed out to the Sierra Ancha, deep in the heart of @grasshopper and @Oregon_Hiker country! While there I bagged a couple of summits that I had not done before: McFadden Horse Mountain and Aztec Peak.

I first drove to the McFadden Trailhead, which is at mm 288 on Highway 288. Highway 288 is mostly paved but is part dirt road. The dirt portion is in great shape right now, and is actually better than some of the paved portions.

It is a steep climb up to McFadden Horse Mountain, but it is very nice once on top. I made my way over to the high point, and then returned the way that I came. I saw no other hikers on the trail.

I then drove to FR 487, and since the gate at the Falls CG was open, I drove to the Peterson TH and parked. Most any vehicle can drive to the Falls CG, and actually you could get to Workman Falls. However, there are a couple of sections beyond the Falls where you would need a high clearance 4WD vehicle to safely proceed. Once you get past the couple of rough spots, the road is in great shape and you could drive all the way up to the top of Aztec Peak if you wanted to.

My original intention was to do the Abbey Way's 151/FR 487 Loop, so I took FR 487 all the way to the summit of Aztec Peak. FR 487 has a smooth dirt surface, and it is very easy to hike on. Once at the summit, I walked a little way on Abbey's Way Trail #151, and I could see that the trail was going to be a bit rocky. I had also read triplogs that said the trail was very overgrown and that you'd be pushing through some thick, thorny vegetation in many places; thus, I decided that it would be best just to take 487 back to my vehicle, so that is what I did.

There are some nice views atop Aztec Peak, and I am glad that I finally went up there. I saw no other hikers on the hike, but on the way back about a mile from the summit I met a couple of trucks going up 487, and a few minutes later I met 6 RAZR's on their way to the summit. They all must have decided to hang around on the summit for a while, because they never passed me on my way back to the TH.

Mileage and elevation gain for the 2 hikes is below.
McFadden Horse Mountain: 5.5 miles with an AEG of 1,834'
Aztec Peak: 6.5 miles with an AEG of 951'

The stats above are the sum of these 2.
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Wildflowers Observation None
There were no wildflowers to be seen on this hike. However, on the drive in on Highway 288, there were LOTS of wildflowers to be seen on the lower part of the road, especially globemallow, lupine, and desert marigold.
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Apr 04 2020
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 Gilbert, AZ
Parker - Moody - Coon Loop, AZ 
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Backpack avatar Apr 04 2020
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Backpack30.02 Miles 7,970 AEG
Backpack30.02 Miles2 Days         
7,970 ft AEG
 
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Souped-up version of a classic Sierra Ancha lasso. I can imagine this being done as a day hike if one trimmed some extra out.

Parker Creek #160
This trail was a dream, if a cold one. Creek was rushing loudly and trail in 'okay' shape - some non-prickly overgrowth and at least a dozen deadfall - on the way up to the saddle. Can imagine this being a real winner in the summer months. Past the saddle the overgrowth got more pokey and that last little climb from the Rim Trail junction is just mean. Reached the east end and pulled some water from a spring off of FR 487 before Peterson TH.

Abbey's Way #151
First half mile was fantastic, open meadows and seeping water around the old ranch site. Sections of the trail were flooded. Then the climb starts, and with it the deadfall and prickly stuff. Trail is in much worse shape than it was in the summer of '18 during my last visit. It's not bad enough where you'll get lost or have to route-find, just be ready for bloodshed and tears, etc. On Aztec Peak I stopped for third-breakfast at the stone patio area and shivered in the wind. Descended down FR 487 to the ranger cabin and the unmarked Moody TH.

Moody's Point #140
Dreary switchbacks through heavy fire damage for the first mile. Well-maintained, and good views, but dreary surroundings. Glad I did this section heading downhill. Closer to Rim Trail things liven up, mixed forests and plenty of green, and I was back in love. Trickling water along sections of trail east of Rim. Once I dropped off the 'tip' I was shocked to see recent maintenance on the trail, huge cairns and clean tread. It was fabulous. The maintenance stopped about 500' above where I turned around last month... yeah. That burned. Fought for a half-mile through thick stuff and then cruised along the ridge. Having now finished this trail, I'd say that's no worse than any other trail out here, get the right mindset and push through the half-mile of nasty.

Deep Creek #128
Little roller coaster through numerous tributaries of Deep Creek. After the visual overload of the last few hours this one felt a bit bland. Plus, there was no flowing water on the creek beds, only a few standing puddles, which, given the busy state of Parker Creek, I had been expecting more. Never Go Dry made for a decent water-pull / lunch spot. Oh, and there were some neat campsites along the tributaries. Cruised the last few miles to the TH and debated life decisions.

Coon Creek #124
First 1.5 miles was easy going on the old roadbed and I kept staring ahead at Coon Creek canyon, wondering if it was reasonable to attempt tomorrow or if bailing on forest roads made more sense. Then the trail twists and plunges down to the creek itself, and half of the descent was cairn-less guesswork down washed-out gullies. Found a few markers before the creek and pulled to full capacity before climbing the other side. Either the afternoon shade or the frequent copses made the climb much more pleasant than the drop had been. When I got to the wilderness boundary I found a used campsite with a flat pad and decided to call it for the day.

Camp: did a basic cowboy setup, as it's lighter than my current hammock gear. Used a new pad and melatonin to attempt to get a decent sleep - as an anxious side-sleeper, I rarely get more than hour-long stretches outside. Vast improvement. Woke up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle Coon Creek.

Coon Creek #254
Returned to junction and sped north. First half mile, over the saddle and down to the drainage, was pretty darn easy, and the saddle itself was dreamy. The drainage is where route-finding starts to get difficult, with brush and disuse hiding the way forward. Had to stop frequently to look for cairns. The burn got bad 1.1 miles from junction, where the pines were scorched, and route-finding got more difficult, as sections of tread were washed out. At 1.5 miles the trail drops down to the creek and it stays there, jumping back and forth on frequent crossings. I lost count after a dozen. Sometimes I followed it on the banks until I lost it (or the thorny stuff got too painful), other times I'd just rock-hop. The trail is definitely still there, and with a trimmer and some rebuilding of creek-crossing cairns it could be revived, and I saw no evidence of major wash-out or irrevocable damage. Pretty sure it jumps up on the west bank around 6155' and stays there, though I stuck to the creek bed until the far side of Trailside Spring drainage (where the creek flow pretty much trickled to nothing), and had to do some mild scrambling before hacking up to the old trail and crawling/crying through large swaths of truly terrible thorny thickets. At least I think I found Mud Spring along the way.

Parker Creek #160
Switched over to auto-pilot mode. This is a fun one to trot down. Two groups of day-hikers, the only other people I saw all weekend #socialdistancing

Sierra Ancha Miles: 38.8/59.1 (65.6%)
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Coon Creek Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Creek and spring and tank were all quite full / overfull.

dry Deep Creek Tank Dry Dry
Like, super dry.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Hunt Spring Dripping Dripping
Few puddles at Rim Trail crossing. Still haven't found the 'real' dependable source.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Mud Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Water trickling down rock face into Coon Creek, lots of grass and moss makes me feel like this could be dependable throughout much of the year.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Never Go Dry Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
Both tanks along trail full, source of tanks was trickling clear water.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 South Fork Parker Creek Heavy flow Heavy flow
Great flow throughout the entire creek.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Upper South Fork Parker Creek Heavy flow Heavy flow
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Aztec Peak via Abbey's Way 151 LoopGlobe, AZ
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Hiking18.75 Miles 4,864 AEG
Hiking18.75 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   3.13 mph
4,864 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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Wanted to summit Aztec Peak and get a better feel for the Anchas, and as I don't have a high clearance vehicle, I started at the Parker Creek Trailhead around sunrise and worked my way up. Took the loop clockwise and added Moody Trail and Rim Trail.

Parker Creek was dry, but there was a light flow of water at the gauging station. There's a little bit of deadfall on Parker, and it's a little overgrown in spots. About a dozen piles of bear scat as well. Saw 4 white tail deer on the way up. I found Parker to be much more enjoyable on the way down when the sunlight illuminated the canyon walls.

I measured it to be about 4.5 miles to FR487 instead of the posted 4mi. Took the road down to Workman Creek Falls. There was a light flow, and all three gauging stations had flowing water.

Abbey's Way Trail starts and ends beautifully. The meadows that were the home to Peterson Ranch are pretty special, but shortly after passing them the trail becomes seriously overgrown. The grade is still there, and it's easy to follow because the trees it cuts through provide a tunnel that is hard to mistake. Painfully slow going, though. I was constantly snagged on sharp bushes and undergrowth. It's only about a mile and a half bushwhack, but it felt longer.

Had Aztec Peak to myself as it wasn't being manned. There are some really nice campsites on top.

Stopped at the FS cabin by the Moody TH. It was left open and would be a decent place to kill time in a pinch.

Saw a sizable male bear on Moody Point Trail not far from the cabin. Seems the bears get more use out of the Parker/Moody/Rim Trails than people do. Very overgrown, and with who-knows-what lurking behind its thick undergrowth and trees, it feels pretty claustrophobic.

Rim Trail was my favorite on the day. Faint in spots, and I had trouble staying on the trail. Very open and not too many overgrown sections.

Saw two FS workers on 487 on the way to Workman Creek Falls but no hikers all day. No cars at the start or finish. Temps ranged from mid 60s to low 90s.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Workman Creek Falls Light flow Light flow
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Aug 18 2018
joebartels
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Rim #139 - Murphy #141 - Abbey's #151 Loop, AZ 
Rim #139 - Murphy #141 - Abbey's #151 Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking12.80 Miles 2,526 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   7 Hrs   12 Mns   2.14 mph
2,526 ft AEG   1 Hour   13 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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If you enjoy blackberry torture this is the hike for you! Mid to low 70's was the bait. Held like a champ with humidity that would make Louisiana blush.

Rim Trail #139 drops from a 4 to a 3. New Mexico Locust among other skin irritating brush consumes several miles. Murphy Ranch Trail #141 wasn't better. I just like it too much to drop a star.

We lunched just outside the ranch. Kids appeared to be having a grand ol' time yet struggled to fly a kite in the field. Cut the hike short since annoying outweighed enjoyable. Thunderstorms forming nearby made that choice easier too.

Heading down Abbey's Way Trail #151 was torture. The blackberry never let up.

On the brightside we only crossed paths with a few downed trees all day. Pants would have worked wonders.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Sunflowers are out in force
Scarlet Creeper
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Tour de Anca, AZ 
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The_Eagle
Hiking12.94 Miles 2,588 AEG
Hiking12.94 Miles   7 Hrs   13 Mns   2.12 mph
2,588 ft AEG   1 Hour   7 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Preamble
This area always has been and will be a special place to me. Remote, beautiful, BIG views.

We did this loop in a CCW direction for the first time.

Parker Creek Trail #160
Evidence of rain the night before had the flora wet at the top. This added to the jungle humidity and wet shoes.
This was a short drop to meet with the rim trail.

Rim Trail #139
5 miles and 800'+ AEG with many scenic view spots off the rim. That's been the attraction for me.
Now, the official GPS track and long pants a a requirement. The trail has disappeared in spots and the fresh, green, thorny locust became way annoying.

Murphy Ranch Trail #141
1.25 miles and 650' AEG to the old Murphy Ranch
This seemed to be the most humid part of the day and a climb and the clouds would not cooperate.
Lunch looking over the apple orchard, was the best temps of the day

Reynolds Creek Trail #150
1.15 miles and 375' AEG
In decent shape for the most part. We took this to the signed junction for the unnamed? trail that takes you to the rim.

Unnamed? Trail
We went out far enough to get views checking out the rumble in the sky. I got enough of a signal to check the radar. We opted to cut it short and make it back to the Truck.

We scrambled up to Murphy 7732 and over to Aztec Peak. Lightning was crackling, so not good to be up top.

Abby's way Trail #151
Less than 2 miles to go and the rain started. It was never more than light. Rumors of this trail being cleared since the last time we were through are true. All the big stuff is gone. What remains are just a few easy ones to hop over, that have fallen since.... and 5 miles (ok, under 2) of agonizing wet raspberry bushes scraping against already torn up legs.

We saw quite a few White Tails, with one huge buck, still in velvet

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 Goodyear, AZ
Aztec Peak via Abbey's Way 151 LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 07 2018
Nightstalker
Hiking6.20 Miles 1,079 AEG
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5 of us left the valley early this morning for a long drive / day hike to Aztec Peak via Abbey's Way. Some of my crew had read some of Abbey's works which added some extra interest for our hike to the fire tower he manned for a few years. Most of the 288 is paved up to the 487 turn off. It's still slow going with tight turns and no guard rails. FS 487 has been recently graded and open all the way up to the fire tower. We parked near the 151 trailhead (there is parking available at the trailhead, but it is easy to miss). Abbey's Way was super fun with a trek through a tall grassy meadow and slightly overgrown section through the burn area. I brought my machete along but didn't need to use it. Views from the top are impressive as is the Fred Flintstone picnic area. We followed the road back down. We had a chat with another forest visitor who just had a large black bear circle his truck. We didn't see the bear, but did get to watch the video he took of it on his phone. Saw a coatimundi on the 288 heading back towards Roosevelt lake. It was too quick to catch a picture though. Wish I lived closer to this area, it's fantastic! Lunch at Porter's Cafe in Superior afterwards, delicious!
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jacobemerick
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 Gilbert, AZ
Central Sierra Ancha Tour, AZ 
Central Sierra Ancha Tour, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Jun 30 2018
jacobemerick
Backpack30.17 Miles 6,712 AEG
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Someone once told me that there were more than just two wildernesses in Arizona. After a derisive scoff I spent the next three years exploring the Superstitions and Mazatzals. Finally headed out to the Anchas last weekend and boy howdy it was pleasant.

FR 410 & FR 235
Necessary evil to make a loop in this area. As far as road hikes go it was rather nice, shaded by ponderosa pines and frequent deer distractions. The climb up FR 235 (?) was a bit relentless. Culvert work referenced in https://hikearizona.com/x.php?x=144483 is finished, road is drivable. View from Billy Lawrence Trailhead is jaw-dropping.

Center Mountain #142
Quick jog on an old two-track (Lucky Strike #144) to the start of Center Mountain Trail. Climb is immediate and steep, though the fantastic trail construction makes it enjoyable. Once the steep section is done it's a gentle rise over the rounded dome of the mountain, where the trail is straight and easy to follow. Open meadow gets a bit annoying to track, though the views over Reynolds Creek and Baker Mountain are worth the extra time hunting cairns. Soon its back under the pines, a few more good views east over Cherry Creek, then a gentle drop towards Reynolds Creek.

Things get a bit confusing here. There are two connector routes to Reynolds Creek and a third route that climbs up to 7677'. I think the third route is the continuation of #142, not sure. Anyways, did all three for completionist sake. Upper connector climbs a bit (unexpected) and is clear and easy to follow, lower connector is starting to get overgrown by short plants with angry thorns. Think that's going to be the name of my band: Short Plants with Angry Thorns.

Time to climb. Getting up to 7677' was a pain, trail seemed to be mostly washed out. This was my last big climb of the day so I was also mentally checking out. Didn't get much better on top, cairns seem to be randomly placed around without any intention of guiding a hiker in a certain direction. Views were amazing. Near the summit an old road showed up to guide my feet down to the junction w/ Reynolds Creek #150. A magical mile later and it was time to descend to the rim.

Murphy Ranch Trail #141
Lots of variety over the short trail. Shade, berries, and exposed burnt land. I liked the berry section the best, as did some of the local fauna, judging by the scat and prints. A good rain and the sad little raspberries would plump right up. Trail was well-defined and descended in a knee-friendly manner.

Rim Trail #139
Junction worried me a bit: north looked clear, south looked brushy. For today I only had to worry about north. Trail quickly swung into the dreamy Cold Spring Canyon. Some fire damage, still amazing. Creek was barely a trickle. Next mile dragged in comparison, all exposed with thorny sections (am now intimately familiar w/ New Mexico Locust), and when I got within a few hundred yards I bee-lined to Edward Spring to filter up. Checked out the great views, setup camp, and eventually drifted off to sleep.

Note about hammock: my original campsite was down by the fire pit. As soon as I set it up I realized how dumb this was, as I'd be in a potential cold-collecting spot within a stone's throw of the spring, so I relocated to some of the trees on the ridge above. Kept warm all night, was out of the wildlife corridor, and enjoyed eery views of Pueblo Canyon in the moonlight.

Woke up the next morning, packed and filtered in the predawn, and quickly backtracked down Rim Trail. View of the early morning sun in Cold Spring Canyon will be permanently etched in my head. Trail wasn't that bad after the Murphy Trail junction, either. Helpful cairns were tall, obvious tread. Spent some time looking for a few springs, Hunt and Armor Corral, no luck. Worst overgrowth is still near Armor Corral, though @CannondaleKid's work was apparent and appreciated. The views down Devil's and Deep and the unnamed canyons were good, just not as awesome as Pueblo or Cold Spring. Views down Coon Spring were depressing, so much fire damage. At the end I hauled up Parker Creek Trail to reach FR 487.

FR 487 to Workman Creek Falls
While in the area... road seemed steep, both down and uphill. Falls were barely running. Wondered if there was a way to get down there - for today I was happy staying up on the road. Backtracked to Peterson TH.

Abbey's Way #151
Meadow is quite pleasant, some flowers along trail and orchard across the way. Obvious recent trail maintenance, clearing brush and cutting deadfall, even new cairns, made the steep hike up a breeze. Well, as much of a breeze as it could be with the 23 miles behind me. Last switch was fully exposed and quite hot. Reached the top, stumbled around to take some photos, and then found some shade to eat a quick lunch. After lunch I took FR 487 & 487A down to Murphy/Haldi Ranch.

Reynolds Creek #150
Home stretch. The first mile was a gradual climb under wonderful shade, not much breeze until I crested the saddle. Next few miles were great, distracting enough that I forgot to look for Knoles Hole. Trail construction is on point, especially the section near the falls, though the creek was dry here. In fact, most of the creek was dry with only a few stagnant pools of water. Forgot about the nettles near the trailhead, not sure if I avoided them or crashed right through. Reached the trailhead exactly 24 hours after leaving it the day before.

Didn't see another soul on the trail. Think I'll be back up here fairly soon.

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Searched area, did not find anything besides dry drainages.

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Not sure where all this water is coming from, but pipe was flowing and trough was topped off.

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Couldn't find any spots deep enough to filter, would have to dig a hole or be very patient.

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Spring itself was deep enough to dip a cup in for filter, overflow has been mauled/fouled.

dry Hunt Spring Dry Dry
Searched area, did not find anything besides a dry drainage.

dry Mud Spring Dry Dry


dry Trailside Spring Dry Dry
Dry at trail, did not attempt the ridiculous bushwhack to check exact coordinates.

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 Mesa, AZ
Abbey's Way Extended Loop, AZ 
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Hiking5.40 Miles 1,250 AEG
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Almost 4 years since we'd last hiked on this trail so it was an easy choice for the last hike of our 2-day camping trip.

Abbey's Way itself was in pretty good shape, probably due to some reasonably recent trail maintenance, cutting and removing numerous downed trees. Although we did some off-trail wandering again, we stayed away from the thickets.

One item of note... unlike our last trip, there is now a tall fence around the fire tower topped with barbed concertina wire and it appears it is no longer staffed, which leads me to believe they may be using automated technology to scan for fires. Possibly infrared scanners?

Other than that, nothing special about the hike so I only took a few random photos.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Abbey's Way Trail #151Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2018
Eartheist
Hiking3.90 Miles 947 AEG
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As a big Ed Abbey fan, this has been on my bucket list for a while; finally knocked it out over a nice 3 day backpack/car camp weekend with the lady. It was well worth it. Saturday, we drove from Phx to the Reynolds Creek/Hell's Hole trailhead, and backpacked out to Workman Creek for a nice peaceful camp, then Sunday morning, we hiked out and then drove the couple miles to the Abbey's Way trailhead. We debated camping for the day and doing the trail in the morning, but it was still early afternoon, the weather was perfect, and we were only mildly worn from the backpack/hike out from Hell's Hole (we only did the 2.5 mile hike in, rather than the full 5+ miles in), so we decided to knock it out that afternoon.

I had ready the triplogs that said the trail was in disrepair from the fire a few years back, so I called up Gary, the Pleasant Valley Ranger, a few days before and he said he and some other people had done a lot of work on it recently and it was much improved. I also asked him about the gate on the 487, whether it was open, he said it's been open for a while since they've had no bad weather in the area recently. The road itself was better than I expected; you definitely need semi-high clearance in a couple of rocky spots, but my Outback made it all the way to the trailhead no problem.

The trail condition was as he said, it was almost completely clear of debris and logs. We did get off the trail a couple times crossing that meadow, where it kind of disappears, but luckily I had downloaded the track so we were able to find our way back easy enough.
Towards the top where the ascent really kicks in, it's pretty steep and was slow going, we had to take a few breaks, which I chalked up to fatigue from the morning's hike, but we were in no hurry and made it to top eventually. The views were outstanding in all directions, and it was cool to see the tower that Ed worked at as a fire lookout way back when.
We didn't stay too long up there, we were both pretty wiped, so we made our way back down (weird that we did not need to take any breaks on the way down :P ), got back in the car and drove the 100-ish yards back to the campsite right there, where we had no neighbors and a nice peaceful camp. Turkey season had just opened so we saw some hunters driving by, but no one joined us at the campsite.
Saw lots of birds and a few squirrels but nothing bigger. Headed home the next day, stopping at Tonto Monument, since it was right there, which was also pretty cool. Great extended AZ adventure in the Sierra Anchas!
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Workman Creek, AZ 
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Hiking4.61 Miles 682 AEG
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Wanted to check out Workman Creek since according to the HAZ Autumn foliage history seemed to be prime during this time period.
I started my hike at Workman Falls and wanted to stretch my legs before taking photos in the canyon and saw the "Peterson TH" on the topo which was not far away, I now understand this is now called Abbey's Way Trail.

An old friend of mine told me about a ranch site up there with an apple orchard which I didn't pay any mind to at the time of our conversation because I thought it was out of the way of my original plan but soon realized I was heading straight for the "Ancient Aztec Apple Orchard".

I've read it's overgrown above the ranch site but it doesn't look like anyone from HAZ has been in 2017 and it appears to me the trail got even worse and was definitely not dog friendly.
Vines, brush and tall grass made the trail nearly nonexistent in most areas and with 300ft to go with no real motivation to go up top I decided to retreat and go round up my hearty apple cache.

I made it back down just in time because this Autumn sun is slowly transitioning into a Winter sunset and is already setting faster than ever, especially in the tucked away bottom of Workman Creek.

I drove the full length of the the Globe-Young Highway for the first time and looped it back up to the rim country in time for a Halloween party!
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Workman Creek and some of the other drainages had great amounts of color but a lot of it is spaced out, only a few dense groves.

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-Workman Creek
Light flow above and at the falls, best flow around the old falls campground and flowing water trickles out around the old cascade campground.
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Abbey's Way Trail #151Globe, AZ
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Hiking1.00 Miles 200 AEG
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After reading the recent triplogs about no apples :o at Reavis Ranch, it made me think about all the apples I noted on the old trees at Peterson Ranch up by Aztec Peak in June. So I decided to head up and see how they looked. Short notice invite for Jack, but he was in. That meant I would drive around a little more than had I been alone, so I could show him a few more places he hadn't seen yet. After the stop at the research station it was up to the apples. Lots of them, now maturing nicely, though still not really fully ripe. Jack discovered a pear tree too, which I had never noticed in all my previous visits. Little devils were hard as rocks. :lol: The trail to the meadow was easier to follow than my last visit.

We drove up to Aztec Peak since we were nearby, then back down and over to the Reynolds Creek Road, plus a side trip up to Billy Lawrence Trailhead and excellent view down into Cherry Creek. In general the roads were in a little better shape than in June. On the way out we stopped at those stunning cliffs by the deep cut of Parker Creek. The wind, dust, and scattered thundershowers made for some interesting effects looking out toward the lake. :)

We headed over to Porter's in Superior for a meal, and I stopped next door at the market to pick up some green chiles to roast at home. Then it was home via Florence, Coolidge, Picacho, and I-10. Another good day in the Anchas, one of my happy places. :D
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Abbey's Way Trail #151Globe, AZ
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Short trip over to Peterson Ranch to say hello to Mom and check on the status of the ancient apple trees. They must have enjoyed the bigger snow pack this winter, because they are loaded! Looking real good up there. :D Always a treat to pay a visit to this special place.

Note: The trail is pretty difficult to follow right now, even in the short distance from the road to the meadow. It must be a real mess in places further up toward the peak. If you hadn't been here before, you probably would have no clue where to go.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Abbey's Way Trail #151Globe, AZ
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Hiking avatar Aug 19 2016
CanyonWanderer
Hiking1.89 Miles 880 AEG
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After reading a triplog from just a few months ago, I feel like I'm taking crazy pills as I write this about my trip up Abbey's Way yesterday, but I guess a lot of that has to do with hiking in the smolder of the Juniper Fire from two months ago.

The wife and two mutts joined me for this hike but it's a stretch to call it a hike - less than 1/2 mile of the 1.5 miles up to the tower were on trail; the rest were a mix of thorny bushwhack, climbing over a lot of downed trees, and keeping an eye on the still standing deadwood hoping it wouldn't fall as we were passing by it. There was the occasional cairn to follow, and I had downloaded the route to my phone and tried to follow it relatively closely. Most times it showed us standing on the trail and it was almost impossible to recognize, such is the damage from the Juniper Fire. It took us just under three hours to whack our way to the top, a robust 0.5 mph pace!

I suggest waiting until this trail gets some work before attempting it, even better be one of the folks to help clean it up.

To no ones surprise, views from the tower were outstanding. We made it a loop with a leisurely walk down the road to the trailhead.
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Sierra Ancha Sunrise, AZ 
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Since I had pretty good cell service up there I decided to try something different this trip: posting photos from the cell phone directly to HAZ as the day went on. Not used to doing this, so it took awhile to figure it out, but turned out OK. The most frustrating part was how long it took to upload the photos. Burned a lot of time playing with the phone...much prefer doing this after I get home. That way I can better evaluate the photos and make adjustments (not to mention using camera shots vs phone which I like better). Anyway, it was sort of fun and interesting to be posting from "in the field."

In general, I was greatly relieved to see the post fire conditions of the places I enjoy visiting up there. :) Lots of debris came down across both Reynolds Creek and Workman Creek Roads, but with a lot of blading and cleanup effort, the roads were in fine shape on my visit. This obviously will be an ongoing operation for awhile, as new big rain events will alter things again.

More triplogs and photos to follow.
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