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May 25 2021
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43 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Pinal Peak 7848Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2021
Charger55Triplogs 573
Hiking4.00 Miles
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.00 mph
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1st trip
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Enjoying the cool pines. Soaking in the views. Soaking in the sun. Soaking in the RF from all the antennas. Life is good.
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May 07 2021
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28 male
 Joined Jun 02 2019
 Phoenix, AZ
East - Pinal - Signal Loop, AZ 
East - Pinal - Signal Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 07 2021
LJWTriplogs 237
Hiking21.17 Miles 4,968 AEG
Hiking21.17 Miles   7 Hrs   37 Mns   3.08 mph
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Another favorite hike of last year I had another go at. Changed it slightly, figured why go all the way up the mountain only to walk the road instead of upper Six Shooter, Middle, and Pipeline Trails. Started around sunrise and went clockwise.

Six Shooter to Una Del Oso water in the one creek, nothing on Oso. Overall drier than June last year. Tread is good, cold in the drainages and warm in the sunrise.

Toll Road through East Mountain Trail the scenery picks up. Into the forest, good wilflowers along the way. East Mountain ridgeline fun as ever. Too early for ladybugs. Up the north ridge and down the west through the pines like last year. Not much of a bushwhack but it's steep.

Pioneer up to Pinal Peak and the climbing was out of the way. Relaxing cruise for Ferndell - 6 Shooter - Middle - Pipeline. Leaves higher up yet to regrow, lower down the oaks, maples, etc are fleshing out. Made for less shade on Ferndell than in June. Still a lovely trail and network between the cabins and campgrounds. Middle Trail a particular favorite. Lost Pipeline on the north side but found the end at the road. It's there just got impatient and climbed up to the campsite.

Signal Peak fire watch season is already underway. Tower was occupied, loud phone conversations and radio static the first signs of human life on the day.

Down the roads to Kellner. Passed a sedan that had driven up, only person I passed all day. Kellner trail starts in the canyon of fir and oak. Oaks are still bald and the canyon largely unshaded. Once out of the canyon the trail winds around to Icehouse through shady pines.

Icehouse slog back. First hike in new boots. Hadn't broke them in. Last few miles were painful. Got back to a few cars at the Icehouse CCC TH, but I didn't see any hikers all day.
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Good purples and golds on Toll Road, East Mountain Trail, East Mountain ridgeline, lower Kellner Trail.
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Aug 09 2020
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43 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Pioneer Trail #196Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 09 2020
Jim_HTriplogs 2,007
Hiking10.00 Miles 3,100 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.74 mph
3,100 ft AEG      45 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Two dry summers in a row meant I went out to do this with a zero percent chance of storms and no rain gear. Didn't need it, either, not even close. If anything, it was hot, 93 at the trailhead at 5:15, and warm most of the hike. You can tell the mountain has had barely any rain, as everything looks dry. Lots of dry plants on the Pioneer, and on top trees are losing leaves. Usually it is wet about now.

Up Pioneer, skipped Pinal Peak both times, down Ferndell to Six Shooter, which I took to the Telephone Trail, and once I got to the ridge I turned up that. Partly, because I didn't feel like losing any more elevation, and partly because I thought the trail was higher up, not slightly below. I then went up the ridge to Signal Peak. Someone was playing Peter and the Wolf by flute in the tower, as well as a few other things. I saw no wolves, or bears, FYI. After the brief segments of the Pipeline and Middle trails, I stopped at the exotic trees and the hummingbird feeder collection. The trees are losing leaves due to drought, but are fine. There are fewer hummingbird feeders, and I only saw two birds. Nothing like last July when there were dozens of birds, it seemed. I then went back down the Pioneer. Nice views from the Baldy in the White Mountains, to the Catalinas and Rincons.

Not enough decent routes for me to use or piece together, so I added the AEG from the Pioneer and the Telephone Ridge up to Signal Peak. Might have lost some from the Pipeline and Middle. Miles, is a safe guess.

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Nov 24 2019
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39 male
 Joined Nov 30 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Sixshooter / Icehouse Canyon, AZ 
Sixshooter / Icehouse Canyon, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Nov 24 2019
ShatteredArmTriplogs 198
Run/Jog13.60 Miles 3,768 AEG
Run/Jog13.60 Miles   4 Hrs   47 Mns   2.84 mph
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1st trip
I've been wanting to explore Pinal Mountain on foot for quite awhile now, and decided today would be a good day to do it. The plan was to loop Sixshooter and Icehouse.

Had a fairly chilling late morning start, and headed up the reasonably-graded Sixshooter. Creek was flowing, and it surprised me how quickly we hit the coniferous forest. When the trail headed away from the creek, and up the ridge, I couldn't stop remarking about how underrated this trail is. Great views, nice mature forest. Some signs of the forest fire (probably from a couple years ago), but looks like it didn't do too much damage in this area.

Started seeing more snow past the Telephone junction. By the time we hit Ferndell, it was a few inches deep.

Swung around the summit, and headed up a jeep road, thinking it would take us to the summit proper, but it was the wrong one. Oh well, we were probably only 20 vertical feet off. Didn't feel like going through the brush to get there.

Headed down the road to Middle Trail, and took that all the way across to Pineline. Didn't know there were cabins up here! The views from Pineline were some of the best anywhere... You could see everything from the Estrellas all the way over to Baboquivari.

The first couple miles down Icehouse Canyon were fun and steep. There were even mountain bike tracks in the snow... I'm definitely not that brave. The bottom couple miles... not so fun. Boring old Jeep road, but at least it's just a couple miles.

Definitely going to come back here.
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Oct 19 2019
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43 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Pioneer Trail #196Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2019
Jim_HTriplogs 2,007
Hiking9.65 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking9.65 Miles   6 Hrs      1.61 mph
2,400 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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My route was almost identical to nightstalker's May-5-18 hike, so I am using his stats. I did a little more road walking to see if the hummingbird feeders and birds were still there, but they were not. Still a lot of flocks of chipper forest birds, mostly what sounded like Chick-a-Dee.

What more or less constitutes a leaf peeping hike, except I didn't fight I-17 and Flagstaff, and it wasn't 39 degrees on top. A very nice relaxed scenic Pinal Hike. Walking towards Pinal Peak after looking for hummingbirds, I went out on FR 651E. I was surprised to see an Atlas or Lebanon Cedar, a Red Pine, a bristlecone Pine, several Giant Sequoias, and possibly a few California ponderosa pines, or Jeffrey or maybe Coulter pines, all planted in an area that might have been a cabin site in the past. The cedar managed to reproduce on the east side of 651E and to the untrained eye it might just look like another Douglas fir. It isn't!

Lots of color that will probably peek in the maples this week, oaks later on. Aspen and walnut also appear near peak, but locust and ash are past. Very enjoyable relaxed hike.
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Maple!

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Mostly wet soil, nothing I think a human could use.
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May 05 2018
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54 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Pinal Signal Peak Loop, AZ 
Pinal Signal Peak Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 05 2018
NightstalkerTriplogs 1,147
Hiking9.88 Miles 2,478 AEG
Hiking9.88 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   2.59 mph
2,478 ft AEG   1 Hour   21 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
My hiking pals Gallydoll and Dan decided to join me on this loop I put together to beat the PHX heat. Drove out to Globe and then up to Pioneer Pass, the trailhead location. We passed through the NF campground en route and it was over flowing with tents and trucks. With all the people nearby, I was thinking we might not have the solitude I was expecting, but we saw no one on the trail.

We started up Pioneer Trail (signed as Squaw Spring #196) about 7:30am. Very pleasant ascent passing through thick manzanita groves and tall pines. Checked out a fenced off spring near the top of the trail. After reaching the end of trail #196, we worked our way over to Ferndale Trail #204. Standing at the trail sign, Ferndale didn't look too promising, but once we were on it, we were rewarded with a nice stroll through more tall pines. Just before reaching the intersection of Six Shooter and the end of Ferndale, we spied a whitetail deer tracking our movements along the trail.

We turned left onto Six Shooter trail #197 for a short jaunt up to the road and then followed the road out to Signal Peak. I was very disappointed to find that the Fire Lookout Tower is closed to visitors.

We took in the views and returned on the road to Pipeline Trail #193. Pipeline was easy enough to follow, but starting to grow in here and there. After climbing over to a ridgeline, the trail looked like it passed through an engineered break in the fenceline, however, a faint trail, which turned out to be Middle Trail #202, headed east which was more in the direction I was interested in going. Well, faint was the best this trail got. We passed the terminus of Six Shooter and climbed over a bunch of fallen trees to get out to the road.

We followed the road up to Pinal Peak proper, enjoyed the views for a bit and returned the way we came back down Squaw Spring trail. Temps were probably in the 70s on the top, and just over 80 at the trailhead. Sure beats 100+ back in Phoenix. Welcome to summer!

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Oct 14 2017
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17 male
 Joined Mar 28 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Six Shooter / Icehouse Loop, AZ 
Six Shooter / Icehouse Loop, AZ
 
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Tough_BootsTriplogs 755
Hiking14.20 Miles 4,049 AEG
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Nice long dayhike with Chums and 9L. We found some nice patches of color out there and only two groups on the trail-- not counting the cast of Deliverance up top. We saw a couple deer but no other wildlife. I left the dog at home today figuring it would be just a little too toasty for her at the bottom.
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49 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Pinals 2x Wussy Loop, AZ 
Pinals 2x Wussy Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2017
chumleyTriplogs 1,703
Hiking14.40 Miles 4,301 AEG
Hiking14.40 Miles   6 Hrs   22 Mns   2.45 mph
4,301 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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1st trip
I have no idea what kind of people think that the [ Pinal Mountains 4X Super Loop ] would be fun. That's just crazy talk! :sweat:

Looking at photos from previous years I thought colors would be pretty nice in the Pinals on this weekend, but we were definitely a little early. There was some color above 7000 feet, and even some pockets you might consider to be "prime" at the top, but there was a ton of green even high up and no sign of maples even starting to turn at their lower locations.

So next weekend should be pretty damn good, and two weeks should also be good, though the top will have certainly be past prime by then.

The fire damage was minimal on Sixshooter. Healthy burn with some dead trees surrounded by plenty that look healthy. There was some erosion along the trail but nothing that proved difficult to get by. A little maintenance next year would be good though.

Icehouse was an autumn wonderland up top, but turned green in the lower stretches and farther down entered the severe burn zone. The road at the bottom was a steep, rocky, miserable mess with absoutely no redeeming qualities. Despite the burn, I looked over and saw the singletrack trail cut of the lower Telephone trail and wondered if it wouldn't be a better option to take that trail down from the Doghouse Spring area instead of the Icehouse road. The mileage difference is only 1/10th a mile.

It was a nice day. Good to get back into the Pinals and happy to see the fire didn't get too crazy up in the higher elevation sweet spots.
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Above 7000 feet it was great, but between 5000-7000 there was so much green that it will be better in a week, and probably still nice in two weeks. By then the higher elevations will be past prime though. This is the 2nd weekend in October. I think the 3rd weekend would be best here based on this year's conditions.

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No water at the spring, but just down canyon, there was some light flow and shallow pools

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Good looking water dripping into the springbox

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The mine tunnel was full as was the spring box. Not sure it's safe to drink.
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Oct 14 2017
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Six Shooter / Icehouse Loop, AZ 
Six Shooter / Icehouse Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2017
John9LTriplogs 1,640
Hiking14.40 Miles 4,301 AEG
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Met up with Kyle and Chumley and headed out in search of fall colors. We decided to head up into the Pinals. The weather would be cooler and the drive is not too bad. We started hiking on the Sixshooter Trail and headed up. We noticed right away a lot of burn from the fire earlier this year. There will be patchy burn for our entire hike. We continued up and saw some sporadic color as we neared the summit. Once up top we detoured to the east where there’s a ladder for climbing up to a viewpoint. After that we stopped by the peak and then headed over the west side where we took our lunch and enjoyed the views. From there we headed down Icehouse. The going was fairly easy as we enjoyed more sporadic color. We felt we were a week or two early. Temps rose as we neared the bottom and the final mile or two is a chore as you follow an old road that has greatly deteriorated. Once back to the TH we loaded up and headed over to Lost Dutchman State Park for Tibberfest! It was a nice day on the trails.
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Aug 27 2016
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 Joined Mar 28 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Six Shooter / Icehouse Loop, AZ 
Six Shooter / Icehouse Loop, AZ
 
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Tough_BootsTriplogs 755
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Woke up early, walked uphill for a while, bagged a couple peaks, walked downhill for a while. Good loop.
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Aug 27 2016
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Six Shooter / Icehouse Loop, AZ 
Six Shooter / Icehouse Loop, AZ
 
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John9LTriplogs 1,640
Hiking14.22 Miles 4,219 AEG
Hiking14.22 Miles   6 Hrs   15 Mns   2.56 mph
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We wanted a moderate hike closer to town & this loop fit the bill. We met off Country Club & the US 60 at 6am and headed for Globe & hit the trail around 7:40am. We started with the Six Shooter Trail and made steady progress as the trail climbs elevation. The first few miles are typical desert and then turn to forest a few miles in. From there we continued climbing into the cool air with plenty of tree cover shading us from the sun.

Once up top we turned to the southeast and headed for Pinal Peak where we had a quick look around and then turned west for Signal Peak. Along the way we followed the Middle Trail & the Pipeline Trail. The views were nice & it was easy going. We took our lunch break on Signal Peak and then cruised down the Icehouse Canyon Trail. The top mile was very scenic and smooth sailing. As we descended we left forest and returned to typical desert conditions. It grew warm & sunny but not too bad on the descent. We got back to the trailhead a little before 2pm and headed back to Phoenix.

This was my first time in The Pinals and I was pleasantly surprised. The trails are in great condition and the upper sections are very scenic. I plan on returning another time to check out the Telephone Trail and Kellner Trail.
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Oct 18 2014
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48 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Sixshooter-Telephone Ridge LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2014
azdesertfatherTriplogs 900
Hiking14.25 Miles 4,033 AEG
Hiking14.25 Miles   5 Hrs   37 Mns   2.88 mph
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Couldn't have been a more beautiful day, start to finish. I was only part of the first half due to time issues, but still totally worth it.

Good catching up with Joe & Bruce, and meeting others for the first time. We went up Telephone Ridge (much better downhill, crimeny that's steep). Brucie, Chandler and I went a little ahead and hit Pinal Peak, the ladder, and covered a few of the little trails on top. So much more to explore up there. Good getting to know Chandler, I have super respect for anyone who serves our country, and he did tours in Iraq & Afghanistan. His love of history is even bigger than mine, so lots to Revolutionary War topics to chat about! I needed to get home, though, and had to leave everyone behind coming down Sixshooter. Chandler took his dogs with him, including one really large white dog Blanco that he picked up from Afghanistan. That dog was so nice, when I took off on the way down ahead of everyone else to get home, Blanco tried to keep up with me. Finally he was a little concerned about his master and turned around to go back to him.

Left 6:17, returned 11:54am.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
mostly aspen and maple

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Nice and clean
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Oct 18 2014
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66 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Pinal 4X - 4th Annual, AZ 
Pinal 4X - 4th Annual, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2014
The_EagleTriplogs 1,939
Hiking25.74 Miles 7,251 AEG
Hiking25.74 Miles   11 Hrs   45 Mns   2.48 mph
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1st trip
First time hiking in Joe's Pinal-A-Palooza death march.

Met a HAZ'er Grimey-Dave (Great to meet you),
Saw AZDesertfather-Dave for the first time in a long time.
Hiked with Widowmaker-Larry, boywithdogs-Lee again
and finally got to hike in the same direction with rayhouston-Ray

After we got past Joe's shortcut and arrived a smidge late to the TH, we began Hiking a bit after 6:15.

The Telephone Trail #192 is not my favorite trail in the area. If you like a Loose, > Steep, Bulldozer cut, then this is the trail for you. I'm amazed the the power shovel will work on grades like that, without tipping over. ETA for completion the Pinal Mountain Cable Replacement, June 2016 (Just under 3 years total).

Splitting from the group, I led Dave ;) and boywithdogs over to the Pipeline Trail #193 and then the Middle Trail #202 to get to Pinal Peak. We spent a few minutes by the towers and then I wanted to show them the Rock Ladder.

Next it was the Ferndell Trail #204 to meet up with the rest of the gang. First time on this one and it was IMHO the more scenic way to get over to Six Shooter from the peak.

After stopping at Ferndell Spring to water the dogs and himself, Lee and Dave felt the need for speed and decided to run down Six Shooter #197. Never Saw Dave again the rest of the day. Me on the other hand put the camera to work. The foliage was so thick at Ferndell Spring, it almost choked out the light 8). There were a few larger pockets of extreme color, but next weekend should be prime.

I caught up to Joe, Ray, Larry and the Dave (Grimey) on the way down and then Lee at the parking area for some lunch.

Up Icehouse Canyon #198 was a slog until just after the Kellner intersection. That's when we got some much needed shade. The rest of the way up was under the canopy, with more pockets of vibrant color.

Down Kellner Canyon Trail #242 for the first time for me. It was unique from the other trails up there.
Spent a bit of time checking out the big Steel Wheel thingy, Steel plated boiler and some of the other artifacts up top. Great views with the fading sun on the way down and to the truck before dark.

Temps on the day ranged from 53 in the morning, to 92 (sun aided) starting after lunch, back down to 59 up top, to 68 when we finished.

Thanks for putting this together Senior Gumdrop and for driving.
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