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May 28 2016
cindyl
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 Routes 7
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 Triplogs 218

47 female
 Joined May 15 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Pinery Canyon Campout Walkabout, AZ 
Pinery Canyon Campout Walkabout, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 28 2016
cindyl
Hiking1.25 Miles
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we decided to spend the long weekend with friends, dispersed camping off of pinery canyon in the chiricahuas. of course after we set the tent up, bobby went to take a nap, and i went exploring. our friends had dogs, and i decided that i would take one of them with me. we happened to be right next to the pinery horsefall trail. i followed it up for a bit, we saw a turkey and that good dog didn't bark a bit, but i didn't get a picture because i was pulling on the reins, making sure she didn't run after the poor bird. we continued on, but before long, the downed trees and the creek crossings made the trail disappear. then i decided to get a better view of the place by going up a side canyon. the four-year-old medium sized dog, coco, didn't really like going uphill, and would just sit occasionally with no warning. just like me, i suppose. i was hoping to get to that spot (you know the one), the spot with the really great view at the saddle. i pointed and told coco that this spot is the one we were going to, so she could see i wasn't crazy, bushwhacking up this hill in the heat of the day in all kinds of prickly shrubbery while wearing shorts and teva sandals. we finally got to the spot and it didn't have the nice rocks to sit on that i was hoping for, but coco found a comfortable spot to sit, i got her some water and i looked around at the views. the way back down was a bit smoother, since i let coco lead the way for the most part. nice way-finding doggy. bobby had given me the gps so i could just put the word camp in - but he had also put the word bar in sometime before... that was for barfoot, but i thought it was funny. i could either go to camp or to the bar... turns out camp has a pretty good bar, so that's where i headed. when we got to the bottom of the hill, we came to the trail again, and found our campsite right where it was supposed to be. another nice little walkabout.
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There are just two switchbacks left. And another half-mile to the destination...
May 25 2013
southpawaz
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 Routes 22
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 Triplogs 94

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 Joined Mar 18 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Pinery Horsefall/Horsefall Cyn Shuttle, AZ 
Pinery Horsefall/Horsefall Cyn Shuttle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 25 2013
southpawaz
Hiking6.83 Miles 1,392 AEG
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I was looking for a warmup hike for us to do prior to Silver Peak on Sunday, and I noticed this trail on the map just up the road from our planned campsite. No HAZ triplogs and no update on the Forest Service site as to post-Horseshoe 2 conditions, but we decided to go for it anyway. After driving down from Tucson, setting up camp and visiting a bit with our weekend companions, we drove up the road and set off.

The lower part of the trail follows Pinery Creek, which was wet in spots and Yellow Monkey Flowers abounded. The trail was good and easy to follow despite an evident lack of use once we were past the first quarter mile or so. A majority of the area covered by this trail burned in the Horseshoe 2 fire, but deadfall has been cleared from the trail and we saw signs of tread repair in a few spots.

We made our way up and over the Ridge into Horsefall Canyon and paused for a quick stop to check out Iron Spring before heading up the rest of the way to Jhus Horse Saddle, our turnaround point for the hike. We thought briefly about continuing on along the Shaw Peak Trail to Shaw Peak, but decided to save ourselves for Sunday. Before we headed down, we spotted a couple pallets of barbed wire fencing that had been helicopter dropped into the saddle, apparently for repairs remaining to be done.

As we headed down, I proposed an alternate return route, following Horsefall Canyon all the way out to North Fork. It looked on the map like there was one steep section so we weren't sure if we'd cliff out or not but we decided to give it a go. We did hit a couple spots where we encountered small drops that we decided to traverse around (they were probably butt-slideable but cindyl bruises easily :( ). After the canyon widened out, we soon found ourselves at Monkey Tank, where we picked up FR 709 for an easy walk out the rest of the way to Headquarters Windmill. From there it was just a bit further down FR 356 back to our camp near the junction of FR 356 and FR 42. I caught a RZR ride back up to get the the truck while cindyl got started on her post-hike beverage and then we had dinner and a nice evening with friends back in camp.

dry Iron Spring Dry Dry
Springbox full but not flowing.

dry Monkey Tank Dry Dry
Dry.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max North Fork Horsefall Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
Headquarters Windmill pumping at a good flow.
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