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Oct 26 2019
wallyfrack
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Cuff Button Trail #276Globe, AZ
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wallyfrack
Hiking12.50 Miles 3,773 AEG
Hiking12.50 Miles   7 Hrs   33 Mns   1.66 mph
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Driving to the trailhead this morning two guys in a Forester pulled up next to me then back off and pulled up again. I knew it was trouble. :lol: So I followed Bruce and Joe for a while and watched Bruce play bumper tag with a white pickup truck that came from Florence Junction. The entertainment started early but I pulled off at Pinto Valley mine and they continued on. The road down to Miles Ranch is a little rough but nothing you can't get by with high clearance. There were several pickups parked along the way which told me hunting season is on. I still didn't see another person out on the trails. I did see 1 white-tailed buck and 6 does along the way. Only one doe stopped for a photo. The trails are washed out, burnt, overgrown, rocky, down right ugly and I love it. :lol: I took a few detours to revisit ruins which are easier to access and more visible since the burn but due to size or positioning still tough to get good photos of. I didn't have my track for Wildcat Canyon (it's on my other GPS) so I knew I might lose the trail. I hiked up a ridge and found where I should have turned but decide to continue around peak 4597. The miles were the same but that added another 500 AEG. :sweat: It was a nice day out but the off-trail and side trips on this one tired me out. :sweat:
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Apr 14 2019
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 Phoenix, Arizona
Cuff Button Trail #276Globe, AZ
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00blackout
Hiking12.20 Miles 2,516 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   11 Hrs      1.38 mph
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I hiked part of Cuff Button this past Friday before I ran out of time and had to turn around. Decided last minute to hike the 12 mile West Pinto > Cuff Button > Wildcat Canyon Loop yesterday. Arrived at Miles TH at 7:30 am where several other groups including a Boy Scout troop were camping at the ranch.

West Pinto - Pretty easy roller coaster of a trail with several small up's and down's with several creek crossings. Nothing to difficult and it was relatively brush free all the way to Oak Flat.

Cuff Button - 1,000 foot climb the first mile and a half, all exposed in the sun, was definitely a warm climb up. A little after two miles in you reach the saddle/ridge line and from there all the way to the corral it is a catclaw/holly bushwhack. You never really lose the trail, however the only way to keep going is to go through it. From the corral to the junction of Wildcat Canyon it is better; still overgrown but you can navigate in the creek to get around most parts.

Wildcat Canyon - Not sure what to say about this trail. From the junction to Oak Spring it's in pretty decent shape. At Oak Spring you start a small climb on the side of the creek getting around the waterfall, which is currently dry. Definitely overgrown in this area; bushwhacked our way up and down to the creek bed. The next half mile is in the creek bed which is pretty easy. Now for the fun part. After about a half mile in the creek we started our way up the small ridge in Wildcat Canyon. Complete catclaw bushwhack for the remaining 1.3 miles up and back down the ridge to Miles TH. It took us nearly an hour and a half for this portion. There are numerous game trails in all directions and we lost the trail countless times having to bushwhack our way back the way we just came trying to find it again.

I expected an 8-9 hour day and it ended being close to an 11 with all of the bushwhacking and breaks. I did bring some tree clippers which were a huge help as I was able to do a bit of trail maintenance but parts of Cuff Button and a third of Wildcat need MAJOR maintenance, I would say the last 1.3 miles back to Miles TH are nearly impassable with all of the catclaw currently. This was probably one of the most brutal hike's I've done in recently memory in terms of the amount of bushwhack. It was a complete blood batch as my arms and legs look like I lost a fight with a pair of scissors. :(
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Dec 13 2018
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 The Basin
West Pinto Cuff Button Wildcat, AZ 
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survivordude
Hiking12.17 Miles 2,507 AEG
Hiking12.17 Miles   5 Hrs   43 Mns   2.22 mph
2,507 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
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I've done haunted canyon a few times and stayed at Tony's place but never really went anywhere else in the Eastern Supes before. This was a great intro to some new territory. I began the trip at the old ranch and headed on West Pinto trail. It was a very beautiful beginning, but once you get out of the meadow, the trees start closing in and visibility is next to zero. The trail mostly stays near or in the creek bed for this first few miles. Cuff Button (which for some reason I have always read as Cliff Burton) is a completely different experience. It starts climbing right away and starts heading up a ridgeline as it crests around the drainage below. This trail is very exposed with little to no shade the whole time. I came across several rocky spots that looked like could have been walls or rooms. There were also some very cool caves and rock outcroppings that looked like could have some ruins. The trail then descends back down to an area heavily used by cows and turns into more of a road until the turn off for Wildcat Canyon. Wildcat started off great and then I got off trail a bit and that catclaw ate me alive. Decided to just stay in a ravine as much as I could to avoid it and keep a straight path. Got back just before sunset and some chilly temps with it. Did not see another soul all day. Will definitely have to come back out for some more exploring out here.
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Apr 14 2018
The_Eagle
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Wildcat - Pinto - Campaign Loop, AZ 
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Hiking18.47 Miles 3,420 AEG
Hiking18.47 Miles   10 Hrs   7 Mns   2.08 mph
3,420 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Wildcat Canyon has been on my radar for quite some time. The Miles Trailhead is just a tad over 100 miles from my house, so I like to make it worth the trip and find some other new areas to hit while out there. The decommissioned Pinto Peak #213 fit the bill for a loop. FOTG had already done this loop a few times so I didn't even need to draw up a track.

A 7:15a 40ish degree start started us past the ranch building and a guy curled up next to a fire.

Wildcat Canyon Trail
To the first saddle, the trail is pretty straight forward. From this saddle, down to the wash area has a few areas that are thin and prickly, but quite doable. In the canyon travel is easy. we missed one of the bypasses that horse travel took, leaving the creek, when we dealt with getting around an exploring bovine. Staying in the creek bed was NP.

On the Cuff Button #276 for 2.5 miles is mainly old FR 305.

Decommissioned Pinto Peak Trail #213 follows a 2 track to the Wilderness boundary. It's an easy walk through some interesting territory. The Mormon Corral had all sorts of water. There were 3 full troughs and a 200-300 gallon metal tank that was 2/3rds full. After the Wilderness boundary,the trail gets thinner in some spots, but does come back if you have the GPS track. As FOTG mentioned the only catclaw section, is in the last 1/2 mile or so before reaching Campaign.

The Campaign Trail #256 is cleared and 6' wide in spots all the way south to the Fireline trail. After here, there is less than a mile section that needs some love. The rest of the trail down to West Pinto, is decent with some nice views, We even saw some poppies.

On the roller coaster of the West Pinto #212, just 2.5 miles back to the TH.

Weather was just about perfect on this one.
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Saw some small poppies, lupine.

dry Bear Spring Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Burro Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
The area has scattered water that has been fouled by bovine activity.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Flat Rock Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Their is a Corral downstream from this location which I believe this is piped to. The was a large container and a trough full of water.

dry Mountain Spring Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Musk Hog Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Clear and cool in the trough downstream in the coral

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Pools in the area
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Apr 14 2018
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Wildcat - Pinto - Campaign Loop, AZ 
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joebartels
Hiking18.86 Miles 3,473 AEG
Hiking18.86 Miles   10 Hrs   7 Mns   2.16 mph
3,473 ft AEG   1 Hour   24 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Bruce gleaned this 3 county route from Lee stating that he'd hiked it 3 times. He studied up on it too. It was cool to have a tour guide.

Apparently I liked Wildcat a smidge more than the three timer. The old Pinto #213 leg was interesting. The catclaw ending robbed brownie points. Pants sufficed. Nowhere near the top ten list of bad catclaw, Wave Cavers would probably consider it a nightmare.

Campaign to Fireline is in the best shape I recall. We lunched under the pines near the junction. Up to the saddle SW of Pinto Peak is brushy. Down to West Pinto Creek is steep but the views are top notch.

Enjoyed #212 just shy of Oak Flat to square one more than anticipated.
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tenth mile stretch with medium to small poppies was an unexpected treat being so dry this year

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Troughs below running clear
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Mar 31 2018
wallyfrack
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Cuff Button Trail #276Globe, AZ
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wallyfrack
Hiking12.20 Miles 2,906 AEG
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This started to be an out and back but once I was half way along the loop it was better to continue on to Wildcat Canyon for the return. The Cuff Button trail is in good shape. There are new trail signs and there is a visible trail all the way to the Burro Spring turn off. Wildcat Canyon was decent but I lost the trail on the final climb out of the Canyon. I knew the direction so I just hiked until I picked up the trail again. There were no other hikers, some mandatory off trail (of course) and a band of coati encountered in Wildcat Canyon. The temperature was nice and didn't warm up too bad by my exit time of 1 pm.
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Mar 03 2018
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Cuff Button Loop, AZ 
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Hiking10.94 Miles 2,221 AEG
Hiking10.94 Miles   5 Hrs   42 Mns   2.26 mph
2,221 ft AEG      51 Mns Break
 
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This may be my favorite loop hike in the Superstition Wilderness.

Brisk morning but it warmed up quickly, trail head was empty when we arrived. The hike up Trail 193 to the west gate at the saddle was the toughest part of the hike and really wasn't bad at all. We stayed high enough on the left side to avoid the ravine up/downs. Once at the west gate we continued down Trail 193 to Wildcat Canyon, which is very easy hiking, and made our way to the Cuff Button Trail junction and then over to the corral where we had lunch. From the corral to the West Pinto Trail was all new area for us. Really enjoyed this area as there was lots to see and the trail conditions were excellent. Spooked up one white-tail deer along the way. Crossed paths with only one backpacker on West Pinto who was heading out to camp on Cuff Button.

Did I mention I really enjoyed this hike :D
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Enough water to filter if needed.
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Cuff Button Trail #276Globe, AZ
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friendofThundergod
Hiking11.28 Miles 2,405 AEG
Hiking11.28 Miles   5 Hrs   21 Mns   2.29 mph
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It looks like I will have to go back and amend my 2013 hike description for Cuff Button, it is no longer the nasty experience it once was. We hiked nearly all of Cuff Button today in a nice little rugged loop utilizing Wildcat Canyon from Miles trailhead.

We were expecting some major bushwhacking today, but Cuff Button is now pretty clear for most of its length. There is a little section of acacia in the middle that seems to have been missed, but the majority of the trail has now been cleared and cleared well in some areas. With the clearing of Bull Basin and now Cuff Button, Miles trailhead is becoming and even more attractive destination in my opinion.

The Wildcat Canyon portion was good in spots and a little overgrown in others but we cleared it pretty quickly and Cuff Button was a breaze as mentioned above. We found some water on West Pinto and ate a late lunch not too far from the trailhead. A good day out overall and I was happy to help a couple HAZers knock some Eastern Supes trails off their completion lists.
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We expected a bushwacky hell and were surprised with a pleasant day in the Supes. The dogs held up great and even had some water to cool off in near the end of the hike. It was great to hit a couple new trails.
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Dec 03 2017
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I had heard stories about Cuff Button trail and how overgrown it was. But to our delight some serious trail maintenance had cleared most of the trail which made for an awesome hike for everyone. This also closed the loop on some previously unhiked trail in Eastern Supes.

Unfortunately I forgot my cellphone for pics so for now just have memories and a reason to return. Thanks for driving Lee!
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Hiking11.28 Miles 2,405 AEG
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Got together with the group and headed out to the eastern Supes and started hiking from the Miles Ranch TH. I’ve done a handful of trails from this area but haven’t hit Wildcat Canyon and Cuff Button. Today was the day. We started with Wildcat Canyon and headed in. For the most part there is a good trail to follow with a mixture of cat claw. It took some work getting through but wasn’t horrible. The worst part is about a mile in where there are a variety of use / game trails. They mostly lead the same way with some heavy brush mixed in. Some route finding required through here. After a bit we reached Cuff Button and headed west. We knew some sections of this trail were cleared recently but expected heavy bushwhacking in the middle two miles. We continued hiking and found the trail completely clear to our delight! We topped out on a pass and then started down the western half that leads to the West Pinto Trail. This section was a bit hairy with cat claw and other brush to fight through as you descend a steep trail. We eventually hit the West Pinto Trail and took our lunch break in West Pinto Creek where some standing water was found for the dogs. From there it was less than an hour back to the TH.

This turned out to be a great day hiking! We expected heavy brush but found very little. This kept us moving along and we finished at least an hour sooner than expected. For anyone wanting to hike Wildcat Canyon and Cuff Button now is the time! Go before mother nature reclaims these trails. Thanks Lee for driving!
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Wildcat Canyon - Tonto NFGlobe, AZ
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Hiking6.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
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Let me start by saying, "There is nothing about this trail that I would consider 'well-maintained." The trail to Wildcat Canyon is overgrown with catclaw among other plants. I'm glad I brought my hiking stick. I used the stick often to push catclaw and branches out of the way. Still, by the end of the day, my arms looked like they were on the losing end of a cat fight. Other than being a little warm, my decision to wear long pants paid off.

I left Miles Trailhead around 7:30am with the intent to find Wildcat Canyon and then veer off-trail towards peak 4576 to look at a hilltop fort ruin. Great 360 degree views (and 4g cell coverage) from the top of 4576. The ruin wall looked smaller than I had expected. I had previously located this site while poking around on Google Earth. Anyone camped out on this hilltop would have had a clear line of sight towards the Pinto Peak ruins, Circlestone and the high point of the Supes, Mound Mountain.

I kept my eyes peeled for artifacts, pottery, arrowheads, etc. Did not find any. I took a few pics at the top, ate an apple, then made my way back down.

This off-trail venture mixed with the sun exposure, and less than adequate nutrition and water supply, really ended up kicking the :pk: pumpkin out of me. I was happy to finally reach my vehicle, only to find the front driver side tire completely flat. I was wiped out. I took a few moments to rest, and drink some water from my backup jug (I always keep a 3 gallon jug of water in my Tahoe). I changed the tire and was on my way home. Made a quick stop for a sub sandwich at DeMarco's in Superior. Good call. The pizza and pasta looked delicious as well. I wanted to order one of everything, but settled for the sub.
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Feb 25 2017
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Cuff Button Trail #276Globe, AZ
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wallyfrack
Hiking13.80 Miles 2,637 AEG
Hiking13.80 Miles   6 Hrs   43 Mns   2.05 mph
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Cuff Button was the only trail I had not hiked in the Superstition Wilderness Area. The plan was to hike out Cuff Button trail return via Wildcat Canyon. The creek crossings along West Pinto trail were a little challenging but we stayed dry. Cuff Button trail started out nice and had a nice climb in the middle. The trail was mildly overgrown but that went to moderately then where is the trail for a while. We hiked the old road to the end of the GPS track and then returned to Wildcat Canyon. Wildcat is more of a trail and the washes on this side of the hills were very low. The hike was more enjoyable than anticipated.
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 Mesa, AZ
Cuff Button Trail #276Globe, AZ
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Hiking13.80 Miles 2,637 AEG
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Wally took me out to hit another trail in the Eastern Supes I hadn't done yet. A few Hazer triplog's (thank you) made it look doable for me. We did this loop clockwise. West Pinto is in pretty good shape. There is a carin but no signage at the turn off for Cuff Button. This trail was in better shape then I thought it would be. A little overgrown but we really only got off trail for a little distance climbing one mountain from a spring. We got to see some good views,a ruin, corral, spring, waterfall, and some cool landscape. Wildcat Canyon also has a carin( size of washing machine) but no signage. This trail was in better shape then I thought too. A little faint in a spot or two but less overgrown than Cuff Button. Some nice views and rock formations, a cool little fall, and we saw 4 Whitetail on this one. I went into this loop expecting to be more beat up by these trails and wound up enjoying it more than I thought I would. Thanks for driving and the nice loop, Wally. :yr:
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Jan 24 2017
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Eastern Soup Fun, AZ 
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Hiking6.38 Miles 958 AEG
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My midweek escape to the Eastern Superstitions for some personal time.

Lots of drinking and not much hiking that's why I'm breaking down two days into one triplog, maybe that's when you know you're a HAZ alcoholic :sweat:
All jokes aside this was intended to be more of a relaxing luxury car camping trip and get the dog house type of thing in which it was a huge success!

Paradise Trail
Tuesday evening was a surreal wonderland, just before reaching the main event It began to steadily snow which was quite a surprising treat and left me mind-blown to where I was at!
The seasonal waterfall and a warm sunset was just the icing on the cake!

Wildcat Trail/Canyon
A quick knee deep crossing across a swift moving 15 foot wide Pinto Creek that required picking up my dog was the start to the short hike.
So this was the only route I forgot to download but I did review it and had it all marked out but about a mile up the hill I came to a trailess section.
I searched both up and down but didn't see any logical way without a hearty bushwhack through some nasty low lying brush and I had my pups with me so that was not going to happen today without frustration.
I then decided to head down and off to RC Falls and possibly Bull Basin.

Rock Creek
RC was awesome and had plenty of flow but due to high flow I had to pick my dog for the near dozen creek crossing and fighting through the acacia got old very quick. It was my sluggish feel from the previous night's festivities and lack of motivation of photographing in complete sunny daylight had me turning around even though I was only less than a mile from the falls.
Nothing spectacular would have came out of it so it was best left behind and on to my next little hike of the day.

Mowing Machine Spring
I noticed this scenic drainage both times iv driven on FR 287 and this past time I spotted a few cascades off the side of the road which certainly perked my interests.
With bit higher elevation it has a nice combination of pine, cactus, agave, etc... which makes for a rather idyllic area.
Not sure if one of the nearby mine owns the rights to this drainage but somebody has a hose setup and currently pumping water from it...

Overall it was a great couple of days just getting some peace and quiet and regardless of the fact I didn't too much hiking it was exactly what I needed.
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Just like near every single drainage MMS was flowing more like its own steady creek with numerous cascades.

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Paradise was a flowing creek ankle deep that flowed strongly over FR 287.

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Knee deep at every crossing at about 10-12 feet wide.

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friendofThundergod
Hiking10.30 Miles 1,688 AEG
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Water is certainly something to be celebrated in the Supes and today was my turn to go play in the water. I was very envious of all the HAZers who made it out yesterday while I spent all day cramped inside a gym coaching. I decided to head to Miles TH to avoid the groups of 15 that are plaguing the Western Supes ;) My modest plans included checking out the falls on Rock Creek that are pictured in the Hikers Guide to the Eastern Supes and check out some pour over areas in Wildcat Canyon that I thought might look pretty cool with some water going over them. Chumley was initially a go for the trip, but when I could not promise him 100 foot water falls, or give him exact mileage and aeg he canceled :roll:

I could hear the West Fork of Pinto Peak raging the moment I turned off my car at Miles and Rock Creek was flowing pretty strong where it runs into West Pinto at the turn off for Bull Basin so I felt my chances were pretty good that I would at least see some nice cascades along the trail. It was kind of slow going at first the trail is a tad over grown in spots, a little acacia in along the benches. I got pretty soaked from swimming through branches hanging over the trail. The Falls or perhaps more appropriately large cascade were pretty cool, I was satisfied, on to Wildcat Canyon.

I just thought some areas in Wildcat Canyon would be pretty cool with some water running through them. It turns out I was right, there was lots of water running through Wildcat Canyon and it had really transformed the area into something pretty scenic. I stopped for a photo shoot with the pups at a pretty cool pour over section and had a quick snack before heading back to TH.

Paradise Trail was a dud. That trail can be a real treat with running water, but no such luck this time. In fact, it was very dry with only some puddles near Paradise Spring.
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Dec 06 2014
friendofThunde
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 Joined Jan 21 2013
 AZ
Wildcat Canyon - Tonto NFGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 06 2014
friendofThundergod
Hiking18.76 Miles 4,185 AEG
Hiking18.76 Miles   9 Hrs   9 Mns   2.17 mph
4,185 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I was just trying to be creative with an Eastern Supes loop and this was what I came up with. I went in Miles TH then took the Wildcat Canyon route to Cuff Button, some road walking then reentering the Supes via the decommissioned Pinto Peak Trail to Campaign Trail over the divide back down to W. Pinto Trail and the TH.

I finally completed the Wildcat Canyon route to Cuff Button a hike that can be found in the Eastern edition of the Carlson and Stewart guide and a hike that was recently completed by hikerdw. In fact, he shared his route with me, something I was missing on my first attempt. I did get to the W. Gate the first time, but was unsure of route from there. This time it was pretty straight forward and once you hit Wildcat Canyon the trail becomes a highway by Eastern Supes standards, it might be better than many of the "maintained" trails in that area. The trail through Wildcat Canyon appears to get a lot of hunter traffic or ranching traffic, either way someone has kept the trail pretty clear and it has a heavy tread in most spots. It was probably the highlight of the day too bad it was only a little over three of my miles for the day.

I took the decommissioned Pinto Peak Trail past Mormon Corral and the now pretty much defunct Mountain Spring which seems to have fallen victim to someone's poor repair or improvement project. The person who had a camera trap there for six months last year is most likely responsible I assume. Regardless, the once relatively robust and reliable spring is now barely dripping.

I kept a pretty leisurely pace most of the day and limited my poking around for rock piles. Cup came along on this one and did not want to beat her up as bad as I did on my Tule loop, but she did just fine, no issues with the longer distance or rougher trails. We did not take many breaks due to the fact that we never really saw the sun until it set, if that makes sense. Tons of bear scat and other indicators to hint that they are really active in the wooded pine sections of upper Campaign. Saw a large pack of coati in Wildcat Canyon and several deer, no shortage of water out there, but a little less then I anticipated. I am going to clean up route through Wildcat Canyon and post to public, definitely worth the trip, nice little canyon.
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Water all along area marked as Brushy Spring on map and GPS, flowing and several pool areas.

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A slow drip, small metal trough is full below pipe.

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Water in rubber lined tank and wash.
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Nov 22 2014
hikerdw
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 Mesa,AZ
Wildcat Canyon to Cuff Button Spring, AZ 
Wildcat Canyon to Cuff Button Spring, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2014
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Hiking9.63 Miles 1,617 AEG
Hiking9.63 Miles   5 Hrs   21 Mns   2.35 mph
1,617 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
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1st trip
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This was trip 32 in the Superstition Wilderness Trails East book by Carlson/Stewart. A great day hike in a seldom visited area. Although the majority of the hike was off trail it really didn't feel that way. The hike from the barn to the first ridge (two pine trees) was very well defined and seems to get a lot of traffic. From there to the fence the trail is a little tougher to find but fairly easy to re-locate as long as you keep your bearings headed in the north/south direction. As mentioned in the book description it is worth the effort to locate the west gate at the fence line just before you drop into Wildcat Canyon, or at least find that ravine. Very easy travel from there to the canyon bed. Once you are in the canyon, other than the boulder hopping, travel is fairly smooth other than busting through some low hanging tree branches once in a while. Cuff Button to the corral is the only official trail we traveled on. Once at the corral we bushwhacked our way back to the Cuff Button Spring. Well worth the effort as the location was very scenic. Plenty of water at both the Oak Spring and Cuff Button Spring.

Started and ended the hike to an empty trailhead.
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Very nice flow if you make the 0.2 miles back to the actual spring location.

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Plenty of clear water with a slight flow.
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