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Dec 18 2016
friendofThunde
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36 male
 Joined Jan 21 2013
 AZ
Pinto Peak 5991Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2016
friendofThundergod
Hiking12.42 Miles 3,144 AEG
Hiking12.42 Miles
3,144 ft AEG
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I am not sure what gave me the urge to do this peak again, but I did. A rewarding peak with an attraction, but the off trail portion is a bit taxing.

I feel I was more efficient this time through the manzanita jungle and along the fence line, however, it was still a slog at times for me and the pups. I took a nice break on the peak to snack and let the dogs rest. There are some great views from Pinto Peak from the Pinals to the views across Lake Roosevelt into the Ancha, a glimpse of the Four Peaks and so much more. There was hardly a cloud in the sky, but the wind and chilly day made it puffy coat weather on the peak. The off trail portion back to Campaign trail went better on the way back and although it could use some work, the trip down Campaign Trail was pretty quick too. There are some significant pools of water along West Pinto Trail, however, it is not even trickling. I only saw one other person all day, a hunter spotting deer near the trailhead.

Just another nice day in the eastern Supes.
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Oct 24 2015
wallyfrack
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58 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Pinto Peak 5991Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2015
wallyfrack
Hiking11.50 Miles 2,866 AEG
Hiking11.50 Miles   6 Hrs   22 Mns   1.81 mph
2,866 ft AEG
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I had to give this one a shot and today was a good day for it. I was cold at the start but warmed up quickly on the trail. There were a few hunters out but after a mile in I saw no one. West Pinto trail has some growth but not hard to follow. Campaign trail has some nice catclaw but the trail can be seen for the most part. The off trail portion was bad but only for a short distance. Lee's comment on following the fence line is good advice. It's the best way and you can't get lost. There are two fences, one old one newer and I hiked between them for most of the way. There was a point where it was impassable so I needed to cross the newer fence. The bottom strand of the fence has no barbs so crawling under was my choice. Once you leave the fence line the scramble up to the peak isn't bad you just need to pick a route and watch for openings. The summit was nice and breezy with excellent views. On the return I missed the rabbit hole to get back to the fence line and got trapped in the maze. I could see on my GPS that I was within 15 feet of my track but there was no way to get through so I backed tracked 50 feet and found the way. After that the bushwack out seemed easy and I was back to the Campaign trail pretty quickly. The hike out on the trail was the easy part. My GPS track was cleaned up so the miss steps are gone. Don't worry there's still plenty of ugly to get through. :lol:
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Jan 24 2015
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Pinto Peak 5991Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2015
friendofThundergod
Hiking28.14 Miles 6,460 AEG
Hiking28.14 Miles   13 Hrs   24 Mns   2.27 mph
6,460 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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I am starting to feel like I am running out of spots to explore in the Supes, so I have decided to look up, as in peaks and summits. I crossed an obscure Eastern Supes peak off my list today, although Pinto Peak is a pretty distinguishable terrain feature of the Eastern Supes and hardly obscure, maybe seldom visited is a better way to describe. Similarly, at just under 6000 feet I believe it would come in as the third highest mountain in the Superstition Wilderness area behind White and Mound Mountain.

The off trail portion up Pinto Peak bordered on diabolical and pleasant. The most natural route follows an old fence line pretty much the entire way, one cannot divert much from this fence line either, or you will end up in some of the thickest brush you have ever encountered. It took Blanco and I over an hour to go the seven tenths of a mile needed to reach the summit of Pinto Peak. I finally learned to hug the fence line and make use of the small path next to the fence and to not be lured by false trails leading away from it. My hard work was rewarded with an Indian ruin site located on the saddle below Pinto and a mystery wall or remnants of a fortress on Pinto's summit. The final push up the peak was actually the nicest portion of the off-trail route as there was minimal brush, some nice paths through the rock out croppings and some pretty established game trails. However, the majority of the route was slow going with several fence crossings and slithering through areas made nearly impassable by some our favorite off trail mainstays manzinita, acacia and holy oak.

I had aspirations of also knocking out Mound Mountain, but the slow trip up Pinto and a late start made that look like less of a possibility by the time noon hit. However, not to be deterred I still chose to take Campaign north and Fireline into Reavis just to see where I would be at in time and energy. I honestly felt pretty good, but it was already 2 and although I had already committed to a head lamp finish, I wanted to limit it to West Pinto, as it is a pretty easy trail to follow at night.

Pretty standard hiking the rest of way, I ran into a group of four with one guy who was hurting pretty bad, they had hiked in from Pickett Post and had committed to hiking out Lake Roosevelt on Sunday. They were only about a mile or so in from Roger's TH and looking for a place to camp, with one guy looking for a ride to Surprise, he said there was no way he thought he could finish this hike, I just really could not help though as my car was at Miles and not Rogers Trough. He offered money, but I just could not think of a way I could help him, there was no way he was hiking out to Miles with me in his condition. He had two more parties behind me to ask, so maybe he got lucky.

I ran into a HAZ guy named Dave near Roger's Trough. He had just completed a Spencer Spring, West Pinto Loop. He had recognized the white dog, we chatted for a minute and continued my race with the setting sun. I broke down at 18:41 and finally put on my head lamp we arrived at Miles TH just after nine.
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