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Donnelly Wash Trestle - 3 members in 3 triplogs have rated this an average 2.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jan 01 2018
chumley
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 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
South Butte - Gila RiverGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2018
chumley
Hiking2.23 Miles 1,219 AEG
Hiking2.23 Miles   2 Hrs   9 Mns   1.34 mph
1,219 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
 
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With air quality looking pretty bad in the valley, I decided this one would make a good New Years Day peak. We were rewarded with great views in all directions, a cool breeze up top, complete solitude, and a surprising number of signs of previous habitation (almost so much as to pique even my interest!!)

Hit the trestle after getting back down, surprised to see as much flow in the Gila as there is, especially with none of it being diverted into the canals between here and Florence.
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Apr 18 2015
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 Joined Jan 26 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Donnelly Wash TrestleGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2015
capcyclone
Hiking5.50 Miles 27 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   2.13 mph
27 ft AEG
 
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Beautiful Arizona morning to enjoy a hike! The drive to the trail, particularly beginning with the Florence-Kelvin Highway provides beautiful views of the Sonoran Desert landscape - lots of variety of desert cactus and typical desert plants along the way. I neglected to take many photos, but the nearby foothills make the trail views nice the whole way. The "destination" of seeing a simple train trestle and train tunnel cutting into the hillside makes a perfect photo op....yet I forgot to snap a photo! :o
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Oct 08 2011
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Cochran-Gila River, AZ 
Cochran-Gila River, AZ
 
4x4 Trip avatar Oct 08 2011
chumley
4x4 Trip
4x4 Trip   6 Hrs      0.00 mph
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It had been a while since I had visited the area and I decided to spend an afternoon exploring. The Gila is basically dry except for a few puddles. Some places could be crossed in a Prius. Others had big puddles or deep mud. The crossing at Cochran looked a bit treacherous, but from the railroad bridge I think any capable truck could have driven the river bottom all the way to Florence.

Curiosity got the best of me and I looked into the railroad. It's the Copper Basin Railway and runs from Winkelman to Magma. It's owned by the mining company and apparently runs a train one way once on most weekdays, but not on weekends. I don't know how fast it goes, but the tunnel is curved, so if you should illegally find yourself somewhere in the middle of the 630 feet, you wouldn't have a view of any oncoming trains. :o Just sayin.

I didn't venture across to the Coke Ovens this time, cause I've seen them enough times. But it's only about a 15-minute hike and is very easy if the river is dry like now.

Closer to Florence, the Hayden-Ashurst Diversion Dam is undergoing construction, in a 20-year project to line all the canals it feeds with concrete. Incidentally, it looks like it couldn't really hold any water to begin with, but I'm definitely no dam engineer, so don't ask me if 2 feet of sheet metal and some sticks can hold back a river!
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