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Jul 11 2012
SkyIslander18
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51 male
 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
Pinal Trail #713Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 11 2012
SkyIslander18
Hiking4.55 Miles 636 AEG
Hiking4.55 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   2.18 mph
636 ft AEG   1 Hour   35 Mns Break
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Day trip from Safford up the Coronado Trail to Granville with Pam driving and me navigating.

Part #1 - 1 hour stop at the Black Hills rockhounding area for a quick fire agate hunt.

Part #2 - We then decided on a scenic drive along the Black Hills Back Country Byway to reach Clifton. This ended up being my favorite section of the whole trip, seperate triplog to come!

Part #3 - We then drove up through Clifton, Morenci and the Freeport-McMoRan open pit copper mine. The drive through this enormous mine operation always leaves me in awe everytime I see it! We then made the brief mandatory stop at the big mine overlook for pics before continuing on up the Coronado trail to Granville.

Part #4 - After a short stop at the Chase Creek overlook, we soon arrived at the Granville campground for the day's hike. We headed up the Pinal Trail taking it the 2 miles east to the Fry Trail/Coronado GET T and then the short hike north down to Fry spring. We spent about 30 minutes here exploring the old corral/shack/spring area and having lunch before returning back the way we came. This trail is in excellent shape with some good overlook views and I will be back to explore more of this scenic Granville area!

Part #5 - We then made the drive back down the Coronado Trail, back through the mine and stopping along the Chase Creek historic district in Clifton for a late evening tour of this historic little town. We toured down Chase Creek road,the old jail in the rock, the train station, the bridge over the San Fransciso river & returned back to Chase Creek where we then spotted 3 Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep on the cliffs above the Circle K :o Took a few pics of the sheep and then returned back to Safford to end a wonderful day!!!

Rockhounding, scenic byway drive, copper mine, Coronado Trail, Granville hike and a tour of old Clifton make this a day trip I will remember for a long time. Thanks Pam (the Blam) !!!
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 Joined Aug 19 2011
 Scottsdale, AZ
Pinal Trail #713Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 11 2012
outdoor_lover
Hiking4.55 Miles 636 AEG
Hiking4.55 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   2.18 mph
636 ft AEG   1 Hour   35 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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After ooohhhing and aaahhhing on the drive up the Byway and through the Mine, we made it to the Granville area for a Hike...

The TH is interesting as there as several old Forest Service Cabins in the area. Some look totally abandoned and some look like they may still be in use.

The Trail was in good shape. It was somewhat rocky and the Agave seemed to like the Trail more than the surrounding area. Started ascending up a long hill almost immediately, but we were rewarded with great views all along the way and along the ridges. This Trail had a roller coaster feel to it after the first big hill. Up, down, and around various small canyons. It was a little warm, but there were plenty of places to find shade so it was all good...

Got to the intersection with the Frye Trail and hung a left, taking it down to the area where you go off Trail through a drainage to reach an old homestead area and the Frye Spring. Very interesting area, the corral is basically intact, but the cabin is flattened, most likely from age and weather. Very interesting picking through the area though, with pieces of old amythest glass, pottery and pieces of equipment still strewn about. After exploring a bit and having a bite to eat, we left to return the way we came. After hiking the roller coaster again, we finally descended down the last big hill and back to the car.

Stopped a few times on the Coronado Trail on the way back down to Clifton for some nice Overlooks and Photo Ops. Arrived in Clifton, parked the vehicle and walked around the historic part of town. The old Jail is very interesting. What you see on the street is just the entrance. They blasted a hole in the mountain and the Cells of the Jail are actually down inside the Mountain. It was closed when we got there so we didn't get to go inside, but it had the feel of a Dungeon....

Walked around Chase Creek (the main street in old Clifton) enjoying the old buildings. We then walked over to the old Railroad Depot which now serves as the Clifton Chamber of Commerce. It was closed as well, so we just enjoyed the architecture and I really liked the old Oak doors all around....

From the Depot, we walked over and checked out the San Francisco River (in AZ, :lol: ). We walked over the Bridge and took advantage of the late afternoon Light for some more Photo Ops. Walked back to Chase Creek where the car was parked after the Photo session, and after getting a snack at the only shop left open due to the late hour, we spotted some Bighorn Sheep on the hill across the road behind the Circle K. The Shopkeeper stated that they were in that area frequently. I walked across the Highway and got as close as I could without spooking them too much, but even then, between the distance and the now fairly low light, my Photos of them leave alot to be desired....It was still very cool to see them and they did not appear to be nearly as skittish as other Sheep I have encountered. I imagine, with the comings and goings at Circle K, they've gotten fairly used to people just below them....

Decided to head out after that, as it was almost dark and we still had some driving to do. What a remarkable day! History abounded on this day and I learned alot about an area of AZ where I have never been before, plus got some scenic exercise to boot!!! Thanks Chad, for a great day and for being such a great Tour Guide!!! :DANCE:
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Dec 11 2009
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 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Frye Trail #12Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 11 2009
PrestonSands
Hiking6.40 Miles 1,500 AEG
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Running low on time to pull off my spur of the moment hike plan, I stashed my bike in the trees at Sardine Saddle, then drove back down the icy Coronado Trail to the southern trailhead of the Frye Trail. I set off down the Frye Trail just after 3 pm, knowing I would be making the return trip on my bike after dark. I made great time, despite 3 inches of snow and ice. Bobcat prints in the snow kept me company for the first 2 and a half miles. I had hiked the middle mile of this trail earlier in the year, and was looking forward to finally hiking the rest of it.

The sun set as I reached the bottom of Sardine Canyon, and bobcat prints were replaced with fresh mountain lion tracks on the snow covered trail. The snow grew to about 8 inches deep, and I reached the highway at Sardine Saddle after dark.

Mounting my bike, I layered up, reluctantly turned on my l.e.d. headlamp, and began my frigid ride down the highway. I stopped about a half mile down the road to put on thicker gloves, just in time for a truck of hunters to drive past. They stopped and asked if I needed a ride. At first I politely refused, but this friggin' cold and windy bike ride in the dark sucked, and they seemed friendly, even insisting I put my bike in the bed of their truck. I hopped in back, and they drove me back to the Chase Creek overlook where the trailhead spur road left the highway. I jumped out, thanked them, and offered them some cash, which they refused. I stashed my bike again, then hiked back to the trailhead.

It was a great evening's adventure, made even better by the kindness of strangers. Thanks dudes, whoever you were!

The Frye Trail is a winner if you are looking to backpack into a scenic and secluded forest area.
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Pinal Trail #713Alpine, AZ
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PrestonSands
Hiking4.70 Miles 700 AEG
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Hiked from Granville Campground to Frye Spring on the Frye Trail. The spring looked to be in great shape, with a gallon a minute or so of clear water flowing from a metal pipe. I had not noticed the huge patch of maples near the spring/coral area before. Most of the leaves were down, but there was still a lot of bright color. Saw no one (as usual), and got back to the trailhead at dusk. Fun hike!
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Cold and clear, flowing from a metal pipe next to a huge sycamore.
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