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Oct 31 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Pinal East, AZ 
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Hiking15.50 Miles 4,416 AEG
Hiking15.50 Miles   7 Hrs   2 Mns   2.51 mph
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I decided to go out and do this hike again that I had done a week or so ago.

We started at the Una del Oso TH, and walked down FR 112 about 1/2 mile to the Sixshooter Trail; then we took Sixshooter up to Pinal Peak; went over to Ladder Rock; took the Pioneer Trail down to Pioneer Pass; then took East Mountain Trail-Toll Road Trail-Una del Oso Trail back to the TH.

While on the East Mountain Trail a couple of us went off-trail to the East Mountain Summit. This time we went up and back on the west slopes of East Mountain. It was steep, but I think that this route up to East Mountain was preferable to what I did previously.

There were great views from Pinal Peak, Ladder Rock, and East Mountain, plus the weather was super; so this was a very enjoyable hike.

There was lots and lots of bear scat on the Toll Road Trail; in some places it looked like an Oso family reunion.

The trails are mostly in really good condition -- this is a nice hike that will give you a good workout.

We saw 3 white tailed deer on the Six Shooter Trail, and 2 tarantulas on the East Mountain Trail.
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There were a few maple trees still with some fall color on the Six Shooter Trail, but they were past their prime, and there weren't very many of them. There are lots of green leaves on oaks, sycamores, and others; perhaps there will be a bit more fall color from them in the coming days.
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Oct 24 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Six Shooter-Icehouse Canyon Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Oct 24 2020
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Hiking8.53 Miles 2,387 AEG
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We got a late start but our hike was fairly short because we drove to the top of the Pinals parking at Icehouse. From there we hiked the road ¾ mile over to Ferndell Spring and the start of Sixshooter Trail. Sixshooter was not quite peak but still plenty of color especially the top section. After taking lots of pics we reached the Telephone Trail junction but continued down Sixshooter a bit more to see if there was any color further down trail. There was some but nothing as good as the top part so we turned around and hiked back to the junction.

At the Telephone Trail #192 junction we checked out the spring that is right at the junction. It’s been repaired and had really good water in the trough. From there we continued on Telephone Trail towards Icehouse. It leaves Sixshooter Canyon and wraps around the ridge to drop into Icehouse. There is a cool stand of Manzanita that the trail passes through and also some trail maintenance has been done on the trail section down to Icehouse.

Arriving at the Icehouse Trail #198 junction the previous fire burned the area pretty badly. However, to make things even worse the cow traffic has destroyed what the fire didn’t. At the junction there was cow salt lick at the junction next to what used to be a nice camp spot. Continuing up canyon the cow situation did not really improve. Several nice camp spots have been mucked up so that was disappointing. It was not until the top section of Icehouse where the trail got better basically the last mile. That also had the best color as the bottom section was still mostly green and probably several weeks away.

Overall Sixshooter was better than Icehouse but that was only because it was closer to peak. For my money the top last mile of Icehouse is the best section if it’s at peak. Either way we really enjoyed doing this loop from the top and getting the best of both canyons :)
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Upper sections of Six Shooter and Icehouse

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couldn't find the spring. It's been either destroyed by previous fire or cow traffic in the area

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good water in the trough

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the spring box is new and had good water

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nice clear water in the trough
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Oct 22 2020
DixieFlyer
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Hiking avatar Oct 22 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking15.70 Miles 4,341 AEG
Hiking15.70 Miles   8 Hrs   13 Mns   2.43 mph
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I had never hiked up to East Peak before, so I decided to hike up there using a couple of tracks posted by @hikerdw as a guide. I managed to persuade Tracie the Intrepid to go along for the ride.

We started and ended the hike at the Una Del Oso TH, which is on FR 112. We walked down FR 112 for about 1/2 mile to where the Six Shooter Trail crosses FR 112. We then took the Six Shooter Trail up to the Ferndell Trail. This is a great forested trail, and we in shade the entire time that we were on the trail -- I was glad to be in the shade because this is mostly a fairly steep climb. We saw 3 white tailed deer and Tracie saw a tarantula on the trail. On the drive out on FR112, about a mile or so from the TH we saw a coatimundi on a rock outcropping on the side of the road. It was only about 10 feet away, and that was easily the closest that I have seen a coati. Unfortunately, my camera was in the backseat.

We then took the Ferndale Trail up to the summit area. We walked over to the Pinal Peak high point, and then went over to Ladder Rock and took a break. There were 3 service workers at a tower next to Ladder Rock; they were the only people that we saw all day. Views were hazy, and we could see smoke from the Habañero Fire off to the SW.

We descended on the Pioneer Trail, and then went on the East Mountain over to -- where else -- East Mountain. We went off-trail up to the summit from the SW and then descended to the NW. If I was to do it again, I'd probably go up and down from the NW.

Once back on the East Mountain Trail we continued to the Toll Road Trail and then the Una Del Oso Trail back to the TH.

As for foliage, there were some bigtooth maples with reddish leaves on the Six Shooter Trail, but they were past their prime. Oaks had not started changing for the most part, and some looked they might go straight from green to brown and skip yellow. Virtually all of the trees on the trek from Pinal Peak back to the trailhead were still green.

This was an enjoyable loop, and it would be even better in a less dry time of year when there would be some water in the creeks.
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There were a few maples along the Sixshooter Trail that had a bit of color, but they were past their prime. Most everything else still had green leaves, although there was a bit of color here and there.

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There was great waterflow and the spring box was full.
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Oct 21 2020
rayhuston
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 Gilbert, AZ
East Mountain Sixshooter Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Oct 21 2020
rayhuston
Hiking14.73 Miles 4,013 AEG
Hiking14.73 Miles   6 Hrs   46 Mns   2.38 mph
4,013 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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I came to see fall colors, but I would have been satisfied with just a good hike. There was a little bit of color, which was a minor disappointment, but the hike rocked big time. So did my heart beat! Seemed like I was hiking up hill all day.

I parked at the bridge on FR 112 and walked 2/3 of a mile NE on the road to the Una Del Oso trail, then hiked the loop in a CW direction. The trails were all in good condition. Sixshooter was in the best condition I've seen it. A minor rock slide about 1.5 miles from FR 112 is the only obstacle. If I were a mountain biker, I might be tempted to give it a go.

The weather was gorgeous! Fall has definitely reached the Pinal Mountains. Chilly at the peak with a decent breeze, an autumn sun warming me up as I came in for a soft landing on Sixshooter.

Like everywhere else, it's completely dry. The spring box at junction of Telephone and Sixshooter is the only source of good water. Even the Ferndell Spring was quiet (Update: @BiFrost reports on 10/24 that Ferndell Spring was quart per minute).

I didn't see another person until I was almost back to paved roads. I did see a a tarantula and a white tail deer that I woke from slumber. Perfect solitude.

Unfortunately, I saw a new fire that looked like it was just getting started somewhere north of Kearny. :(
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Maples past prime. Aspens still green on Sixshooter. Lots of dead leaves on the trails.
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Oct 14 2020
whereveriroam
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 Apache Junction,
Six Shooter Trail #197Globe, AZ
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Hiking avatar Oct 14 2020
whereveriroam
Hiking6.17 Miles 3,380 AEG
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Day hiked this to get a look at what the foliage looks like. I’ll call it different than usual and past peak. The heat and drought I’m sure has all to do with it. Just about every maple had a two colored camo look to them, even the ones that are still green. The majority of the maples that had already peaked or are at peak (?) had a very dull look to them unlike the typical vibrant colors. Ran into another solo hiker and she told me that she had an encounter with a Momma Bear and 2 cubs a few minutes earlier in the vicinity of the Six Shooter/Icehouse connector trail. Ferndell spring is still flowing at about a quart per minute.
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Oct 10 2020
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East Mountain Peak Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Oct 10 2020
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Hiking13.26 Miles 2,990 AEG
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East Mountain is a favorite and never disappoints. Started from the Icehouse CCC parking so we could include the lower Six Shooter segment. Almost chilly at the start but warmed up nicely. Very isolated color, I suspect the end of October will be the best. Included East Mountain Peak on this hike since it’s been 4 years. Not a lot of entries between our two in the registry. Saw no others on the trails but did see lots of folks camping at the campground. As typical, extremely dry.
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Aug 09 2020
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Pioneer Trail #196Globe, AZ
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Hiking10.00 Miles 3,100 AEG
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Two dry summers in a row meant I went out to do this with a zero percent chance of storms and no rain gear. Didn't need it, either, not even close. If anything, it was hot, 93 at the trailhead at 5:15, and warm most of the hike. You can tell the mountain has had barely any rain, as everything looks dry. Lots of dry plants on the Pioneer, and on top trees are losing leaves. Usually it is wet about now.

Up Pioneer, skipped Pinal Peak both times, down Ferndell to Six Shooter, which I took to the Telephone Trail, and once I got to the ridge I turned up that. Partly, because I didn't feel like losing any more elevation, and partly because I thought the trail was higher up, not slightly below. I then went up the ridge to Signal Peak. Someone was playing Peter and the Wolf by flute in the tower, as well as a few other things. I saw no wolves, or bears, FYI. After the brief segments of the Pipeline and Middle trails, I stopped at the exotic trees and the hummingbird feeder collection. The trees are losing leaves due to drought, but are fine. There are fewer hummingbird feeders, and I only saw two birds. Nothing like last July when there were dozens of birds, it seemed. I then went back down the Pioneer. Nice views from the Baldy in the White Mountains, to the Catalinas and Rincons.

Not enough decent routes for me to use or piece together, so I added the AEG from the Pioneer and the Telephone Ridge up to Signal Peak. Might have lost some from the Pipeline and Middle. Miles, is a safe guess.

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Hiking12.60 Miles 3,550 AEG
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Plus Ferndell Spring Trail to Icehouse Canyon. Missed the turn at the end and went past on the fire road and circled back
Jun 15 2020
AugustWest
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 Gilbert. AZ
Telephone Icehouse Six-Shooter Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jun 15 2020
AugustWest
Hiking11.68 Miles 3,670 AEG
Hiking11.68 Miles   4 Hrs   34 Mns   2.62 mph
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Perfect day for a loop in the Pinal Mountains. Started out at Icehouse CCC Campground.The temperature was 88 at 9 AM. I started out on Telephone Trail which is a scrubby burned over area and really forgettable especially given the other trails in the Pinal's.

Icehouse is immediately a jump into a lush, forested landscape. Ponderosa pine and then Fir are the predominant species.
Icehouse goes straight up and there are a couple of spots where dead fall needs to be navigated, but nothing too crazy. Icehouse gets more and more interesting as you go up. The canyon is cool which was a welcome change.

Up on the ridgeline at the top I walked along the road for about a mile to what the signs indicate as Ferndell TH. Up to this point there wasn't anyone on any of the trails or roads, but at the very start of Six Shooter there were two birders who had just spotted a 'rare' Eastern Warbler. We spoke for a few minutes about birding and my Orinthological knowledge was increased tenfold.

After a mile or so there is a junction with Kellner and Telephone trails going one direction and Six Shooter going uphill. At this junction there is a nice shady area that would make a decent camping spot. Also present was a half full spring box with not horrible looking water.

My only gripe with Six Shooter are the few sections of uphill when the trail should be going down :x

Overall Six Shooter is a little drier and slightly more exposed. What is undoubtable about this trail is that the conditions are nearly perfect. No deadfall or scrub. This may be the best maintained trail that I have hiked on in a very long time. Mountain Bikers are clearly using this trail responsibly. No switchbacks are being cut and there is no evidence of rutting indicative of riding in wet conditions.

Both canyons had running water in spots, but I would say Six Shooter has a bit more that is more accessible. There are more extremely healthy squirrels in these 2 canyons than I have seen almost anywhere in my life. Also saw maybe a dozen white tails throughout the day.
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Jun 06 2020
LJW
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 Phoenix, AZ
East - Pinal - Signal Loop, AZ 
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Hiking22.06 Miles 5,062 AEG
Hiking22.06 Miles   7 Hrs   58 Mns   3.06 mph
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Had never been to the Pinal Mountains before. Recent triplogs, particularly a post from @hikerdw about East Mountain, had me waiting for temps in June to chill out for a day or two. Being a first timer, wanted to see as much as possible. Started up the road from Ice House CCC with East Mountain the first summit on the docket and no firm plan on how I'd come back down from the mountains after Signal Peak.

Got to enjoy the least enjoyable parts of not only Six Shooter but Ice House too. Day only got better. Lower Six was smooth and made the going easy. Six Shooter and Una Del Oso had a surprising flow of water. Windy and cool at sunrise.

Toll Road makes for nice hiking. Was under pines in under an hour. From there the whole route was delightful. East Mountain maybe my favorite trail on the day. Once the trail makes the ridgeline, the views open up and balance out the pine forest lower down. East Mountain summit from the north is steep but clear. Thousands of ladybugs on the summit living their complicated lives. South ridge is thick with manzanita, but there are seams. Opted to come down the west side. Very steep but clear and rejoins the trail in one of its best stretches.

Passed two groups of hikers around Pioneer Pass. Pioneer is dense with ferns and undergrowth, smooth and never too steep. Saw a small rattlesnake. Trickle from Squaw Spring.

Pinal Peak and the ridge under it have more or less the same views as Signal and the road below it, only it's all farther away. Cold and windy on top. From Pioneer Pass and again at the peak, smoke was visible in the Southern Pinals.

Ferndell is a half mile gem that carries along the slopes toward Six Shooter through dense forest. Showcase of the diversity of trees on the loop. Road walk to Signal was nice and shady. Little car and foot traffic given how perfect the weather on top was.

Signal Peak LO was occupied by a man named Jerry. At least I think so, bad with names. When we met he was luring a squirrel to his doorstep. Asked about the fire. He said it was on BLM land and they had an engine on either side. ~30acres. Conversation ensued. Aztec Peak, Ed Abbey, the nature of looking out, Pinals in October. We agreed that I should save Six Shooter or Icehouse for the fall and finish up on Kellner. Bigger views, play to the season.

Kellner was in good shape but had the rockiest tread of the day. Starts in the canyon, ends up on the mountainside, beautiful either way. Meets up with the lower mile or so of Icehouse, which wasn't too bad. Views of Globe and the San Carlos Reservation. Crossing the creek back to the road I think uses Telephone 192. Only saw two groups of hikers on the trip. Not too many cars. Road is good for low clearance all the way to Pinal Peak, and if I had to bet Pioneer Pass as well.
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Good enough flow, runoff from pipes and fenced-off spring box.
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May 31 2020
LindaAnn
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Pinal Signal loop, AZ 
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Hiking14.62 Miles 3,907 AEG
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Parked at the Icehouse CCC lot and decided to head up Six Shooter first. Since I hate the lower mile of Six Shooter, we walked up the road for the first mile, then got on Six Shooter. Temps were nice, plenty of green vegetation, and there was a lot of flowing water. We saw a band of coatis; I counted about 12 but only got pics of 2 or 3 of them. Six Shooter is in great shape the entire way up. Very buggy though.

At the top, we headed east on Ferndell, which is brushy in a few places, but still easy to follow. Once at the top of Ferndell, we headed over to the ladder rock, then over to Pinal Peak. Hazy views, as expected. From there, we headed over to Signal Peak, which I prefer over Pinal. After lunch on Signal, we headed over to Icehouse. Temps had been pleasant all morning, but started to warm up on Icehouse.

Icehouse has about 15-20 downed trees across the upper 2 miles of the trail. Most are easy to step over or around, but 4 required some bypass effort. The top mile of the trail is slippery with layers and layers of old maple leaves. At the junction with Telephone, which took some effort to find, we decided to take Telephone the rest of the way back down in order to skip the boring road walk of the last 2 miles of Icehouse. I hadn't been on that portion of Telephone since before the fire 3 years ago, so was curious to see what it looked like. The boring road walk would have been much better. In some places, the trail almost entirely disappeared in manzanita and locust; it did not appear to have received any maintenance since the fire. After passing through some gates, the trail became much more distinct, and showed signs of recent maintenance. Other than a few steep spots, it was an easy, but hot, walk back to the parking lot.

Good to get this loop in, and other than the last few miles, it wasn't too hot. More green and water than I was expecting to see too. Didn't see anyone else all day, which was nice.
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May 16 2020
hikerdw
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Six Pioneer East Loop, AZ 
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Hiking14.03 Miles 3,706 AEG
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Parked at the Una Del Oso TH. Short road walk then up Six, across Ferndell, down Pioneer, then across East Mountain, picking up Toll Road and Una to close the loop. IMO the best mid teen loop in the Pinals. Perfect weather until the last mile or so where it got a tad warm. Great day hiking.

PS: Looks like the Icehouse CCC is open for parking.
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Six Shooter Trail #197Globe, AZ
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Hiking10.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
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After a tough week, I had an off day. Didn't get started on the trail until mid morning, so I missed the best light and the best birding time. I also didn't think I would actually be up to doing what I had intended to do. Out of sheer stubborness, I ended up doing most of the miles although the last leg to Ferndell Spring just about killed me. I had thought about looping this with the Telephone Trail, but from where I started at the bridge, it would have been a pain to get back there, so I opted for an out and back instead. It was more than enough.

I was really slow going up, but that was fine, I just wasn't feeling it. But I kept going, taking some pics along the way. I've only been in this area once, in Autumn one year, before it burned. And even then, I was just around the top of these Trails, so this trail was all new to me until just above the Telephone Junction. I was really impressed with this Trail. Just rocky in a few spots and smooth going for the rest of it and it was easy to follow.

The Creek was really nice, there were a lot of butterflies and a few birds still made themselves known in the hotter parts of the day. And it was windy which kept the insects from collecting around the face, which is always a blessing this time of year. The fire did not hit this particular trail hard, but there were still quite a few dead pines and others were fairly charred at the base. I noticed it, but didn't think about it too hard until I was about 3/4 of the way up. Did I mention it was kind of like, really windy??? I heard what sounded like a gunshot right in my ear and suddenly realized it was a tree snapping very close to me. Kind of like when you hear a Rattler, you freeze and rapidly try to figure out where it is. I froze, looking around to see what tree was falling and spotted it about 50 feet straight below me, falling away from me. I had been on that particular switchback 5 minutes before. I marveled at the sound it made. Yes, a tree falling in the forest makes one helluva noise.

I got to the Telephone Junction and decided to keep going to Ferndell Spring before taking a late lunch break. Although it was less than a mile longer, I swear it felt like the steepest part of the whole trail and I felt like I was really dragging my ass by the time I got there. I did a circle, saw the Spring and the Aspen and decided to just head back down to Telephone for lunch. The Downhill was refreshing and it didn't take me long. Had a nice break next to the creek. Some backpackers showed up on Telephone and made camp across the creek. I'm not sure they even knew I was there. The only people I saw outside a Vehicle all day.

After the break, I started heading down. There was a little more up before you actually finally keep going down again. A cruel joke on the trail designer's part. :sweat: I was starting to feel pretty good after eating and resting and made good time back, enjoying the Golden Hour and the shaded areas of creek along the way. It was nice not having to fight the harsh light for photos at that point. Got back to the truck while the sun was still up even. Although I didn't do quite like I planned, I still felt like I definitely got a workout, in an area that's pretty new for me. So it turned out to still be a pretty good day. When I'm dragging like this, half the battle is just getting out there and getting started and today I managed to win. And I can tell you that I will be back here again for some exploring, when things "lighten" up a bit out in the real world.
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Fleabane was nuts in lower parts. So was the Manzanita. Also a yellow that I don't know the name of. One extremely lonely Indian Paint Brush. Lupine just getting started in upper parts.

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Apr 26 2020
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Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2020
RedwallNHops
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
2,000 ft AEG
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Recovery hike on the way home from 4 peaks. Only saw 2 people, nice flow in the creek.
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Apr 23 2020
JuanJaimeiii
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53 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Six Shooter Trail #197Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2020
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking9.06 Miles 2,887 AEG
Hiking9.06 Miles   3 Hrs   17 Mns   2.76 mph
2,887 ft AEG
 
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Took a little journey out of town for a quick hike. When I arrived at the Sixshooter trailhead/campground it was closed. I then left and decided to drive to Coolidge Dam to take some photos. All the side roads on the San Carlos Reservation are closed except to local traffic so I couldn't do that either. Not wanting the drive up to be a total waste I went back to the Sixshooter Trail and just started from the bridge on road 112. I took Sixshooter up to Ferndell Spring and then turned back. It was a little warm up there but overall just a nice hike with flowing water and lots of solitude. :y:
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Nov 24 2019
ShatteredArm
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37 male
 Joined Nov 30 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Sixshooter / Icehouse Canyon, AZ 
Sixshooter / Icehouse Canyon, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Nov 24 2019
ShatteredArm
Run/Jog13.60 Miles 3,768 AEG
Run/Jog13.60 Miles   4 Hrs   47 Mns   2.84 mph
3,768 ft AEG
 
1st trip
I've been wanting to explore Pinal Mountain on foot for quite awhile now, and decided today would be a good day to do it. The plan was to loop Sixshooter and Icehouse.

Had a fairly chilling late morning start, and headed up the reasonably-graded Sixshooter. Creek was flowing, and it surprised me how quickly we hit the coniferous forest. When the trail headed away from the creek, and up the ridge, I couldn't stop remarking about how underrated this trail is. Great views, nice mature forest. Some signs of the forest fire (probably from a couple years ago), but looks like it didn't do too much damage in this area.

Started seeing more snow past the Telephone junction. By the time we hit Ferndell, it was a few inches deep.

Swung around the summit, and headed up a jeep road, thinking it would take us to the summit proper, but it was the wrong one. Oh well, we were probably only 20 vertical feet off. Didn't feel like going through the brush to get there.

Headed down the road to Middle Trail, and took that all the way across to Pineline. Didn't know there were cabins up here! The views from Pineline were some of the best anywhere... You could see everything from the Estrellas all the way over to Baboquivari.

The first couple miles down Icehouse Canyon were fun and steep. There were even mountain bike tracks in the snow... I'm definitely not that brave. The bottom couple miles... not so fun. Boring old Jeep road, but at least it's just a couple miles.

Definitely going to come back here.
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Oct 27 2019
trekkin_gecko
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62 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Pinal Mountains Loop, AZ 
Pinal Mountains Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2019
trekkin_gecko
Hiking14.64 Miles 4,150 AEG
Hiking14.64 Miles   6 Hrs   41 Mns   2.37 mph
4,150 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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BiFrost
chumley
johnlp
slowandsteady
Tough_Boots
chums put together a sunday hike in the pinals
always a good choice for some fall color
finally an opportunity to hike with kyle :)
left town at 0630, meeting karl and kathy at the trailhead
up icehouse, then once past the intersection with telephone, we started seeing some maples
went up to signal peak and took a break
very windy up there today
temps were fine all day
over to pinal peak, hitting the ladder rock and then down to ferndell
good color up high
down sixshooter, taking another break at preston's corner
sixshooter was better than i remembered - a nice soft pine needle covered trail
the last half mile isn't anyone's favorite, but better than the lower two miles of icehouse
nice hike with a good group
plenty of worthwhile color, and should be for another week or so
next time i'd like to try this [ RS Mapped Triplog ]
nice to get in a hike with kyle, see kathy and karl again and always good to hike with chums and john
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Meteorology
Autumn - Color Foliage
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Oct 27 2019
chumley
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Sixhouse Iceshooter, AZ 
Sixhouse Iceshooter, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2019
chumley
Hiking14.94 Miles 3,987 AEG
Hiking14.94 Miles   6 Hrs   41 Mns   2.56 mph
3,987 ft AEG      51 Mns Break
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johnlp
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Kyle had a little more. Kathy a mile less. You'd think modern technology would be more accurate. I'm certain I got 13 feet more. I bet Alexa knows.

Winds sounded rough in the trees, but barely noticeable on the ground. Break at the peak was totally calm. Halfway up the first flight on the tower and it became noticeable. By the top it was difficult to stand. The weather station 6 feet to the left was reporting 31 gusting to 45. The LTE was strong. Off the tower, rarely more than a pleasant breeze.

Karl was shocked when he encountered a fresh-cut log that had been cleared since yesterday. Apparently he missed the FS truck parked at the TH and the sound of the chainsaw moments earlier. The worker said my joke about being good to see somebody who actually goes outside is one he hears a lot. :oops:

Much more color at lower elevation on the way down than we had encountered on the way up. Those colors change fast! :sweat: Really pleasant day and a great group to hike with. :)
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Great pockets of color in the upper reaches.
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Oct 27 2019
johnlp
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63 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Pinal Mountains Loop, AZ 
Pinal Mountains Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2019
johnlp
Hiking14.64 Miles 4,150 AEG
Hiking14.64 Miles   6 Hrs   41 Mns   2.37 mph
4,150 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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BiFrost
chumley
slowandsteady
Tough_Boots
trekkin_gecko
It's been quite awhile since I have done a fall Pinals hike. Some nice color out there now. Temps were great. Nice breeze. Windy at times up high. Good to hike with members of this group again. Thanks Chums for organizing and driving. :)
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
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Oct 27 2019
BiFrost
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Icehouse-Sixshooter Canyon Loop, AZ 
Icehouse-Sixshooter Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2019
BiFrost
Hiking14.94 Miles 3,987 AEG
Hiking14.94 Miles   6 Hrs   48 Mns   2.51 mph
3,987 ft AEG      51 Mns Break
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chumley
johnlp
slowandsteady
Tough_Boots
trekkin_gecko
After hiking Icehouse and Six Shooter canyons in the Pinals on Saturday I turned around and hiked it again on Sunday. Basically, I wanted to hike it with Kathy and rest of the group so made another trip. This loop was a bit different hiking from Icehouse campground but main part was the same in Icehouse and Six Shooter canyons.

We headed up Icehouse Canyon taking our time through the upper section which was by far the best. Once on top we headed over to Signal Peak for lunch. The wind had picked up and even though it was ok at ground level it was howling in the towers just above us.

After lunch we walked some road over to Pinal Peak and ladder rock. However, we didn’t stay long with the winds more pronounced now. Then headed down Six Shooter for the highlight of the hike. Ran into FS workers clearing trees with chainsaw and then took another break.

Then a quick finish on Six Shooter passing some unexpected color in the lower part of the canyon. Great to hike with Kelly and John again!!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
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