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Oct 27 2018
The_Eagle
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 Guides 5
 Routes 789
 Photos 9,056
 Triplogs 1,061

63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Pinal 4x Light, AZ 
Pinal 4x Light, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking18.67 Miles 5,505 AEG
Hiking18.67 Miles   9 Hrs   9 Mns   2.26 mph
5,505 ft AEG      53 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Joe suggested a late week change based on a @rayhuston triplog.
Late week add of the infamous @bobp (I told him Lookout Mountain was closed for repairs)
@JimmyLyding introduced me to this area more than 8 years ago and almost killed me, but I keep coming back to this favorite.

I put together this 4x wannabe to try to take in all the color and all our favorite trails.

Up Six Shooter Trail #197, after crossing FR112, I'd forgotten how nice this lower section was. It helped having running water and some early color in spots. Climbing out of Six Shooter, you get into the tall pines and the start getting distant views. The color started in earnest at the intersection with Telephone Trail. From here up to Ferndell is prime.

Down Icehouse Canyon Trail #198, the color started from the get go. It was yellow and red maple heaven.
Bob's multiple pleas, fell upon deaf ears.

The climb up the Telephone Trail #192, at the unofficial Ridgeline Trail, turns steep to the top.

Next, the road walk over to the Kellner Canyon Trail #242. This drops through mostly oaks. Kellner Canyon drainage was running most of the way down. This trail is in mostly great condition. There are some big views north to and past Globe, to the Sierra Ancha.

Perfect weather for hiking.
Great hiking with Bubby again.
Flora
Flora
Common Mullein
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Ferndell Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Full Spring box

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Springbox has not yet been turned on. Contained some dirty rainwater

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Six Shooter Canyon Light flow Light flow
Firs time I've seen this flowing.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Trail Junction Mine Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Full spring box
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There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
Dave Barry
Jun 30 2018
The_Eagle
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 Guides 5
 Routes 789
 Photos 9,056
 Triplogs 1,061

63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
East Pinals Loop, AZ 
East Pinals Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking18.58 Miles 5,282 AEG
Hiking18.58 Miles   9 Hrs   27 Mns   2.22 mph
5,282 ft AEG   1 Hour   4 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
I've had this one drawn up for awhile to sample East Mountain and some other exploration I've wanted to do. This is the first time I've done the Pinals when they were not decked out in their fall colors. They are a worthy destination for some cooler temps.

We parked at the upper parking for the Toll Road #200 Trail. It was a short downhill hike, to the the up for the East Mountain Trail #214. This trail climbs 1150' over 2 miles taking you through great views North and then to the West. The trail is in great shape. We contemplated going off trail to the summit, but were enjoying the trail too much. Also good views, of what we later found out to be El Capitan, to the south.

Next up on the Pioneer Trail #196 (previously Squaw Spring Trail #196). We'd been down this trail before, but it's seen some well needed love since then and is in great shape. Short of driving to the top, this is the shortest hike to reach Pinal Peak.

Ferndell #204 is starting to get a bit overgrown, but it's a short hike to get to the spring area. We did a bit of a road walk over to Icehouse Canyon.

Icehouse Canyon Trail #198 is in the middle of seeing some love. We ran into a trail crew of 9 from ACE, in day 4 of their maintenance of this trail. We thanked them all for their hard work and moved on. There is a brand new aluminum spring box that has been installed. They have not even turned the water on to it yet. I marked the location on HAZ and gave it the name Icehouse Canyon Springbox. Doghouse Spring, close to the intersection with Telephone Trail also has a brand new concrete catchment, full of great water. The fire burn gets more noticeable the closer you get to this intersection.

The Telephone Trail #192 had the most noticeable fire damage, until you got to the ridgeline alternate way up. Lots of burned Manzanita. This trail is in decent shape, all the way to Six Shooter. At this intersection, there is also a new concrete spring box, filled with water.

We went up the steep Six Shooter #196, past Ferndell Spring, all the way to 651C. Over to and down on Pioneer Trail, to Pioneer Pass and down to the Truck to complete the double loop.

An enjoyable and suggested option if you are in the Pinals.






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Flora
Parry's Agave
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Wildflowers Observation Light

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Dog House Spring Dripping Dripping
Plenty of clear cool water to filter from in the new spring box

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Ferndell Spring Dripping Dripping
Plenty of clear cool water to filter from

dry Icehouse Springbox Dry Dry
Brand new Aluminum springbox all freshly piped and ready to go. Stay Tuned.


water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Trail Junction Mine Spring Dripping Dripping
Plenty of clear cool water to filter from. New concrete spring box at intersection of Telephone and Sixshooter trails
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There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
Dave Barry
Oct 15 2016
The_Eagle
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 Guides 5
 Routes 789
 Photos 9,056
 Triplogs 1,061

63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Telephone - Pinal - Signal Pk - Icehouse Loop, AZ 
Telephone - Pinal - Signal Pk - Icehouse Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 15 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking15.00 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles   8 Hrs   26 Mns   2.11 mph
4,000 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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This is another Fall Favorite. Based on the mixed colors, this one should be good for a couple of weeks.
Perfect weather all around on this one.

We tried to be quiet and not wake the Camp host at our 6:30 start. I think we were successful.

The lower reaches of all of these trails in the area, for me, are just a means to get to the beauty once you hit the trees. The Manzanita does get rather large in most areas up heree.

This was the first time up the entire Telephone Trail #192 to Six Shooter. I've always done the Telephone Ridgeline, which is just a steep climb with out the beauty. It hits 651 right at Icehouse Canyon I like this MUCH better.

At the upper end of the Telephone trail, where it intersects Six Shooter, Joe spotted a large 8+ point Whitetail, that stared at us for a while.

The closer to the Ferndell Spring area we got, the better the color got. The Ferndell area never disappoints.

We all followed Joe to the first of 2 peaks, Pinal Peak, where we took a break. It actually got a bit cool up there. A brief trip to Ladder Rock and then we hit the Ferndell Trail.

Next we followed Joe over to Signal Peak for some lunch.

Icehouse Canyon Trail, is a tunnel of color. It's on this trail that we saw our only other hiker of the day.
"I kinda thought I'd run into some of you HAZ guys today"
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It was HAZ celebrity, TODDAK on day 3 of his Fall Color tour. Great to meet you!

This one should be good for the next couple of weeks. Get out there if ya like some color
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Ferndell Spring
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial


dry Ferndell Spring Dry Dry
Dry.....
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There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
Dave Barry
Oct 18 2014
The_Eagle
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 Guides 5
 Routes 789
 Photos 9,056
 Triplogs 1,061

63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Pinal 4X - 4th Annual, AZ 
Pinal 4X - 4th Annual, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2014
The_Eagle
Hiking25.74 Miles 7,251 AEG
Hiking25.74 Miles   11 Hrs   45 Mns   2.48 mph
7,251 ft AEG   1 Hour   23 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
First time hiking in Joe's Pinal-A-Palooza death march.

Met a HAZ'er Grimey-Dave (Great to meet you),
Saw AZDesertfather-Dave for the first time in a long time.
Hiked with Widowmaker-Larry, boywithdogs-Lee again
and finally got to hike in the same direction with rayhouston-Ray

After we got past Joe's shortcut and arrived a smidge late to the TH, we began Hiking a bit after 6:15.

The Telephone Trail #192 is not my favorite trail in the area. If you like a Loose, > Steep, Bulldozer cut, then this is the trail for you. I'm amazed the the power shovel will work on grades like that, without tipping over. ETA for completion the Pinal Mountain Cable Replacement, June 2016 (Just under 3 years total).

Splitting from the group, I led Dave ;) and boywithdogs over to the Pipeline Trail #193 and then the Middle Trail #202 to get to Pinal Peak. We spent a few minutes by the towers and then I wanted to show them the Rock Ladder.

Next it was the Ferndell Trail #204 to meet up with the rest of the gang. First time on this one and it was IMHO the more scenic way to get over to Six Shooter from the peak.

After stopping at Ferndell Spring to water the dogs and himself, Lee and Dave felt the need for speed and decided to run down Six Shooter #197. Never Saw Dave again the rest of the day. Me on the other hand put the camera to work. The foliage was so thick at Ferndell Spring, it almost choked out the light 8). There were a few larger pockets of extreme color, but next weekend should be prime.

I caught up to Joe, Ray, Larry and the Dave (Grimey) on the way down and then Lee at the parking area for some lunch.

Up Icehouse Canyon #198 was a slog until just after the Kellner intersection. That's when we got some much needed shade. The rest of the way up was under the canopy, with more pockets of vibrant color.

Down Kellner Canyon Trail #242 for the first time for me. It was unique from the other trails up there.
Spent a bit of time checking out the big Steel Wheel thingy, Steel plated boiler and some of the other artifacts up top. Great views with the fading sun on the way down and to the truck before dark.

Temps on the day ranged from 53 in the morning, to 92 (sun aided) starting after lunch, back down to 59 up top, to 68 when we finished.

Thanks for putting this together Senior Gumdrop and for driving.
Named place
Named place
Ferndell Spring
Meteorology
Meteorology
Autumn - Color Foliage
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Dog House Spring Dripping Dripping

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Ferndell Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Plenty of Clear cool Water
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Dave Barry
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Oct 20 2012
The_Eagle
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 Guides 5
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 Photos 9,056
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Six Shooter / Icehouse tops, AZ 
Six Shooter / Icehouse tops, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2012
The_Eagle
Hiking5.93 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking5.93 Miles
1,100 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
I needed to be in Globe Saturday afternoon, so decided it was time to check out the colors in the Pinal's. Not having the whole day, and wanting the best Bang for the buck... color wise, I drove to the top of the Pinal's in lieu of hiking up. The trip to the top was on 10-12 miles of dirt and in pretty good condition. I even saw a minivan at the top. I took a peek at Pinal Peak and checked out the views from the Comm towers. Next it was over to the secret metal ladder that climbs the rock by the East Comm Tower.

The hike down Six Shooter, started at the Ferdell Lower TH. The colors exploded starting right at the TH. The trail was thick with golden Aspens, and Maples running the gambit from light green, to yellow, to blood red. At the top, some of the trees were just past their prime and the breezes were doing their best to carpet the floor with leaves from the upper branches. There were pockets on the forest floor that were carpeted in the incredible autumn hues.

The thickest of the colors where to the point just down hill from the Telephone Trail intersection.

I continued to the point, where I remembered from my last guided tour from Jim "Pinal" Lyding, show a never ending view towards Globe. After that I followed an old, barely discernible, unmarked road/trail, for a bit. It could be interesting for the next time up there and looks like it takes you 1 mile to FR 112. Maybe a shorter hiking route to the top.

On the way out, I took a short walk down Icehouse Canyon trail to enjoy the Aspens.

This hike was a great option for those who don't have the time, or that do not want to do the extra miles, to enjoy some of the best colors in the state
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Fauna
Fauna
White Tailed Deer
Culture
Culture
Spring Box
Named place
Named place
Ferndell Spring
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Autumn Foliage Observation Extreme

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Ferndell Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
New Small Spring box was filled w/ clean clear agua.
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Dave Barry
Jul 30 2010
The_Eagle
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 Guides 5
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 Photos 9,056
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Six Shooter Trail #197Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 30 2010
The_Eagle
Hiking14.86 Miles 4,672 AEG
Hiking14.86 Miles   9 Hrs   10 Mns   1.62 mph
4,672 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Decided to try out Jim's favorite area and my first Sky Island in the Pinal's. We did a loop on Sixshooter > Middle Trail > Pinal Peak > the overlook > Signal Peak Lookout > Icehouse Cyn trail.

The hike started warm and muggy at the bottom, but after a little bit of a climb, we were in the pines and cooler weather. The streams were running pretty good after the previous nights rains.

I got to see actual maple trees in Arizona, and Aspens as well. I believe Jerry in the Fire lookout on top said this is the largest stand of Maples in the state. I have to get back here in the fall.

We got to the top and ate some lunch, checked out the Peak log, and watched the clouds roll in over the top of the mountain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDvJPb9cnew

A short trip over to the overlook rock with the ladder and then off to the Signal Peak Tower. When we got over to the tower, there was a sign out front that said "Visitors not permitted, tower is for fire protection only". I was a bit bummed, but we took a walk over to get some pictures in the fog anyway. When we got there, the window opened up and we were invited up. Jerry, the guy working the tower, was a great guy and a wealth of knowledge. He's a hiker and mountain biker and just enjoys the heck out of nature. He told lots of stories from.... the best ruins around Devils Chasm, to the hunt for pot fields, to the little known fact that there is an elk herd in the Pinal's.

Just as we were climbing down the tower we heard the first of many thunder claps in the distance. We double timed it to the Icehouse trail to get under the tree cover on the trail. It dumped pretty hard and the lightning started getting closer.

Jim said, "I'm sure it's a lot safer under these trees, than our other options going back down." I yelled at him for jinxing us. Along the trail we were following was a 1-1/2" metal pipe on the ground that was carrying spring water to the tanks below. We rounded a corner on the trail, next to the pipe that was doing the same thing. The next thing I know, someone threw 5 packs of firecrackers 10' away from our heads. Bright lights and loud crackling, prompted me to dive for the deck behind a pine. Before I knew it, Jim almost landed on me, diving himself. We both got up and tried to figure out exactly what happened. The best I can figure, lightning hit somewhere above and followed the pipe down to the section we were. Once it got to the 90 degree bend in the pipe, it jumped out and into the air giving us our fireworks show. I checked my pants and continued on down in the driving rain to the car. We made sure to keep as much distance between that pipe and us as we walked.

This was a really nice hike that I will need to do again. I didn't get to see much on the Icehouse portion of the Trail.

Jim, thanks for the adventure and for driving.
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