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Oct 05 2019
wallyfrack
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Tule Canyon Trail #122Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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wallyfrack
Hiking20.04 Miles 4,128 AEG
Hiking20.04 Miles   9 Hrs   8 Mns   2.19 mph
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This was just a hike. No list to check, no bill to fit and no zip to fizz. I hiked up the Tule trail to see what the burn did there. Again there are spots untouched and areas gutted. This area should come back fairly well as most of the saguaros are okay and even after the rains two weeks ago the trail was still there easy to follow. Two Bar trail was okay but did suffer some damage on the climb up heading toward the Reavis Gap trail. The trails are rough with a many rocks but it would take a lot of work to clean them up. The Reavis Gap trail is worse than when I was there a few weeks ago but mostly below the AZT section. I hiked a short section of the Campaign trail but the flash floods have taken a heavy toll. I kicked up a few coveys of quail, had 4 fighters fly over me pretty low and had a bee circle me twice and sting me in the face. I was tired so I barely felt the bee sting and it didn't even swell up. I did find the stinger so I know it was a bee. FR 449 has a few ruts from the rain but nothing you can't avoid. FR 449A has been graded so it's in good shape unlike the trails.
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May 22 2019
CannondaleKid
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 Mesa, AZ
Tule Canyon Trail #122Globe, AZ
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CannondaleKid
Hiking7.10 Miles 1,975 AEG
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A whole lot of climbing, plenty of fox-tails and yes, more climbing. And like our Deep Creek hike yesterday, it was a foregone conclusion we would not reach the end before turning back.

We did make one attempt to create a loop by returning in the wash, but only after descending 150 feet would we find nothing but a treacherous last 30' drop to the wash. And so we had the same 150' to climb back up before going back 'down' on the Tule Canyon trail.
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Mar 02 2019
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 Phoenix, AZ
Tule LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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ShatteredArm
Run/Jog14.59 Miles 3,160 AEG
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Early in the year, a friend of mine was entertaining the thought of becoming an AZT trail steward when someone had advertised the need for someone to take over the 2-Bar Ridge section... So he decided he wanted to take a look, and off we went. We started from Tule TH (easy access) and started up Tule Trail.

The first mile or so was easy, then a good climb up out of Tule Canyon. Once we hit the plateau, views were expansive, and the trail turned somewhat muddy from recent snow. Then a pretty easy mile and a half or so to the AZT.

Heading north on AZT, we dropped down into the upper part of the Tule Canyon drainage, where there was nice green vegetation (probably burned in the Woodbury Fire) and some patches of snow, and still expansive views. I skipped the off trail part up to the top of Pinyon Mountain, and headed straight down for the tank where it looked like the best spot to start the off-trail section would be.

Heading down into the canyon, we stayed on the ridge for awhile, as it seemed to be the most clear of vegetation. Encountered a herd of cows, and after a quarter mile or so, decided to drop down the east side of the ridge into the wash. This part was a little rough; we headed down a gully, trying to avoid sharp things as much as possible.

Where the wash hit the main branch of Tule Canyon, there was a nice pretty stretch of canyon with narrow walls and running water in the bottom. Lots of riparian greenery too. Couple of small obstacles; one little pour off and a narrow pool. Enjoyable spot, and there were still some trees after the creek dried up.

There were some interesting structures a mile or so before we hit the corral at Tule Trail, not really sure what they were for. Something with water.

After getting back to the car, took a quick looksee up Campaign Canyon with roadies. Didn't make it as far as the school since there was water flowing in the wash at that point.

Curious to see what is left of this area since the fire.
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Mar 25 2018
wallyfrack
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Tule Canyon Trail #122Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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wallyfrack
Hiking13.50 Miles 2,118 AEG
Hiking13.50 Miles   5 Hrs   3 Mns   2.67 mph
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I took a H.E.L. route into the eastern Superstitions to look at some rock piles. The route when through 3 rock piles before getting to the main rock pile. This is normal in the area. I saw a western patch-nosed snake on the way out and no other hikers off trail.
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Jan 28 2018
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Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
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ultrazona
Hiking20.00 Miles 5,125 AEG
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Loop hike from Tule Trailhead to wrap up AZT segment.
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Nov 13 2017
big_load
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 Andover, NJ
Tule Canyon Trail #122Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Backpack12.00 Miles 2,179 AEG
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This was planned as a trip from Tule TH to Reavis Ranch and back, something I've done a couple times before, with the intent of stopping after the second big climb, not far from Walnut Spring. However, the weather had other ideas. I knew it was going to be warm, but it was already burning hot by mid-morning when the real elevation started.

Water went down a lot faster than usual and had to spend more time resting, despite being pretty well conditioned. Bees besieged me every time I stopped, but I was mostly able to ignore them. By the time I crested Two Bar Ridge, there didn't seem to be enough gas left in the tank for the next climb, so I started looking for a flat spot to camp. Along the way, I saw a couple big water caches and scouted ahead to where the trail dives back down into the canyon. I saw a good site with a hunter's camp nearby and set up for the night, pretty worn out an working at quarter speed.

After setting up, I went out walking again and met one of the hunters on his way back to back. He said the shots I heard a couple hours earlier were his buddies, who got a deer up on the ridge on the far side of the canyon. They had about 3 miles and something like 1500 feet up to get it back to camp. I looked around a bit more and went back to fix dinner and watch the night fall. Even without the moon, it didn't get too dark. From that point on Two Bar Ridge, light domes from Phoenix and Tucson are clearly visible, and I could also see construction activity on Hwy 188, I think at the Roosevelt Work Center.

Eventually the other hunters came in with the deer and ate dinner before they finished cutting it up. I had been asleep for an hour by the time they were done, but my camp was between them and the trail and I talked with them for a few minutes as they began their night-hike out to the Two Bar Ridge TH.

The next morning was warm after a warm night, so I expected another hot day. I wasn't much in the mood for another hot climb starting with less water than I like, so I decided to hike out instead. It was indeed brutally hot by 10:00 am, but I did run across a big group of dayhikers who climbed a little peak next to the Tule Trail. After dodging some cattle, I ate lunch by the tanks in Tule Canyon and watched the birds for a while before the last couple dusty miles to the car.

The trail is well maintained and is much easier to follow than the first few times I was out here. It seems more heavily used than it was 15 years ago. If I ever try this route again, though, it will be in cooler weather.
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wallyfrack
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Tule Canyon Trail #122Globe, AZ
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wallyfrack
Hiking12.90 Miles 3,453 AEG
Hiking12.90 Miles   6 Hrs   33 Mns   1.97 mph
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Repeat. Last week's trip was cut short due to lack of water. The intended off trail route looked ugly so it was passed on. This trip took that route and confirmed it was ugly. The ruin it went to is large and out of the way so I thought it was worth a look. The steep descent on the short route was loose with many agave and prickly pear so the return route was the easy one but added 3 miles. I saw a herd of javelina and one white-tailed deer on the hike but no photos. :( The trail was mine alone and the temp was 62 degrees at 5:15am and then 92 degrees at 11:50am. :sweat: It wasn't bad. :lol:
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wallyfrack
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wallyfrack
Hiking13.90 Miles 3,024 AEG
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This was an early stroll up Tule Canyon to check out a few ruins and get back before it warmed up. The trail is narrow with grass growing in but easy enough to follow. The upper section blends in but there are large cairns to connect to dots with. I saw 2 white-tailed deer but neither waited around for photos. It didn't seem too hot but I was drinking a lot so it was warm. No other hikers out and I was finished by 11:20a.
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Tule Canyon Trail #122Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Backpack21.30 Miles 2,179 AEG
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Pine Creek was my destination for an overnight stay. Started from the Tule parking area at 7AM. The road is in excellent shape, all cars can make it. The first 5 miles are obviously all uphill. Previous descriptions include loose footing and sparse cairns along this route. Both still apply. Saw a group of maybe 3-5 hiking in behind me but never got too close. Made Two Bar intersection at 9:30. After a short break it was on towards Reavis Gap. Two Bar follows a fence line for the next mile or so before dropping about 800 feet down into what is probably a dry canyon other times of the year. About halfway down I came upon three hikers. The N, Dallin, and Alex were heading uphill on their way towards a pickup at Roosevelt lake the next day. Only people I passed on the trip. Good to meet Dallin and Alex, The N and I plotted a mission for warmer weather to Victorine Crossing. After a quick chat, Dallin pointed out my impending climb up the other side of this canyon so it was onto filter some water and then climb. Somebody left a clif bar by the creek? Once out of the canyon it was a pleasant stroll to Walnut Spring and then a right turn on Reavis Gap trail. Just 15 minutes more and I was hearing the rushing water at Pine Creek. Similar to Hells Hole, there are two obvious campsites here, one is sort of a double. I camped there and it was very nice. Lots of wood left over for the next camper.
The overnight temps were mild and there was no wind to speak of. I packed up and headed out. Filtered some more water by the abandoned clif bar and made the push on up and out. The long downhill of Tule to finish was enjoyable during the heat of the day. Bummer traffic on the way back from the Renaissance festival.

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Rushing, with obvious debris in trees.

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Full and clear, heard no flow.
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Tule to First Water, AZ 
Tule to First Water, AZ
 
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Backpack46.25 Miles 8,900 AEG
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We car camped at the Tule TH Thursday night and started for Reavis Friday morning. It was my first time on Tule and Two Bar Ridge. The trail conditions were pretty good on both, Two Bar packs in some serious elevation fast. Reavis Gap trail was in good shape and provided more opportunity for elevation gain. We arrived at Reavis Ranch 13.8 miles in and got a typical cold Reavis night, a low of about 25.

Saturday morning we headed out on the Reavis Ranch trail over to Frog Tanks, down to Rogers and onto the JF trail, ending at the Tortilla TH for the night. The Frog Tanks trail is more of a game trail in places, overall not very hard to follow but plenty of cats claw. The section of Rogers Canyon trail leading over to JF is in great shape, easy to follow. The first few miles of the JF were in less than ideal conditions in many places but gets super easy as you get closer to the TH. Ended at 17.2 miles for the day.

Sunday morning we started to make our way to First Water, slowly at first. We took Peters trail down to the Dutchman trail, over on Bull Pass and back onto the Dutchman for 4 more character building miles. Peters trail is in great shape thanks to efforts of some great volunteers. Smooth sailing all the way in on the last day.


There is water everywhere out there right now, I never went more than 2 miles without finding water. Great time of year to get out in the Supes.

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Water in the creek.

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Water in the creek.

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Water in the creek.

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Water in the creek.

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Water in the creek.
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Jan 07 2017
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Tule LoopGlobe, AZ
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Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking13.90 Miles 3,448 AEG
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Wally connected 3 trails to make us a loop and finish a trail each of us have not finished. Tule,Two Bar, and WTHAW. It turned out to be a nice loop. A tad chilli up top. Great views. I haven't been on this part of the AZT in five years!Good Times! Trail was in good shape and Wally is to for a young guy :) . Not as muddy as we thought it would be and some trail work in progress on Tule. We finished off our hike with a "salad" in Tonto Basin. MmMm. Thanks for driving Wally, like HAZ, :yr: and so did the "salad"! :y:
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Two Bar Mountain Loop, AZ 
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Hiking15.92 Miles 4,131 AEG
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Bruce threw together this great loop that barely nudges the wilderness. Your chances of having a wilderness experience are better than your average wilderness.

Tule #122 starts off in a cow grazed chain fruit cholla forest. This little buffer zone keeps out most.

1.3 miles you come to a corral at the end of FR1740 which we took about a mile. We passed trees that looked like willows with mesquite trunks. They are Desert Willows. Despite the common name they are not part of the willow family. Researching that I found out cottonwoods & aspens are part of the willow family.

We drifted towards FR449A which is the road to Campaign TH. Using a previously posted track we followed the SE ridge of Two Bar Mountain all the way up for 4 miles. It's pretty easy as far as off trail goes, especially considering the 2k+ gain.

The final mile is challenging. The scenery draws you in. The rock is pretty cool. The metro-biotic synonym relationship weighing anticipation to dream sequence was strong. We lunched atop a 300 ft sheer drop on the north side of Two Bar Mtn.

Continuing across the north side of the mountain is just phenomenal. We took Two Bar Ridge down and trails to complete the loop. The crest stroll of Two Bar #119 is just as scenic as I remembered with the AZT gang.
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weak Twining Snapdragon on the NE top side of Two Bar Mountain, a good healthy field of the thistle too but that crap grows anywhere
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Two Bar Mountain Loop, AZ 
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Hiking15.61 Miles 4,396 AEG
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We had to take advantage of the cooler temps while we could and hit up some Supes.

I'd never hiked the Tule Canyon Trail before so we started this adventure there. The road to the Tule TH is quite acceptable for just about any car. Just keep an eye out for Bovines.

We took Tule until it drops into Tule Canyon. Here, there's Corrals, water troughs and a well road (FS1740) that appears to be used by local ranchers. Maybe the nearby Cross P Ranch.

We did a clockwise loop that starts to go off trail/road just past Two Bar Canyon and FS449A. It appears we could have gone farther South on the road and chose another route up, but this worked for us. The countryside wasn't too thick with sharp stuff, but I was glad for my long pants.

There are some shorted steep sections, but the steepest section was the part where we traversed around Peak 5114. We got cliffed out at this spot and had to drop down about 100' to go up. If you do this CCW route around 5114, after dropping down, hug tight to the cliff to avoid the thickest vegetation. After getting past 5114, it appears you could actually go around CW also.

We had lunch on the far North portion of the peak. Great! views of the Four Peaks, Roosevelt, Sierra Ancha's etc..
Plus there was a nice 300' straight drop down...
This was WELL worth the effort climbing up to this spot.

Two Bar Mountain Video :next: https://youtu.be/_x ... NihY

The plan next, was to go southish across the top of Two Bar Mountain and drop down on Two Bar Ridge Trail. All looked "doable" from the TOPO and Satellite views. Traversing across was not hard, but the rock hopping was taking longer than we would have daylight for.

Joe spotted Two Bar Ridge from the TOPO view on Route Scout and pointed us down the hill. This ended up being a great choice. We hit the Two Bar Ridge Trail and enjoyed the views going North. We hit the other end of the Tule Canyon Trail and made our way back towards the same corral we'd passed through earlier in the day.

This ended up being a most enjoyable route to another new area in the Eastern Supes.
Can we please get one more nice weekend of weather before the 110's hit?
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As with most tanks, I'd be careful because of animal activity.

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Tule Canyon Trail #122Globe, AZ
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wallyfrack
Hiking11.90 Miles 2,739 AEG
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This was a recon hike for a future trip. My motivation was low so I got a late start and didn't get to the trailhead until 10am. The Tule trail is in good shape and this is the first time I hiked it in daylight. There were sections of the trail I remembered from the night hike years ago (Tule to Peralta) but the scenery was all new. Nice views of Roosevelt Lake and the backside of Four Peaks as well as other interior buttes and canyons. I hiked to the Two Bar junction and then continued on Two Bar trail until 12:15pm. I stopped for lunch and could see Castle Dome in the distance. The terrain I hoped to travel was much more rugged than the topo map revealed so I think my original plan is best. The hike out was easy as most of the AEG is on the way in. Nice day in the Supes.
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Eastern Supes Tule to Campaign, AZ 
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Backpack29.68 Miles 5,875 AEG
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Claire and I had Monday off for MLK Day and wanted to get out for a three day trip into the Superstitions. We wanted to see a new area and turned our attention to Tule and Campaign trailheads. We decided to start from Tule and make a loop by incorporating over six road miles between the two trailheads.

We drove to Tule Trailhead on Saturday morning and made good time. The dirt road is in great condition and is suitable to most vehicles. We started our hike and made steady progress up Tule trail. We passed a couple of hunters and continued on as the trail starts gaining elevation. The views north of the Sierra Ancha and Four Peaks were wonderful. We eventually connected onto Two Bar Ridge and followed the AZT south. This is a really nice stretch of trail. We dropped into a valley and made a steep climb up a north facing slope that had a good blanket of snow. Once up top we completed the last mile and selected a campsite in Pine Creek. I camped here last year with FOTG and absolutely love this site! It has a flowing creek and lots of tree cover and fire ring. We settled in for the night with a nice fire and the temps were chilly but pleasant overall.

Our Sunday started slowly. We both slept in and made a fire and enjoyed breakfast. It was approaching 11am when a day hiker walked up and talked to us. He started from Campaign TH and said he talked to our friends we were meeting. Our plan was to meet FOTG at the junction of Campaign & Fireline. We got ourselves moving as we headed for Reavis Ranch. The Reavis Gap trail was very wet and muddy. Our pace was slow. We eventually reached Reavis Ranch and found the area completely deserted. We expected some backpackers but there were none. We spent a few minutes filtering water and eating lunch and then headed for the Fireline trail.

The first mile of Fireline Trail was easy going. The trail was a little muddy but not an issue. We started encountering snow in the higher elevations. There was one set of foot prints coming the opposite direction and they broke a path through the snow that helped. We eventually hit the turnoff for Circlestone. Our original plan was to hike up there but it was late in the day and our feet were soaked from the snow. We decided to continue on to camp. The next half mile was slow going through more snow. It drifted to twelves inches high in some places. We finally hit the east end of Fireline where the trail drops down to Campaign. We were delighted to see no snow! We cruised down to camp and arrived there around 4pm.

We finally hit the camp at Fireline and Campaign and could see dog prints all over the place. We were bummed to see we missed Lee and the dogs. I was hoping he was backpacking with us but knew he might be day hiking. A few minutes later we noticed the “FOTG” spelled out with some sticks. That confirmed he was day hiking. At that point we started prepping camp. We gathered firewood and got the tent set up. We planned on using the existing fire ring but it had an inch of ice on top. It was a no go so we built a temporary fire ring just off to the side. We dismantled this the next morning. We settled in for another night and enjoyed our fire. The temps were much colder tonight making things a bit uncomfortable. The fire helped if you sat close but sleeping was a challenge.

We woke earlier on Monday and had a small fire and tore down camp. We started hiking around 9:30am and headed north on the Campaign Trail. I remember this section being fairly overgrown with a hard to navigate section in the middle. We made good time till that point and then got off trail and were swallowed by manzanita and other heavy shrubs. I knew we were close to the trail but we couldn’t find it. I decided to drop us into the creek and take our chances there. The going was very difficult and both of us were frustrated. After much effort in the creek we climbed out and found the trail. From there the rest of the Campaign trail was in excellent condition. We made fast time and took a short break at the junction with the Reavis Gap trail. From there it was on to the Campaign Trailhead and then we had over six mile of road back to the Tule Trailhead. These road miles flew by as we hiked at over three miles per hour. We were back to the jeep around 2:30pm. From there it was back to Phoenix.

This was a great loop and we covered a lot of ground. There was a ton of water and lots of snow at the higher elevations. Water will not be an issue for several months. We only saw two people within the wilderness. Great hike and I was glad to see some new areas.
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Jan 16 2016
clairebear
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38 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Eastern Supes Tule to Campaign, AZ 
Eastern Supes Tule to Campaign, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Jan 16 2016
clairebear
Backpack29.68 Miles 5,875 AEG
Backpack29.68 Miles3 Days         
5,875 ft AEG
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1st trip
DAY 1
Saturday morning departure from the Tule Trailhead. I remember one or two other cars there at the trailhead and as we were hiking up the trail no too far from the cars we discovered quickly the cars belonged to some hunters. We said Hi and quickly moved along on our hike. Once we hiked up the the ridge were we connected with Two Bar Ridge trail we paused for a break and I adored the views- Gorgeous and rewarding. Views of the Four Peaks in one direction and then great views of Canyon Lake and Bronco Butte and Goat Mountain from an angle I'd not seen them before- Not really a shocker though since this was a new area for me. This is a beautiful section of the Eastern Supes. We followed the Two Bar Ridge Trail which dropped us eventually in a valley with an immediate and intimidating climb thanks to heavy backpack! The hike up eventually put us on a snow covered trail - ( the first of many on this trip! :D) From the top the trail leveled out and afforded us more beautiful views of snow covered Four Peaks. Eventually we reached Pine Creek and chose a great campsite with a nice resting rock near the fire for back support. Cold first night and the water in Pine Creek made filtering water extra chilly.

DAY 2
Late morning start after chatting with a guy who had met up with Lee at Campaign Trailhead. We headed up a muddy Reavis Gap trail. It was only muddy in the beginning and dried up as we gained elevation. Nice views at the highpoint and then we dipped down into Reavis Ranch. More mud here at Reavis Ranch. 9L and I both pointed out places we'd camped and then we took a lunch on a nice sitting log overlooking the creek. We had Reavis Ranch all to ourselves- a fact that took us both by surprise.

From Reavis we took the Fireline trail. This is a new trail for me and I really enjoyed the scenery on this portion of the trip. The higher elevations were covered in snowy paths lined by dense pine forests giving the illusion that I was extremely far from the desert. Even though there was so much snow it such a joy to have an unexpected blanket of powder that i've not seen before on a backbacking trip. Even though it was lovely it was still quite a workout and extremely slow going plowing through the powder and therefore we skipped out on Circlestone- a place I'm interested in yet have never visited. At this point we were both looking forward to camp and the reward of a nice fire.
We were wondering when the snow covered earth would finally give way to dirt again and as we headed down near the junction with Campaign trail and our camp. What a relief!
And I adored this camp site- great location again next to running water and a pretty wide open ground covered in soft pine needles surrounded by tall pine trees. I would love to come back here again to camp! We were however, disappointed to learn that we had missed Lee and dogs. So we commenced with camp chores and enjoyed a fire and another cold night.

DAY 3
Typical breaking down camp with added difficulty of cold factor. (When temps are quite cold I want only to hibernate!) I had a hard time warming up in the morning which made packing up difficult for me. Once we started moving as we hiked out I quickly felt better. Campaign trail is another beautiful eastern supes trail, but required a bit of route finding as we crossed over the creek many times and pushed through some dense brush. We did managed to get quite a bit off trail because we stayed low when we should have went higher. So we pushed through more uncomfortable and overgrown sections as we dropped again into a creek. This part narrowed off a bit and I was worried it would turn into a slot canyon so we both decided to climb out and this put us back on the trail. Such a relief!
The rest of this trail was easy going and uneventful. We took another break at the Reavis Gap junction and followed the trail out which took us parallel to the Reavis Mountain school eventually putting us back on the road. For the next six miles we followed the road back to the Jeep. This was the conclusion of another nice back packing trip. I will say this trip covered a lot of ground and ever changing diverse new horizons- hot desert trails,to snowy pine forests and overgrown creek beds. The snow was the most unexpected and made this trip truly memorable :) I want to revisit all of these trails again in the future^^
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mt98dew
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51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Tule Canyon Trail #122Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2015
mt98dew
Hiking10.97 Miles 2,179 AEG
Hiking10.97 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   2.09 mph
2,179 ft AEG
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I want to get several hikes in the Superstitions this year and when I read that this TH was car accessible... Bit of a drive from the west valley. A little over 2 hours. Beautiful drive out there - Superstitions, and the terrain around Superior and Globe. Dirt road to TH was very drivable, even for a low clearance car like mine.

I'll break this hike up into 5 parts. The first part is the entry. It is about 1.25 miles long going from the trail head to the major wash with the corral. I gained about 200 ft during this time dealing with several minor washes and low lying hills. The trails starts off heading west, but turns south in the first half mile, lining me up with some beautiful, sharp jagged buttes. The corral is located in a good sized wash and the trail into and out of the wash is very evident, probably as much from cattle use as anything. The corral looks like it has been added onto over the years and is still in use. Saw 5 head utilizing the water trough on the way out.

The second part of the hike I call the "wash". This part is a little under 1 mile long, gaining about 200ft. I call it the wash because the trails borders the wash the entire time (probably within 100 ft),but frustratingly never gave me any good views of it. I walked over a couple of times to take a look but vegetation didn't allow for great views at the points I chose. During this time I was heading in a north by northwest direction. Throughout the hike I was constantly reaccessing which mountain I would be climbing.

The third part, which I called the"slide" changed directions and helped answered that question. Just prior to starting the "slide" the trail abruptly changed directions, turning south and leaving the wash behind. This section was about .75 miles long and gained about 650 ft. This section was composed almost entirely of crushed granite (very Thompson Peakesque) making traction difficult at times. Views were expansive to the east. I was fairly exposed to the elements though there was an occasional juniper tree.

The fourth part of the hike I call the "valley". The trail actually levels off and then drops down for a bit as it enters the valley. It is quite a change from the previous section as you are enclosed on all sides. Very intimate feeling. Unfortunately, the climbing didn't change. This section is also about .75 miles long and gains 800 ft. It starts off with the crushed granite but as I climbed it transitioned to fist sized rocks. For me, this was my favorite part of the hike. I was in the shade for most of this, and that helped, but I really enjoyed how close I felt to my surroundings. There were some nice rock formations above me and to my left which I was only able to appreciate on my return trip.

The last stage of the my hike I call the "plateau". Though it is not really plateau, it does flatten out quite a bit. This last section is a little over 1.25 miles long and I gained another 200 ft. You are faced with several hills to the west and the trail does a nice job of climbing them, without really climbing them. There are probably 3-4 hills that the trail negotiates by going along the sides of them without ever getting to the top of any of them. This made for a nice gradual climb, but was frustrating in that I never got that all-encompassing view. Right at the start of this section, there is a water tank to the right of the trail and a very small, barbed wire coral to the left of the trail. The tank was full of muddy water. I don't think this is Two Bar Springs as I place this at about 3.8 miles in and being on the right side of the trail.

The view from where the Tule meets Two Bar is good but not as great as I hoped. I had to to climb the hill just to the north of the juncture to be able to see both lakes at the same time. The view of the jagged buttes that I mentioned at the beginning of the hike were closer and magnificent, but I wasn't as close as I hoped I would be. The hike back was very enjoyable. Views were great, and I were to appreciate them more. Fauna was minimal, except for some cows.....and a gila monster. :D
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Feb 08 2015
RickVincent
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51 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Tule Canyon Trail #122Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2015
RickVincent
Hiking1.75 Miles 170 AEG
Hiking1.75 Miles   125 Hrs      0.01 mph
170 ft AEG
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Drove out to J-Bar Road to examine what looked like a slot canyon on Google Earth. I brought along my sidekick, Enzo, the dog. Other than starting at the Tule TH, not much more of this triplog involved the Tule Canyon Trail. From the sign at the TH, I followed the trail about 1/10 mile down to the wash. That pretty much covered my time on the actual trail. From here, I ignored the cairn crossing the wash and turn left, making my way downstream. Didn't get far before coming to a fenceline that crossed the wash. Did not see any signage that denotes private property and continued on along the wash.

At about .75 miles I came to the slot. It drops about 5 feet initially, and the walls quickly grow to about 30 feet on either side. Most the of the slot is about a sidewalk's width. The slot went on for about 1/8 mile before opening up into a wide open wash. Enzo and I turned around at this point then continued back through the slot and back to the car. Pretty cool little slot and easily accessible.
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Jan 24 2015
hikerdw
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61 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Tule LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2015
hikerdw
Hiking13.54 Miles 3,333 AEG
Hiking13.54 Miles   5 Hrs   34 Mns   2.69 mph
3,333 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
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Great loop hike, and other than the cold swirling wind along the Two Bar Ridge we encountered on this day, this is a great time of year to do this loop. We saw 4 white tail deer while hiking up on the Tule trail. The hike up Tule was very nice, good temps, everything good. Then we hit the ridge line and the 40-50 MPH wind gusts, and the temps seemed to drop 15-20 degrees. We planned to stop and enjoy the views at the Tule/Two Bar junction but the wind was so fierce we just took a very short break to strap down the hats, etc., and continued the hike. The wind finally slowed down once we reached the Two Bar Trail Head, which is where we had lunch. The road sections of the hike down back to the TH wasn't bad at all, and the warmer temps at the lower elevation was very welcomed.
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Nov 17 2013
rehlers
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45 male
 Joined Apr 18 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Tule Canyon Trail #122Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2013
rehlers
Hiking10.20 Miles 4,358 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.85 mph
4,358 ft AEG
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A surprisingly scenic hike. Once you get up to within about a mile of the intersection with Two Bar trail, the view opens up all around you and the distance you can see is amazing. Roosevelt Lake, Two Bar mountain, plus all the views on the other side of the ridge once you make it to Two Bar trail.

Trail Conditions
Well marked, no overgrowth, easy to follow. In the few places where the trail got faint, it was still easy to follow due to the large and frequent cairns.

Road Conditions
Well groomed, a passenger car should be able to make it no problem when dry. Signed as J-B Road from Hwy 188, FR 449. Once on FR449 (J-B Road), a large sign indicates the right hand turn off to the Tule trailhead, which is at the end of the road.
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