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Tony's Backyard - 8 members in 19 triplogs have rated this an average 3.8 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Apr 16 2021
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 Apache Junction,
Tony's BackyardGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Hiking9.50 Miles 922 AEG
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Had the day off Friday so with mother nature blessing us with one last weekend of nice weather, I headed out east over to Tony's Backyard. I attempted this hike earlier this year, but fell and put a big gush in my knee so I wasn't able to finish it. Dropped down into the upper portion of Haunted Canyon and followed the creek the entire way. A couple small sections of actual trail, otherwise its a boulder hop the whole way. Made a stop at the ranch, which I had to myself then continued up to the Bull Basin intersection. Started the hike back out and did a little exploring. A nice day with temps in the low 60's and a nice breeze most of the day. Saw not another person the entire day, which is perfect.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Tony Ranch Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
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 Phoenix, AZ
Tony's BackyardGlobe, AZ
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First time I was a Tony Ranch, someone told me there was a way in from the back. I've been in pretty much every other way, so decided it was finally time to check out the back way.

Getting to the TH was half the fun. Took the wrong road, which went up into the basin below Silver King Mine. Sometimes it's good to look at a map and figure out where you're going, instead of just driving down the road that looks like it's going the right direction... Went back and tried FR650, which was the correct road. I would say FR342 is high clearance, 4wd only, competent driver required. Had to go into low for that one.

Wasn't sure what to expect as far as actual trail goes; there was actually a path most of the way down, although it's usually easier to just stay in the creek bed, which was generally free of unkind plants. Within a couple miles, the canyon gets nice and shady. Really a pretty area.

Tried to see if I could find Kennedy Spring, but came up dry. Might have been on the wrong place on my map. Heard some voices in the distance at Tony Cabin, but other than that, total seclusion.

dry Kennedy Spring Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Rock Spring Dripping Dripping
Some pools along a stretch of the creek, but little, if any, flow.
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Dec 27 2020
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Last day off from my vaca, so decided to head out to the Eastern Supes to check out Tony's Backyard. Told myself last year I would never drive the 342 again and here I was. Still the same crap as it was earlier last year. Tony's Backyard starts where the southern section of Haunted Canyon begins. Parked off the side of 342 and down I went. The first mile and a half of this so called trail is a bushwhack through Manzanita, Holly and Cat Claw up the side of a ridge, bypassing the creek. The final 2 miles are boulder hopping at the bottom of Haunted Canyon. The canyon gets tighter and the boulders get bigger the further you go. About a mile from Tony Ranch I lost focus for a half of a second and took a pretty good fall while going over a couple boulders. Smashed my leg up pretty good. Spent some time trying to clean it up and decided that was my sign to stop and turn around. While I didn't completely make it to the cabin, I did get to check out a good portion of lower Haunted Canyon section. Minus the boulders it's beautiful with huge Cypress trees filling up the canyon, there huge leaves covered the canyon floor. Bear scat was EVERYWHERE and at one point there something that was a pretty good size moving through the brush. I couldn't see it but it was making a ton of noise coming through the brush. I was waiting to see a bear pop out, but it didn't. Just another adventure in the Superstitions.
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Nov 10 2018
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Tony's BackyardGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Took the creekbed for the upper section of the hike; water trickling/flowing in most of the slickrock sections - really beautiful!. Further on, easy bypass of the falls just to the right (LDC). Beautiful fall-emblazoned sycamore and cottonwood trees lined the creekbed all the way to Toney Ranch. Sunday morning dawned with some 'frost on the pumpkin', but warmed shortly. Retraced our steps back out on Sunday.

Notes: 342 Road (from FR 650) has a couple of rock ledges shortly before the saddle that may dissuade some stock vehicles - low range is near-mandatory for these ledges.
Manzanita and whatever those holly-looking bushes are are reclaiming the old 'trail', which when I hiked this 20 years ago was pretty decent, now it is nearly obscured. There was clear-sailing down the drainage, more so on the return, as I spent about an extra 1.5 hours with hand clippers on the way in, although nearly no catclaw! :y:
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Oct 08 2016
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Rock Creek Haunted Loop, AZ 
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joebartels
Hiking18.52 Miles 4,001 AEG
Hiking18.52 Miles   9 Hrs   3 Mns   2.23 mph
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I created this loop for a hike Bruce and I did March 8th 2014.

Rock Creek Trail #195
This one still rates pretty high in my world. Arizona Cypress keeps life in balance. Rock Creek is generally easier to follow than the trail. Once again catsclaw is not an issue for more than a few yards of the entire hike.

Bull Basin Trail #270
This one grew on me a tad so I upped it from a 2 to 3 rating. It has recently been cleared six feet wide from Rock Creek to maybe the saddle with Government. Still a shadeless toaster for long stretches.

Haunted Canyon #203
This loop utilizes the absolute best segment of this trail. Which is a large stand of cypress. Naturally I love it.

Tony's Backyard
Due to overgrowth I downgraded this one to a 3 rating. Whoever traveled this trail on horse in past years is long gone.

Overall nice temps. Pants saved skin but too hot. I like this loop but will look to switch out Haunted for Spencer next round.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Sycamores are just beginning to turn.

dry Blue Spring Dry Dry
Assumed as area was dry. I've never found the actual spring.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Tony Ranch Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
full and clear tank

slow flow
over a trickle, maybe a quart per minute

dry Yellow Jacket Spring Dry Dry
Karl said the ground was damp. You could probably dig in a pinch.
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Rock Creek Haunted Loop, AZ 
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Cool loop through the eastern Supes. I had been in the neighborhood before doing Spencer Trail so when Joe offered hitting Rock Creek and Haunted Canyon I was in. Rock Creek used to be trail but we followed creek which was mostly brush free unlike the old trail. Once at the junction of Bull Basin Trail it was smooth sailing as Joe mentioned it had been recently cleared. Up and over the saddle on Bull Basin Trail and we quickly dropped down to Haunted Canyon. Of course great scenery in Haunted Canyon area and Tony Ranch so I can see why it is popular backpacker destination.

After passing Tony Ranch the trail began to disappear. Some sections were still there but as we got further from Tony Ranch it became less manageable. We again resorted to following the creek to avoid brush. Eventually we made it out of the canyon and the easy old road walk back to the vehicle. Highlight was definitely the 2 miles trail section through Tony Ranch and Haunted Canyon.
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Tony Ranch Spring
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Tony Ranch Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
nice large trough with very clear water

dry Upper Haunted Canyon Spring Dry Dry
old trough but no signs of water. If we bothered to look around more we might have found some small pools

dry Yellow Jacket Spring Dry Dry
the ground was very moist but no flow or pools
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Apr 25 2015
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Tony's BackyardGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Hiking12.10 Miles 2,586 AEG
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Did some exploring in and around Tony's Backyard. Went up a couple of drainage's off the main trail until things choked up then reverted back. Tony's Backyard Trail was easy enough to follow but did choke up in places where the best mode of travel was in the creek bed. Main goal of the trip was to get a feel for the area in preparation for a possible loop hike next fall. Weather was perfect, and saw nobody the entire time we were out. Saw 5 white-tail deer near the cabin.
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Grapevine Spring
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Oct 25 2014
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Haunted Canyon HAZoween Hike, AZ 
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Hiking13.75 Miles 1,388 AEG
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All aboard for JJ's first annual Haunted Canyon HAZoween Hike.

JJ, Fan, Larry, Lucy, Tibber, Stephon and myself, started from the eastern Haunted Canyon TH. Devon started from the northern Haunted Canyon TH. Chum's, John9L, BoyWithDogs, Blanco, Cup all started from the Miles TH.
Larry (Oregon Hiker) came in the day before.

First time on this trail for me and it exceeded my expectations. There was a lot more tree cover than I expected and fall was just getting started. The Hike starts on a closed road next to Pinto Creek. Just before the Corral, you leave Pinto Creek and start hiking in Haunted Canyon. At the Corral, the road turns to single track, does a bit of climbing and then spends the rest of the hike in and out of Haunted Canyon.
** There is plenty of Poison Ivy on this portion of the hike **

A real pretty area with all the trees and rock formations. JJ and I checked out a Cave at the 5.3 mile mark. When I first got into it, I immediately rushed back out from the sounds of bees. The bees ended up being swarms of flys, so we continued back in. This cave goes back in quite a ways, maybe a hundred yards or so.

We stopped at HAZ Camp to the full complement of HAZ'ers..... except Tibber and Skilpore. :scared:
We arranged the search parties, developed search areas, marked everything on maps, called out the K9 crew and were just getting ready to get off our lazy rear ends, when they showed up in camp. :D

We all took a little hike to the Tony cabin area to do some 'splorin' and they a short walk down Tony's backyard to check some things out.

Some in our day hiking group had places to be that night, so we bid our ado's to those that weren't searching for piles of rocks and booked back down the trail. Devon joined us up to the cave area and Chum's hiked back to the corral with us.

First time meeting HAZers Lucyan (Lucy), Fan3992 (Fan), Skillpore (Stephen), DBMooner (Devon).... Great meeting you all. Good to see Oregon Hiker (Larry), Tibber (Angela), John9L (John), buddyoflightningbreath (Lee), Widowmaker (Larry), juanjamieiii (JJ), and Chumley (as the Beaver).

Thanks for driving the magic bus to the TH JJ!!


Short Video :next: http://youtu.be/6kDkFACerl4
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Poison Ivy
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Tony Ranch Spring
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Haunted Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Had pockets of water off and on.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max JJs Haunted Canyon Spring Dripping Dripping
Plenty of pooled water.
Based on the appearance of moss and ferns, this appears to be Perenial

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Tony Ranch Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Always reliable and trough was full with clean cool water
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May 24 2014
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Haunted Canyon #203Globe, AZ
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Invited Oregon Hiker for a nice and easy back pack in the Eastern Supes. Fourth year in a row my friend Jim and I completed a Memorial Day trip to the Supes. Along with Jim my buddy Brian also came along, he had spent all week waiting to activated for the Slide Fire, but as luck would have it he was never called and was able to come along.

The hike in was your pretty standard hike into Toney Ranch, plenty of water still in the creek and flowing steady in some areas, poison ivy is also out in full force, we will see how that goes in the next few days. Met Jim at the campsite just before noon, he had packed in on Thursday. We really just relaxed Saturday saw all the main attractions, hiked a little of the "backyard" route, did some exploring near camp and generally just relaxed around camp.

On Sunday myself, Larry, Brian and the dogs borrowed a hike out of the Eastern Superstitions Guide book and completed the Government Hill cross-cut. We were able to find enough sections of old ranching and use trails to make the hike pretty mild in terms of difficulty. In fact, the worst part was undoubtedly making our way down Bull Basin to its intersection with Haunted Canyon Trail 203 and the completion of our modest loop. We could have probably done more, but it was pretty warm at times, we had the dogs, and there was no need to push it. Larry and I took one final exploring session later in the afternoon, but other than that it was just rest and relaxation around the camp, with an occasional plunge in the creek to cool down.

Temperatures were great at night, heat broke enough to enable comfortable sleeping, no shortages of water around the camp, easy hike out Monday morning and eating lunch at The Sisters in Superior by noon.

Product Review: Bought an Osprey Daylite Pack to see if it would work for upcoming canyon trip, two thumbs up. Perfect pack for squishing inside a large pack to bring along for day trips from camp. Carried 200 oz of water in it and did not feel that it was too heavy for pack, very comfortable. I think it will be perfect for bringing along on upcoming five day trip and using to sneak down to river and explore.

dry Fifty Dollar Spring Dry Dry
Dry per Jim.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Tony Ranch Spring Dripping Dripping
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Rock Creek - Bull Basin - Haunted Tony- Loop, AZ 
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Hiking19.82 Miles 4,434 AEG
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The drive on FR650 was a first for me. Rumored to be High Clearance but 4 x 4 not required. I concur. High clearance is a must as well as a good set of tires. I only hit the trailer receiver hitch once going down into a steep section. We parked at 8.75 miles in, but I would have thought we'd traveled twice that far. It took us 56 minutes to make the drive from US60 (and I'm not known for driving slow). Past the point where we parked, I would call it 4 x 4 only based on the sharp, steep, loose switchbacks. http://hikearizona.com/photo=400001.

Load the GPS track for this loop hike.

Up FR650 for 3 miles to the decommissioned Rock Creek #195 TH (ie no sign). We were able to get in an extra .5 miles of hiking after passing it up. The beginning is hard to see, but after 100 yards or so down, you can see the tread and it's pretty easy to follow. Rock Creek #195 is cairned pretty well. If you have not seen a Cairn for awhile, you are probably off trail. Now I don't want to mislead you, it is not a Supes Corridor type trail, and takes some trail finding, but is is not the overgrown mess that it's been made out to be. This is actually one of the prettier areas in the Superstitions.... assuming you like trees, water, and total solitude. I clocked 4.3 miles on this trail.

Rock Creek Trail
http://youtu.be/ihlIReiOCeQ

Next up, we made the turn onto the Bull Basin #270 trail.
I enjoyed the climb on the first mile of this trail. The views were top notch, but the views gave way to brush. You hit the highpoint of the loop at 5090' and start steeply downhill. This was my least favorite section of the hike. This Trail was in worse shape than the non-trail we just got off of. It stayed like this until we joined the Haunted Canyon trail at Mile 12.5

Bull Basin #270 Trail
http://youtu.be/JSZj-q-27dQ

The Haunted Canyon #203 trail is a super highway. Flat, picturesque, mountains, trees, running water, nice camping areas... still not a single person seen though. Tony's cabin is interesting. I did not go inside to see that 12 Boy Scouts had signed in earlier in the day. Would like to have spent more time exploring (ie. some rumored cave in the area), but we were burning daylight with more things to see before running out of light.

Haunted Canyon
http://youtu.be/MMTkPh4thFg

Tony's Backyard was a surprise winner., not quite as nice as Rock Creek, but close. I filtered some water and Joe showed me Beaker Falls (I see it now). Joe tells me this is an old Horse trail. It's thin in spots, but has been flagged within the last 2 years.

Tony's Backyard
http://youtu.be/Q7wgY_LS5Y4


A stop at Wood Camp Cabin, in the almost total darkness and we were ready for the trek back out on FR650.

We were both surprised and blown away by the Rock Creek Trail... A must do out there

Lots of sign of Bear, Lion, Deer, Racoon, Coti, and even Honey Bunny tracks were seen.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Blue Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Not sure on actual Spring location, but there was a nice flow in the creek bed in the area of the spring

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Rock Creek Light flow Light flow
Water almost all the way from the western side to Bull Basin.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Rock Spring Dripping Dripping
Not sure about the spring, but there was a slight flow and nice pools to filter from.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Tony Ranch Spring Dripping Dripping
Trough was full of filterable water. Covered springbox water looked more appetizing.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Upper Haunted Canyon Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Did not investigate the Spring area as it was in thick brush, but there was flow below the springs area leading me to believe the spring was flowing
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Hiking19.00 Miles 4,400 AEG
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We did a loop I put together as linked above, mainly to tackle Rock Creek #195. The drive in on FR650 is non-shy high clearance.

Rock Creek Trail #195
After hiking up 3 miles on the road we took old #195 down. There isn't even a hint where it starts as it was decommissioned thirteen years ago. With a loaded gps route we picked it up quick. Soon you enter Arizona Cypress, you can make out a trail if you pay attention.

Low ratings and warnings from others boggle my mind. I found Rock Creek to be scenic, enjoyable and dare I say enchanting. Believe we had perfect weather. Tag in the key is to follow it down. Since I know I enjoyed going up Spencer I will definitely put the two together as a loop in the future. Perhaps my love for cypress forest is not shared? Perhaps recently taking on Sawtooth Ridge made it more enjoyable being able to associate the jagged peaks? I'm guess all of the above. One thing for sure, miles of catclaw never panned out... 15 feet around one boulder and a few snags was all she wrote.

In no shape or form is it "easy" to follow or brush free. The key is to go down ( loop or shuttle ), keep an eye out for trail stretches, cairns, an eye on the gps periodically and some Wally sense ( move in the direction it feels it should go ).


Bull Basin Trail #270
Bruce stumbled upon a grave. Not sure if it was near the junction, if so perhaps the 24-GG unknown cowboy. We scurried up a well groomed mine ( Carlson mentions magnetite-hematite or chrysolite asbestos ) trail thinking we were on #270. Corrected and got back on track. The first half mile south/up from the #195 intersection is enjoyable cypress. After that it didn't excite me.

Haunted Canyon #203
When #270 intersects #203 you are back in a cypress forest. For those that don't get it. Arizona Cypress is a beautify gnarly looking tree. The bonus being trails typically maintain themselves in mature stands. Underbrush is typically minimal and you can see through storybook views. The short stretch from #270 on the #203 to the turnoff for Tony's Cabin is camping heaven.

Tony's Backyard
A treat as always.

Underdog finally scores a bone!
Culture
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Ghost?
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fragrant bushes with small white flowers,

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Blue Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Difficult to assess. Creek was trickling. If it's not in the creek then it's probably dry. We didn't look more than glancing the hillside and saying screw it based on time.
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Tony's BackyardGlobe, AZ
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My first time on this route in 10+ years. It has overgrown some since then, but still easy to follow for the most part.
Lots of water flowing in the creeks right now & Toney Ranch spring is @ a quart-per-minute or better.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Tony Ranch Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
At least a quart-per-minute.
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Forest Road 342, AZ 
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After noting mike.d.smith's request for road conditions on FR342 I added it to my list to check out soon. Although I got a late start, soon turned out to be today.

I left the US60 across from Picketpost and headed up FR650 toward Roger's Trough TH. There were at least a dozen vehicle with ATV trailers by the side of the road so I figured I'd probably see a number of them along the way. I didn't need to worry as I saw no other vehicles at all on my drive to Oak Flat.

The Forest Service must have been doing quite a bit of maintenance since I was out that way some months back because FR 650 was in great shape. FR 342 was also in very good shape all the way to the quarry and a short distance past it.

That's when it got to be a bit tricky. The 'Public Access to FR342' bypass is not very friendly. It is very steep and rocky with some loose terrain so you'll want a very capable 4x4 with good clearance to tackle this part. But if you and your vehicle are up to it, I'd say go for it. After all, it's much shorter than driving all the way back out.

The last part of the route takes you past the electrical transformer/sub-station a short distance off the opposite side of the US60 from Oak Flat.

An 8-minute video of the bypass is here:
http://changephoenix.com/jpserver/web/public/file.php?id=55
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The final part of my busy Sunday was the attempt to drive Forest Road 342 from near Wood Camp Canyon to US60 near the Oak Flat area, west of Top of the World. My curiosity about driving this road stemmed from seeing the turnoff along US60, plus a recent post on the HAZ Forum wondering about the road conditions. I was hoping to drive the entire way and provide some information. There is a big mine near Pump Station Spring and at that point maps show FR342 continuing east a ways, while FR2458 heads south to join US60, a short distance west of where FR342 intersects.

As I started out along the drive I talked with some folks on quads who were coming in the other direction, and asked if I could make it through in my truck. They said most likely, but that the mine had blocked off one of the roads and established a bypass that was steep and very rocky. So, based on what they said I kept going. I really liked the first couple of miles of the road as it climbed steeply up to the divide between Wood Camp and Haunted Canyons. Terrific views! :) Once up high the road meanders around near the eastern side of the ridge between Fortuna and Kings Crown Peaks. I would say I was about halfway through the drive when around a blind curve a white SUV appeared and stopped. I thought it was fortuitous indeed that we met at a spot where we could pass, since this was mostly a very narrow road. I couldn't believe my eyes as Ambika got out of the passenger side! A friend wanted to go out four wheeling and she knew I had talked about driving this road the day before on our flower shoot. She said they had reached the tough spot by the mine and decided no way they were going to try it and turned back. Since it was getting to be late in the day and based on what she said, I decided to quit there and caravan back out with them.

The part of the road I drove was pretty easy going for my 4x4 Tacoma. I will have to try going in from Oak Flat sometime to see the part I didn't get to drive (and check out that gnarly spot by the mine).

So, :thanx: Ambika for being out there and perhaps saving me some grief!

Thus ended a fun weekend with friends, flowers, and four wheeling! :D
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Tony's BackyardGlobe, AZ
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Hiking6.50 Miles 1,000 AEG
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Entering the canyon from the West provides a different sort of hike for most. First Kanode's GPS Drive route is spot on (thanks for great coordinates)and the drive it half the fun of the overall experience. This morning the roadway through Whitford Canyon was damp but not muddy from last evening's rainfall. Even with the overcast skies and low hanging clouds the views were terrific. The trail down and into the canyon proceeds through thick growths of manzanita and brush, but someone had recently clipped the wayward branches and for the most part the trail is unimpeded. Bright orange construction tape helps should you wander off trail (easy to do); but even should you wander just head for the canyon. Once inside the canyon the trail is less discernible but, again, just follow the creek. I found myself on quite a few occasions heeding the beckoning call of the creek bed and strayed off the "trail". Of course, the fallen leaves coated slippery rocks making it safer to stay out of the bed when possible. This is a great hike if you want solitude, lots of colorful scenery and a break from having to keep an eye on the GPS. Even though the trail requires no bushwhacking, the vegetation is so think that another hiker could be 50 feet away and you would neither hear nor see him/her.
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Tony's BackyardGlobe, AZ
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Hiking6.60 Miles 1,526 AEG
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This area is recovering from a bad fire a few years ago which devastated the trail as it has re-vegetated. Me and my crew headed out there today with everything except a chain saw and explosives and rejuvenated the trail. Had a great lunch at the Tony's Cabin, luckily we brought our own as they are closed on Monday. Saw no one else all day.
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Hiking15.16 Miles 3,657 AEG
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I've wanted to check out Tony's backyard ever since I noticed it on my topo map about two years ago. My adventure began as I was driving to the trailhead. At the first major creek crossing , the road was slightly washed at the crossing. Other 4x4s had crossed it and started to flatten out a huge dip by right at the crossing. I was able to cross with no problem. I did another 3 creek crossing without any issue. The fourth one was a 1,500 foot drive down the creek bed. The water was a little deeper and I didn't feel 100% confident about this crossing so I parked at a campsite right before the crossing. This was 4 miles from the trailhead. I walked up FR650 and FR342 to the trailhead. It was a steep climb with a cold wind in my face. I made to the TH in 90 minutes. Now the fun started. I'm glad I downloaded Joe's track into my GPS. It looks like no one has hiked or taken a horse out here in a long time. The trail is in good shape, but there a lot of animal / spur trails that can take you off-track very easily. All it takes is one overgrown plant to block your view and then your down a 5 foot spur. Joe's advice was right on when he said to keep in mind this is a horse trail. I had to use Joe's track a lot to keep on-trail. I made it to the waterfall and it was flowing very nicely. In fact, the creek bed was full of water. I then got to the point where the canyon walls were starting to close in and the creek was running faster and deeper. From looking at the GPS, it looked like I had to go about another mile up the creek. I knew the odds of me getting my shoes wet were getting higher as I went on. I decided to turn around. I saw some snow in the shady spot along the canyon. The snow level was at 4,000 feet. I went back to the TH and looked for the Stone Cabin that Kanode talked about. I found it pretty easily. Surprisingly, I only saw one other vehicle on the forest roads. I think I'll come back to this trail next fall when it's dryer. It's scenic remote area.
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Tony's BackyardGlobe, AZ
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Hiking6.50 Miles 1,000 AEG
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This hike has been on my list a long time. Now that the Phoenix temps have dropped to the century mark, this hike became feasible. We started hiking at 8:15 am and the temp was 82 degrees with wind gusts around 30 mph. A jacket would have been welcome if we had spent time sitting around at the trailhead. It was only 92 degrees at 1:30 pm.

- We parked at: N 33.37518 W 111.09497
- We used the trail headed down at: N 33.37510 W 111.09485 (Joe's GPS route)
- There's an old road down to the creekbed several hundred feet farther along FR 342 at: N 33.37450 W 111.09394 I didn't go down the old road. The path used on Joe's GPS track is a an easy route down the hill so there's not a pressing reason to use the alternate route.

Route finding was easy for us because there were recent horse tracks which made it a lot easier to find the creek-bypasses. I'd like to do this hike again and stay in the creek bed the entire trip. The bypasses are easy on the feet but tend to be boring.

The drive in on FR 342 is 4WD and is difficult in the early morning because you are headed uphill with the sun is in your eyes on a narrow winding shelf road.

There is some catclaw on the first part of the hike but it's only knee high and not a problem as long as you're not wearing shorts. The creek was dry in the first and last thirds of the hike. The middle third was damp and had some small pools. More water would have made the hike more interesting. The least interesting part of the hike is the third approaching Tony Ranch. If you've been to Tony Ranch before, you're not missing anything by turning around early.

I see that Joe thought the last section into the ranch was the best--it depends on the time of the year and the presence of water. I can see where water and fall-color would make the last section beautiful.

The Superstition Land Trust bought the 78 acre ranch in August of 2008.
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Tony's BackyardGlobe, AZ
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Hiking6.50 Miles 1,000 AEG
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Awesome, but most would probably curse :wink:
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