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Kellner Canyon Trail #242 - 18 members in 49 triplogs have rated this an average 3.2 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 07 2021
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 Phoenix, AZ
East - Pinal - Signal Loop, AZ 
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LJWTriplogs 237
Hiking21.17 Miles 4,968 AEG
Hiking21.17 Miles   7 Hrs   37 Mns   3.08 mph
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Another favorite hike of last year I had another go at. Changed it slightly, figured why go all the way up the mountain only to walk the road instead of upper Six Shooter, Middle, and Pipeline Trails. Started around sunrise and went clockwise.

Six Shooter to Una Del Oso water in the one creek, nothing on Oso. Overall drier than June last year. Tread is good, cold in the drainages and warm in the sunrise.

Toll Road through East Mountain Trail the scenery picks up. Into the forest, good wilflowers along the way. East Mountain ridgeline fun as ever. Too early for ladybugs. Up the north ridge and down the west through the pines like last year. Not much of a bushwhack but it's steep.

Pioneer up to Pinal Peak and the climbing was out of the way. Relaxing cruise for Ferndell - 6 Shooter - Middle - Pipeline. Leaves higher up yet to regrow, lower down the oaks, maples, etc are fleshing out. Made for less shade on Ferndell than in June. Still a lovely trail and network between the cabins and campgrounds. Middle Trail a particular favorite. Lost Pipeline on the north side but found the end at the road. It's there just got impatient and climbed up to the campsite.

Signal Peak fire watch season is already underway. Tower was occupied, loud phone conversations and radio static the first signs of human life on the day.

Down the roads to Kellner. Passed a sedan that had driven up, only person I passed all day. Kellner trail starts in the canyon of fir and oak. Oaks are still bald and the canyon largely unshaded. Once out of the canyon the trail winds around to Icehouse through shady pines.

Icehouse slog back. First hike in new boots. Hadn't broke them in. Last few miles were painful. Got back to a few cars at the Icehouse CCC TH, but I didn't see any hikers all day.
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Good purples and golds on Toll Road, East Mountain Trail, East Mountain ridgeline, lower Kellner Trail.
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Apr 10 2021
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 Mesa,AZ
Kellner Icehouse Loop, AZ 
Kellner Icehouse Loop, AZ
 
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hikerdwTriplogs 514
Hiking12.74 Miles 3,344 AEG
Hiking12.74 Miles   5 Hrs   17 Mns   2.81 mph
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Perfect weather on this day for this loop. Arrived to an empty TH and only 3 other vehicles when we finished. All the trails are in good condition, Kellner and Icehouse did have some deadfall to navigate around. The lower portion of Telephone was in excellent condition. A trail maintenance crew arrived at the top of Icehouse as we started our decent. First trip to Signal Peak. Views were outstanding. Nothing negative about this loop, it is a favorite.

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Nice flow.
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Apr 04 2021
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 Chandler, AZ
Pinal Mountains 4X Super LoopGlobe, AZ
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AZOutdoorsmanTriplogs 128
Hiking27.77 Miles 8,028 AEG
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Final big training hike before Nankoweap in a couple weeks. Back to an old favorite! Started from the top to more closely simulate a GC hike (on a big, endurance hike it's always harder going up at the end of the day - as opposed to going down). It's a longer drive to the top, and I wanted the full day for the hike - so I drove up night before and sleep at the TH.

First Loop: From my parking at the top of Icehouse, I hiked the road over to Kellner. Down Kellner to Icehouse and it's junction with Telephone. Turned around and back up Icehouse to my truck at the top. Icehouse still has a fair amount of snow on the trail in the upper 1/2-mile or so. Crossed the only other person on the trail the entire day, a trail runner coming down IH as I was going up. Back at the truck I refueled my pack, changed socks, and had a sandwich.

Second Loop: Hiked the road the other direction over to Ferndell, down Telephone to the CCC TH at the bottom. Lots of people picnicking down there, rest for a few then headed back up on Sixshooter. Back at the truck another refuel, and switched to try out a new pair of shoes on some additional mileage/EC to the 4X.

Out and Back: Down Icehouse a couple miles to the Doghouse Spring area (were the old spring-bedframe is located) and back up before dark. Caught the last color of sunset before cleaning up to hit the road home.

An excellent day on Pinal! The new Coros Apex 46mm worked well, very accurate - a fun new toy. Has great battery life too, with 78% remaining after a 13 hour day running the GPS! Also impressed with the Hoka One Speedgoat I wore for the 4X! It will get the nod for Nankoweap.
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Hiking22.58 Miles 6,509 AEG
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Another training hike, returning to one I did back in the day for my R3 training. This time from the bottom as two separate loops with a lunch break in-between. Was surprised by the amount of snow still up there. Was hikable, but a little slower (maybe 45-60 minutes total) with 3 to 4 miles in the snow - very happy to have my poles.

First loop: up Ice House, across on the road, and then down Kellner.

Second Loop: up Telephone and then Ferndell to the road, back down on Six Shooter.

Great weather and a chance to hike with a couple of buddies I haven't seen in awhile due to choices around covid. No other hikers or wildlife were seen.
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Oct 10 2020
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 Chandler, AZ
Kellner Canyon Trail #242Globe, AZ
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Hiking14.67 Miles 3,771 AEG
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Jun 06 2020
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East - Pinal - Signal Loop, AZ 
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Hiking22.06 Miles 5,062 AEG
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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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A guess based on water in the creek.

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Good enough flow, runoff from pipes and fenced-off spring box.
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Jun 06 2020
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 Mesa,AZ
Kellner Icehouse Loop, AZ 
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hikerdwTriplogs 514
Hiking11.95 Miles 3,296 AEG
Hiking11.95 Miles   4 Hrs   46 Mns   2.82 mph
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Cooler than normal temps allowed us to slip in another hike in the Pinal Mountains so we decided to check out the Kellner Canyon Trail and Loop back on Icehouse and Telephone.

Kellner Canyon Trail is in great shape. Some areas of overgrowth but not bad at all. I'd actually say it was in the best shape out of the three trails we hiked.

Icehouse Trail was nice, although there was more than normal deadfall that had to be hiked over or around. Ryan took a spill going around one area when he tripped over some hidden barbed wire.

Telephone Trail was a little overgrown where it branches off Icehouse but improves as you descend down. It is a great alternative to hiking the road to and from Icehouse Canyon.

Great temps, actually cold at the top, and a great hike. At only 64 miles from house to trailhead this area is a favorite of mine.
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Nov 24 2018
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Kellner Canyon Trail #242Globe, AZ
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Hiking10.90 Miles 3,084 AEG
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We decided to combine Kellner with Icehouse to make a nice loop. Started break of dawn on Kellner. This worked out nicely because we got morning sun, and the slope is more gentle going up this route. One of our members spotted two mountain lions while descending in Icehouse canyon! we were kind of spread out, so the rest of us missed them. :(

Nice hike, but we just missed the fall colors.

Uploaded GPS track for this one.
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Oct 27 2018
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Pinal 4X Light, AZ 
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joebartelsTriplogs 5,286
Hiking18.43 Miles 5,425 AEG
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Ray planted the seed and we were off to the foliage 500!

2011-2014 [ Pinal Mountains 4X Super Loop ] was the staple of my life. 2015 & 2017 were a bust. 2016 was a light 2X. Bruce threw together a nice M Loop and I was excited with multiple alarms set to wake up.

On a rare wait for Bruce at the meetup I was ready to roll for a change. Opened his back door to throw in my pack. A stranger on the seat scared me good. Hi Bob...lol

Six Shooter Trail #197
Started east on the lower lateral that drags on the descents. Seemed nicer in the shade as the sun held below the ridge. Light running water in the creeks and a newfound waterfall was a bonus. Upper foliage was prime!

Icehouse Canyon Trail #198
Per usual the Autumn show gets intense. Instead of the badass 23.8mi/6.7k 4X, Bruce cut out the bottom of Ice & Telephone. Which is near perfect as the bottom of these trails aren't on any favorite lists.

Telephone Trail #192 - Pinal
Took the slightly higher unofficial/older? crossover to #192. Bob brought a whine jacket and preached woes to the absent choir. The superstar of yesteryear was on his biggest hike of the year. It's still one steep lackluster ascent. Despite all his rage, Bobbie Rocket naturally lead throughout. Good times.

Kellner Canyon Trail #242
Still love the top half of this neglected stepchild that receives 1/4th the triplogs of Six Shooter. Oak foliage was perfect for the few that enjoy like myself. Still pay the piper on the bottom half praying for it to end.

Synopsis
Needed a great Autumn hike. Pinals delivered! Prob cut out Telephone and just re-enjoy Ice next round or mix it up with East Mountain Trail for a change. The @te_wa mobile was the lone occupant back at the trailhead. It closes at sundown so others likely passed through all day. Great to hike with Bob.
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Hit it, starting NOW!

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A first for myself seeing and hearing a light flow. Oct was wetter than average for many areas but I didn't realize the Pinals got any . Might be special during snowmelt early spring.
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Oct 27 2018
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Pinal 4x Light, AZ 
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The_EagleTriplogs 1,936
Hiking18.67 Miles 5,505 AEG
Hiking18.67 Miles   9 Hrs   9 Mns   2.26 mph
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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.
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Full Spring box

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

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Firs time I've seen this flowing.

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Full spring box
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Pinal 4X Light, AZ 
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Hiking18.43 Miles 5,425 AEG
Hiking18.43 Miles   9 Hrs   8 Mns   2.23 mph
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Joe said this hike practically hikes itself. I’d figure this triplog would type itself but I had to recruit BrunoP to ghost write for me.

Can I help you with that? If you could have seen Joe’s look, it was priceless. I’m the proud recipient of the bronze medal. Joe said it was the 3rd most scared he haz ever been. I felt bad for about 3 seconds and then laughed. Bruce wishes he had it on video. It wasn’t my plan to scare him that way but the hike was off to a good start.

The car ride to the hike is sometimes better than the hike and the hike is usually better than the ride home. The last time I hiked in the Pinals was 10 years ago, you can search for my in-depth description on Oct 11, 2008.
Ralph and Alice haven’t changed much since I last saw them. They still complete each other's sentences and like to do side by side comparisons. Ethel asked Fred what is your battery level? Fred said 62% and of course Ethel said I’m higher at 68%. Are you in airplane mode? My track is longer. Blah...blah...blah. Wilma said smile and Fred said capture. Archie said bad words and so did Edith and so did I.

A quarter mile into the hike bam Eagle down. The conversation went to past hikes about blood and cactus needles. Next up, the leafers were ohhhhing and ahhhhing. They weren’t impressed with the brown pines like I was though. They also weren’t in as big a hurry to eat lunch as I was. Joe shared his awesome cashews as a precursor to what was to come. You take the good with the bad. I decided I’d wait for the bad until the downhill and it made me sick to my stomach. Whenever anybody says these are horrible but you should try it, remember to politely just throw it at them. We played Denny and the Jets and all that rhyme with it . It is always an experience hiking with Joe and Bruce and memories new and old are forged. We saw several cows and Joe stole one of the utters. Bruce was crushing on 31.
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Oct 28 2017
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Pinal Mountains 4X Super LoopGlobe, AZ
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We went up to Globe the night before to get an early start but even with that we still got late start. About an hour behind schedule we just assumed there would be some night hiking at the end. There is also a gate that is locked at night so we parked down the road which added some mileage.

Our route for the 4X was up Telephone Ridge to the road on top. Then hit Signal Peak and Pinal Peak walking the road between the two. Down to Ferndell Spring on trail #204 and the spring area which had some color but a bit past peak. From there down Six Shooter #197 trail which had some better stretches of foliage lower down and probably the nicest part of 4X. Six Shooter back to the vehicle where we had some lunch and resupply for the second half.

At this point we were at 16 miles so second half was shorter but it was also 230. We headed up Icehouse Canyon Trail #198 with upper Icehouse being the most fall scenic similar to Six Shooter but still past peak. Trail was in good shape and arrived at the road for the easy walk over to Kellner Canyon Trail #242. Down Kellner was relatively easy section with our only obstacle being hiking final stretch in the dark. We managed to get most of way down Kellner before dark but ended up with about hour and half night hike.

It was interesting to see these trails post fire. There has been quite a bit of trail maintenance on all the trails to varying degrees. Kellner had probably the most impressive work in the middle 2 miles which experienced severe burn. Also most of the severe fire damage is in the lower half of the mountain with the top showing only patchy damage at most. Looks like the work is still in progress so hopefully they will be able to work on the worst wash outs and erosion.
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Past peak but there was still some good color in upper Six Shooter and Icehouse. Mostly maples with a few aspens hanging on.

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the trough was full with nice clear water
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Oct 28 2017
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Third time is a charm. Yup, took three tries to finally complete the Super Loop.

Upper Icehouse is still my favorite. The trail is in great shape and lots and lots of crunchy leaves.
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Oct 15 2017
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Icehouse Canyon Trail #198Globe, AZ
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After waking up to warm sunlight flooding into my tent at the Icehouse Trailhead, I threw my pack together with thoughts of an Icehouse-Kellner loop and started down Icehouse Canyon Trail, into the golden aspens and chilly air. Morning light provided plenty of great photos of brilliant, backlit autumn maples, and I progressed slowly through the upper canyon. Farther down, I discovered what I believe may have been the old ice pond workers’ cabin site, uncovered by the Pinal Fire, complete with broken 1880’s beer bottle fragments. Came across a couple of new ice ponds that I had not seen before, as well.

Getting close to the Telephone Trail junction, I turned off on a side trail to the west to check out Fritzski’s “cave” mines. Could not find any information on these old mine tunnels, nor any sign of surface mineralization that would indicate what the miners might have been after. By the time I reached the second mine tunnel, I decided to off-trail-it up the western wall of Icehouse Canyon to hit the Kellner Canyon Trail at the 6600 foot contour. A few boulder mazes, scree slopes and nasty manzanita barriers later, I stumbled onto the freshly worked Kellner Canyon Trail, a veritable highway.

The majority of gambel oaks along Kellner were bright yellow and orange, with minimal burn damage to be seen. Had a fun deja vu moment approaching the Kellner Sawmill site that transported me back to my October 2010 hike here. I had forgotten how many old, rusted relics there were at the sawmill site, so I roamed around for a bit, taking in the scene. Upper Kellner Canyon proper was glowing with fall color.

The last leg of my loop took me down the Pinal Peak/651 Road back to the Icehouse Trailhead, with a short side hike on an unmarked road north of Signal Peak along the way. Hiked down the upper part of Telephone Ridge for a bit before calling it a day and driving home. I always enjoy me some Pinal time.
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Sep 22 2017
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Kellner Canyon Trail #242Globe, AZ
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Up Kellner and down Icehouse. The mountain is a patchwork of burnt, not burnt, and in between. Some bear scat, a couple of fawns, and lots of birds.
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Truck repairs have been completed so we headed out to see some color and where the temps were a little cooler. Always enjoy hiking these trails for the solitude and the workout. Enjoyed an uneventful return to the trailhead :)
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Oct 15 2016
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Didn't do the full 4X but I hit most of the trails in this impressive network. Up Six Shooter, down upper Telephone to the midway junction, back up Ice House, 651 road walk west, down Kellner, back up Ice House and down lower Telephone. Upper Ice House had the best Fall colors, but I thought Six Shooter was by far the best trail in the system. Nice to run into the HAZ all-star crew out there!
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79 male
 Joined Dec 16 2011
 Mesa,Az
Six Shooter - Kellner Loop, AZ 
Six Shooter - Kellner Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2016
hikingaz2Triplogs 217
Hiking15.21 Miles 3,680 AEG
Hiking15.21 Miles   6 Hrs   13 Mns   2.61 mph
3,680 ft AEG      23 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Looking to get back over to the Pinal area since I did the Check Dam Trail last Nov with Roger. And of course the Super 4X was way out of my league, we did some triplog reviewing. :scared: What a great Loop we found, Six Shooter - FR 651 - Kellner. Thanks to rayhuston for sharing the Route :) Looked like it was going to rain high up on the trail covered in clouds :o , but day turned out perfect, little chilly on top, but warmed up as we got lower on Kellner. Except for one area up on Six Shooter the Trails were wide open ( never drew blood once on this hike ) :D Met a group of 4 or 5 bikes heading down --- Like a Bat out of _______ . Met Larry and signed him for HAZ :y: Noticed a lot of Bear Scat on Kellner, so be careful. Met Hans the Camp Host and got some Maps and info about the trails from him. He loves it out at this :lone: TH, 3rd year for hosting. Great Hike, now we need to go back and finish Six Shooter to the top. and take in some more the Trails. ( any excuse to go back to a worthy area for a hike )
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Apr 09 2016
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71 male
 Joined Nov 02 2013
 Apache Junction,
Six Shooter-Kellner Loop, AZ 
Six Shooter-Kellner Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2016
rtaylor3235Triplogs 204
Hiking14.53 Miles 3,506 AEG
Hiking14.53 Miles   6 Hrs   1 Min   2.92 mph
3,506 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Nice cool day for a hike at Pinal Mt., The GPS wouldn't pick up the TH so we arrived a little later than anticipated. Headed up Six Shooter and what a beautiful trail it is, The smell of pine, running water and the cool breeze were ideal for a hike up, which consisted of the majority of our AEG. We didn't opt for the last mile up to the top, but instead turned right and hiked the road over to Kellner TH and headed on down. There was still some patches of snow up at the top @ 7600'. Couldn't have asked for a nicer hike, thanks to Bob for putting it together.
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May 10 2015
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65 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Pinal 4X Lite, AZ 
Pinal 4X Lite, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 10 2015
rayhustonTriplogs 720
Hiking16.03 Miles 4,393 AEG
Hiking16.03 Miles   6 Hrs   55 Mns   2.41 mph
4,393 ft AEG      16 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
My wife was in California celebrating her father's 80th birthday, so I was free to roam about the countryside. After calling my mother to wish her a happy Mother's Day, I got in the truck and headed to the Pinal Mountains.

I love hiking the Pinal Mountains. Go up any one of the major trails that run up and down the mountain and come down another and you have a great loop hike. Link them all in, as others have done, and you have a killer hike. As I found out last fall, though, trying to do all four in one day IS HARD!!! So I lightened the load a bit today. Most of Six Shooter, most of Telephone Trail (not the ridge), most of Icehouse and all of Kellner.

I got a late start today, but I new it was going to be cool in the mountains so it didn't really matter. I left the TH at 10:45. Some heavy breathing up Sixshooter, breezed down Telephone, some more heavy breathing going up Icehouse, caught my breath along FR651, then eased on down Kellner.

The weather was about as good as it gets. I felt cool throughout the hike. It's green everywhere once you get into the trees. The trails are in good shape. One section of Telephone needs some boots on the ground to wear down the grass. The manzanita along the Telephone Trail are in full bloom. The buzz of busy bees is thick in that area.

I used HAZ Tracks on my iPhone 5 in airplane mode. I made it through the hike without having to charge the phone (a first for me - I had 31% battery at the end). The stats on this triplog are from the Garmin, but I also posted the HAZ tracks for comparison. The HAZ tracks were higher on both mileage and elevation.

Didn't see a soul until I was leaving the CCC Day Use area; I saw the host outside cooking dinner. Looked like he was alone. I missed cooking for my wife on Mother's Day, but I got in a great hike on a gorgeous day in the Pinal Mountains.
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